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Jul 25, 2011

C$ firms near 3-1/2 yr high as debt fears hit US$

TORONTO, July 25 (Reuters) – The Canadian dollar finished
stronger against its U.S. counterpart on Monday, within sight
of last week’s 3-1/2 year high, as a stalemate in U.S. debt
talks boosted Canada’s flight-to-safety status.

The breakdown in U.S. budget talks has fueled demand for
perceived safe-haven currencies, as the greenback hit a record
low versus the Swiss franc and a four-month trough against the
yen. [FRX/]

Jul 20, 2011

Analysis: Investors look to Canada debt in U.S., Europe crises

TORONTO (Reuters) – Canada’s debt market is seeing an influx of money as crises in Europe and United States send investors elsewhere, but the country’s relatively small market means the shift may not be permanent.

With its strong economy, stable debt market and sound banks, Canada has long been a refuge for those looking for somewhere to park their money. But instability in the world’s biggest debt markets has made it even more attractive.

Jul 17, 2011

Low rates push Canadian banks to fight for profit

TORONTO, July 17 (Reuters) – Frugal Canadian customers, low
interest rates and stiff competition are putting a squeeze on
the profits from loans made by the country’s big banks, a trend
that’s likely to persist into 2012.

Canada’s five major banks all reported a drop in net
interest margins in their domestic operations last quarter and
the slide isn’t expected to reverse any time soon. Banks begin
reporting third-quarter results in August.

Jul 4, 2011

New Sun Life CEO to chart steady course for growth

TORONTO, July 4 (Reuters) – Sun Life Financial (SLF.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz)
will focus on expanding its business in the United States,
China and India rather that pushing into new markets, the man
set to be the next chief executive of Canada’s No. 3 life
insurer said on Monday.

Sun Life Chief Operating Officer Dean Connor, 54,
reiterated the company’s growth strategy after it announced he
will succeed long-time CEO Donald Stewart, 64, on Dec. 1.

Jun 30, 2011

Maple tries softer sell for TMX after LSE defeat

TORONTO (Reuters) – After seeing its trans-atlantic rival go down to defeat, the Maple Group consortium of Canadian banks and pension funds said on Thursday it would like to proceed with a takeover of TMX Group (X.TO: Quote, Profile, Research) on a friendlier note.

“Nobody is looking at this and saying ‘Okay, now let’s pack up our tent and go home’,” a source with the 13-member consortium said a day after the London Stock Exchange’s (LSE.L: Quote, Profile, Research) friendly takeover bid for Toronto Stock Exchange operator TMX collapsed in the face of Maple’s richer, hostile challenge.

Jun 29, 2011

Analysis – Nationalism casts shadow over Canada after TMX deal

TORONTO (Reuters) – When Canada’s big banks and pension funds needed sizzle to combat the steak offered by the London Stock Exchange’s bid for the Toronto Stock Exchange, they looked only as far as the Canadian flag.

The iconic red maple leaf — and sweet syrup from the trees — conveyed in a word what the Maple Group consortium of big financial firms wanted to tell TMX shareholders: We don’t want foreigners controlling our markets, do we?

Jun 29, 2011

Maple now in driver’s seat in TMX takeover deal

TORONTO (Reuters) – A consortium of Canadian banks and pension funds shifted into the driver’s seat on Wednesday in the fight to take over the operator of the Toronto Stock Exchange but it must still dodge a raft of antitrust concerns.

With a merger of the London and Toronto stock exchanges now dead, homegrown bidder Maple Group has the only takeover offer on the table for TMX Group, which operates Canada’s major stock market.

Jun 28, 2011

Proxy firms’ backing to help LSE in race for TMX

TORONTO (Reuters) – Endorsements from leading proxy advisory firms could become the London Stock Exchange’s (LSE.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) secret weapon as it bids for the widely held TMX Group (X.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), operator of the Toronto Stock Exchange.

But it’s still not clear if the deal’s backers will muster the two-thirds of the shares they need for the C$3.6 billion ($3.7 billion) proposal to go ahead, or if shareholders will prefer a C$3.8 billion hostile offer from Maple Group, a consortium of Canadian banks and pension funds.

Jun 27, 2011

Maple, LSE talk tough in last-minute dash for TMX

TORONTO (Reuters) – Bidders for the operator of Canada’s largest stock exchange jockeyed on Monday for the upper hand in their war of words, as the deadline loomed for TMX Group shareholders to decide between an offer from London Stock Exchange or a home-grown rival.

With shareholders set to vote Thursday on the friendly LSE bid, the public face of the rival Maple Group consortium of Canadian financial institutions and pension funds took to a conference call to insist the group’s bid was superior to the LSE’s offer by C$5 a share.

Jun 1, 2010

Scotiabank Q2 profit rises 26 pct, beats Street

TORONTO, June 1 (Reuters) – Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS.TO: Quote, Profile, Research)
said on Tuesday quarterly profit rose 26 percent as domestic
banking had a record quarter and loan losses fell again,
exceeding expectations and sending its shares up 3.5 percent.

The strong profit growth at Canada’s third-largest bank
capped a mixed earnings season for the country’s big lenders,
in which credit losses improved but currency woes and weaker
trading revenues took the shine off hefty profits.