* TSX falls 127 points to 8,892.52
* Banks and energy shares headline drop
By Frank Pingue
TORONTO, April 7 (Reuters) - Toronto’s main stock index was down more than 1 percent on Tuesday morning as concerns about toxic assets rattled shares of banks and insurers, while a drop in oil prices pulled down the energy sector.
The financials index was down 1.7 percent following news that the International Monetary Fund was set to forecast toxic assets racked up by banks and insurers could hit $4 trillion. [ID:nT186243]
“The toxic assets are obviously key and with oil prices underneath $50 (a barrel) that’s quite a bit of negative for Canada,” said Sal Masionis, stockbroker at Brant Securities.
The price for oil, a key Canadian export that often influences direction for the TSX, pulled the energy sector down by 2.65 percent.
At 9:45 a.m. (1345 GMT), the S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE was down 127.55 points, or 1.41 percent, at 8,892.52. Nine of the TSX’s 10 sectors were lower
$1=$1.24 Canadian Reporting by Frank Pingue; editing by Peter Galloway