March 18, 2020 / 1:49 PM / 4 months ago

CANADA STOCKS-Canadian stocks open lower as coronavirus-driven rout continues

March 18 (Reuters) - Canada’s main stock index plummeted in early trade on Wednesday as concerns over the coronavirus pandemic continued to prompt selling in equities, while weakness in oil prices added to the pressure.

* At 9:39 a.m. ET (1339 GMT), the Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was down 516.86 points, or 4.07%, at 12,168.35.

Reporting by Ambar Warrick in Bengaluru, Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips

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