TSX up on Charts by Noon

Housing Starts Disappoint

Stocks in Canada’s largest centre wandered higher midday Monday, after spending much of the morning in the doldrums.

The S&P/TSX Composite Index regained 23.12 points to greet noon Monday at 16,254.08

The Canadian dollar zoomed 0.55 cents to 75.40 cents U.S.

Shares of Superior Plus triumphed 50 cents, or $4.1%, to $12.74, followed by Cronos Group, which rose $1.99, or 9.4%, to $23.11.

Gold miner Kirkland Lake Gold recovered 13 cents to $49.99, while shares of Iamgold fell 11 cents, or 3%, to $3.51.

On the economic slate, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation's seasonally-adjusted annual rates of housing starts fell to 202,300 units in May, from a downwardly revised 233,400 in April, missing market expectations of 205,000.

Elsewhere, Statistics Canada reported that Canadian municipalities issued a record $9.3 billion worth of building permits in April. The increase in the value of permits was almost entirely due to a planned change in development costs in Metro Vancouver.

ON BAYSTREET

The TSX Venture Exchange nicked higher 0.43 points to 596.57

Seven of the 12 Toronto subgroups remained in the red by noon hour, as gold dulled in price 1.9%, while materials were weaker by 1%, and energy lost 0.4%.

The five gainers were led by health-care, vaulting 3%, information technology, gaining 1.5%, and consumer discretionary, popping 1.3%.

ON WALLSTREET

Stocks rose on Monday, extending last week’s big gains, after the U.S. reached an agreement with Mexico on tariffs, easing some of the trade concerns which have weighed on the market since early May.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average 192.72 points to break for lunch at 26,176.66.

The S&P 500 hiked 27.4 points, or 1%, to 2,900.74

The NASDAQ Composite 138.47 points, or 1.8%, to 7,880.57, led by Amazon.

President Donald Trump announced Sunday that proposed tariffs on Mexican imports would be suspended indefinitely. Trump said in a Twitter post that he has “full confidence” that Mexico will crack down on migration from Central America, after the two neighbors reached a consensus.

Shares of GM and Ford, two companies that had a lot to lose in a trade battle with Mexico because of their production there. GM shares picked up 1.8%, while Ford jumped 2.6%,

Meanwhile, investors are closely monitoring the development in the U.S.-China trade war. Trump told reporters on Monday that he believes China will make a deal with the U.S. "because they’re going to have to."

Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping are set to meet at the G-20 Summit later this month after both countries slapped tariffs and made tit-for-tat threats

The White House acting budget chief is reportedly seeking to delay the restrictions on Chinese telecom giant Huawei, which would halt its ability to purchase U.S.-made chips. Chipmakers Nvidia added 2.8%, and Advanced Micro Devices gained 4% on Monday following the news.

Adding to the bullish sentiment on Monday was a blockbuster deal in the aerospace industry. Raytheon and United Technologies agreed to an all-stock merger that would create a combined company with $74 billion in annual sales. Both shares surged in pre-market trading. Shares of Raytheon rose 1.2%, while shares of United Technologies fell about 1%.

Salesforce.com announced its acquisition of big data company Tableau Software on Monday. The $15.3-billion all-stock deal marks the biggest purchase in the company’s history. Tableau’s stock surged 37% on Monday and Salesforce.com fell more than 3%.

Prices for the benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury sagged, lifting yields to 2.14% from Friday’s 2.08%. Treasury prices and yields move in opposite directions.

Oil prices dropped two cents to $53.97 U.S. a barrel.

Gold prices dropped $13.80 at $1,332.30 U.S. an ounce.