March 30, 2009 / 5:16 PM / 9 years ago

CANADA STOCKS-TSX drops 4 pct as automaker, bank fears hit

 TORONTO, March 30 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index
was down 4 percent on Monday afternoon as oil prices dropped
below $50 a barrel and troubles in the North American auto
sector and European banking industry hit investor sentiment.
 At 1:08 p.m. (1708 GMT), the S&P/TSX composite index
.GSPTSE was down 354.45 points, or 4.02 percent, at 8,466.61,
wiping out all of last week's 3.7 percent gain.
 All 10 TSX sectors were lower, with the financial index and
energy sector both down more than 5 percent.
 (Reporting by Frank Pingue; editing by Peter Galloway)

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