CANADA STOCKS-TSX falls as Wall Street worry hits Canadian financials

Tue Mar 21, 2017 4:59pm EDT
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* TSX ends down 129.19 points, or 0.84 percent, at 15,313.13

* Eight of the TSX's 10 main groups fall

By Alastair Sharp

TORONTO, March 21 (Reuters) - Canada's benchmark stock index fell on Tuesday, with heavyweight financial stocks following Wall Street banks lower as investors fretted about U.S. President Donald Trump's ability to boost growth and energy stocks weighing with lower oil prices.

The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index ended down 129.19 points, or 0.84 percent, at 15,313.13.

Of the index's 10 main groups, only the typically defensive telecoms and utilities sectors ended in positive territory, while gold miners also gained as bullion benefited from a weaker U.S. dollar.

"This is the bloom off the rose," said Niall Brown, a portfolio manager at Morgan Meighen & Associates, referring to the legislative battle Trump faces to overhaul the healthcare law known as Obamacare before turning his attention to the tax system and business regulations.

"The market is suddenly realizing maybe things aren't going to get enacted in as business-friendly a manner as he was hoping," he said. "The North American banks certainly took a good ding today as a result."   Continued...