CANADA STOCKS-TSX lower as U.S. debt troubles, RIM drag

Mon Jul 25, 2011 10:45am EDT
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   * TSX off 15.17 points, or 0.1 pct, at 13,479.46
 * Eight of 10 sectors weaker, golds rise on record prices
 * RIM drops 3.3 percent after job cuts announced
 (Updates with details, commentary)
 By Claire Sibonney
 TORONTO, July 25 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index
fell on Monday morning as an impasse in U.S. debt ceiling talks
fueled worries of a default and Research In Motion RIM.TO
dropped on news of major job cuts.
 Heavily weighted financial issues fell 0.4 percent while
energy shares lost 0.3 percent.
 Toronto-Dominion Bank TD.TO was the most influential
laggard, skidded 0.9 percent to C$80.02, while Royal Bank of
Canada RY.TO eased 0.4 percent to C$53.02.
 "It's sort of the usual suspects. This debt ceiling in the
U.S. has everybody worried," said John Kinsey, portfolio
manager at Caldwell Securities.
 "The financials, when it looked like they were getting some
traction, are all getting hit ... because of that and it's
spilled over into just about everything."
 Prospects of a budget breakthrough that would allow the
United States to raise its debt ceiling and avoid default on
its bond payments faded over the weekend as lawmakers missed a
self-imposed deadline to reach a deal. [ID:nN1E76N0CA]
 News over the weekend of a deadly bomb attack and shooting
rampage in Norway and a further cut to Greece's credit rating
by Moody's on Monday only added to the market malaise, added
Kinsey. [ID;nL6E7IO0H9] [ID:nL3E7IP0P2]
 RIM dropped 3.3 percent to C$25.59 after the BlackBerry
maker announced plans to cut about 11 percent of its workforce
to slash costs as it struggles to compete against Apple Inc
AAPL.O and Google Inc GOOG.O. [ID:nL3E7IP251]
 Train and plane maker Bombardier BBDb.TO sank 5.2 percent
to C$5.80 after a deadly train crash in China over the weekend,
which raised concerns about the safety of the country's
fast-growing rail network. [ID:nL3E7IP08Z]
  At 10:26 a.m. (1426 GMT), the Toronto Stock Exchange's
S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE was down 15.17 points, or 0.1
percent, at 13,479.46. Eight of its 10 main sectors were
 On the bright side, gold prices hit record highs in a broad
flight to safety, sending gold miners up 0.4 percent, which
helped to stem the losses.
 Among the most influential climbers, Barrick Gold ABX.TO
rose 0.3 percent to C$47.78. Quadra FNX Mining QUX.TO surged
7.6 percent to C$16.21, after the company reported
second-quarter production jumped 20 percent. [ID:nL3E7IP25K]
 ($1=$0.95 Canadian)
 (Reporting by Claire Sibonney: editing by Rob Wilson)