CANADA STOCKS-TSX falls; resource stocks, railways weigh

Tue Oct 13, 2015 4:48pm EDT
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* TSX ends down 119.63 points, or 0.86 percent, at 13,844.73

* Six of the TSX's 10 main groups fall

By Alastair Sharp

TORONTO, Oct 13 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index pulled back on Tuesday, with energy stocks stung by a drop in oil prices and investor sentiment hurt by weak trade data out of China that weighed on miners and railway companies.

Chinese imports plunged 20 percent in September, casting doubt on the strength of domestic demand in the world's second-largest economy, while oil fell after the West's energy watchdog forecast a global supply glut would last through 2016.

The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index ended down 119.63 points, or 0.86 percent, at 13,844.73. Six of its 10 main groups fell.

It had risen to 14,000 last week after starting October around 13,000, largely on the back of gains in the energy and materials sectors. The exchange was closed for a public holiday on Monday.

"The whole rebound in energy and commodities is still very much a toss-up," said Elvis Picardo, strategist at Global Securities in Vancouver. "The fundamentals are very mixed and there are just so many moving parts."   Continued...