TSX Closes Up 70 Pts As Fed Acknowledges U.S. Economic Improvement; Penn West Weighs; Blackberry Gains, But Credit Suisse Sees 40% Downside


Canada's main stock market, the Toronto Stock Exchange, Wednesday rebounded from day lows near 15,450 around the time news came out from the U.S. Federal Reserve, with investors jumping on the Fed acknowledging an improvement in the economy there, although it also warned that labor market slack persisted. An improvement in the U.S. economy is seen having a knock on impact in Canada, as the States is our largest trading partner.

The TSX jumped after the news to just under 15,520, and while the index slipped back from there to under 15,500 again, it rallied over the final hour to close near 15,525.

Capping gains was strong selling in most actively traded Penn West Petroleum Ltd. (PWT.TO), which fell near 14% on Wednesday with more than 11.3 million shares traded after the company said it is reviewing its accounting practices and will have to restate some previous financial reports.

Meanwhile, BlackBerry (BBRY, BB.TO) gained around 2%, although Credit Suisse sees around 40% downside to the stock. Blackberry is rated Underperform with a target price of US$6 at Credit Suisse which says the company's Security Summit in NY was "constructive in tone," as management are positioning the company to become the end-to-end mobile security firm. Credit Suisse says given the "inherent challenges" in turning around the services stream, as well as the "subscale" loss making hardware business, it believes the best for the company is to break up. Assuming shutting down the hardware business by the end of FY15 and winding down the services business by the end of FY16, it arrives at NAV of $3.1bn (US$6 per share), which suggests 40% downside.

Among sectors, all were higher, except for Utilities.

Of commodities, gold fell for a third day after the U.S. Federal Reserve announced a sixth straight US$10 billion cut to its bond buying program amid signs that the U.S. economy is strengthening. The Federal Open Market Committee tapered monthly bond buying to US$25 billion and is set to end the purchase program in October. Earlier Tuesday, U.S. gross domestic product was shown to have risen at a 4% annualized rate in the second quarter, versus a revised 2.1% fall in the first quarter.

West Texas Intermediate crude fell below US$100 a barrel for the first time a fortnight after a government report showed that U.S. gasoline supplies were up while demand was easing.

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