CANADA STOCKS-TSX dives on doubts about global recovery

Mon Jul 6, 2009 11:16am EDT
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* TSX down 3.26 percent at 9,951.57

* Energy sector falls 5.08 percent as oil price drops

* Materials sector down 4.96 percent on lower metals prices (Adds details, quote)

By Nina Lex

TORONTO, July 6 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index was sharply lower on Monday morning as concerns about the pace of global economic recovery as well as weak commodity prices sent the resource-heavy index to its lowest level in more than a week.

The TSX index's energy sector fell 5.08 percent as the price of oil sank to around $64 a barrel. Petro-Canada PCA.TO shares fell 7.58 percent to C$38.40, Suncor Energy (SU.TO: Quote) was down 7.7 percent at C$30.30, and EnCana Corp(ECA.TO: Quote) was down 4.23 percent at C$53.01.

The index's materials group also weighed heavily on the index, falling 4.96 percent on lower metals prices. Miner Iamgold (IMG.TO: Quote) dropped 6.66 percent to C$11.35, and Barrick Gold (ABX.TO: Quote) was down 4.56 percent at C$37.91. Fertilizer producer Potash Corp (POT.TO: Quote) was down 5.02 percent at C$107.61.

At 10:45 a.m. (1445 GMT), the S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE was down 334.88 points, or 3.26 percent, at 9,951.57. All of its 10 main groups were lower.

Analysts said investors remain concerned about the outlook for global economic recovery.   Continued...