CANADA STOCKS-TSX knocked lower by Greece fears, oil slide

Wed May 5, 2010 4:52pm EDT
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* TSX ends down 1.29 percent at 11,875.13

* Energy sector sags 3.05 pct as oil below $80 a barrel

* Materials pushed down by weak gold, base metal prices (Updates to market close, adds details, quotes)

By John McCrank

TORONTO, May 5 (Reuters) - Toronto's resource-heavy main stock index tumbled lower on Wednesday on fears that Greece's debt crisis could spread to other euro zone countries and derail economic recovery.

The slide was led by the heavyweight energy sector, down 3.05 percent, as the unfolding Greek crisis pushed the price of oil below $80 a barrel. [O/R]

In the oil patch, Suncor Energy (SU.TO: Quote) dropped 5.44 percent to C$32.51, while Canadian Natural Resources (CNQ.TO: Quote) sank 4.05 percent to C$73.83.

The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE closed down 155.73 points, or 1.29 percent, at 11,875.13. Earlier, it touched a low of 11,754.28, its weakest level since early March. Eight of its 10 sectors were down.

"The market's concern is: are these sovereign debt concerns going to slow down or derail the economic recovery, initially in Europe, but overall, globally, and as a result commodities are pulling back," said Anil Tahiliani, head of research at McLean & Partners Wealth Management in Calgary.   Continued...