December 31, 2019 / 3:05 PM / 18 days ago

CANADA STOCKS-TSX falls on energy declines; set for best year in a decade

Dec 31 (Reuters) - Canada’s main stock index fell on Tuesday, with energy companies leading declines, as oil prices fell on the last day of 2019.

* At 9:41 a.m. ET (1441 GMT), the Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX Composite index was down 32.22 points, or 0.19%, at 17,066.34.

* The main index is up 19% this year, on track to post its biggest percentage rise since 2009.

* Eight of the index’s 11 major sectors were lower, led by the energy sector which dropped 0.6%.

* U.S. crude prices were down 1.6% a barrel, while Brent crude lost 1.4%.

* French aeronautics group Latecoere has agreed to buy Bombardier’s electrical wiring interconnection system business based in the Mexican state of Querétaro for around $50 million, the companies said. Bombardier’s shares rose 0.5%.

* On the TSX, 63 issues were higher, while 161 issues declined for a 2.56-to-1 ratio to the downside, with 10.36 million shares traded.

* The largest percentage gainers on the TSX were Hudsons Bay Comp, which jumped 10.2%, and Ballard Power, which rose 2.1%.

* Chorus Aviation fell 1.6%, the most on the TSX, and the second biggest decliner was Baytex Energy Co, down 1.6%.

* The most heavily traded shares by volume were Aurora Cannabis, B2gold Corp and Yamana Gold Inc .

* The TSX posted nine new 52-week highs and two new lows.

* Across all Canadian issues there were 23 new 52-week highs and six new lows, with total volume of 20.24 million shares. (Reporting by Shreyashi Sanyal in Bengaluru; Editing by Amy Caren Daniel)

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