CANADA STOCKS-TSX reverses gains on Korea worries

Fri Mar 26, 2010 2:53pm EDT
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 * TSX down 26.25 points to 11,931.86
 * Financials, energy lead index lower
 By Claire Sibonney
 TORONTO, March 26 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index
turned lower on Friday as the sinking of a South Korea naval
vessel stoked geopolitical risk worries and spooked investor
 Stocks fell into negative territory after midday, reversing
earlier gains for a second day in a row.
 Analysts said news of the ship sinking with 100 people on
board hit sentiment, even though South Korea's government said
it was not clear if North Korea was involved in the incident.
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 The incident overshadowed earlier confidence European Union
leaders agreeing  on a deal for debt-ridden Greece, pushing up
resource-linked issues.
 "It just seems to me as if investors are looking for
excuses to take some of their profits," said Elvis Picardo, an
analyst and strategist at Global Securities in Vancouver.
 "The underlying tone is still quite healthy, but given that
we've come up quite substantially from last month's lows, I
think investors are a little trigger happy," he added.
 At 2:49 p.m. EDT (1849 GMT), The Toronto Stock Exchange's
S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE dipped 26.25 points, or 0.21
percent, to 11,931.86.
 Eight of the 10 sectors were lower. Materials issues were
1.2 percent higher, reflecting firmer gold prices and copper at
a two-week high. [GOL/] [MET/L]
 The heavily weighted financial sector was hit as Royal Bank
of Canada RY.TO, the country's biggest lender, retreated 1.3
percent to C$59.61 and Toronto-Dominion Bank TD.TO almost 1
percent lower to C$75.76.
 The powerhouse energy sector was down 0.3 percent, with
Suncor Energy Inc SU.TO, the country's largest oil company,
down 0.6 percent to C$30.71, and natural gas major Encana Corp
off 0.7 percent to C$30.34.
 Oil prices fell below $80 after data showed the U.S.
economy grew less than expected last quarter, and the plan to
bail out Greece failed to quell concern over fragile economic
recovery. [O/R]
 ($1=$1.03 Canadian)