Toronto stock index plunges on tumbling energy prices
Canada’s largest stock index nose-dived Tuesday while U.S. stocks slumped as the price of oil saw its biggest single-day drop since October.
The S&P/TSX composite index retreated 113.13 points to 15,913.13, with the energy sector leading the broadbased decline as the December crude contract fell US$1.06 to US$55.70 per barrel.
In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 30.23 points to 23,409.47. The S&P 500 index edged back 5.97 points to 2,578.87 and the Nasdaq composite index lost 19.73 points to 6,737.87.
“We’re seeing continuing weakness in global markets. We’ve seen that all the major markets have kind of retreated from the highs that were set earlier in the month,” said Todd Mattina, chief economist and strategist at Mackenzie Investments.
“The decline in oil prices is really weighing on energy sectors in global markets.”