Yields up, stocks down
Though the TSX edged up 12 points on Friday, American markets sank as yields continued to climb. The U.S. 10-year touched 1.77% by the close, up 2.7% for the day, which drove the Nasdaq down nearly 1% (and 4.5% for the week), and the S&P slipped 0.41%. The Dow was positive for most of the day, but dipped into the red in the dying minutes. All four indices were down for the first week of 2022, though none fared worse than the Nasdaq which hadn’t been bruised like this since February 2021. As tech stocks languished, financials and industrials shone.
Gainers included Honeywell up 2.41%, Travelers 2.29% as well as Walgreens at 2.86%. Investors feel confident that Omicron will pass, then expect travel to rebound. Carnival sailed up almost 4% while Delta flew 3.49%. Heading down were homebuilders like Lennar at -4.74%, chipmakers such as AMD, losing 2.92%, and consumer names Home Depot, shedding nearly 3% and Nike, slipping 2.33%.
Energy and financials offset losses in tech in Toronto. CNQ added 2.68%, Air Canada rose 3.92% while Royal Bank broke new highs as it climbed 1.39%. Other winners were pot stocks like Canopy up 3.45% and Aurora at 2.5%. However, pressure in China pushed Canada Goose down 6.31%, Lithium Americas sank 5.63% and Shopify fell 2.78%. WTI crude actually slipped 0.45% to $79 a barrel while WCS lost 2% and slipped below $66.
🍯 Honeywell International (HON-N) +2.41%
👨⚕️ St. Paul Travelers Companies Inc. (TRV-N) +2.29%
💊 Walgreen Boots Alliance (WBA-Q) +2.86%
🚢 Carnival Corp. (CCL-N) +4%
🛫 Delta Air Lines Inc (DAL-N) +3.49%
🏠 Lennar Corp. (LEN-N) -4.74%
💾 Advanced Micro Devices (AMD-Q) -2.92%
🛠 Home Depot (HD-N) -3%
👟 Nike Inc (NKE-N) -2.33%
🛢 Canadian Natural Rsrcs (CNQ-T) +2.68%
🛫 Air Canada (AC-T) +3.92%
🏛 Royal Bank (RY-T) +1.39%
🌿 Canopy Growth Corp. (WEED-T) +3.45%
🌿 Aurora Cannabis (ACB-T) +2.5%
🧣 Canada Goose Holdings (GOOS-T) -6.31%
⛓ Lithium Americas Corp (LAC-T) -5.63%
🛍 Shopify Inc. (SHOP-T) -2.78%