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Jun 21, 2012

New mortgage rules could pinch Canadian bank profits

TORONTO, June 21 (Reuters) – Canada’s decision to further
tighten mortgage rules to cool the domestic housing market will
likely further slow revenue growth at the country’s big banks,
although some lenders were quick to welcome the changes on
Thursday.

Designed to put the brakes on soaring Canadian personal debt
levels fed by rock-bottom interest rates, the new rules should
slow the issuance of new mortgages, adding to the challenge of
slowing loan growth that is already impacting their core
domestic branch-banking businesses.

Jun 17, 2012

Canadian banks face profit pressure at home

TORONTO, June 17 (Reuters) – For Canadian banks, slowing
domestic loan growth and narrowing lending margins threaten the
double-digit profit gains that have become routine in recent
quarters, adding to the generalized pressure being exerted on
the sector by Europe’s debt crisis.

The slowdown has arrived at a particularly inopportune time
for the Canadian banks as the euro crisis threatens to roil bank
stocks around the globe. Rather than flocking to Canada’s
conservative banking sector – often described as the world’s
soundest – some equity investors may instead gravitate to U.S.
lenders, which may have a higher upside when markets eventually
recover.

Jun 11, 2012

Foreign investment cuts both ways in Toronto condo market

TORONTO, June 11 (Reuters) – Talking about Toronto’s condo
craze has become something of a sport for residents of Canada’s
largest city, where soaring real estate prices and a forest of
construction cranes have fed speculation of a real estate
bubble.

But the big question is how much of the market is fueled by
cash-rich foreign investors, and whether they, seeking to
capitalize on more than a decade of rising prices, are
preventing the market from a soft landing.

Jun 6, 2012

Laurentian’s B2B to buy AGF Trust, ups dividend

TORONTO (Reuters) – Laurentian Bank of Canada’s (LB.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) B2B Trust subsidiary will acquire AGF Trust Co from mutual fund company AGF Management (AGFb.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) for C$415.5 million ($402.1 million), in a deal the bank said will boost its income and increase efficiencies.

The bank, Canada’s eighth-largest, announced the transaction on Wednesday as it reported a stronger-than-expected 9 percent rise in second-quarter net income and raised its quarterly dividend by 4 percent.

Jun 6, 2012

Workers strike at Kinross Mauritania gold mine

TORONTO, June 6 (Reuters) – Canadian miner Kinross Gold
said on Wednesday that workers at its Tasiast gold mine
in Mauritania in West Africa have initiated an unlawful work
stoppage, halting mining and processing activity at the
operation.

Kinross spokesman Steve Mitchell said mining and processing
workers failed to report to work on Monday. About 600 workers
are involved, although not all are on the same shift, he said.
Most are unionized.

Jun 1, 2012

RBC Cap Markets sees gains from European bank woes

TORONTO, June 1 (Reuters) – RBC Capital Markets expects to
snatch some U.S. business away from retreating European
investment banks, but the Royal Bank of Canada
subsidiary doesn’t plan to make big acquisitions or enter new
markets, executives said on Friday.

The investment bank, a wholly-owned unit of Canada’s largest
bank, has aggressively grown the business since the 2008
financial crisis, and was one of the top ten global investment
banks in the world in the first quarter, as measured by fees.

May 31, 2012

CIBC, National top estimates, shares rise

TORONTO, May 31 (Reuters) – Canadian Imperial Bank of
Commerce and National Bank of Canada capped off
Canadian second-quarter bank results on a strong note on
Thursday, exceeding estimates and sending their shares higher in
early Toronto trading.

Shares of CIBC, Canada’s No. 5 bank, jumped 2.2 percent to a
two-week high after the company reported a 6 percent increase in
net profit due partly to higher loan volumes.

May 29, 2012

Scotiabank rises as international lending drives profit

TORONTO (Reuters) – Bank of Nova Scotia’s (BNS.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) quarterly operating profit rose 16 percent, topping estimates, on strong growth in international banking profits and domestic loans, Canada’s No. 3 bank said on Tuesday.

Shares of Scotiabank, the fourth Canadian bank to report in what has been a mixed earnings season so far, rose 2.4 percent on the results, which analysts said were strong across all the bank’s business lines.

May 29, 2012

Lending growth drives Scotiabank profit, shares up

TORONTO, May 29 (Reuters) – Bank of Nova Scotia’s
operating profit rose 16 percent in the second quarter, topping
estimates on strong growth in international banking profits and
domestic loans, Canada’s No. 3 bank said on Tuesday.

Shares of Scotiabank, the fourth Canadian bank to report in
what has been a mixed earnings season so far, were up 1.9
percent on the results, which analysts said were strong across
all the bank’s business lines.

May 23, 2012

BMO profit rises 27 pct on U.S. acquisition, wealth

TORONTO (Reuters) – Bank of Montreal’s (BMO.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) quarterly profit rose a stronger-than-expected 27 percent, helped by the 2011 acquisition of U.S. lender Marshall & Ilsley and rising wealth management earnings, Canada’s No. 4 bank said on Wednesday.

BMO, the first Canadian bank to report results for the fiscal second quarter ended April 30, earned C$1.03 billion ($1.01 billion), or C$1.51 a share. That compared with a year-before profit of C$813 million, or C$1.32.