Toronto Stocks Continue Lower

Gross domestic product up 0.3%

Equities in Canada’s largest market dropped Thursday, as health-care stocks tumbled and investors digested the latest GDP numbers.

The S&P/TSX lost 225.77 points to trade at 18,852.87.

Gross domestic product rose 0.3% month-over-month in April Statistics Canada said Thursday. The April gain matched market expectations provided by TD Securities. On a one-year basis, GDP rose 5.0%. 13 of 20 industrial sectors expanded.

In corporate news -- shares in Colliers International Group Inc. were down 83 cents to $138.58 after it said it will acquire a 75% ownership stake in alternative real asset management company Versus Capital for an undisclosed price.

The Canadian dollar skidded 0.04 cents to 77.61 cents U.S.


The TSX Venture Exchange retreated 9.47 points to 616.87.

All of the 12 TSX subgroups lost ground Thursday, with health-care down 3.39%, Materials off 2.82% and Gold stocks lower by 2.54%.


Stocks in the U.S. fell sharply on Thursday, following a mixed trading day. The S&P 500 is on track to finish its worst first half in decades.

Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 509 points, or 1.6%, to 30,519, the Nasdaq Composite slumped 296 points, or 2.7%, to 10,881 and S&P 500 dropped 72 points, or 1.9%, to 3,746.

Home retail stocks dragged the market lower as high-end furniture chain RH saw shares drop about 9%, after it issued a profit warning for the full year. Wayfair and Williams-Sonoma were also lower by 6% and 7%, respectively.

The core personal consumption expenditures price index, the Fed’s preferred inflation measure, rose 4.7% in May, the Commerce Department reported Thursday.

The Chicago PMI, which tracks business activity in the region, came in at 56, below estimates of 58.3.

Weekly initial jobless claims inched lower, falling 2,000 to 231,000 in the week ended June 25.

The benchmark 10-year note yields fell to 3.057%.

Oil prices fell in volatile trading on Thursday as concerns over global supply appeared to outweigh a build in U.S. fuel product inventories. Brent crude futures for September, were down 96 cents, or 0.9%, at $111.49 a barrel.

August gold futures were last up $6.40 at $1,823.90.