RPT-CANADA STOCKS-TSX slips for 7th day, lowest since January

Wed Jun 8, 2011 10:53am EDT
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 * TSX down 52.69 points at 13,288.73
 * Touches weakest level since Jan. 25
 * Nine of 10 sectors lower, energy up
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 By Claire Sibonney
 TORONTO, June 8 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index
headed for its seventh straight loss on Wednesday, falling to
its lowest level since January as concerns over the state of
the global economy intensified and metal prices weakened.
 The materials group slipped 1.4 percent as copper and gold
prices eased after U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's
speech a day earlier depressed market sentiment. [GOL/]
 Among the heaviest laggards on the index, Barrick Gold Corp
ABX.TO lost 1.7 percent to C$43.47, while Teck Resources
TCKb.TO was down 1.6 percent at C$46.49.
 While Bernanke gave a bleak assessment of the U.S. economy,
he offered no hints of further U.S. monetary easing.
 "In general, the biggest hurdle is the global growth
fears," said Francis Campeau, broker at MF Global Canada in
Montreal. "Most of the data for two or three weeks has been
pointing to slower growth; the U.S. is not creating jobs,
employment is not picking up and that's been putting risk
appetite back off."
 On the upside, energy issues climbed 0.5 percent, leading
the gainers as U.S. crude prices jumped on news that OPEC
ministers were unable to agree on a deal to raise output and
would leave production policy unchanged. [O/R]
 Talisman Energy TLM.TO rose 2.7 percent to C$19.98, while
Suncor Energy SU.TO gained 1.3 percent to C$39.34.
 At 10:38 a.m. (1438 GMT), the Toronto Stock Exchange's
S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE was down 52.69 points, or 0.4
percent, at 13,230.23. Nine of the 10 main sectors were weaker,
including financials, off 0.1 percent. Earlier, the index fell
as low as 13,213.08, its weakest level since Jan. 25.
 "Some could argue we're entering oversold conditions,"
added Campeau, noting the index surpassed lows hit in May and
March, in the aftermath of the devastating Japanese earthquake
and tsunami.
 As well, Campeau pointed out the TSX was currently sitting
on its 200-day moving average, and its close on Wednesday could
set a significant trend in either direction. The index has not
closed below the 200-day moving average since last August.
 "You don't want to sit below it," he said.  
 Shares of Sino-Forest TRE.TO were up almost 12 percent at
C$4.47, as trading continued to be turbulent in the wake of
fraud allegations made by short-seller Muddy Waters against the
Chinese tree-plantation company. [ID:nN08210464]
 Among the heaviest decliners, Research In Motion RIM.TO
retreated 0.5 percent to C$36.73, after an analyst downgrade.
 ($1=$0.98 Canadian)
 (Reporting by Claire Sibonney; editing by Rob Wilson)