Making sense of the markets this week: December 4, 2022

This week, Minimize the Crap Investing founder, Dale Roberts, shares monetary headlines and provides context for Canadian traders.

What every week—the wrap 

It’s rate-hike hiatus déjà-vu another time. In a replay from my column final week, the U.S. Federal Reserve Chairperson Jerome Powell bolstered expectations. On Wednesday, Powell stated: 

“It is sensible to reasonable the tempo of our fee will increase as we method the extent of restraint that will probably be ample to deliver inflation down. The time for moderating the tempo of fee will increase could come as quickly because the December assembly.”

What occurred subsequent? The markets cheered! They do like certainty. 

The NASDAQ Composite closed up +4.4%, the S&P 500 completed at +3.1%, and the Dow rose +2.2%. 

Bonds additionally delivered some modest good points as yields declined. Canadian shares (XIC/TSX) have been up modestly on the day at +0.80%. 

Canadian GDP development greater than anticipated

The Canadian economic system grew greater than anticipated within the third quarter, though the weakening housing funding and client spending means that greater rates of interest are starting to chew. Gross home product (GDP) elevated 2.9% on an annualized foundation from July to September, Statistics Canada reported Tuesday. 

A lot of the expansion got here from greater vitality and agriculture exports. 

A powerful economic system may not be what the Financial institution of Canada (BoC) desires to see as they try to chill financial development and inflation. The economic system and Canadian shoppers have been very resilient. That implies that charges could have to go greater—and keep greater properly into 2023 and maybe past. 

And employment is holding up higher than central bankers would really like, on each side of the border. Excellent news will be unhealthy information within the combat in opposition to inflation. 

The Financial institution of Canada loses cash for the primary time

Within the third quarter of this yr, the BoC misplaced cash for the primary time ever. The truth is, it racked up $522 million in losses. The BoC is a sufferer of its personal fee mountaineering situation. CTV Information reported

“‘Income from curiosity on its property didn’t preserve tempo with curiosity fees on deposits on the financial institution, which have grown amid quickly rising rates of interest.

The Financial institution of Canada’s aggressive rate of interest hikes this yr have raised the price of curiosity fees it pays on settlement balances deposited within the accounts of huge banks.’”

With charges set to extend much more over the following few months, we’d anticipate the losses to proceed and even speed up. 

What’s “humorous” is that Financial institution of Canada Governor Tiff Macklin known as the loss “largely an accounting concern.” 

Whenever you or I lose cash, it’s known as dropping cash. 🙂 

Canadian banks report earnings 

Canadian traders love their financial institution shares. This week, the entire huge six banks in Canada reported earnings. And the traders watched with elevated enthusiasm. 

The banks benefited from a rising fee setting, as web curiosity revenue elevated. The unfold between the speed banks borrow at and the speed they lend at elevated favourably and helped their backside line. They confronted stress in wealth administration and capital markets on account of decreased funding returns and buying and selling exercise. Amid recession and actual property dangers in Canada, the banks elevated their provisions for mortgage losses. 

Consider that as their “wet day fund.” It eats into earnings, and rain is within the forecast. 

Should you’re in search of a recession, you received’t discover it within the banks’ earnings stories. It was a strong quarter with slower development being the headline takeaway. All the banks, save for one, elevated dividends. 

We’ll control the recession dangers and look ahead to ongoing stress in residential actual property. We’ll possible see one or two extra fee will increase over the following few months. 

I maintain TD Financial institution (TD/TSX), Royal Financial institution of Canada (RY/TSX) and Scotiabank (BNS/TSX) within the Canadian Large Moat 7 Portfolio

The next summaries are courtesy of Dan Kent of (All numbers are in Canadian {dollars}.)


To kick the earnings season off, the Financial institution of Nova Scotia reported earnings per share of $2.06 and income of $7.987 billion. This topped earnings expectations for the financial institution by $0.06, and income got here in only a few million shy of expectations. 

After we take a look at the year-over-year foundation, the financial institution posted comparatively flat income development, mid-single digit earnings development, and return on fairness elevated by 10 foundation factors. 

What’s fascinating about Financial institution of Nova Scotia’s earnings report, is there was no elevate to the dividend, regardless of each different financial institution doing so.

Royal Financial institution

Royal Financial institution (RY/TSX) topped estimates on all fronts, with income of $12.57 billion coming in $220 million greater than expectations, and earnings of $2.78 per share being $0.10 forward of estimates. 

On a YOY foundation, the corporate posted a small 1.4% dip in income and earnings have been down 2% when in comparison with 2021. Canada’s largest financial institution made a small 3% improve to the dividend.

Additionally of word, RBC is about to purchase HSBC’s Canadian property. RBC additionally launched a DRIP (Dividend Reinvestment Plan) that provides traders the chance to routinely reinvest their dividends at a 2% low cost to the value of the shares.


The perfect quarter of the yr arguably goes to TD Financial institution (TD/TSX), which posted sturdy high and backside line beats. Earnings of $2.18 per share topped expectations of $2.05, and income of $12.247 billion topped estimates simply shy of a billion {dollars}. The corporate additionally posted distinctive YOY development, contemplating the circumstances, with earnings rising by 5.6% and income rising by 8.1%. It additionally bumped dividends by 8%.


