CANADA STOCKS-TSX slips as commodities lose steam
* TSX down 34.68 points at 12,176.84.
* Energy, materials drag index lower
By Claire Sibonney
TORONTO, April 16 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index fell on Friday morning, pushed lower by a dip in commodity prices as investor concern about the outlook for global demand hit resource shares.
Oil prices fell below $85 a barrel as doubts over U.S. crude demand re-emerged and the U.S. dollar strengthened, making imports more expensive for emerging economies where consumption is surging. [O/R]
The energy sector was set back 0.9 percent as Suncor Energy Inc (SU.TO: Quote), Canada's biggest oil company, dropped 1.5 percent to C$34.28 and EnCana Corp (ECA.TO: Quote), the country's largest natural gas producer, fell 1.1 percent to C$31.60.
Athabasca Oil Sands Corp ATH.TO was off 0.6 percent at C$14.52, continuing a slide that began when it went public at C$18 a share a week ago. Some portfolio managers attribute the decline to an overhang in stock issued before it debuted on the TSX.
"There is a huge overhang of stock from people who had bought Athabasca Oil Sands as a private company," said a portfolio manager who did not participate in the IPO.
"Those people have been there for a few years, so they are likely sellers." Continued...