August 31, 2018 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

Tangents:  Happy Friday!

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The last meteorological sunrise of Summer at Mogshade Hill near Stony Cross in The New Forest. Credit: Nick Lucas/SWNS.COM

People wait a zebra painted pedestrian crossing in the suburb of Krasnoyarsk, Russia. Credit: Ilya Naymushin/Reuters

Casper Wolf of the Netherlands performs in the men’s Slopestyle final at the FIS Junior World Championships during the Winter Games NZ at Cardrona, New Zealand. Credit: Iain McGregor/Winter Games NZ Via AP

Scarlet Sage are in full bloom at Kuju Flower Park in Taketa, Oita, Japan. Credit: The Asahi Shimbun/Getty Images

A man walks through an Oktoberfest beer tent in Munich, Germany. Credit: Andreas Gebert/Reuters
Market Closes for August 31st, 2018



Close Change


25964.82 -22.10



S&P 500 2901.52 +0.39



NASDAQ 8109.539 +21.176



TSX 16262.88 -108.68

International Markets




Close Change
NIKKEI 22865.15 -4.35


27888.55 -275.50
SENSEX 38645.07 -45.03
FTSE 100* 7432.42 -83.61


Bonds % Yield Previous % Yield

10 Year Bond

2.228 2.276

30 Year


2.253 2.295

10 Year Bond

2.8622 2.8586

30 Year Bond

3.0231 3.0063


BOC Close Today Previous  
Canadian $ 0.76624 0.77069


1.30507 1.29753
Euro Rate

1 Euro=

Canadian $ 1.51457 0.66025


1.16053 0.86168


Gold Close Previous
London Gold


1197.30 1204.20
WTI Crude Future 69.80 70.25

Market Commentary:
By Tatiana Darie

     (Bloomberg) — Canadian stocks fell to the lowest in two weeks after reports said that trade talks in Washington will resume next week after no agreement was reached. Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland was schedule to speak after the market close.
     The S&P/TSX Composite Index fell 0.7 percent, dragged down by energy, consumer discretionary and materials. Health care and tech shares rose.
     The Canadian dollar fell as much as 0.8 percent against the dollar.
     In other moves:
* Tahoe Resources Inc. extended losses, falling 1.1 percent, after protesters from a nearby community disrupted La Arena mine’s operations.
* BRP Inc. dropped 3 percent after GMP analyst Martin Landry (PT C$70 from C$65) cut shares to hold from buy due to the stock’s valuation; investors have “rewarded the company’s strong execution” by driving shares up 51% this year.
* Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. rose 1.1% percent after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters that the country will move forward with the Trans Mountain pipeline “in the right way.”
* Western Canada Select crude oil traded at a $27.25 discount to WTI
* Gold is little changed at $1,205.40 an ounce
* The Canadian dollar fell 0.5 percent to C$1.3050 per U.S. dollar
* The Canada 10-year government bond yield fell to 2.228%
By Brendan Walsh

     (Bloomberg) — U.S. stocks closed mixed in thin trading as the Trump administration and Canada were said to plan on resuming trade talks next week after discussions Friday ended with no deal. Emerging-market shares extended their slide, while the dollar climbed.
     Volume in the S&P 500 Index was almost 14 percent below average ahead of a three-day weekend. The benchmark equity gauge ended little changed, weighed down by automakers, after the discussions in Washington were said to stall and plans were made to begin talks again Wednesday. Developing-nation stocks slumped for a third straight session and India’s rupee dropped to a record as contagion spread from Argentina and Turkey.
     The S&P 500 ended the week up 0.9 percent, and 3 percent higher for the month.
     Caution was the dominant theme in the final days of August even as the S&P 500 headed to its third straight weekly gain and fifth straight monthly advance after hitting a record high Wednesday. While the Federal Reserve remains on its tightening path and Chinese authorities have moved to stem declines in the country’s currency, the threat of global growth taking a hit from souring trade relations remains front and center for investors.
     U.S. President Donald Trump wants to move ahead with a plan to impose tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports as soon as a public-comment period concludes next week, according to people familiar with the matter. In an interview with Bloomberg he also took a swipe at Europe, raising concern about the longevity of his recent agreement with Jean-Claude Juncker, which was intended to stave off a broader trade war.
     Carmakers led the Stoxx Europe 600 Index lower after Trump cast doubt on the scope of a trade deal between the U.S. and Europe. European bonds edged higher while the euro fell as the region’s inflation unexpectedly slowed.
     Elsewhere, West Texas crude fluctuated around $70 a barrel. Turkey’s lira rose after the country raised taxes on dollar deposits, making it more attractive for investors to plow money into the local currency. Argentina’s peso stabilized after a nine-day rout.
     These are the main moves in markets:
* The S&P 500 Index was little changed at the close in New York.  The Nasdaq Composite Index added 0.3 percent and the Dow Jones Industrial average fell 0.1 percent.
* The Stoxx Europe 600 Index declined 0.8 percent on the biggest drop in more than two weeks.
* The MSCI Emerging Market Index dipped 0.2 percent.
* The Nikkei 225 Stock Average ended the day little changed.
* The Shanghai Composite fell 0.5 percent.                         
* The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index rose 0.3 percent to the highest in a week.
* The euro fell 0.5 percent to $1.1609.
* The Japanese yen fell 0.1 percent to 111.09 per dollar.
* The Turkish lira gained 1.3 percent to 6.5689 per dollar, the first advance in a week.
* The yield on 10-year Treasuries rose one basis point to 2.86 percent.
* Germany’s 10-year yield decreased two basis points to 0.32 percent.
* Britain’s 10-year yield dipped three basis points to 1.43 percent.                         
* The Bloomberg Commodity Index climbed 0.1 percent.
* West Texas Intermediate crude declined 0.5 percent to $69.93 a barrel.
* Copper fell 1.8 percent to $2.6685 a pound for the biggest drop in two weeks.
* Gold was little changed at $1,199.47 an ounce.
–With assistance from Adam Haigh, Eddie van der Walt, Samuel Potter, David Wilson and Sophie Caronello.

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