CIBC (CM/TSX) posted a weaker quarter than beforehand, with income coming inline with estimates however earnings per share of $1.39 missed estimates of $1.72 by a large margin. On a YOY foundation the corporate reported a 6% improve in general income and a 17% dip in earnings per share. The corporate chipped in with a small, 2.4% elevate to the dividend.


The Financial institution of Montreal (BMO/TSX) reported income of $10.57 billion, which got here in properly above expectations. And earnings per share of $3.04 fell simply $0.03 shy. 12 months over yr, the corporate reported a 2.1% improve in earnings and a 24.3% bump in income. Very similar to the opposite banks (BNS apart) it raised the dividend by 3%. 

Nationwide Financial institution

Nationwide Financial institution (NA/TSX) missed on each top- and bottom-line estimates within the third quarter. Earnings of $2.08 per share got here in under the anticipated $2.24, and income of $2.429B missed by round $50 million. On the YOY, it posted sturdy excessive single-digit development in each income and earnings. The corporate bumped the dividend by 5% within the quarter.

Total stories for Canadian banks

It was a robust quarter general from Canada’s banks, and slower development was to be anticipated.

By way of provisions for credit score losses, listed here are the quarter over quarter will increase for every financial institution: 

  • BMO: 84%
  • CIBC: 79%
  • TD: 75.7%
  • RY: 12%
  • BNS: 28.3%

The dividend improve scoresheet:

  • BNS: 0%
  • RY: 3% 
  • TD: 8%
  • BMO: 3%
  • CIBC: 2.4%
  • NA: 5%

Please word that RBC, BMO, CIBC and Nationwide Financial institution are sometimes on biannual dividend improve plans. So, you would possibly double the above raises to get to the annual fee of dividend improve. 

China’s zero coverage for COVID-19 fails on each rely 

The COVID-19 headlines are nonetheless dominant in China. Lockdowns have suppressed financial output and have rattled markets at instances. China faces ineffective home vaccines and a failed “Zero COVID” coverage. The remainder of the world has largely moved on due to a mixture of vaccine uptake and pure infections. 

The present measures are seen as irrational by some, as residents are watching a maskless World Cup. Chinese language residents have had sufficient and—at nice danger—have taken to the streets in protest. Its economic system slowed on account of their insurance policies, and plenty of employees are actually discovering it tough to make a residing amid extreme restrictions and lockdowns. 

Apple has most of its iPhone manufacturing in China. The main smartphone maker estimates that they are going to be brief almost 6 million iPhones for 2023. 

Sensing that it might have misplaced management of the scenario, China could pull again on the restrictions. The choice together with the political and financial significance will probably be felt across the globe. 

It is a story to look at within the coming weeks. 

Walmart is a Black Friday winner 

Vacation procuring within the U.S. has been strong, and Walmart (WMT/NYSE) was declared a Black Friday winner

That is one in every of my favorite defensive shares. Walmart is touted to be a recession-resistant firm. In troubling instances, shoppers of all stripes hunt down decrease costs. 

Different favorite defensive shares I maintain embody: CVS Well being (CVS/NYSE), Pepsi (PEP/NYSE) and Colgate-Palmolive (CL/NYSE). These U.S. shares can staff up with Canadian telcos, pipelines, grocers and utilities to create a formidable line of defense. 

As I’ve written many instances on this column, client staples, healthcare and utilities have a tendency to carry up a lot better during times of financial weak point. That has performed out to script in 2022. Defensive shares are doing their factor, however vitality leads the way in which regardless of oil buying and selling remaining across the identical degree it was in early 2022. 

And naturally, I’ve lengthy beat the drum of oil and gasoline shares. On my weblog I not too long ago up to date the ridiculous dividend development of our vitality holdings. 

Did Apple simply hold up on Twitter?

Final week, I touched on the Twitter troubles for Elon Musk. The unraveling of Twitter is simply jaw-dropping. This week, Musk picked extra fights and most notably with Apple, probably the most useful firm on the planet! 

Musk says that Apple has eliminated all of its promoting from Twitter. And now they could take away Twitter from the App Retailer. There are rumours that Google could do the identical on their Google Play distribution service. 

On condition that, Musk threatens to create a Tesla smartphone. It’s a cleaning soap opera starring a number of the greatest gamers in tech. 

And now the European Union is piping up. The 27 nations could pull the plug on Twitter. CTV reported:

“A high European Union official warned Elon Musk on Wednesday that Twitter must beef up measures to guard customers from hate speech, misinformation and different dangerous content material to keep away from violating new guidelines that threaten tech giants with huge fines or perhaps a ban within the 27-nation bloc.”

Tesla caught within the crossfire 

As a former promoting and model man (I used to be an promoting author and inventive director), I counsel that Musk is damaging his model. And we see the unhealthy aura hanging over Tesla, with many shoppers now saying they might by no means purchase a Tesla. I noticed the identical sentiment from posters on social media. 

I’m wondering what he’s going to tweet subsequent week? 

Dale Roberts is a proponent of low-fee investing, and he blogs at Discover him on Twitter @67Dodge for market updates and commentary, every single day. 

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