Is a profit margin crisis still on the way?


Corporate profit margins are near peak levels in Canada and also the United States, but global investors should not panic a good earnings collapse upending the equity bull market at this time, say analysts. “We think that current margin fears are overdone,” said Robert Buckland, global strategist at Citigroup Global Markets. “Previous collapses happen to be accompanied by economic decline. ...

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Improving U.S. economy points to possible rate hike in September


OTTAWA -?The U.S. economy picked up speed within the second quarter of 2015, thanks to stronger spending by consumers and an improving picture for that labour and housing markets. Is Canada still flirting with recession? Friday\’s GDP report will disclose more We’ll find out just how close the economy actually is to retracing the previous recession of 2008-09 when Statistics ...

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Fed on track for possible September rate hike amid improving economy, job market


WASHINGTON – The U.S. economy and employment market continue to strengthen, the Federal Reserve said on Wednesday, leaving the doorway open for any possible interest rate hike when central bank policymakers next meet in September. Following a two-day policy meeting, Fed officials said they felt the economy had overcome a first-quarter slowdown and was \”expanding moderately\” despite a downturn within ...

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‘The quarter is looking ugly’: What economists are saying about Canada’s shrinking economy


The Canadian economy shrank for the fifth consecutive month in May, by 0.2 percent from April, strengthening the probability that the country was at recession within the first 1 / 2 of the year, statistically Canada data released on Friday. \’Technical recession looms as Canada's economy shrinks for fifth month in row Canada’s GDP declined 0.2% in May – well ...

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Somebody just overpaid for this exchange-traded note by about 50%


Guess what’s crushing it in the realm of exchange-traded products right now: It’s the Barclays Return on Disability ETN. It’s up 77 percent so far this season, outstripping all others. And it trades four shares a day. How’s that possible? It started with a bizarre trade made last month that works as a lesson for investors: Know the product you’re ...

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Greek financial markets to reopen Monday, but with restrictions


Greece\’s financial markets will reopen with a few limitations to trading, the nation\’s Finance Ministry said. Greek traders will be able buy stocks only if they use new money such as funds transferred from abroad, cash-only deposits or from money earned from the future sale of stocks, the Finance Ministry said in a decree on Friday. Foreign investors is going ...

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Finding small and unloved alternatives in hot sectors


Health care and consumer staples continue being among the best-performing sectors on United states equity markets, with both established names and emerging companies getting love from investors. But all that attention creates high valuations, raising concerns about the potential upside for future returns and just what might happen if sentiment takes a turn for that worse. There are still plenty ...

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Apple Inc shares sink into correction territory as bull market loses its biggest supporter


The bull market\’s base just lost another brick. To the collapse in breadth and falling earnings, add a correction in Apple Inc. towards the list of concerns facing investors. The iPhone maker has slipped 13 per cent since hitting an all-time high in February, entering correction territory on Monday and dropping below another chart threshold, its 200-day moving average, the ...

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Three years ago this coal mine was worth $630 million. Now it sold for $1


The destructive force of a collapse in world coal prices continues to be underscored by the sale of the mine worth A$860 million (US$631 million) three years ago for just a dollar. Brazilian miner Vale SA and Japan\’s Sumitomo Corp. sold the Isaac Plains coking-coal mine around australia to Stanmore Coal Ltd., the Brisbane-based company said Thursday inside a statement. ...

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Don’t confuse commodities hoarding as a sign of a market turnaround


Canadian investors did pretty much during the rising tide of commodities prices a decade ago, but they are looking for signs of hope these days. With the S&P/TSX energy index down 20 per cent on the year, and the metals and mining index down by nearly a quarter, they could certainly play one or two. Maybe investors can easily put ...

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