CANADA STOCKS-TSX falls as energy stocks weigh, Valeant slumps

Tue Mar 14, 2017 10:17am EDT
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* TSX down 107.76 points, or 0.69 percent, to 15,437.06

* All of the TSX's 10 main groups fall; energy group down 2.3 pct

TORONTO, March 14 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index lost ground on Tuesday as falling oil prices weighed on the country's substantial oil and gas sector and Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc stock plunged on the exit of an activist investor.

The energy group retreated 2.3 percent as oil prices fell to three-month lows after OPEC reported that crude inventories in developed countries had risen above the five-year average in January despite production cuts by some of the world's largest exporters.

The most influential movers on the index included some of its biggest energy companies with Suncor Energy down 1.7 percent at C$39.78 and Canadian Natural Resources losing 2 percent to C$41.84.

Valeant slumped 9.3 percent to C$14.70 after billionaire investor William Ackman walked away from the struggling drug company after trying to rescue it for some 18 months, taking a loss of more than $3 billion.

At 10 a.m. EDT (1400 GMT), the Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index fell 107.76 points, or 0.69 percent, to 15,437.06.

All of the index's 10 main groups were in negative territory, with four decliners for every advancing stock.   Continued...