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Jun 25, 2014

Toronto manager Stephenson plans to launch C$40 mln hedge fund

TORONTO, June 25 (Reuters) – John Stephenson, a prominent
Toronto-based money manager, said on Wednesday he plans to
launch his own hedge fund, a vehicle he thinks will be
best-placed to take advantage of potential volatility in stock
markets trading near record highs.

A former executive at First Asset Investment Management,
Stephenson expects his first product to be a C$40 million
($36.86 million) North America-focused fund. He hopes to follow
that up with other offerings and sees the money manager playing
an activist role in corporations over time.

Jun 13, 2014

Canadian cannabis producers set their sights high

TORONTO (Reuters) – By unlocking the once-obscure medical marijuana market, Canada has created a fast-growing, profitable and federally regulated industry with a distinct appeal to the more daring global investor.

About a dozen producers of the drug will find themselves in the spotlight this year as they consider going public or prepare to so through share sales or reverse takeovers to capitalize on recent regulatory changes, investment bankers said.

May 16, 2014

Canadian commercial lending slows in first quarter – PayNet

TORONTO, May 16 (Reuters) – Commercial borrowing by small
and medium-sized businesses in Canada fell in the first quarter,
hurt by higher moderate loan delinquencies and sluggishness in
the transportation and wholesale industries, data from PayNet
showed on Friday.

PayNet, which tracks commercial financing for millions of
North American small and medium-sized businesses, said its
Canadian Business Lending Index slipped to 220 in the first
quarter, from 222 in the previous quarter.

Apr 17, 2014

Energy sector to drive Canada first-quarter profit gains

TORONTO (Reuters) – Canadian companies are expected to post solid profit gains when they begin unveiling first-quarter results next week, with robust earnings at energy companies seen overcoming weakness at miners and the materials sector.

Energy companies will benefit from a ramp-up in production, improved prices for Canadian crude relative to global benchmarks, and a rally in natural gas prices.

Mar 20, 2014

Canada stocks to slip, then rebound in choppy 2014: Reuters poll

TORONTO (Reuters) – Canadian stocks are expected to decline in the coming months after an early surge this year, then rebound by year-end to levels not touched since 2008 as prospects for global growth improve, a Reuters poll found.

The median forecast in a poll of 40 market analysts taken in the past week showed the benchmark Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE slipping from current levels to 14,150 at the mid-point of 2014. It is then expected to reach 14,500 by the end of the year, a gain of 6.4 percent from the end of 2013.

Dec 12, 2013

Canadian stocks poised for solid growth in 2014

TORONTO (Reuters) – The Canadian stock market may deliver its best performance in four years in 2014 as a global economic recovery gathers steam, driving up sagging commodity prices and natural resource shares, a Reuters poll found.

The median forecast in a poll of 40 market analysts taken in the past week showed the benchmark Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE gaining over 9 percent from current levels to reach 14,363 by the end of next year.

Nov 7, 2013

Canada’s Flaherty: despite ECB cut, rates will rise over long term

TORONTO (Reuters) – Interest rates are going to go up over the long term regardless of what central banks do at the moment, Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said on Thursday after the European Central Bank unexpectedly trimmed rates.

The bank cut rates to a record low earlier in the day and said it would prime banks with liquidity into 2015 to prevent the euro zone’s recovery from stalling.

Sep 18, 2013

Fed surprise propels TSX to two-year high

TORONTO, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Canada’s main stock index
climbed to its highest point in more than two years on
Wednesday, led up by a jump in gold producers after the U.S.
Federal Reserve said it would keep its monetary stimulus
measures in place for now.

The Fed’s surprise announcement unleashed a flood of buying
in the Toronto market as investors took positions in
heavy-volume trading. The market in general had expected the Fed
to scale back its stimulus program.

Sep 10, 2013

Manpower sees steady fourth-quarter Canadian employment growth

TORONTO, Sept 10 (Reuters) – Canadian companies expect to
hire in the fourth quarter at roughly the same pace as in the
third, according to data released on Tuesday that also showed
the construction sector to be a pocket of strength.

The nationwide survey by ManpowerGroup Inc measures
the difference between employers that say they will add jobs and
those that are planning cuts.

Aug 16, 2013

Canadian fund eyes non-commodity route for top returns

TORONTO, Aug 16 (Reuters) – A Canadian fund is breaking away
from the tradition of investing heavily in resource-focused
plays and betting that a motley mix of retail and information
technology stocks will help it outperform the broader market.

So far the ploy is working.

Resource groups are among the worst performers on Canada’s
benchmark index this year, but for Brandon Snow’s Canada-focused
small and mid-cap fund the rewards have been sweet.