Advisors - March 2, 2022
Monthly Canada Market Wrap: February 2022
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In what was another ugly month for equities worldwide, Canada served as a relative safe haven in February. The S&P/TSX 60 finished the month just 0.1% lower, whereas its US counterpart, the S&P 500, slipped another 3%. Investors favoured precious metal and commodity companies in light of Russia’s invasion into Ukraine, which sent both the Materials and Energy sectors surging in February. The Materials sector is 9.1% higher year-to-date, while the Energy sector is up 27.7%. In fixed income, the Canada 10-Year Benchmark Bond rate increased by 12 basis points in February, and as of month’s end is yielding 0.07% more than the US 10-Year. Finally, Canadian inflation breached 5% for the first time in over 30 years, but one of Canada’s leading manufacturing indexes, the Ivey PMI, rebounded back into expansion territory.
Canadian Sector Movement
Hot Stocks: February’s Top 10 TSX 60 Performers
Cameco (CCO.TO): 26.1% gain in February 2022
Nutrien (NTR.TO): 22.8%
First Quantum Minerals (FM.TO): 18.7%
Barrick Gold (ABX.TO): 17.8%
Teck Resources (TECK.B.TO): 16.3%
Franco-Nevada (FNV.TO): 11.1%
Canadian Natural Resources (CNQ.TO): 9.5%
Imperial Oil (IMO.TO): 9.4%
Saputo (SAP.TO): 9.0%
Wheaton Precious Metals (WPM.TO): 8.4%
Laggards & Losers: February’s 10 Worst TSX 60 Performers
Shopify (SHOP.TO): -28.3% decline in February 2022
CCL Industries (CCL.B.TO): -14.0%
Canopy Growth (WEED.TO): -11.5%
FirstService (FSV.TO): -11.0%
Open Text (OTEX.TO): -9.3%
Magna International (MG.TO): -8.0%
Kinross Gold (K.TO): -8.0%
Sun Life Financial (SLF.TO): -7.4%
Thomson Reuters (TRI.TO): -6.1%
Canadian Apartment Properties Real Estate Investment Trust (CAR.UN.TO): -5.6%
Fixed Income Performance
Canadian Treasury Yield Curve
10 Year Treasury Rate: 1.90%
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The Canadian unemployment rate checked in at 6.5% in January—rising 0.5 points after December’s dip below 6%—for the first month since February 2020. As such, the Canada Ivey Employment index slipped another 0.9 points to 49.1, and Canadian Part-time Employment recorded a decrease of 117,000 part-time workers in December.
Production and Sales
The Canada Ivey PMI bounced out of contraction territory in February, now reading 50.7. Readings above 50 indicate expansion in the manufacturing sector.
Canada Housing Starts continued to cool down from a record November, logging 13,220 new starts in January. Interestingly, the Canada New Housing Price Index was up 0.91% month-over-month, well above its historical, monthly average rise of 0.24%.
Consumers and Inflation
The Canada Consumer Price Index rose 0.55% in January, while the Canada Inflation Rate topped 5% for the first time since September 1991. February’s 5.1% print represents the inflation rate’s seventh straight monthly increase.
The price of gold in CAD was $2,401.10 per ounce at February’s end, representing a monthly price increase of 5%. Gold’s uptick in price provided a 4% lift to the iShares S&P/TSX Global Gold ETF (XGD.TO) in February.
Despite surging in the first half of the month, Bitcoin and Ethereum ended February flat. The price of Bitcoin was $37,804 USD as of February 28th, still 36.1% off its all- time high. Ethereum stood at $2,629 USD, representing a 39.4% retracement. Cardano had a losing month, dipping 17.2% in February to $0.86 USD.
Have a great March! 📈
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