Canadian Stocks End Three-Day Winning Streak On Trade War Worry

(Bloomberg) -- Canadian stocks fell, ending a three-day win streak as trade related jitters left investors to hit the sell button, globally. The S&P/TSX Composite Index fell 0.3% to 16,401.75 on Friday in Toronto.

Pot stocks were among the worst performers, while consumer staples were the best. Seven of the 11 industry groups fell, with CAE Inc. as the best performing stock after earnings beat the highest estimate.

Meanwhile, The U.S. and Canada have reached a deal to lift metals tariffs, and the agreement will take effect in “no later than two days,” according to a joint statement. Countries have agreed to lift “all tariffs the United States imposed under Section 232 on imports of steel and aluminum products from Canada” and “all tariffs Canada imposed in retaliation for the Section 232 action taken by the United States.”

In other moves:

Stocks

  • CAE rallied 15%, BMO said that company cleared a "high bar"
  • Alacer Gold rose about 13% in last five days. New Gold fell 6.5% on Friday, underperforming peers
  • Stelco and Russel Metals rose after U.S.-Canada deal
  • Seven Generation fell 4%, along with MEG Energy, which was down 3.4%

Ratings

  • ITP CN: Intertape Polymer Rated New Neutral at CIBC; PT C$20
  • TRZ CN: Transat AT Downgraded to Hold at Desjardins; PT C$13
  • WJA CN: WestJet Airlines Cut to Sector Perform at Scotiabank; PT C$31

Commodities

  • Western Canada Select crude oil traded at a $13 discount to WTI
  • Gold spot prices fell 0.7% to 1,278.04 an ounce

FX/Bonds

  • The Canadian dollar rose 0.03% to C$1.3455 per U.S. dollar
  • The Canada 10-year government bond yield rose to 1.688%

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