A.M. market numbers: January 12, 2009

By Staff | January 12, 2010 | Last updated on January 12, 2010
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| North American markets | International markets | Bonds | Currency | Commodities |

The Toronto stock market headed for a lower open Tuesday as U.S. aluminum giant Alcoa Inc. delivered a disappointing start to the fourth quarter earnings season, and China announced measures to cool its economy.

The Canadian dollar inched 0.01 of a cent lower to 96.75 cents US.

U.S. futures pointed towards a negative start to the session with the Dow Jones industrial futures down 66 points to 10,538, while the Nasdaq futures lost 11.5 points to 1,872 and the S&P 500 futures were down 7.4 points to 1,135.1.

After the market closed Monday, Alcoa said it earned one cent a share excluding one-time items and special charges. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters, on average, forecast earnings of six cents per share.

Alcoa’s revenue also fell as higher metal prices were offset by ongoing weakness in aerospace, construction and gas turbines businesses.

Investors will keep a close eye on revenues over the next few weeks, as companies report earnings, looking for any signs that customers are returning to the marketplace. Upbeat earnings in recent quarters have often been tied to cost cutting and not revenue growth.

Commodity prices fell after the People’s Bank of China increased the interest rate on its one-year bill by eight basis points to 1.84 per cent.

The rise was the second undertaken in the interbank markets in a week and provided a further hint that more substantial interest rate increases could be in the offing as Chinese economic growth accelerates.

With plenty of money sloshing around, soaring real estate prices in Beijing, Shanghai and other major cities have reawakened fears that asset bubbles and inflation could set the economy spinning.

China also raised the ratio of reserves banks must hold by 0.5 percentage points, reflecting concerns over a possible rise in inflation this year as the country’s economy rebounds.

“The PBoC are sensibly taking early steps to avoid overheating in the property market but the Chinese economy should continue to perform well during 2010,” said Neil Mackinnon, global macro strategist at VTB Capital.

Energy stocks will likely be pressured as the February crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange fell $1.11 to US$81.41 a barrel.

The February bullion contract on the Nymex declined $2.40 to US$1,149 while March copper was down five cents to US$3.39 a pound.

Overseas, Hong Kong Hang’s Seng dropped 0.4 per cent and Japan’s Nikkei 225 stock average, which was closed for a public holiday on Monday, ended 0.8 per cent higher.

London’s FTSE 100 index slid 1.19 per cent, Frankfurt’s DAX was down 1.22 per cent while the Paris CAC 40 lost 1.15 per cent.

In other corporate news, Cadbury PLC stepped up its defence against a hostile takeover bid from Kraft Foods Inc. by saying that both its full-year revenue growth and profit margins will beat market expectations. The British chocolate and gum maker, which is fighting to remain independent, argued that the share portion of Kraft’s US$16.5 billion bid is unappealing because of the U.S. company’s “poor track record of delivery.”

(The Canadian Press)

North American markets Back to Top
Open Change 2009 Full Year
Dow Jones 10,663.99 +45.80 or +0.43% +2.26%
S&P 500 1,146.98 +2.00 or +0.17% +2.86%
NASDAQ 2,312.41 -4.76 or -0.21% +1.91%
TSX Composite 11,947.13 -6.70 or -0.06% +1.71%

International markets Back to Top
Open Change YTD
Nikkei 10,879.14 +80.82 or +0.75% +3.15%
Hang Seng 22,326.64 -84.88 or -0.38% +2.08%
SENSEX 17,422.51 -104.20 or -0.59% -0.24%
FTSE 100 5,477.58 -60.49 or -1.09% +1.20%
CAC 40 3,994.68 -48.41 or -1.20% +1.48%
DAX 5,949.47 -91.03 or -1.51% -0.13%

Bonds Back to Top
Bonds $Current $Previous %Yield
Cdn. 10-year bond 101.17 101.29 3.60
Cdn. 30-year bond 114.10 114.57 4.13
U.S. 10-year bond 97.00 96.28 3.74
U.S. 30-year bond 95.05 94.25 4.65

Currency Back to Top
BoC Close Today Previous
Canadian $ 0.9676 0.9676
US $ 1.0335 1.0335

Euro Spot Rate Today Previous
Canadian $ 0.6634 0.6664
Euro 1.5073 1.5006

Commodities Back to Top
Gold AM PM
London Gold Fix ($US) $1,152.75 $1,153.00

Oil Open Change
WTI Crude Future (US) $81.36 -$1.16 or -1.41%


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