November 7th, 2013 Business & Market Update

Asia sold off overnight by about three quarters of a point awaiting the economic news out of Europe and the US.

Europe at midday is rallying on the news that the ECB has cut its overnight rate in half to 0.25% to combat continued deflation in the region.  Markets are higher by 1.5%.  Draghi suggested that the economy is starting to show positive signs across the entire region and by supplying more liquidity that trend should continue into 2014.

In the US, Q3 GDP on a year over year basis came in at 2.8% vs. estimates at 2.0%.  This is a large beat and shows that economic recovery is continuing at a stronger pace than thought over the last quarter.  The previous month year over year was not revised confirming the stronger numbers.  Also, Initial Weekly Jobless Claims were released and came in at 336000 vs. 335000 estimated.  The decline from last week was 9000.  Last week was revised higher by 5000 so the net over the last two weeks is in the range that is acceptable and it would seem stable.  Futures are pointing higher by about a half a point in the US and about a quarter point in Canada on the back of the positive news.

Gold is selling off into the news down 15.00 to 1302, oil is off 0.32 to 94.48 and the loonie is weaker by 0.30 to 95.70.  USD strength today is moving the commodities markets lower.  Bond markets are stronger across the entire curve this morning with the ten year yields falling in both the US and Canada to 2.64% and 2.53% respectively.

In mandate earnings news this morning, BCE missed by 2 cents on the bottom line but reaffirmed guidance for the balance of the year and the accretive effect of the Astral merger on 2014.  Manulife beat on both the bottom and top lines, RioCan beat on the bottom line and on Funds From Operations (FFO) and Sun Life beat on both the bottom and top line.

Twitter comes to the market today with a final IPO price of $26.00 under the symbol TWTR.  It will be interesting to see how the stock trades out of the box as all will be comparing it to the Facebook debacle of two years ago.

Lastly, tomorrow the October Non-farm Payroll numbers will be released and will be somewhat skewed due to the US government shutdown, however they will provide some insight going into the holiday season.

Kenneth A. Dick, BA, CIM, CFP, FCSI

Branch Manager & Portfolio Manager | Independent Wealth Management

Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management

www.glwm.ca

October 30th, 2013 Business & Market Update

Green across the board this morning as Asia and Europe are coming for the ride the north American markets continue to be on.  Asia was up about a point and a half and Europe is up about a third of a point.

Europe is getting some further lift as Spain is finally emerging from recession, albeit by a small amount but the numbers are positive.  Also, Euro zone economic sentiment increased again in October which is also helping markets stay positive.

In North America, we got the CPI and ADP Private Payrolls this morning.  CPI met estimates coming in for the month of September at 1.2% and year over year at 1.2%.  While estimates were met, the number is still well below where the Fed would like it.  The ADP number was 130000 for October which was below estimates at 150000.  September was revised down to 145000 from 166000.  This is the lowest level in the since April 2013.  The monthly average over the last year is 169538 suggesting growth is continuing but still at a muted pace which continues to favour very accommodative monetary policy.  The Fed releases the minutes of their two day meeting at 2pm today which should provide us with some further information in regard future policy.

The US futures re higher by about a quarter point and with Canadian futures up by a slightly lesser amount.

Gold is up 9 bucks this morning to 1354, oil is down a buck to 97.24 and the loonie is up 0.16 to 95.70.  The US and Canadian 10 year bonds are rallying this morning with yields down to 2.50% and 2.39% respectively.

In mandate earnings news, Gilead Sciences missed by a penny on the bottom line but beat on revenues and raised guidance for the coming year.  Sun Communities missed by a penny on the bottom line but beat on revenues by a big margin.  Also Funds From Operations (FFO) was much higher than estimated and guidance was maintained.  Comcast beat on earnings and met revenues.

Kenneth A. Dick, BA, CIM, CFP, FCSI

Branch Manager & Portfolio Manager | Independent Wealth Management

Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management

www.glwm.ca

July 31st, 2013 Business and Market Update

This morning we are seeing mixed markets around the world as all are waiting for the US Fed to release the minutes of the meeting concluding today.  The “taper” word will be the key and of course any dates for the action, which I doubt we will get, will set the tone for the markets direction.

Asia and Europe are both quite mixed today also awaiting the Fed decision.  Asia was off about 1.5% overnight.  Europe was mixed with the UK higher and France and Germany lower.

Euro region unemployment dropped for the first time in 2 years however the rate is still at a record 12.1%.

North America is flat going into the Fed meeting, however there is additional economic news this morning.  US GDP for Q2 was released and came in well above estimates at 1.7% vs. 1.0% and just behind Q1 at 1.8%.  Q1 was revised down however to 1.1%.  Bottom line, this is a good number but far off the level the Fed is looking at for real growth in the economy.  We also had Canadian GDP which came in month over month at 0.2% vs. 0.3% and annualized (May) at 1.6% which matches estimates.  The ADP Private Payrolls was also released and beat estimates by 20000 coming in at 200000 vs. 180000.

Markets are slightly lower but seemingly directionless.

The key will be Friday’s Non-Farm Payrolls that will set the tone for the Fed to move.

The problem that we have currently is good news or bad news, the markets are interpreting it as one thing – extreme volatility.  We continue to try and mitigate that volatility as much as possible.

Gold is off 3.00 to 1320, oil is up 50 cents to 103.55, the loonie is down 0.09 to 96.94.  The US 30 year Treasury is off a point, on the positive economic news with the yield moving higher to 3.72%

In earnings news, which I might add has generally been good, but virtually ignored, mandate company Comcast beat on both the top and bottom lines.  Rio Can and First Capital Realty both beat FFO estimates and saw good revenue and cash flow growth in the first half of the year.

Kenneth A. Dick, BA, CIM, CFP, FCSI

Branch Manager & Portfolio Manager | Independent Wealth Management

Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management

www.glwm.ca