Canada's Main TSX Mkt Lower On Selling Pressure In Tech Sector, But Smaller TSX Venture Mkt Slightly Higher

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Canada's main stock market the bigger TSX is lower today, with all sectors in the S&P/TSX Composite Index down in afternoon trade. Technology stocks are taking the hardest hit on the TSX today as disappointing results from Microsoft ( MSFT ) and Google ( GOOG ) over the past 24 hours are weighing on sector stocks worldwide. But the smaller TSX Venture Exchange has twice recovered from big sell offs to recover - earlier by quite a bit, and currently by enough to take it just back in to positive territory.

In economic news, consumer prices rose 1.2% during the 12 months to September, matching the increase in August. Higher energy prices, particularly for gasoline and electricity, led the advance in the September Consumer Price Index ( CPI ). The rise was tempered, however, by lower year-over-year price increases for the purchase of passenger vehicles and for food purchased from stores.

Here's where the Canadian markets stand:

- S&P/TSX Composite Index down 57.03 (-0.5%) to 12,409.09.

- S&P/TSX Venture Composite Index up 0.35 (+0.03%) to 1,312.69.

In commpany news, shares of BCE Inc. (BCE, BCE.TO) are down about 2% on the TSX with the Canadian government saying it cannot overturn a decision by the country's broadcast regulator rejecting BCE Inc.'s $3.4 billion bid to buy Astral Media Inc. (ACM-A.TO), which is down 15%.

Sebastien Gariepy, a spokesman for Canada's heritage minister, said the federal cabinet has no authority over decisions by the independent Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. The regulator blocked the deal yesterday, saying it would have resulted in an unprecedented level of consolidation in Canada's media industry.



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Referenced Stocks: CPI , GOOG , MSFT

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