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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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January 25, 2011
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Canadian Market Due for a Correction?

Jason Ayres

For the last several months, North American markets have been defying gravity. Not that they have really looked back since the 2009 lows, however the with the S&P/TSX Composite retracing the better part of 78% of its losses, the question becomes…how much further? I was taught very early in my career not to...

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January 21, 2011
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Gold Slip Slidin’ Away?

Richard Croft

Gold has been steadily sliding from its January 3rd peak of peak of US$1,422.60 per ounce. With fears of more stringent efforts by China to cool its red-hot economy, commodity prices have retreated significantly. Not to mention the steadily improving economic recovery in the U.S. and Europe and some stability in the US dollar....

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January 17, 2011
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Financial Strength

Richard Croft

After being range bound for the past three months, Canadian financials have broken out to the upside. Not surprising given the rebound in US banks. US banks reacted positively to JP Morgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM, recent price US $44.91) quarterly earnings report last week. The JPM numbers blew right through consensus...

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January 10, 2011
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Fertilizing Profits

Richard Croft

Going against the grain, so to speak, of most commodities these days are two Canadian agricultural stocks. While energy and metals and mining issues mostly got clobbered in the early January commodity downturn, Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan Inc. (TSX: POT, recent price $165,82) and Agrium Inc. (TSX: AGU, recent price $91.38) did...

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