July 26 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index fell on
Monday, erasing initial gains at the open, as weakness in
technology stocks offset gains in commodity-related shares.
* The technology sector fell 1.34% after touching
a record high on Friday, with tech stocks including Shopify Inc
and Blackberry Ltd among the top drags.
* At 9:45 a.m. ET (1345 GMT), the Toronto Stock Exchange's
S&P/TSX composite index was down 38.71 points, or
0.19%, at 20,149.72.
* The energy sector climbed 0.9% as crude prices
were steady as the spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant stoked
fears over future fuel demand, but supply looked set to be tight
through the rest of the year.
* The materials sector, which includes precious
and base metals miners and fertilizer companies, added 1%.
* The financials sector slipped 0.1%. The
industrials sector fell 0.6%.
* On the TSX, 102 issues were higher, while 126 issues
declined for a 1.24-to-1 ratio to the downside, with 16.75
million shares traded.
* Biotech firm Trillium Therapeutics Inc fell
4.2%, the most on the TSX, and the second biggest decliner was
marine port service provider Westshore Terminals Investment Corp
, down 3.6%.
* The largest percentage gainer on the TSX was lithium miner
Lithium Americas Corp, which jumped 7.0% on positive
ruling on Nevada mine site.
* Its gains were followed by miner Teck Resources Ltd
, which rose 4.3%.
* The most heavily traded shares by volume were Royal Bank
of Canada, Bank of Montreal and Harte Gold Corp
* The TSX posted no new 52-week highs and no new lows.
* Across all Canadian issues there were 44 new 52-week highs
and four new lows, with total volume of 31.46 million shares.
(Reporting by Amal S in Bengaluru; Editing by Shailesh Kuber)