Skip to main content

A roundup of some of the North American equities making moves in both directions today

On the rise

A group of Canadian cannabis producers rose in early afternoon trading trading on Wednesday after an equity analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch initiated coverage of their stocks.

HEXO Corp. (HEXO-T) was up 9.6 per cent after being called Christopher Carey’s “top pick in cannabis” and receiving a “buy” rating.

Story continues below advertisement

Aurora Cannabis Inc. (ACB-T) and Canopy Growth Corp. (WEED-T) were up 1.4 per cent and 2.9 per cent, respectively, after also receiving “buy” designations.

Shares of Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM-Q) on Tuesday rose 10.4 per cent in the wake of a major victory in its wide-ranging legal dispute with Apple Inc. (AAPL-Q) as the companies reached a surprise settlement that called for the iPhone to once again use Qualcomm modem chips.

Apple Inc. rose 1.5 per cent on the news

Hudbay Minerals Inc. (HBM-T) was up 1.5 per cent after announcing its largest shareholder, Letko, Brosseau & Associates Inc., would back the company’s 11 board nominees in an upcoming election, bolstering the Canadian miner’s position in its proxy battle with activist investor Waterton Global Resource Management Inc.

Waterton, which possesses an approximately 12-per-cent stake in the Toronto-based miner, has been pushing for major changes to Hudbay’s board.

Letko, Brosseau & Associates owns 13.4 per cent of the company.

Railroad operator Kansas City Southern (KSU-N) jumped 4.3 per cent after reporting a better-than-expected quarterly profit, driven by a 21-per-cent revenue jump in its Chemicals and Petroleum segment due to increase in refined product shipments to Mexico

Story continues below advertisement

On an adjusted basis, the company earned US$1.54 per share, beating the consensus expectation on the Street of US$1.44.

“We are pleased to announce a strong start to the year with solid revenue growth and improved operational performance,” said president and CEO Patrick Ottensmeyer in a release. "Although we are still in the early stages of implementation, KCS’ transition to a precision-scheduled network is already producing improved velocity and dwell, which is driving improved customer service, labor and asset utilization as well as other efficiencies.

Despite reporting a 9-per-cent drop in quarterly earnings, Morgan Stanley (MS-N) shares rose 2.3 per cent after growth in its wealth management business helped the bank topped analyst estimates.

Overall, Morgan Stanley reported a quarterly profit of US$2.34-billion, or US$1.39 per share, down from US$2.58-billion, or US$1.45 per share, during the same period a year ago.

Excluding items, the company earned US$1.33 per share. Its revenue fell 7 per cent to US$10.29-billion.

Both metrics exceeded Wall Street expectations. Analysts had expected earnings of US$1.17 per share and revenue of US$9.93-billion.

Story continues below advertisement

On the decline

Metro Inc. (MRU-T) fell 1.2 per cent after its second-quarter financial results, released before market open, failed to impressive investors.

The grocery store operator reported adjusted earnings per share of 60 cents, falling 3 cents below the expectation on the Street, due, in large part, to lower-than-expected sales ($3.702-million versus a consensus projection of $3.731-billion). That result came despite food same-store sales growth of 4.3 per cent, which topped estimates.

The company also announced François Coutu will retire as president of the Jean Coutu Group Inc., the pharmacy division of Metro, as of May 31.

Aphria Inc. (APHA-T) was down 4.8 per cent after announcing a private placement of US$300-million in convertible senior notes due 2024.

It plans to use the the net proceeds from the offering to support its international expansion initiatives, for future acquisitions and for general corporate purposes.

Western Forest Products Inc. (WEF-T) dipped 4.2 per cent after a TD Securities equity analyst downgraded its stock, pointing to a lack of near-term catalysts.

Story continues below advertisement

Netflix Inc. (NFLX-Q) sat 0.7 per cent lower after its subscription forecast fell short of expectations on the Street.

“What’s making investors nervous is that there are signs of a slowdown in the second-quarter subscriber growth,” said Haris Anwar, senior analyst at Investing.com. “This is made all the more prominent by the looming threat of competition from Disney and Apple.”

With files from staff and wires

Report an error Editorial code of conduct
Tickers mentioned in this story
Unchecking box will stop auto data updates
Due to technical reasons, we have temporarily removed commenting from our articles. We hope to have this fixed soon. Thank you for your patience. If you are looking to give feedback on our new site, please send it along to feedback@globeandmail.com. If you want to write a letter to the editor, please forward to letters@globeandmail.com.

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff. Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will not be able to engage with them in any way. Click here to subscribe.

If you would like to write a letter to the editor, please forward it to letters@globeandmail.com. Readers can also interact with The Globe on Facebook and Twitter .

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff. Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will not be able to engage with them in any way. Click here to subscribe.

If you would like to write a letter to the editor, please forward it to letters@globeandmail.com. Readers can also interact with The Globe on Facebook and Twitter .

Discussion loading ...

Cannabis pro newsletter