* TSX down 46.72 points, or 0.3 percent, at 15,430.22
* Half of the TSX’s 10 main groups move lower
TORONTO, May 24 (Reuters) - Canada’s main stock index fell on Wednesday, weighed down by an earnings miss from Bank of Montreal and as investors assessed the latest monetary policy clues from the country’s central bank.
Bank of Montreal fell 2.6 percent to C$92.66 after reporting profits which were slightly below expectations, hit by a decline in income in the United States.
BMO was the first of Canada’s big banks to report quarterly earnings, with Royal Bank of Canada, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and Toronto-Dominion Bank all due to report on Thursday.
The broader financials sector fell 0.6 percent.
Home Capital Group Inc, Canada’s biggest non-bank lender, lost 1.5 percent to C$9.10 after saying late on Tuesday that said it had drawn down an additional C$250 million from a high interest credit line.
At 10:06 a.m. ET (1406 GMT), the Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was down 46.72 points, or 0.3 percent, at 15,430.22.
Half of the index’s 10 main groups were in negative territory. There were three declining issues for every two advancers.
The Bank of Canada held interest rates steady on Wednesday, as expected, saying that while economic growth is likely to moderate in the second quarter, government measures to rein in the housing market have not yet had a substantial cooling effect.
Investors are also looking for clues to U.S. monetary policy with the scheduled release this afternoon of minutes from the last Federal Reserve policy meeting. (Reporting by Alastair Sharp Editing by W Simon)
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