November 19, 2009 / 3:53 PM / 8 years ago

CANADA STOCKS-TSX tumbles 1 pct as Manulife weighs

 * TSX falls 128.22 points to 11,524.47
 * Manulife sags on news of C$2.5 bln offering  (Adds details, background)
 By Irene Kuan
 TORONTO, Nov 19 (Reuters) - Toronto’s main stock index was down more than 1 percent on Thursday morning, dragged lower by Manulife Financial (MFC.TO) as investors reacted to a major stock offering by the country’s biggest insurer.
 Shares of Manulife were down 7 percent at C$18.72, while fellow insurer Sun Life Financial (SLF.TO) sagged 5 percent to C$27.29.
 After markets closed on Wednesday, Manulife said it planned to issue C$2.5 billion ($2.3 billion) in equity to build “fortress level” capital reserves, but acknowledged the issue would be dilutive to earnings per share and return on equity. [ID:nN18483228]
 “We’ve had such a strong market in a short period of time and oftentimes you just need a little trigger to get people to sell,” said Ian Nakamoto, director of research at MacDougall, MacDougall & MacTier.
 The TSX has rallied 54 percent since falling to a five-year low in March.
 At 10:35 a.m. (1535 GMT), the S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE was down 128.22 points, or 1.1 percent, at 11,524.47.
 A 1.4 percent slide in the energy sector also contributed to the overall decline as oil prices fell on concerns over a recovery in demand in the United States. [O/R]
 Suncor Energy (SU.TO) fell 1.6 percent to C$37.93, while EnCana Corp (ECA.TO) was down 1.8 percent at C$56.81.
 ($1=$1.07 Canadian)  (Editing by Rob Wilson)                                      

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