CANADA STOCKS-TSX tumbles on Korea, euro zone woes
* TSX slides 135.26 points to 12,793.75
* Nine of 10 main groups lower
* Utilities group ekes out 0.2 percent gain (Adds details, quote)
By Jennifer Kwan
TORONTO, Nov 23 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index ended sharply lower on Tuesday as tensions in the Korean peninsula and euro zone debt concerns pushed down heavily weighted commodity-linked shares.
Toronto stocks followed global equities lower, with energy shares, down 1.6 percent, among the hardest-hit groups on the resource-heavy index. [O/R]
Key decliners included Suncor Energy (SU.TO: Quote), off 2.7 percent at C$33.95, and Canadian Natural Resources CNQ.TO, down 2.2 percent at C$39.10. Encana Corp (ECA.TO: Quote) dropped 1.6 percent to C$28.50.
Investor sentiment was shaken as North Korea fired dozens of artillery shells at a South Korean island in one of the heaviest attacks on its neighbor since the Korean War ended in 1953. [ID:nL3E6MN0MA]
The incident hit global financial markets that were already unnerved by fears that a rescue package for Ireland might not stop problems from spreading to other indebted euro zone countries. [MKTS/GLOB] Continued...