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  • Jun. 5, 2012, 5:30 PM
    An outlier today is Canada, the TSX +1.5% after the BoC left rates unchanged and - in its accompanying statement - seemed to back down from a lot of recent hawkish talk. Add Canadian shares to the long list of global stocks running behind the S&P in 2012.
    | Jun. 5, 2012, 5:30 PM
  • Jun. 1, 2012, 11:27 AM
    Canada's May PMI rises to 54.7 vs. expectations of 54.3 and 53.3 previously. It's the biggest jump for the series since September. RBC (the report's author) notes particularly strong gains in employment and new export orders (which rose at the fastest pace since March 2011). The loonie remains sharply lower vs. the dollar as risk markets sell off worldwide.
    | Jun. 1, 2012, 11:27 AM
  • May 15, 2012, 1:38 PM
    "Canada's business cycle bounce appears to have run its course," says BAML's Neil Dutta, expecting recent strong macro data to become less so. He takes note of the country's curious terms of trade hit - its eastern half importing expensive Brent crude, while the west exports cheaper WTI. Bottom line: Reduce exposure to Canadian risk assets and increase holdings of fixed income.
    | May 15, 2012, 1:38 PM | 1 Comment
  • May 11, 2012, 8:37 AM
    Canada adds 58.2K jobs in April (82.3K previous), far stronger than estimates for 7K. The unemployment rate rises to 7.3%, inline. The loonie flies higher, rising to parity with the greenback.
    | May 11, 2012, 8:37 AM
  • May 8, 2012, 9:12 AM
    Canadian housing starts rose to 244.9K in April, beating expectations, and hitting the highest level since Sept. 2007, reports the CMHC. It's all about the condo craze: Urban multi-family starts soared 27.4% on the month to 158.5K.
    | May 8, 2012, 9:12 AM
  • May 7, 2012, 9:50 AM
    Canadian building permits surged in March, +4.7% vs. an expected decline of 1.5%. A 13.9% rise in non-residential permits led the way, much of it to build government and medical facilities in Ontario. Single-family permits declined 1.7% and multi-family declined 0.7%. The news is good for moderate pop in the loonie. FXC +0.2%.
    | May 7, 2012, 9:50 AM
  • May 4, 2012, 10:13 AM
    Canada's Ivey PMI for April dives to 52.2 from 65.0 previously, and against expectations for 61.0. The loonie tumbles 0.5%, but remains above parity with the greenback at $1.0071. It's the latest in a string of weakish numbers from up north and may cease rumblings from the BoC about rate hikes.
    | May 4, 2012, 10:13 AM | 1 Comment
  • May 3, 2012, 1:00 PM
    Canadian lenders dominate Bloomberg's list of the world strongest banks, placing 6 in the top 22. There may have been more, except the country ran out of banks of large enough scope. Counter-cyclical regulatory policy helps, as banks are usually told to tighten up when times are good, not after the crash.
    | May 3, 2012, 1:00 PM | 2 Comments
  • Apr. 30, 2012, 9:22 AM

    More on Canada GDP: The Feb. decline - the worst print in more than 2 years - comes as mining and oil & gas extraction declined 1.6%, led by a 7% decline in mining, led by a 19% decline in Potash mining - a dive surely telegraphed by weak Q1 sales of the fertilizer reported by Potash (POT) and Mosaic (MOS). Improvement, however, is on the way, says Mosaic.

    | Apr. 30, 2012, 9:22 AM
  • Apr. 30, 2012, 8:42 AM

    Canada February GDP -0.2% vs. +0.2% expected, +0.1% previous. Y/Y +1.6%, +1.7% previous. The loonie - recently going strong thanks to talk of rate hikes by the BoC - takes a tumble, -0.6% to $1.0142.

    | Apr. 30, 2012, 8:42 AM
  • Apr. 26, 2012, 9:34 AM
    The loonie remains at its highest level since September, buying $1.0165 as the Bank of Canada continues to signal rate hikes in the not-to-distant future and the Fed remains on "permanent hold," says SocGen's Kit Juckes. FXC +3.6% YTD.
    | Apr. 26, 2012, 9:34 AM
  • Apr. 24, 2012, 4:09 PM

    Higher policy rates may become appropriate, says BoC Governor Carney, testifying before the House of Commons, and again setting the stage for tighter monetary policy in the near future. The loonie remains higher against the dollar, buying $1.10120. FXC +0.3%.

    | Apr. 24, 2012, 4:09 PM
  • Apr. 24, 2012, 8:49 AM
    Canada's February retail sales unexpectedly decline 0.2%, the first fall since July. In volume terms, sales declined 0.6%. The fall comes amidst recent hawkish talk from the BoC and analyst expectations of rate hikes this year. The loonie quickly slides 20 pips to $1.0087.
    | Apr. 24, 2012, 8:49 AM
  • Apr. 23, 2012, 12:27 PM

    "Almost a 51st state, but with a much better currency and a much more prudent government and central bank," says David Rosenberg on growing client interest in investing in Canada. Rosenberg sees a series of rate hikes by the BoC while the Fed remains on hold - giving the country and the loonie an even greater yield advantage.

    | Apr. 23, 2012, 12:27 PM | 6 Comments
  • Apr. 20, 2012, 8:56 AM
    Canadian inflation slows to 1.9% Y/Y in March from 2.6% in February, and vs. expectations for 2%. The core rate was 1.9%, down from 2.3%, and inline with forecasts.
    | Apr. 20, 2012, 8:56 AM
  • Apr. 19, 2012, 3:31 PM

    A wave of ratings downgrades to hit developed countries in coming years will spare Canada, says Citi's Mike Saunders. The 2012 federal and provincial budgets - while maybe putting a drag on near-term growth - should strengthen the country's already sound fiscal position.

    | Apr. 19, 2012, 3:31 PM | 3 Comments
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The iShares MSCI Canada Index Fund seeks to provide investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of publicly traded securities in the Canadian market, as measured by the MSCI Canada Index.
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