TSX Pops Right After Holiday

Aphria, Wesdome in Focus

Canada’s main stock index rose on Tuesday, led by gains in the shares of Aphria Inc. and miner Wesdome Gold following their upbeat quarterly results.

The TSX Composite Index grew 70.97 points to greet noon ET Tuesday at 16,486.13

The Canadian dollar moved ahead 0.14 cents to 75.73 cents U.S.

Markets in Canada were closed Monday for Thanksgiving.

Aphria jumped 86 cents, or 13.9%, the most on the benchmark index, to $7.07, after the cannabis company posted a surprise quarterly profit.

Wesdome climbed 44 cents, or 7.4%, to $6.38, after the mining company lifted its full-year gold production target.

Alamos Gold fell 73 cents, or 9.7%, the most on the TSX, to $6.77, followed by Oceanagold Corp, which lost 33 cents, or 9.6%, to $3.10.

On the economic slate, the Canadian Real Estate Association declared national home sales were up slightly in September, rising rose 0.6% month-over-month. Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity was up 15.5% year-over-year

ON BAYSTREET

The TSX Venture Exchange recouped 2.36 points Tuesday to 543.12

All but three of the 12 Toronto subgroups gained ground in the hours leading up to noon ET, with health-care jumping 3.3%, information technology up 1.8%, and financials ahead 0.8%.

The three laggards were materials, down 0.9%, utilities, sliding 0.7%, and gold, off 0.5%.

ON WALLSTREET

Stocks traded sharply higher on Tuesday as the corporate earnings season got off to a strong start.

The Dow Jones Industrials moved skyward 268.69 points, or 1%, to reach lunch hour at 27,056.05

The S&P 500 improved 32.75 points, or 1.1%, to 2,998.62. The S&P 500 was about 1% away from reaching an all-time high.

The NASDAQ Composite heightened 94.11 points, or 1.2%, to 8,142.76

J.P. Morgan Chase shares jumped 3.8% after its third-quarter numbers topped analyst expectations. The company’s revenue also hit a record, boosted by home and auto loans along with credit cards.

UnitedHealth, another Dow member, posted a quarterly profit that topped analyst expectations by 13 cents per share. The company’s results got a boost from growing pharmacy benefits. UnitedHealth also hiked its full-year earnings guidance. UnitedHealth shares climbed 8%.

Johnson & Johnson, meanwhile, saw its third-quarter numbers lifted by higher sales of cancer and other prescription drugs. The numbers sent the stock up by 1.9%.

So far, 34 S&P 500 components have reported third-quarter numbers. Of those companies, 29 have topped analyst expectations.

Expectations for the corporate earnings season overall were downbeat entering Tuesday. Analysts expect S&P 500 earnings to fall by 4.6% on a year-over-year basis.

United Airlines is among the companies set to report after the bell Tuesday. Netflix, IBM and Bank of America are all scheduled to report Wednesday.

Wall Street also got a boost from stronger-than-forecast economic data. New York’s Empire State manufacturing index hit 4 for October, up from a print of 2 in September. Economists polled by Dow Jones expected a reading of 0.8.

Prices for the benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury fell midday, raising yields to 1.75% from Friday’s 1.73%. Treasury prices and yields move in opposite directions.

Oil prices shed 19 cents to $53.40 U.S. a barrel.

Gold prices dropped $11.20 to $1,486.40 U.S. an ounce.