CANADA STOCKS-TSX falls on euro zone frustration

Thu Oct 20, 2011 11:21am EDT
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 *TSX down 63.40 points, or 0.54 pct, at 11,785.47
 *Seven of 10 sectors weaker, golds sag
 (Updates with details, comments)
 By Claire Sibonney
 TORONTO, Oct 20 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index was
lower on Thursday morning as uncertainty built up over whether
European leaders could reach a deal on boosting the euro-zone's
rescue fund.
 Commodity shares led the fall as oil and metal prices
slipped, and gold miners were among the most heavily weighted
decliners. Barrick Gold ABX.TO fell 1.6 percent to C$44.96,
Agnico Eagle AEM.TO dropped 5.4 percent to C$44.80, and
Goldcorp G.TO was down 1.3 percent to C$44.74.
 U.S. data on manufacturing activity in the Mid-Atlantic
region was encouraging but a deluge of conflicting euro zone
headlines dominated market sentiment.
 "The problem with the whole situation is you have 17
different countries involved and 100 different people can speak
... what's scaring everybody is that there's no central
leadership," said Barry Schwartz, vice president and portfolio
manager at Baskin Financial Services.
 A report in German newspaper Die Welt said the German
government does not rule out the possibility of postponing a
European Union summit on the crisis planned for this Sunday.
  At 11:11 a.m. (1511 GMT), the Toronto Stock Exchange's
S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE was down 63.40 points, or
0.54 percent, at 11,785.47. Seven of the index's 10 main groups
were weaker.
 Financial were down 0.1 percent but some of the biggest
banks were in positive territory. Royal Bank of Canada RY.TO,
up 0.4 percent at C$47.60, and Toronto-Dominion Bank TD.TO,
up 0.3 percent at C$73.58.
 Bank of Nova Scotia BNS.TO lost 0.7 percent to C$51.39
after announcing it will pay about $1 billion in cash and stock
for a majority stake in Colombia's Banco Colpatria COL.CN,
expanding the bank's footprint in the Latin American country.
 In Canadian earnings news, natural gas producer Encana Corp
ECA.TO dropped 2.6 percent to C$20.02, despite reporting its
operating profit doubled in the third quarter. [ID:nL3E7LK1N2]
 "They did beat out expectations but everybody knows where
oil and natural gas prices have been," Schwartz said. "They've
been down in the dumps."
 ($1=$1.02 Canadian)
 (Reporting by Claire Sibonney; editing by Peter Galloway)