CANADA STOCKS-Energy selloff drags TSX lower amid market jitters

Thu May 8, 2014 5:22pm EDT

* TSX down 110.37 points, or 0.75 percent, at 14,546.03
    * Eight of 10 main index sectors decline
    * Linamar jumps 12 percent after results
    * Telus rises after quarterly report

    By John Tilak
    TORONTO, May 8 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index dropped
on Thursday as investor nervousness with recent gains sparked a
selloff in energy shares, one of the best performing sectors
this year, and weighed down broader sentiment.
    Investors also dissected congressional testimony by U.S.
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, who urged the U.S. Congress
to address the nation's long-term budget challenges, warning
that the current course was unsustainable. 
    The energy sector has rallied strongly since the start of
the year. Despite Thursday's decline, the group is up about 14
percent this year. 
    "The market is extremely volatile," said Marcus Xu,
portfolio manager at MY Capital Management Corp in Vancouver.
"People are very cautious. Nobody wants to stick their neck
out."
    Energy shares have been on "a pretty crazy run," added Xu,
who said it was investor caution, and not any weakness in
fundamentals, that caused the decline on Thursday. 
    The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index
 closed down 110.37 points, or 0.75 percent, at
14,546.03. It is still up about 6.8 percent this year.
    "Overall the TSX should be more stable than the S&P 500 this
year and the returns should be a little bit higher as well,"
said Xu, who recommends that investors should stay away from
sectors such as technology and healthcare. 
    Eight of the 10 main sectors on the index were in the red on
Thursday.
    Energy shares gave back 2.8 percent. Canadian Natural
Resources Ltd lost 3.3 percent to C$43, and Suncor
Energy Inc slipped 2.2 percent to C$42.19.
    Investors also digested a slew of several earnings reports.
    Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc reported
a 35 percent jump in cash earnings, helped by robust drug sales
in the United States and in its Bausch & Lomb eye care business.
The stock shed 2.1 percent to C$142.07. 
    Telus Corp was up 1 percent at C$39.85 after the
telecommunications company posted a higher quarterly profit.
 
    SNC-Lavalin Group Inc reported quarterly earnings
that exceeded expectations and raised its 2014 forecast. The
shares of the engineering and construction company were little
changed. 
    Linamar Corp shot up 12 percent to C$58.89 after
the auto parts maker reported results late on Wednesday. The
stock was the biggest percentage gainer on the index.
    ($1=$1.09 Canadian)

 (Editing by Peter Galloway)