Canada’s main stock index moved into correction territory to start trading week as hot US inflation accelerated worries of a supercharged interest rate hike this week that could help push the US economy into recession.
The S & P / TSX composite index had its second-worst day of the year by closing down 532.26 points or 2.6 per cent to 19,742.56 after falling as much as nearly 672 points in earlier trading.
US stock markets suffered larger declines as the S&P 500 joined Nasdaq in bear market territory by falling more than 20 per cent from their recent highs, while the Dow Jones industrial average, like the TSX, was in correction territory with a 10 per cent drop.
In New York, the Dow lost 876.05 points to 30,516.74. The S&P 500 index was down 151.23 points to 3,749.63, while the Nasdaq decreased 530.79 points or 4.7 per cent to 10,809.23.
Wall Street enters bear market as rate hike, recession fears send stocks lower
Markets continued Friday’s moves lower after US inflation data for May showed no signs of stabilization by reaching the highest level in 40 years at 8.6 per cent, higher than what economists expected.
That’s setting up anticipation that the US Federal Reserve could announce a 75 basis point rate increase on Wednesday to tackle inflation, up from earlier forecasts for a 50 point increase. A base point is a hundredth of a per cent.
“That’s obviously causing investors to take a more cautious approach to how they’re thinking about valuations and how they’re thinking about the challenging business environment going forward,” said Ryan Crowther, portfolio manager at Franklin Templeton Canada.
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There’s also more and more talk of a recessionary environment, he said in an interview.
“And that’s getting more priced into stocks as we ratchet down valuations.”
Crowther said bear markets can bring great buying opportunities for those with a long time horizon and who own shares in businesses with solid fundamentals and cash flow.
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All 11 major sectors on the TSX were lower with six dropping by more than two per cent.
Health care shed 5.1 per cent as Aurora Cannabis Inc. shares dropped 10.7 per cent.
Materials decreased 4.8 per cent amid a drop in metals prices that hampered producers such as Oceangold Corp., which lost 11.6 per cent.
The August gold contract was down US $ 43.70 at US $ 1,831.80 an ounce and the July copper contract was down 8.3 cents at US $ 4.21 a pound.
The information technology sector dropped 3.6 per cent as bond yields rose even higher as investors anticipate aggressive interest rate increases to come.
The 10-year US Treasury climbed to an 11-year high of 3,373 per cent in late afternoon while the Canada 10-year government bond was 3,519 per cent. Two-year US bond yields temporarily inverted with 10-year bond yields, a potential sign of recession.
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