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Trisura : Reports Second Quarter 2022 Results

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TRISURA GROUP TO ANNOUNCE SECOND QUARTER RESULTS ON AUGUST 4th,

2022 AND HOST EARNINGS CONFERENCE CALL THE FOLLOWING DAY

TORONTO, July 4, 2022 – Trisura Group Ltd. (“Trisura” or “Trisura Group”) (TSX: TSU), a leading specialty insurance provider, will release its second quarter 2022 results after the market closes on Thursday, August 4th, 2022.

The company will host a conference call for analysts and investors on Friday, August 5th, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. ET.

Conference call participants will be David Clare, President and Chief Executive Officer and David Scotland, Chief Financial Officer.

To listen to the call via live audio webcast, please follow the link below: https://edge.media-server.com/mmc/p/me2jn4xb

A replay of the call will be available through the link above.

About Trisura Group

Trisura Group Ltd. is a specialty insurance provider operating in the surety, risk solutions, corporate insurance, fronting and reinsurance segments of the market. Trisura has investments in wholly owned subsidiaries through which it conducts insurance and reinsurance operations. Those operations are primarily in Canada (“Trisura Canada”) and the United States (“Trisura US”). Trisura Group Ltd. is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “TSU”.

Further information is available at http://www.trisura.com/group. Important information may be disseminated exclusively via the website; investors should consult the site to access this information. Details regarding the operations of Trisura Group Ltd. are also set forth in regulatory filings. A copy of the filings may be obtained on Trisura Group’s SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com.

For more information, please contact:

Name: Bryan Sinclair

Tel: 416 607 2135

Email: bryan.sinclair@trisura.com

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WonderFi Announces Closing of Coinberry Acquisition

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Vancouver, British Columbia–(Newsfile Corp. – July 4, 2022) – WonderFi Technologies Inc. (TSX: WNDR) (OTC Pink: WONDF) (WKN: A3C166) (FTX: WNDR) (the “Company” or “WonderFi“) today confirms that is has closed its previously announced acquisition (the “Acquisition“) of Coinberry Limited (“Coinberry“), one of Canada’s leading crypto asset trading platforms registered with the Canadian Securities Administrators (“CSA“) and Canada’s first pure-play licensed crypto broker.

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“This acquisition further solidifies WonderFi as a leader amongst crypto companies in Canada, and along with our acquisition of Bitbuy, establishes a great foundation for our expansion into global markets,” commented Ben Samaroo, CEO of WonderFi. “Further, as we’ve seen over the past few weeks, the crypto market downturn has had a massive impact on the viability of unregulated crypto trading platforms and WonderFi’s value proposition as one of the few regulated crypto businesses makes us well positioned to continue our growth.”

Andrei Poliakov, CEO and Co-Founder of Coinberry, commented: “Bringing together the Coinberry and Bitbuy teams under the WonderFi umbrella has created one of the largest combined compliant and licensed crypto companies in Canada and we are keen to continue building on our common success as we expand into new markets.”

In connection with the Acquisition, the Company will employ Andrei Poliakov, in the position of Head of Brokerages of WonderFi, and President of Coinberry.

Key Transaction Benefits

  • WonderFi becomes the first company in Canada, and one of the first globally, to own and operate multiple licensed, compliant crypto asset trading platforms fully regulated by applicable securities commissions
  • Coinberry adds over approximately 225,000 users and $99.5 million of client assets under custody as at March 31, 2022, which gives the WonderFi group of companies over half a billion dollars in approximate total client assets under custody

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  • With Coinberry making over 35 crypto assets available for trading on its proprietary platform, the Acquisition further expands WonderFi’s ability to offer users secure and regulated access to one of the biggest selections of crypto assets in Canada
  • WonderFi anticipates realizing meaningful cost synergies through integrating a variety of functions across the WonderFi, Coinberry and Bitbuy operations, developing cross-selling services, and continuing to innovate its suite of product offerings to drive enhanced user experience
  • Combined with its recent listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange (“TSX“), ownership and operation of multiple registered crypto asset trading platforms solidifies WonderFi’s leading market position in Canada and further strategically positions the Company to expand into international and high-growth markets

Transaction Details

Under the terms of the Acquisition, among other things, the Company acquired all of the issued and outstanding shares of Coinberry. The consideration paid consisted of an aggregate of 28,925,645 newly issued common shares of WonderFi, the majority of which were subject to certain lock-up requirements. A copy of the definitive agreement with respect to the Acquisition is available on the Company’s SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com.

Other Matters

In connection with closing, the Company will issue 500,000 common shares to each of LDL Corp. and O’Leary Productions Ltd., and 275,000 common shares to Halpern & Co. Limited, for strategic merger and acquisition services provided to the Company in connection with the Acquisition.

