CANADA STOCKS-TSX falls as energy stocks slump with oil prices

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* TSX falls 28.32 points, or 0.19 percent, to 15,102.29

* Half of the TSX’s 10 main groups move lower

* Decliners outnumber advancers by more than 2-to-1

TORONTO, July 5 (Reuters) – Canada’s main stock index fell
on Wednesday, with shares of energy companies weighing as oil
prices retreated, while financial stocks and gold miners helped
limit the overall losses.

At 10:25 a.m. ET (1425 GMT), the Toronto Stock Exchange’s
S&P/TSX composite index was down 28.32 points, or 0.19
percent, at 15,102.29.

The energy group, which accounts for one-fifth of the
index’s weight, shed 2.5 percent as oil prices turned sharply
lower after eight days of gains.

The most influential movers on the index included some of
its biggest energy companies, with Canadian Natural Resources
Ltd off 2.4 percent at C$36.61 and Suncor Energy Inc
down 1.4 percent to C$37.00.

U.S. crude prices were down 3.7 percent to $45.32 a
barrel, while Brent crude lost 3.1 percent to $48.05, as
climbing OPEC exports and a stronger dollar weighed on
sentiment.

Raymond James said it had lowered its assumptions for oil
and natural gas prices in 2017 and 2018 and in turn downgraded
shares of a string of Canadian producers, including Cenovus
Energy Inc, which declined 5.7 percent to C$9.09, and
MEG Energy Corp, which lost 8.9 percent to C$3.47.

Regional airline operator Exchange Income Corp was
down 6.4 percent at C$30.55 after being targeted by a
short-seller who said it does not generate enough cash to pay
the dividends it provides investors. The company said it
strenuously disagreed with a number of statements, assumptions
and opinions in the report.

The materials group, which includes precious and base metals
miners and fertilizer companies, added 0.7 percent, with gold
miners bouncing after a recent trend lower, even as bullion held
steady near its lowest in eight weeks.

Barrick Gold Corp advanced 3.2 percent to C$20.66
and Goldcorp Inc added 2.6 percent to C$16.62.

The financials group gained 0.3 percent, with insurer
Manulife Financial Corp up 0.9 percent at C$24.40.

Half of the index’s 10 main groups were in negative
territory, although decliners were outnumbering advancers by
more than 2-to-1 overall.
(Reporting by Alastair Sharp; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)


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