TSX May Start Higher on Upbeat Earnings, But Weak Oil Could Limit Gains

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Canada’s benchmark index looked set to open higher on Tuesday, as investors applaud upbea t earnings reports from big players such as WestJet (WJA.TO) and Domtar (UFS.TO). Declining oil prices , however, could put a cap on gains.

WestJet Airlines said Tuesday it achieved net earnings of $29.2 million, or $0.26 per fully diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2018. This result easily beat forecasts for this quarter of around $0.14. Domtar, on the other hand, had one of its best quarters in several years, with net earnings of US$87 million ($1.38 per share) for the fourth quarter of 2018 compared to a net loss of $386 million ($6.16 per share) for the fourth quarter of 2017.

Meanwhile, the drop in oil prices came as the US dollar rose for the eighth-straight session, prompting some profit taking. However the downside is limited by a bullish supply picture, with OPEC and Russia lowering production while US sanctions on Venezuela have curtailed already weakened exports from the troubled country. Conversely, gold edged higher despite a rising dollar in weak trading due to the Chinese Lunar new year holiday.

The TSX rose 96 points on Monday, with healthcare stocks leading the advancers.

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