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Canada Market Summary for September 2022
Canadian stocks held up relatively well in what was a rough September for equities globally. The S&P/TSX 60 index ended September down 3.9%, while Canadian Large Caps fell 3.8% and Canadian Small Caps finished the month 6.2% lower. South of the border, the S&P 500 index fell 9.2% (-4.9% in CAD) and the MSCI EAFE global developed-market index was off by a similar amount. Persistent inflation, along with further rate hikes by the Federal Reserve and Bank of Canada, will set the tone for a Q3 earnings season that’s also overshadowed by elevated global recession risk.
The unemployment rate climbed to 5.4% in September. Despite the bleak month for unemployment and equities, there were some bright spots. The Canadian Inflation Rate cooled down and the Canada Ivey PMI exited contraction territory with a double-digit point increase to 60.9. Lastly, prices for new homes rose at their smallest clip since April 2020.
The Canada Ivey PMI rebounded out of contraction territory, advancing 11.3 points in August. Last month’s reading of 49.6 marked the manufacturing sector’s first contractionary reading since December 2021, and August’s positive print comes at a time when the US ISM Manufacturing PMI nearly registered a contraction. Despite the positive manufacturing data, Canada Retail Sales fell 2.5% in July, and Canada Real GDP inched just 0.1% higher.
Canadian home prices grew by 0.08% for the second straight month, on average. This marks the 32nd consecutive month in which the Canada New Housing Price Index has risen, but at the slowest pace since April 2020.
The price of gold in Canadian Dollars rose 2.2% in September to C$2,297.10 per ounce. Gold-related securities were major beneficiaries—the top five TSX performers were all gold companies, and the iShares S&P/TSX Global Gold ETF (XGD.TO) surged 8.5% in September. Notably, Kinross Gold (K.TO) announced an enhanced share buyback program, helping it become the TSX’s top performer in September.
Crude oil prices continued to tumble in September. The spot price for WTI at the end of September was $77.17 USD and $82.55 USD for Brent. Both oil benchmarks fell over 14% in price to their lowest levels since the start of 2022. Monthly Retail Sales among Canadian Gasoline Stations fell considerably from its June high of C$8.12 billion to C$6.90 billion in July, according to the latest data available.