Get Set for Jobs Reports Next Week

Monday

U.S.

Economic Lookahead

Pending home sales (Oct.)

Featured Earnings

Golub Capital BDC, Inc., (NASDAQ: GBDC) (Q4) EPS amounts to 30 cents, compared to $28 cents in the prior-year quarter.

Banco Macro S.A. (NYSE:BMA) (Q3) EPS amounts to $1.06 compared to $1.30 in the prior-year quarter.

Navigator Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: NVGS) (Q3) EPS amounts to five cents, compared to three cents in the prior-year quarter.

Canada

Economic Lookahead

Industrial Product Price Index (Oct.) The index increased 1.0% month over month in September and 14.9% compared with the same month in 2020.

Raw Materials Price Index (Oct.) The index increased 2.5% on a monthly basis in September and 31.9% compared with September 2020.

Canada

Featured Earnings

Flower One Inc. (C.FONE) (Q3) EPS amounts to loss of half a cent, compared to a loss of four cents in the prior-year quarter.

Macro Enterprises Inc.(T.MCR) (Q3)EPS amounts to

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Questions raised over Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s £2bn youth jobs scheme

There is limited evidence that Rishi Sunak’s £2bn jobs programme for young people is working, according to a new report.

The National Audit Office (NAO) watchdog warned that the government has “limited assurance” over whether the Kickstart scheme, aimed at 16 to 24-year-olds, is having any positive effect or creating high quality jobs.

The government says that some 100,000 jobs have been created through the scheme, but it is unclear if these roles would have been created anyway, said the NAO.

The Kickstart scheme was designed to create six-month work placements for young people claiming benefits following a sharp rise in unemployment following the pandemic last year.

But the NAO has also cautioned that more could be done to ensure that the jobs created are “targeted at those who need them the most”.

Gareth Davies, head of the National Audit Office, said: “At the start of the pandemic, DWP (Department … Read more

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New COVID Strain Works into Investors Fears

It was a day equity traders would like to forget, as they felt around for the bruises Friday.

Stocks in Canada’s largest centre plunged, in the worst session for the index in 10 months, as a new strain of COVID-19 made itself felt in South Africa and in Hong Kong.

The S&P/TSX Composite retreated 487.28 points, or 2.3%, to close the day at 21,125.90. The loss on the week was 429 points, or 1.99%.

The Canadian dollar was pounded 0.77 cents at 78.19 cents U.S.

The energy sector staggered backward, and rudely snapped a four-day rally on worries that the variant, which scientists considered the most significant found to date, could restrict travel and dampen economic growth.

MEG Energy descended $1.45, or 9.5%, to $10.83, while Crescent Point Energy dropped 53 cents, or 8.6%, to $5.64.

Health-care stocks were roughed up as well, with Bausch Health Companies sinking $1.48, or … Read more