(Reuters) - Canada’s main stock index fell at the open on Thursday as a second wave of coronavirus infections dented optimism around an economic revival, while the government’s pledge to boost public spending had little effect on investor sentiment.
* At 9:45 a.m. ET (1345 GMT), the Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE was down 51.15 points, or 0.32%, at 15,765.96.
* The Canadian dollar weakened to a seven-week low against the greenback as investors worried about another global economic hit from the coronavirus pandemic and Ottawa’s pledge of further economic aid failed to lift the currency.
* On the TSX, 38 issues were higher, while 180 issues declined for a 4.74-to-1 ratio to the downside, with 20.45 million shares traded.
* The TSX posted two new 52-week highs and one new low.
* Across all Canadian issues there were five new 52-week highs and 10 new lows, with total volume of 49.36 million shares.
Reporting by Shashank Nayar in Bengaluru; Editing by Ramakrishnan M and Shailesh Kuber
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