CANADA STOCKS-TSX rattled by sharp slide in energy shares

Thu Sep 24, 2009 10:49am EDT
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 * TSX down 163.90 points at 11,353.64
 * Energy shares, off 3 pct, lead decline
 * Weak U.S. home sales data also a drag
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 By Frank Pingue
 TORONTO, Sept 24 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index
retreated broadly on Thursday as a slide in oil prices knocked
energy shares lower and weak U.S. home sales data hit other
 Notable among falling oil companies were Suncor Energy
(SU.TO: Quote), off 3 percent at C$37.01, and Canadian Natural
Resources (CNQ.TO: Quote), down 3.8 percent at C$72.09.
 The index's energy group dropped 2.5 percent as the oil
price fell below $68 a barrel in an extended response to
Wednesday's U.S. weekly oil data, which showed increases in
crude stocks. [O/R]
  At 10:45 a.m. (1445 GMT), the S&P/TSX composite index
.GSPTSE was down 221.48 points, or 1.9 percent, at 11,296.06.
In early  trade, it had risen as much as 35 points.
 All 10 of the TSX's sectors were down at midmorning.
 The drop comes a day after the TSX reached its highest
level in nearly a year, touching 11,648.55.
 "The pullback in crude oil is the dominant factor," said
Fergal Smith, managing market strategist at Action Economics.
"Plus we made a fresh uptrend high for the TSX composite so I
think the market is consolidating recent gains."
 Financial shares gained at the open in a move that Smith
said was tied to news that Canada is set to extend a program to
buy insured mortgages, which is designed to aid banks.
 But financials then turned firmly into negative territory,
down 1.5 percent, along with all other sectors in response to
U.S. data that showed an unexpected fall in sales of previously
owned U.S. homes in August. [ID:nN24411383]
 Shares of Manulife Financial (MFC.TO: Quote) were down 2.8 percent
at C$22.06, while Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD.TO: Quote) was off 1
percent at C$68.07.
 ($1=$1.08 Canadian)
 (Reporting by Frank Pingue; editing by Peter Galloway)