CANADA STOCKS-TSX tumbles on TD warning, sliding oil price
* Index hits lowest level since December 2003
* TD announces credit trading losses, stock down
* Losses accelerated by sliding oil
* Teck drops 32 percent on cost cut plans
By Ka Yan Ng
TORONTO, Nov 20 (Reuters) - The Toronto Stock Exchange's main index fell more than 4 percent on Thursday as the financials group was weighed down by an earnings warning from Toronto-Dominion Bank TD.TO and the price of oil slid to a 42-month low.
The index's financials group dropped 7 percent, extending the previous session's slide as TD became the second bank this week, after Bank of Nova Scotia on Tuesday, to announce credit trading losses. [ID:N20398511]
TD, Canada's second-largest bank, said that C$350 million in after-tax credit trading losses will eat into fourth-quarter earnings. Its shares lost 7.3 percent to C$46.27.
All other major banks saw steep losses as worries mounted that similar news will emerge from TD's peers. CIBC (CM.TO: Quote) led all banks lower, down 9.3 percent at C$43.80. Heavyweight insurer Manulife Financial MFC.TO also fell, down 12 percent at C$18.47. Continued...