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Additional Information
For additional information, please contact:

WonderFi Technologies Inc.
Ben Samaroo, CEO
ben@wonder.fi
(778) 843-9637

Investor Relations Contact: invest@wonder.fi

Media Contact:
Binu Koshy, Communications Director
binu@wonder.fi

Coinberry Limited
Andrei Poliakov, CEO
andrei.poliakov@coinberry.com
(888) 997-6544

ABOUT WONDERFI

WonderFi is a leading technology company with the mission of creating better access to digital assets through compliant centralized and decentralized platforms. WonderFi provides unified access to digital assets including crypto, DeFi, gaming and NFTs, in a compliant and regulated environment. WonderFi’s executive team and Board of Directors have an established track record in finance and crypto, with previous experience at Amazon, Shopify, PayPal, Galaxy Digital and Hut 8. WonderFi’s core team of engineers and technologists believe that everyone should have equal access to finance, and are aligned in the mission to empower people around the world to access finance in a simple, smart and secure way. For more information, visit www.wonder.fi.

ABOUT COINBERRY

With over $1 billion in crypto traded, Coinberry makes it easy and secure for Canadians to buy, trade and sell a wide range of cryptocurrencies. As a CSA and Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC) registered crypto trading platform, Coinberry is powered by the belief that the digital economy should be inclusive and accessible to everyone.

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Forward-Looking Information and Statements

This press release contains certain “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation and may also contain statements that may constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and applicable Canadian securities legislation. Such forward-looking information and forward-looking statements are not representative of historical facts or information or current condition, but instead represent only the Company’s beliefs regarding future events, plans or objectives, many of which, by their nature, are inherently uncertain and outside of the Company’s control. Generally, such forward-looking information or forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such “could”, “intend”, “expect”, “believe”, “will”, “projected”, “estimated”, or variations of such words.

By identifying such information and statements in this manner, the Company is alerting the reader that such information and statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such information and statements. In addition, in connection with the forward-looking information and forward-looking statements contained in this press release, the Company has made certain assumptions. Among the key factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking information and statements are the following: the ability of the Company to work effectively with strategic investors; the ability of the Company to realize synergies, and material adverse changes in general economic, business and political conditions, including changes in the financial markets, changes in applicable laws, and compliance with extensive government regulation. Should one or more of these risks, uncertainties or other factors materialize, or should assumptions underlying the forward-looking information or statements prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described herein.

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Although the Company believes that the assumptions and factors used in preparing, and the expectations contained in, the forward-looking information and statements are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on such information and statements, and no assurance or guarantee can be given that such forward-looking information and statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such information and statements. The forward-looking information and forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made as of the date of this press release, and the Company does not undertake to update any forward-looking information and/or forward-looking statements that are contained or referenced herein, except in accordance with applicable securities laws. All subsequent written and oral forward- looking information and statements attributable to the Company or persons acting on its behalf is expressly qualified in its entirety by this notice. All values stated in this release are in Canadian dollars.

The Toronto Stock Exchange has not approved or disapproved of the information contained in this release.

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Erin Ventures : Announces Initial Analyst Coverage Report by MMG Capital

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This release contains forward looking statements. The words “believe,” “expect,” “feel,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “project,” “could,” “should” and other similar expressions generally identify forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties including, without limitation, variations in estimated costs, the failure to discover or recover economic grades of minerals, and the inability to raise the funds necessary, changes in external market factors including commodity prices, and other risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from the results referred to in the forward-looking statements.

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Victoria, B.C., October 7, 2021

Erin Ventures Inc. [TSXV: EV] (“Erin” or the “Company”), an international mineral exploration and development company with boron assets in Serbia, reports that Nick Hatch, Mining Research Analyst at MMG Capital Limited has published an initial equity analyst research report on the Company. A copy of the initial research report and any future reports may be obtained directly from MMG Capital Limited.

Please note that any opinions, estimates, forecasts or conclusions regarding Erin Ventures’ performance made by this analyst are theirs alone, and the Company does not take a position on whether it agrees or disagrees with such opinions, estimates, forecasts or conclusions.

Erin Ventures does not provide analyst reports. An electronic copy of the research analyst’s report will be available directly from their website, at their discretion.

On behalf of the Board of Directors,
Tim Daniels

About Erin Ventures Inc.
Erin Ventures Inc. is an international mineral exploration and development company with boron assets in Serbia. Headquartered in Victoria, B.C., Canada, Erin’s shares are traded on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol “EV”. For detailed information please see Erin’s website at www.erinventures.com or the Company filed documents at www.sedar.com.

Piskanja is Erin’s wholly owned boron deposit with a Measured Mineral Resource of 1.39 million tonnes (averaging 35.59% B2O3), an Indicated Mineral Resource of 5.48 million tonnes (averaging 34.05% B2O3), and an Inferred Mineral Resource of 284.7 thousand tonnes (averaging 39.59% B2O3), calculated in accordance with the Canadian Institute of Mining Definition Standards on Mineral Resources and Reserves (CIM Standards), as disclosed in Erin’s report titled, “Technical Report and Preliminary Economic Assessment For The Piskanja Borate Project, Serbia, June 24, 2022”. The responsible person for the PEA and the Mineral Resource Estimate contained within, is Prof. Miodrag Banješević PhD. P.Geo, EurGeol, a Qualified Person in accordance with the CIM Definition Standards on Mineral Resources and Reserves (CIM Standards), and independent of Erin Ventures.

