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Stocks Fall Again by Noon, After Morning Gains

Jun 23, 2022 (Baystreet.ca via COMTEX) --

Canada's main stock index lost ground it had initially gained on Thursday, aided by gains in Bombardier Inc., although advances were limited by weakness in miners and on concerns over a global recession due to aggressive interest rate hikes.

The S&P/TSX tumbled 194.38 points, or 1%, to proceed into lunch hour Thursday at 18,809.66.

The Canadian dollar withered 0.07 cents to 77.06 cents U.S.

Bombardier acquired 39 cents, or 1.7%, to $23.55, %, after it said on Wednesday that workers on a key program for the business jet maker ratified a new labour contract that will deliver pay hikes of up to 18.5% over five years.

Tech stocks gathered momentum, as Shopify leaped $30.93, or 7.1%, to $469.57.

Energy dragged, though, as Baytex Energy tailed off 63 cents, or 10%, to $5.67.

Bank of Canada Senior Deputy Governor Carolyn Rogers said on Wednesday that inflation in Canada was much too high and did not rule out a 75-basis-point increase at the central bank's July decision.

ON BAYSTREET

The TSX Venture Exchange was in the red 6.29 points, or 1%, to 634.61.

Still, eight of the 12 TSX subgroups had gained ground, with information technology sprinting 3.1%, health-care up 2.3%, and consumer staples better by 1.7%.

The four laggards were weighed most by energy, sliding 4.6%, materials, easing 3.2%, and gold, dulling 2.2%.

ON WALLSTREET

The NASDAQ Composite rose on Thursday while the S&P 500 dipped slightly, as bond yields slid and Wall Street continued to weigh recession risks.

The Dow Jones Industrials moved backward by midday 90.46 points to 30,392.67.

The S&P 500 quelled some early gains but still managed to stay positive 4.98 points to 3,765.64.

The tech-heavy NASDAQ stayed green 84.36 points to 11,137.40.

The major averages came into Thursday's session posting strong gains for the week. The Dow, S&P 500 gained 2%, and the NASDAQ moved ahead 3% in that time.

Homebuilder stocks led gains in the S&P 500, as the Home Construction ETF (ITB) gained 2.6% on Thursday and 4.6% this week. Shares of Lennar and D.R. Horton are both up more than 3%.

Consumer staples stocks such as Clorox were up 4%. Shares of Costco and Kellogg each gained more than 2%.

On Thursday, the U.S. Labor Department said weekly jobless claims fell 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 229,000 for the week ended June 18, though the labour market remains tight.

UBS is the latest investment bank this week to raise its odds of a recession to 69%, citing lackluster data last week in housing, industrial production and capital goods.

Citigroup increased its odds of a recession to 50%, citing a slide in consumer demand that could make it more difficult for the Federal Reserve to achieve a soft landing.

Goldman Sachs said the probability of a downturn is "higher and more front-loaded" than it was previously. In a Monday note, the firm raised its bet of a U.S. recession to 30%, up from 15%, over the next year. It increased those odds to 48%, up from 35%, over the next two years.

On the other hand, a top strategist at JPMorgan on Thursday said he believes the U.S. economy will dodge a recession altogether, with the stock market making back any losses in the back half of the year.

Treasury prices jumped, lowering yields to 3.05% from Wednesday's 3.15%. Treasury prices and yields move in opposite directions.

Oil prices lost $1.96 to $104.23 U.S. a barrel.

Gold prices subtracted $2.30 to $1,836.10 U.S. an ounce.

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