Market Talk – Monday, March 15

“There’s absolutely no risk associated with the AstraZeneca vaccine. It’s in fact safe,” Quebec Premier François Legault stated this Monday. Despite Germany, Ireland, Iceland, France, Netherlands, Denmark, and other nations banning the AstraZeneca vaccine due to the risk of blood clots, the Canadian government insists the vaccine is still safe. In fact, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau claims that those who experienced side effects received a bad batch of the vaccination.

US Market Closings:

  • Dow advanced 174.82 points or 0.53% to 32,953.46
  • S&P 500 advanced 25.6 points or 0.65% to 3,968.94
  • Nasdaq advanced 139.84 points or 1.05% to 13,459.71
  • Russell 2000 advanced 7.38 points or 0.31% to 2,360.17

Canada Market Closings:

  • TSX Composite advanced 103.43 points or 0.55% to 18,954.75
  • TSX 60 advanced 6.37 points or 0.57% to 1,128.08

Brazil Market Closing:

  • Bovespa advanced 690.34 points or 0.6% to 114,850.74

ENERGY:

The oil markets had a negative day today:

  • Crude Oil decreased 1.03 USD/BBL or -1.57% to 64.5800
  • Brent decreased 1.07 USD/BBL or -1.55% to 68.1500
  • Natural gas decreased 0.109 USD/MMBtu or -4.19% to 2.4910
  • Gasoline decreased 0.0661 USD/GAL or -3.07% to 2.0839
  • Heating oil decreased 0.0382 USD/GAL or -1.94% to 1.9293
  • Top commodity gainers: Corn (1.81%), Bitumen (2.68%), Aluminum (2.47%) and Soda Ash (2.42%)
  • Top commodity losers: Canola (-3.43%), Natural Gas (-4.19%), Gasoline (-3.07%), and Heating Oil (-1.94%)

The above data was collected around 11:53 EST on Monday.

BONDS:

Japan 0.11%(-0bp), US 2’s 0.15%(+0.002%), US 10’s 1.60%(-4bps); US 30’s 2.35%(-0.049%), Bunds -0.32% (+1bp), France -0.08% (-3bp), Italy 0.61% (-2bp), Turkey 13.74% (+6bp), Greece 0.83% (-0bp), Portugal 0.20% (-1bp); Spain 0.30% (-3bp) and UK Gilts 0.80% (-2bp).

  • US 3-Month Bill Auction decreased from 0.045% to 0.030%
  • US 6-Month Bill Auction decreased from 0.060% to 0.055%
  • French 3-Month BTF Auction increased from -0.621% to -0.607%
  • French 6-Month BTF Auction increased from -0.619% to -0.604%
  • French 12-Month BTF Auction increased from -0.610% to -0.605%
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