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    Toronto Stocks Surge; First Quantum Faces Obstacles in Panama

    ByThemba Hadebe

    Nov 21, 2023
    Toronto Stocks Surge; First Quantum Faces Obstacles in Panama

    Toronto’s stock market experienced a significant surge today, driven by anticipation for the upcoming U.S. inflation report. Sector performance was mixed, with consumer durables, consumer discretionary, and tech stocks taking a hit, while commercial services, tech services, and materials stocks saw positive gains.

    The S&P/TSX Composite Index, Canada’s primary stock index, rose by 0.439% to reach 19751.63. Meanwhile, the blue-chip S&P/TSX 60 climbed by 0.59% to hit 1191.02.

    Among the top market movers, First Quantum Minerals faced setbacks as it had to curtail certain operations at its copper mine in Panama due to blockades set up by protesters near the Punta Rincon port. This led to a 3.5% drop in the company’s shares, which now stand at 15.72 Canadian dollars ($11.39).

    In other news, Neighbourly Pharmacy saw its shares fall by 8.4% to C$16.99 after announcing a delay in finalizing a takeover deal with majority owner Persistence Capital Partners. Dye & Durham, on the other hand, experienced a 13% surge in its shares, which reached C$12.23, following its decision to explore the sale of noncore assets in response to concerns about the company’s high debt levels. Lastly, Else Nutrition’s shares skyrocketed by over 75% to C$0.57 after revealing plans for a collaboration with Danone, during which its plant-based, soy-free products will be integrated into the dairy giant’s portfolio.

    It will be interesting to see how these developments unfold and if they will have a lasting impact on the Toronto stock market. Investors are urged to stay informed and monitor the situation closely.


    What is the S&P/TSX Composite Index?

    The S&P/TSX Composite Index is the primary stock index in Canada. It represents a broad spectrum of companies listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

    What are market movers?

    Market movers are stocks or securities that significantly impact the overall performance of the market due to their price fluctuations or market-moving news.

    Why did First Quantum Minerals’ shares decline?

    First Quantum Minerals faced obstacles in Panama as protests blocked passage at the Punta Rincon port. This forced the company to scale back certain operations, which negatively affected investor sentiment and led to a decline in its share price.