July 10, 2009 / 2:52 PM / 8 years ago

CANADA STOCKS-TSX dragged down by slide in energy shares

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* TSX down 0.47 percent at 9727.64

* Energy sector drops 1.26 percent as oil-price falls

* Materials sector declines 0.41 percent (Adds details, quote)

By Nina Lex

TORONTO, July 10 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index was lower on Friday morning as falling prices for oil, gold and other precious metals rattled the resource-heavy index.

The energy sector led the fall, down 1.26 percent as the price of oil dropped to around $59 a barrel. EnCana (ECA.TO) shares fell 1.15 percent to C$52.57, Suncor Energy (SU.TO) was down 1.44 percent at C$30.87, and Petro-Canada PCA.TO slipped 1.56 percent to C$39.25.

The mining-heavy materials sector dropped 0.41 percent. Barrick Gold (ABX.TO) was down 0.68 percent at C$36.70, Goldcorp (G.TO) was down 0.52 percent at C$38.30, and Kinross Gold (K.TO) fell 0.92 percent to C$20.52.

"Commodities have had pretty good run over the last few weeks and until investors are convinced the economic recovery has begun in earnest there is just no rush to race out and buy these things," said Bruce Latimer, trader at Dundee Securities.

At 10:23 a.m. (1423 GMT), the S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE was down 46.11 points, or 0.47 percent, at 9,727.64. Seven of its 10 main groups were lower.

Analysts said employment data for June, which showed fewer Canadians lost their jobs than expected even though the unemployment rate hit an 11-year high, were having only a modest impact on the TSX.

Statistics Canada said net job losses in June totaled 7,400 and the unemployment rate rose to 8.6 percent from 8.4 percent in May. [ID:nN10253705]

$1=$1.16 Canadian Reporting by Nina Lex; editing by Peter Galloway

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