TSX falls 1.4% to 16,218.01

FILE PHOTO: Monitors display the stock market numbers in the financial district as the number of novel coronavirus cases continues to grow in Toronto, Ontario, Canada March 16, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio

* The Toronto Stock Exchange’s TSX falls 1.40 percent to 16,218.01

* Leading the index were Laurentian Bank of Canada <LB.TO​>, up 6.1%, Air Canada​ AC.TO, up 3.8%, and Hudbay Minerals Inc​ HBM.TO, higher by 3.3%.

* Lagging shares were Kinaxis Inc​​ KXS.TO, down 6.6%, Equinox Gold Corp​ EQX.TO, down 6.2%, and Aurora Cannabis Inc​ ACB.TO, lower by 6.0%.

* On the TSX 37 issues rose and 181 fell as a 0.2-to-1 ratio favored decliners. There were no and no new lows, with total volume of 260.6 million shares.

* The most heavily traded shares by volume were Suncor Energy Inc SU.TO, Canadian Natural Resources Ltd CNQ.TO and Manulife Financial Corp MFC.TO.

* The TSX's energy group .SPTTEN fell 0.74 points, or 0.9%, while the financials sector .SPTTFS slipped 2.01 points, or 0.7%.

* West Texas Intermediate crude futures CLc1 fell 4.5%, or $1.86, to $39.51 a barrel. Brent crude LCOc1  fell 3.9%, or $1.72, to $42.35 [O/R]

* The TSX is off 5% for the year.