CANADA STOCKS-TSX plunges to 5-year low on oil, TD warning
*Index drops 9 pct to lowest level since Nov 2003
*Financials tumble 12.2 percent on bank warnings
*Oil falls below $50 a barrel on recession fears (Adds closing numbers, quotes, details)
TORONTO, Nov 20 (Reuters) - Toronto Stock Exchange's main index sank to its lowest level in five years on Thursday as an earnings warning from Toronto-Dominion Bank TD.TO pounded the financials group and the price of crude slid below $50 a barrel.
The heavily-weighted financials group plunged 12.2 percent, pulled lower by TD Bank, which announced it would take after-tax charges of C$350 million for credit-trading losses. Earlier this week, Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS.TO: Quote) said it would take after-tax charges of C$595 million. [ID:nN20398511]
TD Bank sank 12.7 percent to C$43.57, while Scotiabank fell 13.3 percent to C$30.54.
All the other big Canadian banks had steep losses as worries mounted of more charges to come. Royal Bank of Canada (RY.TO: Quote) dropped 13.5 percent to C$35.65, and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce CM.TO was down 12.5 percent at C$42.28.
Heavyweight insurer Manulife Financial MFC.TO tumbled 14.8 percent to C$17.86.
"This is a final confirmation, if that was ever needed, that the problems we're seeing in the rest of the world have been affecting the Canadian economy in a big way," said Elvis Picardo, analyst and strategist at Global Securities in Vancouver. Continued...