CANADA STOCKS-TSX drops as commodity prices hit by US data

Thu Jul 15, 2010 10:37am EDT
 
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 *TSX down 52.10 points, or 0.45 percent, at 11,568.06
 *Index drops as U.S. data hits commodity prices
 *Eight of 10 TSX groups lower
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 TORONTO, July 15 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index
fell on Thursday morning as oil and base metal prices faltered
after U.S. data added to worries about economic recovery,
pushing down the index's heavily-weighted resource sectors.
 Key names on the downside included oil and gas companies
Suncor Energy SU.TO, down 1.3 percent at C$32.42, and
Canadian Natural Resources CNQ.TO, which dropped 1 percent to
C$36.43. Oil prices fell below $76 a barrel. [O/R]
 The TSX move lower followed U.S. equities, which fell
sharply on data that showed U.S. producer prices fell for a
third straight month in June, pointing to sluggish growth.
[O/R]
 As well, the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia said its
index of business conditions in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic region
fell in July and missed forecasts. [TOP/NEWS]
 "They're all guiding the same way," said Francis Campeau,
broker at MF Global Canada in Montreal. "They're bearish
indicators about the state of manufacturing in the U.S. right
now"
 Base metals miner Teck Resources TCKb.TO fell 1.7 percent
to C$33.91 as prices for industrial metals dropped after data
in China pointed to a slowing growth outlook. [MET/L]
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 The cautious mood comes after the U.S. Federal Reserve
released policy-meeting minutes on Wednesday that said
additional steps may be needed to shore up the soft U.S.
economy.[ID:nN14148574]
 At 10:15 a.m. (1415 GMT), the Toronto Stock Exchange's
S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE was down 52.10 points, or
0.45 percent, at 11,568.06, with eight of its 10 main sectors
in the red.
 ($1=$1.04 Canadian)
 (Reporting by Jennifer Kwan; editing by Peter Galloway)