Toronto Stocks Trading Lower

Chinese media takes tough stance on the trade war between the US and China

Canada’s main equity index was trading lower Friday morning amid mounting trade war tensions between the United States and China, reviving fears of a global economic slowdown.

The S&P/TSX Composite Index was off 36.72 points at 16407.14

On the earnings front -- Flight training company CAE Inc. topped expectations as it reported higher fourth-quarter profit and revenue compared with a year ago. The Montreal-based company says it earned $122.3 million attributable to shareholders or 46 cents per share for the quarter ended March 31, compared with a profit of $82.3 million or 31 cents per share a year ago. Revenue totalled $1.02 billion, up from $720.9 million.

The Canadian dollar slipped 0.19 cents to 74.10 cents


The TSX Venture Exchange subtracted 0.42 points to 607.76

Four of the 12 Toronto subgroups were higher, with Industrials up 0.84%, Consumer Staples ahead 074%, and Health Care stronger by 0.17%.

On the downside, Real Estate issues were down 1.54%, materials off 1.48% and Utilities lower by 1.44%.

June gold was off $4, or about 0.3%, at $1,282.10 an ounce.


Stocks on Wall Street fell Friday morning after Chinese state media indicated Beijing was not eager to resume trade talks following Trump administration’s move to raise tariffs on Chinese imports and to target tech giant Huawei.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 160 points, or 0.6% to 25,712, while the S&P 500 index lost 17.52 points, or 0.6%, to 2,859. The Nasdaq Composite Index meanwhile, declined 58 points, or 0.7% to 7,841.

A spokesman for China’s Ministry of Commerce called the Trump administration’s moves to raise tariffs last week, and the threat of additional tariffs on the roughly $300 billion in annually imported Chinese so far untouched by new duties, “bullying behavior,” that has resulted in “severe negotiating setbacks.”

Chinese state media also took aim at the Trump administration’s decision to put Chinese tech giant Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. on a list of entities that are working contrary to U.S. interests, which could result in U.S. companies needed to secure special permits to sell the company chips it relies on for end products.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. shares rose 1.6%, after the company announced a deal to buy supercomputer manufacturer Cray Inc. for $1.3 billion.

Semiconductor firm Nvidia Corp. rose 0.9%, after it reported earnings Thursday evening that beat severely lowered expectations for the first quarter. Nvidia, however, declined to reiterate a fully year forecast while indicating that demand for the data-center market remains week.

The University of Michigan’s consumer sentiment index in May climbed to a reading of 102.4, a 15-year high, from April’s reading of 97.2. Economists expected a reading of 97.1.

Brent crude was up 4 cents at $72.66 a barrel.