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Don't panic TSX investors, stocks will resume their rally

Jennifer Dowty

Jennifer Dowty, Chartered Financial Analyst, writes exclusively for Globe Unlimited subscribers.

North American markets opened strongly down this morning after the resounding 'no' vote in Greece, but soon recovered some of those losses and ended only modestly lower. The S&P/TSX composite index closed down 88.82 points, or 0.6 per cent, while the S&P 500 was down 8.02 points, or 0.39 per cent.

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Monday’s analyst upgrades and downgrades

Ahmad Hathout

Inside the Market’s roundup of some of today’s key analyst actions. This file will be updated often during the trading day so check back for new details.

Canaccord Genuity has upgraded shares of CanWel Building Materials Group Ltd.  (CWX-T) to “Speculative Buy” from “Hold” and raised its target price to $6.50 (Canadian) from $5.50, in light of its acquisition of California Cascade Industries.

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Top Links: Oil falls hard, and why I hate writing about Greece

Scott Barlow

A roundup of what The Globe and Mail’s market strategist Scott Barlow is reading this morning on the World Wide Web.

I have avoided writing about Greece whenever possible using its tiny economy – significantly smaller than the U.S. state of Louisiana – as an excuse. The real reason, however, is that I want no part of the cesspool of economic moralizing that surrounds the discussion. The debate is divided into two camps; the “Greece and its economy is an irredeemable, non-taxpaying clownshow that will never repay debts” squad and the “Greece is a glorious martyr to the evil mustache-twiddling German creditors” team.

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Monday’s small-cap stocks to watch

GILLIAN LIVINGSTON

Our roundup of Canadian small-caps making news and on the move today.

Ottawa-based Orezone Gold Corp. (ORE-T) said it has arranged a $6.5-million  investment into the company by way of a non-brokered private placement, with Ross Beaty, a well-known mining investor, and other long-term shareholders including officers and directors of Orezone by issuing up to 21.7-million shares at 30 cents each.

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Before the bell: Buckle up investors, losses, volatility ahead

Jennifer Dowty

Jennifer Dowty, Chartered Financial Analyst, writes exclusively for Globe Unlimited subscribers. The Before the Bell report is updated throughout the premarket to reflect latest developments.

Good Monday morning to you. The Greek crisis has deepened its grip on investor confidence, and markets are tumbling worldwide.

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How to break through a jungle of ETFs

ROB CARRICK

At the risk of dating myself, there were two ETFs listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange when I started writing about investing. Now, there are 490.

Talk about a good news, bad news story. Exchange-traded funds are excellent portfolio-building tools, but you need to bushwhack your way through an ever-expanding jungle of funds to find the ones best for you. Here’s your machete – a list of four free online ETF screeners that will help you scour each of the main asset classes for funds that meet your criteria.

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Friday's small-cap stocks to watch

Seres Lu

Our roundup of Canadian small-caps making news and on the move today.

Milling operations at North American Palladium Ltd.’s (PDL-T) Lac des Iles mine has successfully restarted. Operations had been suspended due to persistent high water levels.  Underground operations continued during the suspension and has resulted in a large stockpile of approximately 250,000 tonnes of crushed ore which is currently available for processing.

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Before the bell: Greece jitters, China stocks plunge

Jennifer Dowty

Jennifer Dowty, Chartered Financial Analyst, writes exclusively for Globe Unlimited subscribers. The Before the Bell report is updated throughout the premarket to reflect latest developments.

Good Friday morning to you.  It’s been an active and volatile week in the markets, with uncertainty about Greece’s future weighing heavily on equity markets. However, today is expected to be a quiet day on the Toronto Stock Exchange ahead of Sunday’s Greek bailout referendum, especially because U.S. equity markets are closed ahead of the July 4 Independence Day.

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Thursday's small-cap stocks to watch

Seres Lu

Our roundup of Canadian small-caps making news and on the move today.

Sears Canada Inc. (SCC-T) announced today that Ronald D. Boire will be departing from his position as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company at the end of the summer to pursue an opportunity in the United States. To provide leadership during the transition, Brandon G. Stranzl, Chairman of the Board of the Corporation, has been named Executive Chairman effective immediately. The Board of Directors will begin search for a new President and CEO.

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Top Links: Two reasons the outlook for oil just got worse

Scott Barlow

A roundup of what The Globe and Mail’s market strategist Scott Barlow is reading this morning on the World Wide Web.

The Canadian equity market will be playing catch-up this morning with a sharp sell-off in oil that likely signals further weakness in crude markets. WTI crude fell more than $2.00 yesterday after a surprise 2.4 million barrel increase build in U.S. oil inventories ( a decline of 1.8 million barrels was expected).

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Before the bell: Canadian oil stocks poised to take a hit

Jennifer Dowty

Jennifer Dowty, Chartered Financial Analyst, writes exclusively for Globe Unlimited subscribers. The Before the Bell report is updated throughout the premarket to reflect latest developments.

Good Thursday morning to you. Welcome to this first trading day of the second half of 2015.

North American futures are modestly positive, extending slight gains from earlier this morning on a weaker-than-expected U.S. nonfarm payrolls report. S&P 500 futures are up about 0.3 per cent.

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Cenovus makes bold moves, but dividend still an issue

TIM KILADZE

The last thing a company under siege should do is dither. Investors hate uncertainty, and the second a chief executive shows signs of waffling, they flee.

Which is why Cenovus should be applauded for its quick actions. The company should never have been levered the way it was heading into the oil price crash – a memorable lesson for any and all management teams – but at least the oil sands giant moved furiously to get its balance sheet in order.

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Top Links: Regarding yesterday’s market unpleasantness

Scott Barlow

A roundup of what The Globe and Mail’s market strategist Scott Barlow is reading this morning on the World Wide Web.

Well, yesterday’s session was unpleasant. The S&P/TSX composite finished lower by more than 300 points with banks the weakest sector. The “on again/off again” talks between Europe and Greece were the clear catalyst and the fact that Canadian banks were the weakest sector strongly suggests the market was reacting to fears of global financial instability.

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Tuesday’s analyst upgrades and downgrades

DAVID LEEDER

Inside the Market’s roundup of some of today’s key analyst actions. This file will be updated often during the trading day so check back for new details.

With a “choppy” market and the stock still thinly traded, Shopify Inc. (SHOP-N, SH-T) is likely to return to an “attractive” price sooner than one might expect, said Canaccord Genuity analyst Richard Davis.

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Tuesday’s small-cap stocks to watch

GILLIAN LIVINGSTON

Our roundup of Canadian small-caps making news and on the move today.

Montreal-based WSP Global Inc. (WSP-T) said it has acquired Faveo Group, a leading project management firm based in Norway and Sweden. Faveo provides project management services and associated specialist services in the areas of infrastructure and energy. This acquisition adds 400 employees to WSP’s work force in the Nordic countries.

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Before the bell: Stock futures up, but don't buy this rally

Jennifer Dowty

Jennifer Dowty, Chartered Financial Analyst, writes exclusively for Globe Unlimited subscribers. The Before the Bell report is updated throughout the premarket to reflect latest developments.

Good Tuesday morning to you. Markets appear set to open higher, with North American futures in positive territory after Monday’s market mayhem. But it may not be enough to erase Monday's losses. The S&P/TSX composite declined over 300 points on Monday, or just over 2 per cent, wiping out its year-to-date gains. The Dow Jones industrial average, the S&P 500 index, and the Nasdaq composite index all experienced their worst day in 2015.  S&P 500 futures this morning are up about 0.5 per cent.

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