Equities in Toronto made their way higher midday Monday, supported by gains in the energy and communication sectors, as investors returned to markets amid uncertainty in the global banking sector.
The TSX jumped 120.61 points to pause for lunch Monday at 19,508.33, after losing nearly 2% last week.
The Canadian dollar recovered 0.21 cents to 73.12 cents U.S.
Among stocks, Hexo slid seven cents, or 4.1%, to $1.66, after ATB highlighted considerable liquidity, dilution and going-concern risks for the pot stock.
Brookfield Corp added 90 cents, or 2.3%, to $40.19, after Credit Suisse upgraded its rating on the fund manager to “outperform” from “neutral.”
The TSX Venture Exchange grabbed 2.14 points to 607.22.
Seven of the 12 TSX subgroups gained ground, led by energy, ahead 1.6%, communications, up 1.3%, and consumer staples improved 0.7%.
The five laggards were weighed most by information technology, skidding 1.3%, utilities, sliding 0.6%, gold, dulling 0.2%.
Stocks rose Monday after the Swiss government engineered a forced takeover of Credit Suisse by UBS, marking the latest effort by governments around the world to stifle a crisis threatening the banking sector.
The Dow Jones Industrials popped 313.35 points, or 1%, to 32,175.33.
The S&P 500 advanced 24.02 points to 3,940.66.
The NASDAQ Composite dipped 1.61 points to 11,628.91.
Regional banks rose on Monday, rebounding from big losses in the past week as the group was forced to shore up their deposit bases in the wake of the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank. Wall Street expects more actions may be needed to restore confidence in the banking system after U.S. regulators backstopped SVB’s uninsured deposits and offered new funding for troubled banks one week ago.
PacWest, First Citizens and BankUnited led the gains. However, First Republic shares fell 20.3%, adding to losses of more 71% last week.
The instability in the financial sector over the past two weeks raises the stakes for the Federal Reserve’s interest rate decision on Wednesday. As of Monday morning, there is about a 57% chance of a quarter-point increase by the Fed, according to CME Group data using fed funds futures contracts as a guide. The other 38% is in the no-hike camp, anticipating that Chairman Jerome Powell may start to ease his aggressive tightening campaign that began in March 2022, in the face of the emerging financial contagion.
UBS agreed to buy Credit Suisse for three billion Swiss francs, or $3.2 billion, with the combined bank to have $5 trillion in assets. Credit Suisse shares were down 21% last week. Shortly after UBS announced its takeover deal, the Fed announced it had joined with other central banks in a joint liquidity operation.
The group of central banks — including the Bank of Canada, Bank of England, Bank of Japan, European Central Bank and Swiss National Bank — agreed to increase the frequency of their U.S. dollar swap line arrangements from weekly to daily.
Prices for the 10-year Treasury slumped, raising yields to 3.48% from Friday’s 3.42%. Treasury prices and yields move in opposite directions.
Oil prices faded 33 cents to $66.41 U.S. a barrel.
Gold prices moved up three dollars to $1,976.50 U.S. an ounce.