CANADA STOCKS-TSX drops on US data, persisting European fear
* TSX down 38.12 pts, or 0.3 pct, at 11,746.60
* Rising gold price lifts materials sector
* Weak U.S. GDP data weighs on stocks (Adds details and analyst's comments)
By Jon Cook
TORONTO, Nov 22 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index was lower on Tuesday as resource-related issues were hurt by unexpectedly weak U.S. third-quarter economic growth data and persisting fears about a slowdown in Europe.
Nearly all of the Toronto index's 10 main sectors were lower with energy stocks the biggest drag, falling 1 percent. Oil and gas shares have been especially sensitive in recent sessions to shifting expectations for global economic growth.
Suncor Energy SU.TO led the sector's declines, dropping 1.7 percent to C$30.41.
The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE was down 38.12 points, or 0.3 percent, at 11,746.60, after opening slightly higher at 11,784.72.
U.S. gross domestic product data showed the economy grew at a 2 percent annual rate in the last quarter, down from a previous estimate of 2.5 percent. [ID:nCAT005556]
Also dragging on stocks was a persistently tenuous European debt picture, as rising bond yields for Italy, Spain, France and Belgium added to investor concerns that the euro zone is headed into a recession. [MKTS/GLOB]
"There's more contagion going on for all the equities markets," said Douglas Davis, chief executive at Davis-Rea.
Materials, the TSX's only positive sector, was helped by gold prices, which gained more than 1 percent after hitting a four-week low of $1,665.88 on Monday and falling nearly 5 percent over the last two weeks. [GOL/]
Goldcorp Inc G.TO, rising 0.6 percent to C$51.78, and Barrick Gold ABX.TO, up 1.2 percent at C$50.47, led gains.
"Gold took a pretty good hit yesterday so we're getting some rebound (today)," Davis said.
($1=$1.04 Canadian) (Editing by Peter Galloway)
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