Toronto Stocks Retreat

Stocks in Toronto were trading lower led by a 3 percent drop in Energy stocks on Thursday following five straight days of gains that were fueled by news that interest rates may have peaked.

The TSX Composite was negative by 79.37 points at 19,978.52.

On the economic front, the trend in housing starts was higher in October at 256,280 units, up 1% from 253,957 units in September.

U.S tech giant Amazon is investing in its first Canadian wind farm. The company announced it will partner with developer Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners on a 495-megawatt capacity wind farm to be built in Vulcan County in southern Alberta.

The Canadian dollar inched down 0.043 cents at 72.65 cents U.S.

The December gold contract was up US$25.50 at US$1,989.80 an ounce.


The TSX Venture Exchange shed 1.61 points to 516.36.

Four of the 12 TSX subgroups gained ground Thursday, led by gold, surging 2.58%, materials, better by 0.86%, and industrials stocks, growing 0.16%.

On the downside, energy slumped 3.08%, health-care shed 1.70% and consumer discretionary pulled back 0.75%.


U.S stocks were trading lower Thursday.

The S&P 500 shed 7 points, or 0.2%, to 4,496, the Dow Jones Industrial Average shed 90 points, or 0.3%, to 34,902 and the Nasdaq Composite fell by 45 points, or 0.3%, to 14,058.

In economic news, the Philadelphia Fed said Thursday that its gauge of regional business activity improved slightly to negative 5.9 in November from negative 9 in the prior month. A Fed report on industrial production showed a drop of 0.6% in October, larger than economists had expected.

The Labor Department said claims for new jobless benefits rose by 13,000 to 231,000 last week, well ahead of the Street consensus forecast of 220,000 and the highest in nearly two years.

Walmart shares took a hit, dropping more than 7% after the retail giant issued a lacklustre full-year profit outlook, while expressing concern for the health of the U.S. consumer, despite a better-than-expected third quarter earnings update.

Macy’s stock was up nearly 9% after posting stronger-than-expected third quarter earnings as fewer product markdowns and slower freight costs boosted margins by 1.1%.

Oil prices edged lower on Thursday, extending losses from the previous session as signals of higher supply from the United States met concern over muted energy demand from China.

Brent futures were down 70 cents at $80.48 U.S a barrel.

The yield on the 10-year Treasury was off by nearly 9 basis points at 4.45%.

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