April 28, 2010 / 8:54 PM / 9 years ago

CANADA STOCKS-TSX falls on European jitters for 2nd session

* TSX falls 0.58 percent to 12,076.89

* S&P cut to Spain’s debt rating rattles market

* Fed’s economic view brightens, low rate vow holds

* Gold producers shine as bullion climbs (Updates to close)

By Ka Yan Ng

TORONTO, April 28 (Reuters) - Toronto’s main stock index fell for a second straight day on Wednesday as worries over Europe’s fiscal troubles outweighed a brief shot in the arm provided by a more upbeat U.S. Federal Reserve outlook.

Financial and energy shares were among the heavyweight sectors leading the way lower, down 1.38 percent and 0.55 percent, respectively.

Royal Bank of Canada (RY.TO), the country’s biggest lender, dropped 1.34 percent to C$60.58, while Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CM.TO) lost 1.25 percent to C$74.49. Suncor Energy (SU.TO), Canada’s biggest oil producer, dropped 1 percent to C$33.57.

Nervousness over the fragility of sovereign debt in the euro zone spurred a flight to safe-haven assets after Spain was hit by a credit rating downgrade on Wednesday, following downgrades to Greece and Portugal on Tuesday. [ID:nWNA9804] [ID:nTOPNOW2]

“The main thing that’s driving the markets in the last few days is the fear of what’s happening in Europe and how far is that contagion likely to spread,” said Michael Sprung, president at Sprung & Co Investment Counsel.

The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE finished 69.85 points, or 0.58 percent, lower at 12,076.89. Nine of the index’s 10 main groups were down.

The index briefly popped into positive territory after the U.S. Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged near zero and offered a brighter economic view. [ID:nN27125552]

The heavyweight materials group gained 1.35 percent, well-supported by broad gains from gold producers, with bullion prices rallying to their best level in almost five months. [GOL/]

Goldcorp (G.TO) (G.TO) was ahead 3.17 percent at C$42.99, while Agnico Eagle (AEM.TO) jumped 3.36 percent to C$64.24.

Barrick Gold added 2.6 percent to C$42.51, rising with the broad gold rally and on the back of a first-quarter profit that more than doubled to a record high. [ID:nN27154316]

$1=$1.01 Canadian Reporting by Ka Yan Ng; editing by Peter Galloway

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