CANADA STOCKS-TSX drops with oil price; banks weaken

Fri Apr 17, 2015 10:51am EDT
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* TSX down 79.84 points, or 0.52 percent, at 15,306.93

* All 10 main index sectors lower

By Alastair Sharp

TORONTO, April 17 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index was broadly lower on Friday as heavyweight oil and gas shares retreated on a drop in oil prices, while banks also took a hit.

Crude prices came under pressure from signs that supply is still growing, and the benchmark index's energy group retreated 0.4 percent.

In the group, Suncor Energy Inc fell 0.4 percent to C$39.92, and pipeline company Enbridge Inc declined 0.5 percent to C$64.08.

Oil has bounced off March lows below $45 a barrel but is still far cheaper than it was a year ago.

At 10:19 a.m. EDT (1419 GMT), the Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index was off 79.84 points, or 0.52 percent, at 15,306.93. It hit its lowest level of the week earlier in the session, and looked on track for a 0.5 percent weekly loss. All 10 main index sectors were lower.   Continued...