October 15, 2015 / 8:53 PM / 2 years ago

CANADA STOCKS-TSX slips as energy stocks pull back, Valeant falls

(Adds portfolio manager comment, updates prices to close)

* TSX ends down 46.36 points, or 0.33 percent, at 13,828.97

* Valeant falls 5.4 pct after subpoena by U.S. prosecutors

By Alastair Sharp

TORONTO, Oct 15 (Reuters) - Canada’s main stock index slipped on Thursday, as a pullback among energy stocks and a U.S. subpoena for Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc weighed.

Valeant fell 5.4 percent to C$216.73 after it said it was subpoenaed by U.S. prosecutors on its pricing, drug distribution and patient assistance programs.

The energy group slipped 0.6 percent, with oil falling for a fourth straight day as a U.S. crude buildup supported oversupply concerns.

The most influential decliners included Canadian Natural Resources, which fell 1.2 percent to C$30.65, and Suncor Energy Inc, down 0.7 percent at C$36.75.

“Canada is underperforming the U.S. today, likely due to a pullback in resources, which have been having a strong month so far in October,” said Youssef Zohny, portfolio manager at StennerZohny Investment Partners+ of Richardson GMP Ltd.

The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index ended down 46.36 points, or 0.33 percent, at 13,828.97.

It had risen steadily this month to above 14,000 by late last week, largely driven by renewed buying interest in the beaten-down energy sector.

“We’ve had a nice relief rally but definitely the risks are to the downside,” Zohny said, citing Canada’s exposure to a global economy showing signs of slowdown.

Advancing issues just outnumbered decliners, by 122 to 119, with most sectors posting only moderate gains or losses overall.

Several heavyweight financial stocks added to the downward move, with Toronto-Dominion Bank off 0.4 percent to C$52.17 and Manulife Financial Corp down 0.9 percent at C$21.08. (Reporting by Alastair Sharp; Editing by James Dalgleish and Matthew Lewis)

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