Stocks Gain to Start Thursday

First Quantum in Focus

Equities in Canada’s largest market opened higher on Thursday, as a retreat in U.S. bond yields lifted technology stocks and a rebound in crude prices supported energy shares.

The S&P/TSX gained 49.31 points to open Thursday at 19,053.35.

The Canadian dollar fell 0.01 cents to 77.13 cents U.S.

Scotiabank raised the target price on AGF Management to $8.00 from $7.75. AGF shares climbed 28 cents, or 4.5%, to $6.52.

National Bank of Canada cut the target price on Empire Company to $42.00 from $48.00. Empire shares picked up $1.67, on 4.5%, to $38.89.

Morgan Stanley cut the target price on First Quantum Minerals to $34.00 from $37.00. First Quantum shares surrendered $1.22, or 4.6%, to $25.29.

Bank of Canada Senior Deputy Governor Carolyn Rogers said on Wednesday that inflation in Canada was much too high and did not rule out a 75-basis-point increase at the central bank's July decision.

ON BAYSTREET

The TSX Venture Exchange remained lower 13.88 points, or 2.1%, to 639.09.

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ON WALLSTREET

Stock rose on Thursday, as the market tried to recover some of the steep losses suffered in 2022, even as Wall Street continued to weigh recession risks.

The Dow Jones Industrials rebounded 167.99 points to kick off Thursday to 30,651.12.

The S&P 500 recovered 25.41 points to 3,785.30.

The NASDAQ Composite sprang 101.58 points to 11,154.66.

The major averages came into Thursday’s session posting strong gains for the week. The Dow, S&P 500 and the NASDAQ are all up more than 2% in that time.

On Thursday, the U.S. Labor Department said weekly jobless claims fell 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 229,000 for the week ended June 18, though the labour market remains tight.

UBS is the latest investment bank this week to raise its odds of a recession to 69%, citing lackluster data last week in housing, industrial production and capital goods.

Citigroup increased its odds of a recession to 50%, citing a slide in consumer demand that could make it more difficult for the Federal Reserve to achieve a soft landing.

Goldman Sachs said the probability of a downturn is “higher and more front-loaded” than it was previously. In a Monday note, the firm raised its bet of a U.S. recession to 30%, up from 15%, over the next year. It increased those odds to 48%, up from 35%, over the next two years.

Treasury prices jumped, lowering yields to 3.04% from Wednesday’s 3.15%. Treasury prices and yields move in opposite directions.

Oil prices lost 75 cents to $105.44 U.S. a barrel.

Gold prices added $7.40 to $1,845.80 U.S. an ounce.