Market numbers: Tuesday, July 07, 2009

By Staff | July 7, 2009 | Last updated on July 7, 2009
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| North American markets | International markets | Bonds | Currency | Commodities |

The Toronto stock market could be in for a slightly higher open following a commodity-stock led tumble as oil prices headed slightly higher.

The main TSX index fell 256 points or 2.5% Monday as investors continued to react to last Thursday’s much worse than expected U.S. employment report for June, which cast further doubt on an economic recovery being in place by the end of the year.

The slide was led by a retreat of almost 4% in the energy sector as crude prices retreated for a fourth session. On Tuesday morning, the August crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange rose 28 cents to US$64.33 a barrel, still down sharply from last week’s highs

The drop in the price of crude has sent stocks falling as investors anticipate that a weaker world economy will mean less demand for energy.

The Canadian dollar moved up 0.12 of a cent to 86.39 cents U.S.

New York futures pointed to a weak open, Asian stocks moved lower while European bourses made headway.

Dow Jones industrial average futures rose eight points to 8,285. Standard & Poor’s 500 index futures slipped 1.6 points to 893.9, while Nasdaq 100 index futures gained 2.5 points to 1,443.5.

In Japan, the Nikkei 225 stock average was down 18.11 points, or 0.2%, at 9,662.76.

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng gained 117.67, or 0.7%, to 18,097.09 as a Chinese central bank researcher said that China’s economy is improving and growth might top 7.5% for the quarter that ended in June.

Growth is benefiting from Beijing’s stimulus spending and rising investment and consumption, said Zhang Jianhua, chief of the bank’s research bureau, in an article in the July issue of the bank’s magazine, China Finance.

London’s FTSE 100 index was up 0.8%, Frankfurt’s DAX rose 0.77%while the Paris CAC 40 added 0.18%.

Other commodity prices moved higher as copper gained three cents to US$2.28 a pound while the August bullion contract on the Nymex advanced $5.20 to US$929.50 an ounce.

Toronto investors will be looking to pharmacy chain operator The Jean Coutu Group (TSX:PJC.A) at the open. The company said Tuesday that quarterly net earnings came in at $10.3 million, or four cents per share, reversing year-earlier losses of $20.2 million or eight cents per share.

The profits came despite a loss of $30.9 million or 13 cents per share from its stake in Rite Aid, a U.S. drugstore business in which the company owns a stake.

In other corporate news, struggling U.S. automotive parts supplier Lear Corp. (NYSE:LEA) has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after receiving the support it needed from lenders and bondholders.

Lear, based in Southfield, Mich., said its subsidiaries outside the U.S. and Canada are not part of the filings. The company has locations in five Ontario cities _ Ajax, Kitchener, St. Thomas, Whitby and Windsor.

Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC) said Monday it would issue $1 billion in notes to boost its Tier 1 capital. The insurance company said the interest rate on the notes, which will be due Dec. 31, 2108, will be fixed at 7.405% per year and starting on Dec. 31, 2019, and on every fifth anniversary after that, will be reset.

Thomson Reuters Corp. (TSX:TRI) has bought Streamlogics, a privately held webcasting firm. Terms of the deal for Toronto-based Streamlogics were not undisclosed.

Investors are also looking to Wednesday’s kickoff of the U.S. second quarter earnings season. Aluminum maker Alcoa Inc. is expected to post a second-quarter loss of 37 cents per share. In the same period a year earlier, Alcoa earned 66 cents per share on revenue of US$7.6 billion.

(The Canadian Press)

North American markets Back to Top
Close Change YTD
Dow Jones 8,324.87 +44.13 or 0.53% -5.14%
S&P 500 898.72 +2.30 or +0.26% -0.50%
NASDAQ 1,787.40 -9.12 or -0.51% +13.34%
TSX Composite 10,027.43 -255.67 or -2.49% +11.57%

International markets Back to Top
Open Change YTD
Nikkei 9,647.79 -33.08 or -0.34% +8.90%
Hang Seng 17,862.27 -117.14 or -0.65% +24.15%
SENSEX 14,170.45 +127.05 or +0.90% +46.88%
FTSE 100 4,215.29 +20.38 or +0.49% -4.94%
CAC 40 3,088.33 +6.17 or +0.20% -4.03%
DAX 4,662.17 +10.35 or +0.22% -3.08%

Bonds Back to Top
Bonds $Current $Previous %Yield
Cdn. 10-year bond 103.58 103.38 3.32
Cdn. 30-year bond 119.54 119.74 3.85
U.S. 10-year bond 96.88 96.88 3.50
U.S. 30-year bond 98.34 98.78 4.35

Currency Back to Top
BoC Open Today Previous
Canadian $ 0.8639 0.8628
US $ 1.1575 1.1591

Euro Spot Rate Today Previous
Canadian $ 0.6162 0.6173
Euro 1.6227 1.6200

Commodities Back to Top
Gold AM PM
London Gold Fix ($US)



Oil Open Change
WTI Crude Future (US) $64.68 +$0.63 or +0.98%

(07/07/09) staff


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