CANADA STOCKS-TSX slips as Canadian National falls on bid to buy Kansas City rail

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April 20 (Reuters) – Canada’s main stock index slipped on Tuesday, pressured by industrial shares as Canadian National tumbled after it offered to buy railroad operator Kansas City Southern for $30 billion.

* Canadian National’s shares dropped 7.5% and was the worst performer on the main index after the company trumped a rival bid by Canadian Pacific to buy Kansas City Southern.

* That led to the industrial sector posting a decline of 2%.

* At 9:44 a.m. ET (13:44 GMT), the Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was down 117.6 points, or 0.61%, at 19,086.82.

* The energy sector dropped 2% even as U.S. crude prices were up 0.3% a barrel and Brent crude added 0.5%.

* The materials sector, which includes precious and base metals miners, lost 0.2% as gold futures fell 0.1% to $1,767.9 an ounce.

* On the TSX, 76 issues were higher, while 150 issues declined for a 1.97-to-1 ratio to the downside, with 15.29 million shares traded.

* The largest percentage gainers on the TSX were Spin Master Corp, which jumped 2.7%, and Altus Group, which rose 2.1%.

* The most heavily traded shares by volume were Zenabis Global Inc, Bombardier and Air Canada .

* The TSX posted five new 52-week highs and one new low.

* Across all Canadian issues there were 26 new 52-week highs and nine new lows, with total volume of 33.50 million shares.

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