June 15, 2011 / 3:18 PM / in 6 years

CANADA STOCKS-TSX retreats on soft data, euro zone debt worries

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 * TSX down 87.54 points, or 0.66 pct, at 13,010.28.
 * All 10 of the index main groups lower  (Updates with details, comments)
 By Solarina Ho
 TORONTO, June 15 (Reuters) - Toronto’s main stock index was broadly lower on Wednesday as soft North American economic data and euro zone debt worries dampened investor sentiment and weighed on resource prices.
 Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD.TO) was down 1.41 percent at C$78.46 and was the most influential decliner on the index. It was followed by Suncor Energy (SU.TO), which slid 1.33 percent to C$37.88. Royal Bank of Canada (RY.TO) rounded out the top three decliners, retreating 1.01 percent to C$53.85.
 Overall, the economically sensitive financial group was down 0.96 percent, tracking a global trend in U.S. and European banking shares as anxiety over the Greek debt crisis and disappointing U.S. data brought downward pressure. [MKTS/GLOB]
 Canadian banking shares slid in sympathy as Moody’s Investors Service said it may review the credit ratings of French banks BNP Paribas, Credit Agricole and Societe Generale for a possible downgrade, citing their holdings of Greek public and private debt. [ID:nL3E7HF0A4]
 The energy sector was off 0.71 percent as a stronger U.S. dollar fueled selling in oil.
 Together, the financial and energy groups make up roughly 50 percent of the index.
 At 10:28 a.m. (1424 GMT), the Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE was down 87.54 points, or 0.66 percent, at 13,010.28. The retreat cut short Tuesday’s 1.22 percent rally.
 All 10 of the index’s main groups were in negative territory.
 “The market’s been in a decline on concerns about problems in Europe and signs of a slowing economy domestically and in North America,” said Peter Chandler, senior vice-president and director at Canaccord Wealth Management.
 “You have the market down five or six weeks in a row, down 10 or 12 days in a row -- you’re bound to get a reflex rally,” he said, referring to Tuesday’s 158-point gain.
 Copper and oil prices eased on Wednesday, dragged lower by a strong U.S. dollar and patchy U.S. data that fueled worries the world’s top economy could be heading toward a protracted soft patch with rising inflation. [MET/L][O/R]
 U.S. core consumer inflation for May saw the largest increase in nearly three years, lifted by steep rises in motor vehicle and apparel prices [nN15274697]
 The mining-heavy materials group was down 0.2 percent, though cushioned by higher gold prices as investors fled back into safe-haven investments. [GOL/]
 Gold miners were among the few bright spots on the index, with Goldcorp (G.TO) up 1.47 percent at C$46.21 and Kinross Gold (K.TO) rising 0.94 percent to C$15.08.
 Canadian manufacturers saw sales slip 1.3 percent in April, as expected, reversing much of March’s gains as the Japanese disaster cut into parts supplies to the auto industry. [nN15132944]
 Overseas, euro zone officials were divided over a new aid plan for debt-laden Greece, while angry demonstrators in the country clashed with police over the government’s planned austerity measures.[ID:nLDE75E041] [MKTS/GLOB]
 ($1=$0.97 Canadian)  (Reporting by Solarina Ho; editing by Rob Wilson)                                        

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