CANADA STOCKS-TSX falls hard on oil price, profit-taking
* Commodity-related issues drop as oil, gold prices fall
* All of the TSX's 10 sectors fall
* U.S. jobs data boosts fears of extended recession (Updates with closing figures, adds details and comment)
By Ka Yan Ng
TORONTO, Jan 7 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index dropped 3.7 percent on Wednesday as oil and gold shares slid with commodity prices and profit-taking set in after six sessions of gains.
Startling job losses in the United States. and a warning from tech bellwether Intel Corp also cast a pall on investor sentiment as they heightened fears of a deep extended recession.
The energy sector slid 6.14 percent as the price of oil slumped nearly $6 a barrel to settle at $42.63 after a U.S. government inventory report showed supplies rose more than expected. Canadian Natural Resources, the index's biggest mover, fell 8.3 percent to C$51.32. EnCana ECA.TO lost 5 percent to C$57.80.
"Oil by far was the biggest negative. People were looking for inventories to build, but they built a lot more than expectations and that's why the price of oil has come down," said Ian Nakamoto, director of research at MacDougall, MacDougall & MacTier.
"But the price of oil has rallied a fair bit also in the last two or three weeks." Continued...