CANADA STOCKS-TSX falls as investors seek clarity on Greece, Fed rate hike

Fri Jun 5, 2015 4:48pm EDT
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* TSX ends down 62.23 points, or 0.41 percent, at 14,957.16

* First sub-15,000 finish since mid-May

By Alastair Sharp

TORONTO, June 5 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index fell further on Friday as investors retreated from a range of stocks amid uncertainty about the Greek debt crisis and the timing of possible U.S. rate hikes.

See-sawing crude oil prices also played havoc on the resource-rich index as the OPEC producers group kept its oil output target unchanged and the U.S. dollar surged.

The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index ended down 62.23 points, or 0.41 percent, at 14,957.16.

That was its first sub-15,000 finish since mid-May and followed a 0.9 percent slip on Thursday. The index lost 0.4 percent on the week.

"Markets in the last two days have been caught in the crossroads of Greece, the uncertain implications of its debt problems on the future of the euro zone, and the employment figures - better North American job growth driving further speculation around the timing of an upcoming Fed rate hike," said Craig Fehr, Canadian market strategist at Edward Jones in St. Louis, Missouri.   Continued...