CANADA STOCKS-TSX falls on weakness in financials, consumer staples

Wed Mar 2, 2016 11:39am EST
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(Adds details on sectors and individual stocks, updates prices)

* TSX down 57.81 points, or 0.45 percent, to 12,924.29

* Six of the TSX's 10 main groups were lower

TORONTO, March 2 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index fell on Wednesday as losses for financial and consumer staple stocks offset gains for materials, energy and healthcare stocks.

The most influential movers on the index included bank stocks, with Bank of Nova Scotia falling 1.1 percent to C$57.27 a share and Royal Bank of Canada declining 1.1 percent to C$69.39.

The financials group fell 0.8 percent.

Consumer staple stocks also dragged. Loblaw Companies Ltd fell 2.1 percent to C$68.69, while Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc was down 1.9 percent at C$60.68.

However, energy stocks rose 0.7 percent, with Canadian Natural Resources Ltd rising 1.6 percent to C$29.24.

U.S. crude prices were up 1.1 percent to $34.78 a barrel as earlier losses were reversed.   Continued...