December 28, 2018 Newsletter

Dear Friends,


Carolann is out of the office today, I will be writing the newsletter on her behalf.

A child looks at African penguins during the opening of a new area reserved for them at Bioparco in Rome. Credit:  Tizana Fabi/AFP

A boy enjoys elephant bathing during the 15th Elephant Festival in Sauraha, a tourism hub in southwest Nepal’s Chitwan district. Credit: Sunil Sharma/Alamy
The main building of China’s Taishan Station in Antarctica. China started the work of the second phase of the Taishan Station in Antarctica. Credit: Liu Shiping/Barcroft
Market Closes for December 28th, 2018



Close Change


23062.40 -76.42



S&P 500 2485.74 -3.09



NASDAQ 6584.523 +5.031



TSX 14222.00 +56.79



International Markets



Close Change
NIKKEI 20014.77 -62.85


25504.20 +25.32
SENSEX 36076.72 +269.44
FTSE 100* 6733.97 +149.29


Bonds % Yield Previous % Yield

10 Year Bond

1.953 1.994

30 Year


2.146 2.169

10 Year Bond

2.7182 2.7666

30 Year Bond

3.0222 3.0560


BOC Close Today Previous  
Canadian $ 0.73334 0.73428


1.36362 1.36188
Euro Rate

1 Euro=

Canadian $ 1.55998 0.64103


1.14400 0.87413


Gold Close Previous
London Gold


1268.00 1258.15
WTI Crude Future 45.33 44.61

Market Commentary:
By Michael Bellusci

     (Bloomberg) — Canadian stocks extended gains for a second day, with the S&P/TSX Composite Index advancing 0.4 percent, led by health care. It was the first back-to-back advance since Dec. 3.
     Marijuana M&A was the focal point in the wake of U.S. cannabis retailer Green Growth Brands Ltd.’s hostile offer for Aphria Inc., which pushed up Aphria’s peers. Energy stocks also outperformed while materials lagged.
* MJardin Group Inc. rose 35 percent after getting its first cannabis sales license from Health Canada 
* Green Organic Dutchmen Holding climbed 15.8 percent 
* Paramount Resources gained 15.9 percent, a top performer among energy stocks 
* Maxar Technologies Ltd. added 15.4 percent; shares are down about 80 percent year-to-date 
* Barrick Gold Corp. dropped 5.5 percent 
* Western Canada Select crude oil traded at a $16.00 discount to WTI
* Gold rose 0.1 percent to $1,282.50 an ounce
* The Canadian dollar fell 0.3 percent to C$1.3655 per U.S. dollar
* The Canada 10-year government bond yield dropped 4 basis points to 1.956 percent
By Jeremy Herron and Vildana Hajric

     (Bloomberg) — U.S. stocks halted a two-day rally as thin trading added to already-volatile markets ahead of the weekend. Treasuries rose. The S&P 500 ended the session lower, but held onto its first weekly gain in a month. Trading was still volatile after a roller-coaster session Thursday that saw the biggest reversal since 2010. The holiday-shortened week began with the worst pre- Christmas day on record before stocks notched the biggest one- day surge in almost a decade. The benchmark is on track for its worst year of the bull market.
     “You’re in a period of high unknown right now,” Jeremy Bryan, portfolio manager at Gradient Investments, said in an interview. “It’s the market trying to find bottoms and trying to find its footing. That’s why we’re seeing such volatile swings in this tape. It’s just right now there seems to be a lot more consternation, which is why you’re seeing markets reacting violently both ways.”
     Global stocks are set for the worst year since 2008 and oil is mired in its steepest quarterly slump since 2014. Plenty of event risks loom in the coming year, from the U.K. vote on the Brexit deal to U.S.-China trade talks to the continuing showdown between President Donald Trump and Congress over the budget.
     “We’re heading into a period of higher volatility,” said Manpreet Gill, head of fixed income, currency and commodities strategy at Standard Chartered Plc in Singapore. “You need to have some dry powder on the side to take advantage of that. That’s where we particularly think that cash plays a bit of a role.”
     In Europe, the Stoxx 600 saw its largest one-day rally since April. Japanese shares declined, while stocks in China saw modest advances. Japanese 10-year yields dipped below zero. West Texas intermediate crude bounced with emerging market equities.
     Japan and China had their final trading day of the year Friday. Aside from any further developments on the American political front — where departures of senior officials and tensions at the White House over the Federal Reserve have unsettled investors, upcoming manufacturing PMIs from China and the U.S. may be a focus in the coming week.
Here’s a look at how some key assets have done this year:
* The S&P 500 is down 7.5%
* Japan’s Topix is down 18%
* The Stoxx Europe 600 is down almost 14%
* The MSCI Emerging Markets Index dropped about 16%
* The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index rose more than 3%
* The Bloomberg Commodity Index fell almost 12%
     Thursday’s reversal rings of a bear-market bounceTraders are getting used to sharp swingsInvestors keep bailing out of leveraged loansAnd they’re piling into goldBond traders gird for more Fed press conferences China has the worst equity market
Here are some events investors may focus on in coming days:
* China releases its official PMIs on Monday, the last day of 2018.
* Brazil’s new president is sworn in on Tuesday.
* The U.S. ISM manufacturing PMI is due Friday, Jan. 4.
And these are the main moves in markets:
* The S&P 500 Index fell 0.1 percent as of 4 p.m. in New York.
* The Stoxx Europe 600 Index jumped 2 percent, the biggest surge in about nine months.
* The MSCI All-Country World Index increased 1.2 percent.
* The MSCI Emerging Market Index increased 1.2 percent to the highest in more than a week.
* The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index dipped 0.2 percent.
* The euro climbed 0.1 percent to $1.1442.
* The Japanese yen jumped 0.6 percent to 110.40 per dollar.
* The British pound advanced 0.4 percent to $1.2692.
* The MSCI Emerging Markets Currency Index gained 0.3 percent to the highest in more than three weeks.
* The yield on 10-year Treasuries dipped three basis points to 2.74 percent.
* Germany’s 10-year yield one basis point to 0.24 percent, the largest gain in a week.
* Britain’s 10-year yield fell four basis points to 1.269 percent.
* The Bloomberg Commodity Index decreased 0.3 percent.
* West Texas Intermediate crude gained 1.7 percent to $45.38 a barrel.
* Gold was little changed at $1,281.50 an ounce.

Have a great weekend.

Be magnificent!

As ever,


“You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist”. Indira Gandhi

Carolann Steinhoff, B.Sc., CFP®, CIM, CIWM
Senior Investment Advisor

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