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Sep 11, 2013

’12 Years’ leads strong performances at Toronto film fest

TORONTO, Sept 11 (Reuters) – Judging by some early reviews,
Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave” will sweep the Oscars, Golden
Globes and perhaps even win an honorary Olympic medal, but the
film is one of just many that has impressed critics at this
year’s Toronto International Film Festival.

And while films that generate Oscar buzz in September often
fade by the time the awards are given out in February,
Toronto-screened movies like “12 Years,” “Gravity,” “Dallas
Buyers Club” and “August: Osage County” look like solid bets for
awards consideration.

Sep 10, 2013

Toronto film fest documentaries embrace the news feature

TORONTO, Sept 10 (Reuters) – Documentaries have enjoyed
increased profile over the last decade thanks to
personality-driven hits by directors such as Michael Moore and
Morgan Spurlock, as well as big-budget films such as U2′s “From
the Sky Down”, which headlined the Toronto International Film
Festival in 2011.

The documentary slate at this year’s festival – led by
Jehane Noujaim’s “The Square”, which follows activists in
Cairo’s Tahrir Square in the wake of the 2011 overthrow of
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak – leans more towards the kinds
of news features that in years past might have been found on
network TV.

Sep 7, 2013

Reitman shifts gears with ‘Labor Day’ at Toronto film fest

TORONTO (Reuters) – Director Jason Reitman, known for snappily written modern-day comedies like “Up in the Air” and “Juno,” tackles unfamiliar territory with his new feature “Labor Day,” a fugitive love story set in 1980s small-town America.

Adapted by Reitman from the 2009 novel by Joyce Maynard, the film centers on an agoraphobic single mother, played by Kate Winslet, and her 13-year-old son. Their lives are reshaped over a 1987 holiday weekend when an escaped convict, portrayed by Josh Brolin, forces them to shelter him from authorities.

Sep 4, 2013

CIBC now seeking wealth management acquisitions of more than C$1 billion

TORONTO (Reuters) – Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CM.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said it was seeking acquisitions valued at more than C$1 billion ($948.72 million) as it tries to boost the amount of profit it generates from wealth management.

“Much of the growth that we are planning will come from the U.S. and will be focused on asset management, private wealth management and private banking,” Chief Executive Officer Gerry McCaughey said on Wednesday.

Aug 30, 2013

Laurentian Bank profit falls as costs, provisions rise

TORONTO, Aug 30 (Reuters) – Laurentian Bank of Canada
, the country’s seventh-largest bank by assets, reported
a 6 percent fall in quarterly profit on Friday as higher
operating and integration costs stemming from recent
acquisitions offset higher revenue.

Shares of Montreal-based Laurentian, which operates almost
exclusively in the province of Quebec, were down 0.9 percent
after the results were released.

Aug 29, 2013

CIBC card deal could see sale of C$3 bln of receivables

TORONTO, Aug 29 (Reuters) – Canadian Imperial Bank of
Commerce will part with around C$3 billion ($2.85
billion) of credit card receivables if its deal to sell half of
its Aeroplan Visa credit card portfolio with Toronto-Dominion
Bank goes through.

Speaking on a conference call to discuss the bank’s
third-quarter results, Chief Financial Officer Kevin Glass said
on Thursday that the Aeroplan portfolio currently accounts for
about C$6 billion in outstanding receivables.

Aug 29, 2013

Canadian banks’ shares rise as profits top estimates

TORONTO, Aug 29 (Reuters) – Three of Canada’s biggest banks
posted better-than-expected third-quarter results on Thursday,
pushing their shares higher as surprisingly strong retail
lending and wealth management income offset weakness in
investment banking and trading profits.

Royal Bank of Canada and Toronto-Dominion Bank
, the country’s top two banks, both announced dividend
hikes, while No. 5 lender Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
said it would buy back as much as 2 percent of its stock
over the next 12 months.

Aug 29, 2013

TD Bank profit falls 10 percent on insurance losses

TORONTO (Reuters) – Toronto-Dominion Bank’s (TD.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) quarterly profit fell 10 percent as Canada’s No. 2 lender took C$418 million in insurance-related charges, but the result topped estimates and the bank hiked its dividend by 5 percent.

TD, the final large Canadian bank to report results for the period, warned last month it would take insurance charges for higher provisions in its auto lending unit as well as losses from floods in Alberta and Ontario during the summer.

Aug 28, 2013

National Bank of Canada profit tops estimates

TORONTO, Aug 28 (Reuters) – National Bank of Canada
reported a stronger-than-expected 10.6 percent rise in quarterly
profit on the back of higher wealth management and trading
income, pushing its stock to a 17-month high on Wednesday.

Shares of the Canada’s sixth-largest bank, the third
Canadian lender to report results for the quarter, were up 1.3
percent at C$80.27 in morning trading in Toronto.

Aug 27, 2013

Scotiabank, BMO profits top estimates on domestic strength

TORONTO (Reuters) – Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Bank of Montreal (BMO.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) kicked off the quarterly reporting season for Canadian banks on Tuesday with slightly stronger than expected results that highlighted the resilience of their domestic banking franchises.

Despite concerns that a cooling housing market in Canada would dry up growth in loan profits, domestic lending income was up at both banks, compensating for international banking income that fell short of expectations and pressured the shares of Scotiabank, the most internationally focused of the country’s banks.