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March 06, 2011
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Canadian Banks – More Upside?

Richard Croft

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (TSX: CM) was one of the hardest hit of the Canadian banks in the financial crisis. But it seems to have pulled itself up by its bootstraps, with share price doubling from a bargain-basement low near $40 in February 2009 to a recent $82.60. The bank reported first-quarter earnings of $1.92 per...

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February 27, 2011
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Oilsands Opportunities?

Richard Croft

Despite the anxieties besetting the crude oil market, Canada’s energy sector, like its banks, appears to be doing just fine, thanks. Over the past month, the S&P/TSX Capped Energy Index is ahead about 7%, joining financials (ahead 6% in the past month) on the upswing, and helping keep the broader Composite buoyed nicely...

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February 21, 2011
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Banker’s Acceptance

Richard Croft

The financial sector has taken off in February, advancing about 6% so far this month, after being range-bound since last October. Economic growth, an improving earnings picture, growing business confidence, and increasing lending activity are contributing to renewed interest in the Canadian financial sector. Not to mention the...

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February 17, 2011
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Technical Analysis and Options

Jason Ayres

Many investors use fundamental analysis to determine whether shares in a particular company are worth buying or selling. Fundamental analysis is simply the study of financial statements, management, competitive advantages, competitors and industry potential. While this information can be powerful in determining the potential...

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February 14, 2011
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Options Exchange

Richard Croft

Toronto’s TMX Group (TSX: X) is going global. At least if the London Stock Exchange has anything to say about it. The mating ritual between two elephants was the subject of much spilled ink (both real and electronic) last week, and if successful, will create an exchange organization with a combined value of about $6.25...

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February 06, 2011
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Revving Up Industrials

Richard Croft

There probably aren’t enough “industrial” stocks in Canada to warrant an index and a corresponding tracking fund. But Canadian industrials have been on something of a roll, as economic growth gathers momentum. In the general excitement over commodities and commodity stocks, like mining, oil and gas, and agriculture, the...

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February 04, 2011
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U.S Dollar/Canadian Dollar Outlook

Jason Ayres

The Canadian dollar continues to maintan its dominance over the U.S. dollar. We have consistantly seen the .99 level tested time and time again with out any follow through. I have included a link to a weekly chart to offer a bigger picture perspective on the USD/CAD trend. Using a common exponential moving average pairing of 8...

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January 30, 2011
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Tanks and Oil

Richard Croft

The deteriorating political situation in Egypt has presented some interesting possibilities for options traders in the oil and gas sector. The civil strife in Egypt has led to concerns that the Suez Canal might be temporarily shut down, blocking transit of oil supplies through this vital channel. That, of course, raised the...

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