May 27, 2009 / 9:46 PM / 8 years ago

CANADA STOCKS-TSX tumbles as banks, materials retreat

* TSX finishes down 1.4 percent at 10,142.16

* Financials tumble 2.9 pct, lead TSX lower

* Bank earnings remain main market focus (Adds details, quotes)

By Jennifer Kwan

TORONTO, May 27 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index snapped a three-session winning streak on Wednesday, tumbling more than 1 percent as rising yields on U.S. government debt fanned fears of higher borrowing costs, which delay an economic recovery.

The heavily weighted financials sector dropped 2.9 percent, following a retreat by U.S. equity markets, as the surging bond yields fueled concerns that consumers and businesses could face higher charges for mortgages and other loans. [ID:nN27267395]

"When yields start rising, and rising sharply, basically what that means for the stock market is that all the companies and all the people that are spending money ... are looking at a higher cost of money. That is not good for everyone," said Levente Mady, a market strategist at Union Securities in Vancouver.

Typically, stocks and bonds move in opposite directions, as government debt is often bought as a safe haven when investors posses little appetite for riskier equities.

But the rising yields were enough to prompt a selloff in stocks, said Mady.

"If yields continues to rise that is going to be a major hurdle for stock markets to continue to do better," said Mady, noting yields are rising, in part, on supply concerns. [ID:nN27274833]

Analysts also said bank shares gave up some recent gains, while the materials group fell as metal prices sagged.

The heavily weighted financials sector dropped 2.9 percent after gaining 4.6 percent on Tuesday when Bank of Montreal (BMO.TO) posted a stronger quarterly profit than expected.

Banks were among the main movers to the down side on Wednesday, including BMO, down 4.4 percent at C$41.79. Royal Bank of Canada (RY.TO) sagged 2.3 percent to C$44.00, while Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD.TO) fell 3.3 percent to C$50.28 and Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS.TO) was down 2.7 percent at C$37.75.

"The financials are lower across the board. It's a little consolidation," said Bruce Latimer, a trader at Dundee Securities. "You've still got more of them to report this week so they may have gotten ahead of themselves."

Laurentian Bank of Canada (LB.TO) was the latest to report results, which came in below market expectations on Wednesday. [ID:nN25448091] Its shares fell 5 percent to C$29.22.

The S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE was down 143.74 points, or 1.4 percent, at 10,142.16, with seven of the 10 main groups lower.

The heavyweight materials group was off 1.7 percent as the price of gold and base metals sagged. Barrick Gold (ABX.TO) was down 2 percent at C$40.17, while Goldcorp (G.TO) slid 0.5 percent to C$42.06.

On the upside, the energy sector rose 0.1 percent as the price of oil CLc1 touched a six-month high near $64 a barrel on Wednesday after Saudi Arabia, OPEC's biggest member, said the global economy had strengthened enough to cope with oil at $75 to $80 a barrel. [ID:nSYD212068]

Suncor Energy (SU.TO) climbed 1.3 percent to C$37.11 and Petro-Canada PCA.TO also rose 1.3 percent to C$46.26.

$1=$1.12 Canadian Reporting by Jennifer Kwan; editing by Rob Wilson

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