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CANADA STOCKS-TSX opens lower as materials slip on easing gold prices

July 9 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index dropped at the open on Tuesday, with the materials sector leading the declines as gold prices eased to a one-week low.

* At 9:30 a.m. ET (1330 GMT), the Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX Composite index was down 40.01 points, or 0.24%, at 16,422.94.

(Reporting by Shreyashi Sanyal in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila)