Stocks Continue to Buzz Along

Methanex, Ballard in Focus

Equities in the nation’s largest market rose on Monday, helped by gains in energy stocks with Brent crude edging higher, as a sharp rebound in the U.S. services sector in June offset worries about a resurgence in global coronavirus cases.

The S&P/TSX Composite Index moved higher 146.48 points to greet noon at 15,743.23.

The Canadian dollar gained 0.06 cents at 73.84 cents U.S.

The largest percentage gainers on the TSX were Methanex, which jumped $1.94, or 7.7%, to $27.14, and Ballard Power Systems, which rose $2.10, or 8.5%, to $26.81.

Boardwalk REIT fell 98 cents, or 3.2%, the most on the TSX, to $29.53. The second biggest decliner was Morneau Shepell, down 13 cents to $31.64.

ON BAYSTREET

The TSX Venture Exchange gained 8.53 points, or 1.4%, to 641.53.

All but one of the 12 TSX subgroups were positive midday, with health-care up 2.3%, while information technology and materials were each better by 1.9%.

The one laggard was in communications,, fading 0.3%.

ON WALLSTREET

Stocks traded sharply higher on Monday, led by strong gains in the tech sector, as Wall Street tried to build on the momentum from last week’s solid performance and shake off a continued rise in coronavirus cases.

The Dow Jones Industrials popped 384.78 points, or 1.5%, to pause for lunch at 26,212.14.

The S&P 500 gained 40.85 points, or 1.6%, to 3,180.22.

The NASDAQ Composite gained 249.01 points, or 2.4%, to 10,456.26, yet another new record high.

The biggest technology companies led the gains with Apple, Amazon, Microsoft and Google parent Alphabet all climbing more than 2%. Amazon shares also hit $3,000 for the first time. Netflix shares reach an all-time high as well.

The NASDAQ-100 — which is made up of the composite’s 100-largest nonfinancial stocks — jumped 2.7% on Monday, bringing its 2020 gains to more than 20%.

Deal making also boosted sentiment. Warren Buffett made his first major deal amid the market turmoil this year, with Berkshire Hathaway buying the natural gas transmission and storage assets from Dominion Energy for about $10 billion including debt.

Dominion Energy fell 4%, while Berkshire shares gained almost 2%. Uber shares gained 4.1% after it said it was buying food-delivery app Postmates in an all-stock deal worth $2.65 billion.

Data from the Institute for Supply Management showed a surprise expansion in the U.S. services sector. The firm’s non-manufacturing index rose to 57.1 in June, topping a Dow Jones estimate of 50.1.

The World Health Organization said Saturday that more than 200,000 coronavirus cases were confirmed over a 24-hour span, a record. At a regional level, the biggest spike was seen in the Americas, where nearly 130,000 new cases were confirmed.

Prices for the 10-Year Treasury lost ground, raising yields to 0.70% from Thursday’s 0.67%. Treasury prices and yields move in opposite directions.

Oil prices gained 32 cents to $40.97 U.S. a barrel.

Gold prices added four dollars to $1,794.00 U.S. an ounce.