TSX Finishes Solidly Positive

Coca-Cola Enjoys Earnings Beat

Markets in Canada's largest centre took good vibes from their American cousins and ended with strong gains, led mostly by consumer stocks.

The S&P/TSX Composite finished solidly positive 53.8 points to 16,572.68

The Canadian dollar declined 0.12 cents to 76.07 cents U.S.

The captains of the ship were stocks in the consumer discretionary sector. BRP Inc. zoomed $4.18, or 9.5%, to $48.03, while Linamar Corp. jumped $1.66, or 3.8%, to $45.40.

Health-care issues also starred, primarily Cronos Group, rocketing 97 cents, or 5%, to $20.20, while Canopy Growth improved 92 cents, or 2%, to $46.63.

In consumer staples, Alimentation Couche-Tard spread its wings $1.41, or 1.8%, to $80.84, while The North West Company moved higher 33 cents, or 1.1%, to $29.73.

Gold lost a bit of its luster Tuesday, with Eldorado Gold sagged 41 cents, or 4%, to $9.81, while Centerra Gold docked 24 cents, or 2.2%, to $10.79.

Among materials, Labrador Iron Ore Royalty lost 93 cents, or 2.6%, to $34.16, while Endeavour Mining dropped 22 cents to $24.70.

In techs, Shopify dumped $5.61, or 1.3%, to $433.85, while Absolute Software backpedaled nine cents, or 1.2%, to $7.68.

ON BAYSTREET

The TSX Venture Exchange docked 4.92 points to 588.96

All but three of the 12 Toronto subgroups were higher by day’s end. Consumer discretionary stocks proved 1.7% stronger, health-care was better by 1.1%, and consumer staples traveled north 0.9%.

The three laggards were gold, down 0.7%, information technology, faltering 0.3%, and materials, dipping 0.1%.

ON WALLSTREET

Stocks rose Tuesday on news that face-to-face talks between U.S. and Chinese trade negotiators would begin next week. A batch of stronger-than-expected earnings also lifted investor sentiment.

The Dow Jones Industrials charged ahead 177.27 by the closing bell o 27,349.19,

The S&P 500 moved ahead 20.44 points to 3,005.47,

The NASDAQ Composite jumped 47.27 points to 8,251.40

Shares of Caterpillar and Deere hit their session highs on the report – Caterpillar gaining 2.1% -- Deere closing up 1.9%. The major indexes had notched slight gains earlier in the day as investors cheered strong earnings from companies like Coca-Cola and United Technologies.

Coca-Cola shares jumped more than 6% after the company posted earnings and revenue that topped analyst expectations. Coca-Cola pointed to a 4% rise in volume and transactions during the previous quarter in Coke’s namesake brand. Volume from its Zero Sugar line also grew by double digits.

United Technologies, another Dow component, reported better-than-expected quarterly results and its stock gained 1.5%. CEO Gregory Hayes pointed to "outperformance" from its Collins Aerospace division as a driver for the strong quarter. The company also raised its full-year outlook for earnings and organic sales growth.

Biogen also reported better-than-expected earnings, sending its stock up 4.9%.

Visa, Chipotle and Snap are among those reporting after the bell.

More than 18% of S&P 500 companies have posted quarterly numbers this earnings season. Of those companies more than 78% have reported better-than-expected profits. Those companies have also seen their earnings grow by an aggregate of 3.6%.

Prices for the benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury lost ground, raising yields to 2.07% from Monday’s 2.05%. Treasury prices and yields move in opposite directions.

Oil prices tacked on 71 cents at $56.93 U.S. a barrel.

Gold prices descended $9.60 to $1,417.30 U.S. an ounce.