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Noah Zivitz

Managing Editor, BNN Bloomberg


The S&P/TSX Composite Index bucked the North American trend yesterday, registering a modest gain that left it within 52 points of its record close, and that’s despite hefty losses for pot stocks after Aphria reminded us legalization is not a guarantor of profitability. We’ll continue tracking the TSX’s steady march toward uncharted territory.


We’ll consider the stakes for the provincial economy, the spillover effect for the rest of the country, and the implications for federal-provincial relations. We’ve got BNN Bloomberg's Tara Weber live on location from a polling station in Calgary, and we’ll have plenty of energy industry perspective this morning from executives attending the CAPP Symposium in Toronto.


Economist Benjamin Tal is out with a report this morning that argues for regulators to revisit the B-20 mortgage stress test that took effect at the start of last year. Although he points out it's impossible to determine how much of the slowdown in once-hot markets is due to B-20, he notes alternative lenders have been making gains in its wake, and argues credit quality was already improving before it was imposed.


Fantastic feature from our Bloomberg partners this morning, with first-hand accounts of the topsy-turvy Vancouver real estate market. "I'm just like, that's my house," quipped a 22-year-old who's paying $1,100 per month to rent a bedroom in a luxurious mansion owned by a pop star from Afghanistan who's trying to avoid the city's vacant home tax. Bloomberg News' Natalie Wong and Natalie Obiko Pearson will join The Real Economy with front-line anecdotes from the formerly red-hot market


-We’re seeing a trend in U.S. bank earnings season, with capital markets proving to be a weak spot. Bank of America reported a 22 per cent plunge in equities trading revenue for its fiscal first quarter this morning. Nonetheless, overall net income hit a record of more than US$7 billion.

-The pictures are the story in Paris after the fire that ripped through Notre Dame Cathedral. President Emmanuel Macron has vowed to rebuild the historic site. Meanwhile, Bloomberg News notes a pair of fashion industry icons are pledging 300-million euros to support reconstruction.

-Canadian National Railway said last night it will appeal a Canadian Transportation Agency ruling that it breached service obligations last year by denying wood pulp shipments “rather than making every reasonable effort” to address rail traffic congestion in Vancouver.

-The Ontario Securities Commission has declined to intervene in Mangrove’s battle with TransAlta over a proposed investment by Brookfield. Next up, the Alberta Securities Commission will deliver a decision on the activist’s request for leave on Thursday.


-Notable earnings: Netflix, Bank of America, Johnson & Johnson, IBM, CSX

-Notable data: Canadian manufacturing sales, Canadian international securities transactions

-7:15 a.m. ET: Ontario Finance Minister Vic Fedeli addresses Canadian Club in Toronto

-8:30 a.m. ET: Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains discusses outlook for Canada's aerospace sector in Montreal

-9:35 a.m. ET: Ontario Premier Doug Ford makes announcement in Markham regarding making Ontario open for business (plus avail)

-11:00 a.m. ET: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau makes announcement at Communitech in Kitchener, Ont. (plus avail)

-2:45 p.m. ET: Transport Minister Marc Garneau makes funding announcement regarding rail transportation safety​

-StatsCan releasing annual review of labour market and study on wealth of immigrant families in Canada

-Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers begins two-day symposium in Toronto

-GMP Securities holds cannabis conference in Toronto

-Ontario’s constitutional challenge of the federal carbon tax continues in Toronto (runs to Thursday)

-Apple-Qualcomm trial in San Diego

Every morning BNN Bloomberg's Managing Editor Noah Zivitz writes a ‘chase note’ to BNN Bloomberg's editorial staff listing the stories and events that will be in the spotlight that day. Have it delivered to your inbox before the trading day begins by heading to