CANADA STOCKS-TSX drops as commodities weaken

Tue Nov 11, 2008 5:16pm EST
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*Energy down 4.5 pct, materials drop 4.9 pct

*Teck sinks 20 pct, says no plan to issue equity

*Cameco sags after higher profit, says to review projects

*CIBC World Markets says market could be at bottom (Adds analyst's comment, details)

By Jennifer Kwan

TORONTO, Nov 11 (Reuters) - The Toronto Stock Exchange's main index fell broadly on Tuesday, led down by a drop in the energy and materials sectors as commodity prices were pressured by concerns the economic downturn would hit demand.

Investor concern about the impact an economic decline would have on oil demand helped to push the price of crude to $59.33 a barrel [ID:nT244407], while a firmer U.S. dollar pressured gold and base metals prices. [ID:nN11550829] For more details, see: [ID:nN11578709]

The benchmark index's energy sector fell 4.5 percent, and the materials group dropped 4.9 percent.

Heavily-weighted stocks that helped pull the index lower included EnCana Corp ECA.TO, down 3.5 percent at C$56.94, Canadian Natural Resources CNQ.TO, which sank 7 percent to C$53.46, and Manulife Financial MFC.TO, which dropped 3.4 percent to C$25.75.   Continued...