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‘It’s hard to imagine an uglier morning:’ Markets woke up today to two things they hate the most

Equities tumbling. Silver and gold gaining. Oil plummeting. “It’s difficult to imagine an uglier morning,” writes JPMorgan’s trading desk. There’s nothing hyperbolic about that statement. North American markets sank at the open following their global peers as investors broadly retreated from global stocks amid fears of financial instability. The U.S. benchmark ...

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Investors should expect looming earnings period to be volatile

Estimates for fourth-quarter earnings per share for S&P/TSX Composite Index stocks happen to be slashed by five per cent in the past 3 months, with the resource sectors seeing the most revisions. Since June, amid falling energy prices, average estimates from equity analysts for materials and companies for the fiscal year’s ...

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Oil’s new mantra: ‘A lot lower for a lot longer’

The first mantra of the oil crisis was “lower for longer.” Then “lower for even longer.” Now in Davos, oil executives are starting to talk – in other words, whisper – about a new nightmare scenario: “A lot lower for a lot longer.” Oil executives, policy makers and banks said ...

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Canadian bond yields to be lower for longer this year

National Bank Markets lowered its outlook for Canadian bond yields this season, saying weaker-than-expected economic growth will add downward pressure. The new forecast sees the two-year government of Canada bond trading at around 0.66 per cent by the end of 2016, down from an authentic call of 0.98 per cent. ...

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Tesla Motors Inc posts 11th straight quarterly loss, but expects to become profitable in 2016

Tesla Motors Inc forecast deliveries of Model S sedans and Model X SUVs that topped analysts’ estimates and said it expects to show in a profit in 2016, sending its shares 15 percent higher in after-hours trading. The electric car maker has long enjoyed the status of Silicon Valley darling ...

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‘You can’t get weak in the knees’: Canadian miners continue to expand abroad despite brutal bear market

Canadian miners working abroad just aren’t quitting. Why a world in turmoil is still parking its money in Canada – lots of cash Our economy is struggling yet Canada’s government bonds were the very best performers this year among major developed economies. What gives? Despite a horrendous bear market in ...

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A Wes side story: Kingsdale founder gets the documentary treatment

In fourteen days a documentary – titled Wes – will premier at the Toronto Black Film Festival. For people who ply their exchange an investment world, a family name is not required to recognize the person who is the subject from the documentary, which runs for nearly 90 minutes and ...

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Fund flows could be more ‘muted’ as volatility takes hold: BMO

A record net $24.6 billion in cash piled into Canadian funds this past year in the first quarter, an occasion when Canadians tend to put money aside and contribute to their Registered Retirement funds Plans, but inflows this year “could be more muted” as volatility got its toll on global markets and shatters investors’ confidence, BMO Capital Markets analysts ...

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‘Asymmetrical economics’ in WPT Industrial REIT deal leave some disappointed

What were they thinking? All we all know would be that the decisions made by WPT Industrial REIT following an eight-month strategic review – which failed to look for a buyer for the whole company – have disappointed investors plus some real estate analysts. How much? The units, which traded ...

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Provincial borrowing costs going up at worst possible time

Provincial governments have found borrowing costs rising as investors are pushing in the premiums they need to carry their bonds in light of growing budget deficits and deteriorating economic fundamentals within the oil provinces. The spread between provincial bond yields and Government of Canada bond yields have widened to levels ...

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