CANADA STOCKS-TSX skids on fears about global recovery

* TSX down 172.12 points, or 1.47 percent, at 11,569.65

* U.S. consumer data ignites fears about growth

* Nine of 10 main TSX groups end lower
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By Jennifer Kwan

TORONTO, July 16 (BestGrowthStock) – Toronto’s main stock index
skidded on Friday as weak U.S. economic data and earnings
results heightened worries about a slow recovery, and pushed
down heavily weighted resource issues.

Toronto’s slide tracked a sharp decline by U.S. stocks (Read more about the stock market today. ),
which tumbled in part after consumer sentiment fell to nearly a
one-year low, highlighting the sluggishness of the economic
recovery.

As well, weak energy costs pushed U.S. consumer prices down
for a third straight month in June. [.N]

“You get a little bit of enthusiasm going here and all of a
sudden you get squashed because consumer sentiment in the U.S.
fell to an 11-month low,” said Fred Ketchen, director of equity
trading at ScotiaMcLeod.

“That tells you there’s not a lot of confidence out
there.”

Suncor Energy Inc (SU.TO: ) was down 1.6 percent at C$32.33,
dragged lower as oil fell to around $76 a barrel on jitters
about the health of the economic recovery. [O/R]

Barrick Gold (ABX.TO: ) fell 1.9 percent to C$44.00 as U.S.
gold dropped on weak inflation data and a selloff in equities
prompted fund selling. [GOL/]

“Fears are still there about double dips,” said Ketchen,
referring to the selloff in commodities.

The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index
(.GSPTSE: ) ended down 172.12 points, or 1.47 percent, at
11,569.65, with nine of its 10 main sectors lower. The small
healthcare group rose 2.7 percent. For the week, the TSX was
down 0.01 percent.

The worries helped to push down each of the index’s key
energy, materials and financial groups by more than 1.5
percent.

Also weighing on investor sentiment were disappointing
quarterly revenue from U.S. bellwether General Electric, as
well as Bank of America and Citigroup. [.N]

Canadian banks got caught up in the sour mood, with Royal
Bank of Canada (RY.TO: ) down 1.7 percent at C$54.09, while Bank
of Nova Scotia (BNS.TO: ) fell 1.4 percent at C$51.71.

($1=$1.06 Canadian)
(Reporting by Jennifer Kwan; editing by Rob Wilson)

CANADA STOCKS-TSX skids on fears about global recovery