TORONTO, Feb 22 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index extended its losses on Tuesday, as turmoil in the Middle East prompted heavy declines across the market.
Fears of intensifying unrest in Libya, as leader Muammar Gaddafi refused to step down, helped fuel a flight from riskier assets across world markets. [ID:nLDE71L1CD] [MKTS/GLOB]
The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE was down 150.58 points, or 1.07 percent, to 13,972.53 by early afternoon.
The energy group was the lone gainer, up 0.73 percent, as oil prices rose on worries that Middle East unrest could disrupt crude supplies.
($1=$0.99 Canadian) (Reporting by Solarina Ho; editing by Rob Wilson)