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CANADA STOCKS-TSX slips as oil prices drag energy-sector stocks

* TSX down 50.12 points, or 0.33 percent, at 15,263.01

* Seven of the TSX's 10 main groups trade lower

TORONTO, March 22 Canada's main stock index fell on Wednesday as weakness in oil prices weighed on the energy sector, offsetting modest strength in gold-mining shares.

The energy group retreated 0.8 percent. Suncor Energy Inc gave back 0.4 percent to C$40.38, and TransCanada Corp was down 0.3 percent at C$60.92.

U.S. crude prices were down 1.2 percent to $47.67 a barrel, while Brent crude lost 1.3 percent to $50.3.

The financials group slipped 0.9 percent. Royal Bank of Canada fell 0.6 percent to C$94.86, and Toronto Dominion Bank slipped 0.5 percent to C$64.50.

The materials group, which includes precious and base metals miners and fertilizer companies, added 0.9 percent. Barrick Gold Corp advanced 0.4 percent to C$26.10. Miner Teck Resources Ltd gained 2.1 percent to C$27.86.

Gold futures rose 0.1 percent to $1,247.9 an ounce. Copper prices declined 0.5 percent to $5,747 a tonne.

At 10.10 ET, the Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index fell 50.12 points, or 0.33 percent, to 15,263.01. Of the index's 10 main groups seven were in negative territory. (Reporting by John Tilak; Editing by Nick Zieminski)

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