TSX Keeps Gains by Noon

Home Capital, Pan American Silver in Focus

Canada's main stock index rose on Thursday, supported by health-care and consumer discretionary stocks, although energy stocks, tracking a more than 2% fall in crude oil prices, limited gains.

The TSX grabbed 21.05 points to reach noon Thursday at 19,128.82, after a loss of more than 125 points the session before.

The Canadian dollar fell 0.16 cents at 82.34 cents U.S.

Canadian Tire rose 7.4% after smashing estimates for first-quarter profit, as pandemic-weary people bought more bikes, patio furniture and pool supplies online to stay entertained during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Canada Goose Holdings fell 6.2% despite posting a surprise profit and forecasting annual revenue above $1 billion for the first time.
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The largest percentage gainers on the TSX were Canadian
Tire, up 7.4%, and Home Capital Group, rising 6.8% after their quarterly results beat.

Pan American Silver fell 10.1%, the most on the TSX, after reporting a loss of four cents per share for the first quarter.

The second-biggest decliner was AcuityAds Holdings down 5.4%.

ON BAYSTREET

The TSX Venture Exchange faded 2.52 points to 908.40.

Eight of the 12 subgroups remained afloat by noon hour, with consumer discretionary issues soaring 1.4% industrials roaring ahead 1.2%, and financials up 1%.

The four laggards were weighed most heavily by energy, down 1.8%, information technology, off 1.1%, and health-care, fadiong 0.5%.

ON WALLSTREET

U.S. stocks climbed on Thursday, rebounding from steep losses in the previous session as investors picked up shares after the pullback.

The Dow Jones Industrials recovered from Wednesday’s bruising, taking on 444 points, or 1.3%, to 34,032.08

The S&P 500 regained 50.21 points, or 1.2%, to 4,111.92,

The NASDAQ restocked 92.23 points to 13,123.91, as Apple and Microsoft both rebounded more than 2%. Alphabet and Facebook rose more than 1% each.

Classic reopening trades, including airlines and cruise line operators, also jumped. American Airlines, United and Delta also advanced more than 2%, while Carnival and Norwegian also both rose over 2%.

The U.S. Labor Department reported that the prices American consumers pay for goods and services accelerated at their fastest pace since 2008 last month with the Consumer Price Index spiking 4.2% from a year ago.

Investors largely shook off another hot inflation report on Thursday, with producer prices in April jumping more than 6% from a year go.

Bitcoin dropped 9% after Elon Musk tweeted that Tesla would halt car purchases using the digital token for environmental concerns, a surprising reversal for the crypto-supporter. Coinbase, which just went public on the promise of crypto-trading becoming mainstream,
dropped 2% following Musk’s comments.

Prices for 10-Year Treasurys regained lost ground, lowering yields to 1.66% from Wednesday’s 1.70%. Treasury prices and yields move in opposite directions.

Oil prices lost $2.51 to $63.57 U.S. a barrel.

Gold prices gained $4.10 to $1,826.90 U.S. an ounce.