HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK – April 14
- Minutes from the March 18/19th FOMC meeting appear more dovish, providing support for equities. Still, the markets finish the week in red due to heavy selloff in tech and bio-tech sectors.
- International equities further pressured by weak trade and inflation data out of China, throwing into question the magnitude of the economic slowdown.
- European data were somewhat more upbeat with industrial production increasing broadly, but growthremains slow and uneven.
- Greece returns to the markets in a €3 billion 5-year bond offering which is snapped up by yield-hungry investors.
- Shockwaves were sent by the sudden and track loss of former Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, who was a key architect of Canada’s economic outperformance in recent years.
- Housing starts fell to 156,000 annualized units in March, down from 190,000 in the month prior. On a three-month moving average (175,000 units), housing starts have moved more in line with a pace of construction that is consistent with both our forecast for housing starts this year, and underlying economic fundamentals (like job gains and population growth).
- In the Bank of Canada outlook survey released this week, businesses pointed to a depreciation in the Canadian dollar and improving economic conditions in the U.S., as key reasons for improved sentiment in the first three months of this year.
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