* TSX down 267.59 points, or 1.9 pct, at 13,940.84
* All 10 sectors weaker
* Oil, gold, copper prices fall (Updates to afternoon)
By Claire Sibonney
TORONTO, April 11 (Reuters) - Toronto’s main stock index slid sharply on Monday afternoon, falling more nearly 2 percent in a broad decline led by weaker energy and materials shares on the back of falling commodity prices.
Gold miners skidded 3.3 percent after bullion eased from a record high hit earlier in the day as an oil price retreat dimmed some of gold’s safe-haven attraction. [GOL/]
Barrick Gold Corp (ABX.TO) shed 3.3 percent to C$50.34 and Agnico Eagle AEM.TO slid 2.9 percent to C$62.02.
Energy shares were down 3.2 percent as U.S. crude futures fell nearly $3 a barrel to below $110 on prospects of a Libyan peace deal. [O/R]
Suncor Energy (SU.TO) sank 3.1 percent to C$43.27 and Canadian Natural Resources (CNQ.TO) plunged 4.4 percent to C$45.21.
“Going back over the last week I’ve heard so many predictions that crude oil was on its way to $120 and I just don’t see that short term,” said John Kurgan, senior market strategist at commodity futures brokerage Lind-Waldock Canada.
“Maybe longer term it’s going to work its way back up there but I think a lot of the funds that were pushing this thing higher are probably taking some profits here.”
Base metal miners also tumbled, falling 2.6 percent as copper pulled back from five-week highs on news of another strong earthquake in Japan. [MET/L]
At 3:17 p.m. (1917 GMT), the Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE was down 267.59 points, or 1.9 percent, at 13,940.84. All 10 of its main sectors were lower, including financials, down 0.8 percent.
The move pushed the index below significant support sitting at the 50-day moving average around 14,000.
Investors were also cautiously awaiting the start of U.S. earnings season with Alcoa reporting after the bell. The Bank of Canada will make a policy announcement on Tuesday but is expected to hold interest rates steady.
($1=$0.96 Canadian) (Reporting by Claire Sibonney; editing by Rob Wilson)