UPDATE 3-Toronto stocks hit by RIM, US bailout uncertainty
* TSX index plunges more than 400 points
* RIM retreats 28 percent after softer forecast
* Energy shares fall along with oil price
* Uncertainty surrounds U.S. bailout proposal (Updates closing numbers, adds details, quotes
TORONTO, Sept 26 (Reuters) - The Toronto Stock Exchange's main index slumped more than 3 percent on Friday, battered by a selloff in Research In Motion, tumbling resource shares and uncertainty over the U.S. financial rescue plan.
Tech bellwether RIM RIM.TO set the tone as it skidded 28.2 percent to C$72.57 the day after the BlackBerry-maker said its profit will lag expectations as it spends money on developing a new generation of smartphones. For details see: [ID:nN26288076].
The heavyweight energy sector added to the pressure, sliding along with oil, which was hurt by worries over the bailout package. Among the losers, Canadian Natural Resources (CNQ.TO: Quote) fell 4.3 percent to C$80.56.
Uncertainty over the fate of the $700 billion bailout proposal rounded out the negative sentiment, as did the seizure of U.S. savings and loan Washington Mutual (WM.N: Quote), the biggest bank failure in U.S. history. See: [ID:nLQ501615].
"I think it's encapsulated by one word more than anything else, and the word is 'uncertainty'," said Peter Chandler, senior vice-president of Canaccord Capital in Waterloo, Ontario. Continued...