CANADA STOCKS-TSX falls for 2nd day as oil knocked back

Wed Apr 7, 2010 4:28pm EDT
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* TSX down 0.38 percent to 12,110.90

* Energy, financials lead index lower

* Golds glitter as precious metal surges (Updates to close)

By Ka Yan Ng

TORONTO, April 7 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index ended lower for a second straight session on Wednesday, pulled down in a broad selloff that was led by the energy group, while firm golds offset a portion the losses.

Nine of the index's 10 main groups were lower, with the oil and gas group the top laggard, down 1.47 percent. The price of crude oil, an important Canadian export, broke a six-day rising streak to settle below $86 a barrel, prompting profit-taking. [O/R]

Shares of Suncor Energy Inc (SU.TO: Quote), Canada's largest oil company, lost 1.65 percent, while EnCana Corp (ECA.TO: Quote) fell 1.86 percent to C$32.25.

The heavyweight financial group retreated 0.72 percent with Royal Bank of Canada (RY.TO: Quote), the country's biggest lender, falling 1.04 percent to C$58.84. Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD.TO: Quote) dropped 1.08 percent to C$73.41.

The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE closed down 45.81 points, or 0.38 percent, at 12,110.90.   Continued...