Positive Finish for TSX

Gibson Energy, Cronos Pump Higher

Canada's main stock index grew on Monday, ahead of a key U.S. Federal Reserve policy meeting that could determine the path of future interest rate cuts. Agents of this improvement were largely energy and health-care stocks.

The S&P/TSX Composite Index gained 51.54 points to close Monday at 16,353.45

The Canadian dollar doffed 0.48 cents to 74.56 cents U.S.

JP Morgan raised the rating on Gibson Energy to overweight from neutral. Gibson shares hiked 12 cents to $23.02. Peyto Exploration rocketed 17 cents, or 4.4%, to $4.07

Among health-care stocks, Cronos Group climbed 55 cents, or 2.7%, to $21.30, while Bausch Health Companies 69 cents, or 2.4%, to $29.50.

Alacer Group was by far the champion of the trading day, vaulting 41 cents, or 10.2%, to $4.43, while Turquoise Hill Resources jumped six cents, or 3.9%, to $1.61.

Only communications sounded a sour note, as TELUS Group fell back 43 cents to $48.17, while BCE dropped 48 cents to $59.40.

On the economic front, Statistics Canada reported that foreign investors reduced their holdings of Canadian securities by $12.8 billion in April, mainly in the form of equities.

At the same time, Canadian investors marginally reduced their holdings of foreign securities.

As a result, international transactions in securities generated a net outflow of funds of $12.6 billion from the Canadian economy in April.

ON BAYSTREET

The TSX Venture Exchange backed off 3.22 points to 584.62

All but one of the 12 Toronto subgroups remained in the green, as energy gushed 1.5%, health-care concerns were haler by 1.1%, and materials were up 1%.

Only communications missed the party, fading 0.4%

ON WALLSTREET

Stocks rose slightly on Monday, led by gains in tech, as investors looked ahead to a crucial Federal Reserve meeting this week.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average retained 22.92 to close at 26,112.53.

The S&P 500 eked ahead 2.69 points at 2,889.67

The NASDAQ Composite gained 48.37 points to 7,845.02, as tech shares gained.

Facebook acquired 4.2%, and Netflix climbed 3.2%, while Amazon advanced 0.9%, Alphabet picked up 0.7%, Apple advanced 0.6%.

Disney shares slipped 0.5% after an analyst at Imperial Capital downgraded the stock to in-line from outperform, citing a “record ” valuation.

Shares of auction house Sotheby’s shot up nearly 60% on news it will be bought for $3.7 billion by BidFair USA, a company owned by telecom businessman Patrick Drahi. Array BioPharma shares also surged nearly 60% after the company was acquired by Pfizer for $10.6 billion.

Equities posted slight gains last week, adding to this month’s strong rally. The S&P 500 and NASDAQ were both up more than 4% in June entering Monday’s session while the Dow was up 5.1%.

The Fed is scheduled to start a two-day monetary policy meeting on Tuesday. Expectations for any policy changes are low, but investors will look for clues about potential rate cuts in July and later in 2019.

Investors are betting on the Fed cutting rates in July and September as well as December. The market has been clamoring for lower rates amid indications of potentially slower economic growth. In theory, lower rates would boost economic growth.

The Fed will make its monetary-policy announcement on Wednesday. Fed Chair Jerome Powell is scheduled to hold a news conference after the announcement.

Worries over the economy have increased recently after jobs growth and manufacturing activity slowed last month. The U.S. economy is expected to grow by 2.1% in the second quarter

Prices for the benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury fell, driving yields higher to 2.09% from Friday’s 2.08%. Treasury prices and yields move in opposite directions.

Oil prices slipped 57 cents to $51.94 U.S. a barrel.

Gold prices listed lower 90 cents at $1,343.60 U.S. an ounce.