TSX Sags at Open

Couche-Tard, Interfor in Focus

Equities in Canada’s largest centre opened lower on Wednesday, as consumer staples fell following dour corporate earnings results from Alimentation Couche-Tard, while risk sentiment stayed low ahead of the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday.

The S&P/TSX Composite faded 43.94 points to open Wednesday at 21,409.83.

The Canadian dollar sank 0.12 cents at 78.77 cents U.S.

Couche-Tard, for its part, ditched $2.57, or 5.1%, to $47.95.

Canaccord Genuity cut the target price on Altius Minerals to $20.00 from $21.00. Altius shares dipped 48 cents, or 2.8%, to $16.77.

Scotiabank raised the target price on Interfor to $44.00 from $42.00. Interfor shares gained 97 cents, or 3%, to $33.59.

National Bank of Canada raised the target on Uni-Select to $27.50 from
$25.50. Uni-Select picked up 70 cents, or 3%, to $23.73.

Canada's warehouses are filling up with everything from furniture to alcohol, after floods in British Columbia washed out critical rail and road lines, disrupting already strained supply chains.

ON BAYSTREET

The TSX Venture Exchange dropped 1.75 points to 957.74.

All but three of the 12 TSX subgroups were in the red, with consumer staples losing 2%, consumer discretionary stocks letting go of 0.9%, and industrials settling back 0.6%.

The three gainers were energy, up 1.5%, health-care, haler by 0.9%, and information technology, eking up 0.1%.

ON WALLSTREET

U.S. stocks fell at the open on Wednesday morning as higher yields continued to put pressure on high-flying tech stocks.

The Dow Jones Industrials descended 100.09 points to start the last session in a short week at 35,713.71.

The S&P 500 index stepped back 13.67 points to 4,677.03

The NASDAQ sank 66.9 points to 15,708.24.

Traditional retail stocks took a hit following poor quarterly results. Gap lost 22% and Nordstrom tumbled about 26% in early trading. Both companies reported earnings misses for the most recent quarter.

Tesla shares were lower again after Elon Musk sold another $1 billion in stock. Software stock Autodesk fell 15% after the company issued disappointing fourth-quarter guidance.

Computer hardware company HP’s shares got a more than 9% lift after reporting earnings that beat on the top and bottom lines and issuing higher first-quarter earnings guidance.

The market did receive some positive news on the economic front. Initial jobless claims for the prior week came in at 199,000, the lowest level in more than 50 years. Gross Domestic Product growth for the third quarter was revised up slightly to 2.1%. Personal income and consumer spending both rose more than expected.

The data was not uniformly positive, however, as durable goods orders showed an unexpected decline in October, according to the Census Bureau. Core PCE, the Fed’s preferred inflation measure, was up 4.1% year over year for October, matching estimates.

Later on Wednesday, investors will be looking through the minutes from the latest Fed meeting.

U.S. markets will be closed Thursday on Thanksgiving Day. The stock market closes early at 1 p.m. ET on Friday.

Prices for 10-year Treasurys gained back some ground, lowering yields to 1.66% from Tuesday’s 1.68%. Treasury prices and yields move in opposite directions.

Oil prices crept up four cents to $78.54 U.S. a barrel.

Gold prices doffed $3.30 to $1,790.50 U.S. an ounce.