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Composite index of S&P/TSX went up by 12.86 points to reach 12,713.24 and the TSX Venture Exchange was at 1,682.71 after gaining 3.21 points.
Quarterly reporting season of big banks’ kicked off with Bank of Montreal presenting its first-quarter profits which went up by 34% to $1.1-billion or $1.63 per share. When adjusted, earnings were $1.42 a share which beat the analyst estimate of six cents. They increased their revenue from $3.47-billion to $4.12-billion and the shares climbed 53 cents to $58.54.
The bank has gained from its key U.S. expansion, by acquiring Marshall & Ilsley Corp a Milwaukee-based enterprise recently. According to analysts such deals will continue in boosting results.
Sun Life Global Investments, chief investment officer, Sadiq Adatia feels that the banks acquisitions in the U.S. will show the way forward. He also added that he thinks that was the vision of the bank when they first began buying these assets. Even with the present economic U.S. slowdown the country will eventually will be back on track which aid in diversifying some assets that they are acquiring from the Canadian sources.
Report from Royal Bank, TD Bank and National Bank is expected on Thursday
SNC-Lavalin Group Inc, the engineering group was a big early decliner. They announced their requirement to investigate the undocumented payment of $35-million booked in the previous year. The company is slashing its profit forecast for 2011 by 18 per cent and postponing the announcement of its full-year and fourth-quarter financial results. Its shares fell by $11 or by 22.74 % to $37.37.
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Commodity-sensitive Canadian dollar went up by 0.32 to 100.4 U.S. cents with the rising prices of gold and copper.
There was advance in the U.S. markets even as the U.S. Commerce Department announced that orders for the durable goods or items that typically last for a minimum three years fell by 4 % previous month. It is much more than what the economist were hoping for at 1.1 per cent. Core capital goods, which are seen as an excellent, gauge for business investment strategy, dropped by 4.5 per cent, the biggest in one year. There was an all time high demand for these goods as companies moved in to benefit from the expiring tax breaks on procurement of capital goods.
Balancing out the negative reading was other data which showed that in February U.S. consumer confidence rose considerably to the highest level in a year.
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Consumer confidence index of the Conference Board is at 70.8, higher than the revised 61.5 projected in January. This happened due to the improving evaluation of the job market by consumers. Reading by analysts was expected to be 63.
Adatia included that since mid-2011 he has been bullish on the U.S. as he has been noticing the signs. Value of housing has fairly stabilized and the consumer is feeling more confident with the unemployment numbers decreasing. Things are not that bad.
There was a gain of 28.08 points in the Dow Jones industrial average to 13,009.59 and the NASDAQ composite index was up by 21.04 points to 2,987.2. The S&P 500 index also went up 4.75 points to reach 1,372.34.
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Gold sector increased 0.55 % with the increase of U.S. $10.50 to U.S. $1,785.40 in the April contract. Goldcorp Inc. gained 53 cents to reach U.S. $48.88.
Oil prices fell for the second day and the TSX energy sector remained flat. The Nymex April crude contract was down 29 cents a barrel to US $108.27. Cenovus Energy was at $38.55 by losing 21 cents.
This month there was a 13 per cent hike in Crude mainly over concerns about nuclear program of Iran and disruption of supply from the Mideast. This sudden higher crude price has brought in concerns about how this could affect economic recovery in the U.S. It will stress corporate earnings and exacerbate the European recession.
There was a 0.55 % dip in the base metals sector even with copper prices continuing to gush with the March contract. It was up by 3 % to U.S. $3.91 a pound. With signs of recovering U.S. economic growth the prices for the metal have increased by 3.5 %. There is hope that China will continue relaxing the lending values to support growth. They are the largest consumers of metals in the world.
Thompson Creek Metals Co. Inc shares fell by 12.7% or $1.10 to $7.56 with its report of a marginal quarterly profit of U.S. $800,000. There was a fall in revenue to U.S. $116.7-million from $156.8, showcasing a steep drop in molybdenum price. In other sectors First Quantum Minerals gained 23% to U.S. $22.95.
There is some other earnings news including Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Inc. the biggest auctioneers of industrial equipment in the world, reporting for 2011 a net profit rise to U.S. $76.6-million or 72 cents per share. They had net earnings of 61 cents a share or $65.7-million in 2010. They said that their profits for fourth quarter became more than double to $26.8-million.