For further information, please contact:
Erin Ventures Inc. Canada
Blake Fallis, General Manager TSX Venture: EV
Phone: 1-250- 384-1999 or 1-888-289-3746 USA
www.erinventures.com
645 Fort Street, Suite 203
Victoria, BC V8W 1G2
Canada

Erin Public Quotations:
Canada
TSX Venture: EV
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SEC 12G3-2(B) #82-4432
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Berlin Stock Exchange: EKV

The technical information in this release was prepared and approved by James E Wallis, M.Sc. (Eng), P. Eng., a director of Erin, who is a Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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This press release contains or refers to forward-looking information under Canadian securities legislation, including statements regarding the timing of future mineral resource estimates, estimation of mineral resources, exploration results, potential mineralization, exploration and mine development plans, timing of the commencement of operations and future production and is based on current expectations that involve a number of business risks and uncertainties. The words “believe,” “expect,” “feel,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “project,” “could,” “should” and other similar expressions generally identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are subject to significant risks and uncertainties, and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from expected results. Readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from any forward-looking statement include, but are not limited to, failure to convert estimated mineral resources to reserves, capital and operating costs varying significantly from estimates, the preliminary nature of metallurgical test results, delays in obtaining or failures to obtain required governmental, environmental or other project approvals, political risks, uncertainties relating to the availability and costs of financing needed in the future, changes in equity markets, inflation, changes in exchange rates, fluctuations in commodity prices, delays in the development of projects and the other risks involved in the mineral exploration and development industry, as well as those factors discussed in the section entitled “Risks of the Business” in the Company s most recent regulatory filings which are posted on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date hereof and the Company assumes no responsibility to update them or revise them to reflect new events or circumstances other than as required by applicable securities law. These and other factors made in public disclosures and filings by the Company should be considered carefully.

Mineral resources are not mineral reserves and do not have demonstrated economic viability. “Inferred Resources” have a great amount of uncertainty as to their existence, and economic and legal feasibility. Investors are cautioned not to assume that all or any part of an inferred mineral resource reported in this news release will ever be upgraded to a higher category or to reserves. U.S. persons are advised that while mineral resources are recognized under Canadian regulations, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission does not recognize them. U.S. persons are also cautioned not to assume that all or any part of an inferred mineral resource is economically or legally mineable.

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FTSE 100 set to close in green despite households being 'brutally…

  • FTSE 100 closes up 64 points

  • Oil and gas biggest risers

  • EasyJet COO resigns amid travel chaos

4.45pm: FTSE closes in the green

FTSE 100 closed firmly higher on Monday as commodity stocks did well and Wall Street was closed for the July 4 holiday.

Britain’s blue-chip benchmark closed up 64 points, or 0.89%, at 7,232.

“The FTSE 100 is around 1% higher, given a lift by oil and oil stocks as Europe enjoys a quiet session thanks to the US holiday,” said market analyst Chris Beauchamp from online trading platform IG in a note.

“European futures were looking strong at the beginning of the day but the session has seen continental Europe edge back while oil prices keep supporting the FTSE 100,” he added.

“A fresh surge in crude prices during the day has bolstered BP and Shell, providing hope that the UK leading index still has the power to outshine other indices. But as ever it is the absence of the US that is problematic – Wall Street has driven the selloffs this year, and today’s gains could easily slip away tomorrow.”

4pm: AO World reassures

AO World PLC (LSE:AO.) insisted its finances are nothing to worry about after a report from The Sunday Times said one of its credit insurers may be withdrawing support.

AO reassured investors that it had access to an £80mln credit facility and has been working on “actions to strengthen its balance sheet,” as it trades in line with expectations.  

Numis and Jeffries commented that Atradius, the credit insurance provider, had stopped its cover at the beginning of May, with the news first reported over the weekend.

Its shares crashed 18% to a two-year low of 55.7p on Monday afternoon.

Credit insurance usually protects companies if one of their customers goes bankrupt between delivery and payment, with limited cover often a worrying sign for cash flow.

AO has nosedived over 85% since its all-time high in January 2021, when its online sales were bolstered by pandemic-related spending.

3.17pm: Plummeting real wages leaves households ‘brutally exposed’

Fifteen years of languishing incomes have left households “brutally exposed” to the rising cost-of-living crisis, according to a Resolution Foundation report.

In the decade-and-a-half leading up to the pandemic, the average income of working-age families rose by just 0.7% per year. For context, it was on average 2.3% between 1961 and 2005.

Not only was this significantly slower wage growth than in prior decades but UK inflation reaching 40-year highs has further exacerbated this problem for households.  

The think tank Resolution reported that many families have not been able to save up the necessary amounts to comfortably live during times of such economic uncertainty.

2.31pm: Scandinavian airline SAS latest to announce strikes

Scandinavian airline SAS became the latest people carrier to confirm strikes after failing to reach an agreement with pilots.

It claimed the intended walkout was “devastating for SAS and puts the company’s future together with the jobs of thousands of colleagues at stake.”

Trade unions that represented approximately 1,000 SAS pilots said in June its members would refuse to work at one of the airline’s busiest times of the year after not agreeing upon a new collective labour agreement.

The airline said it was likely to provide refunds or tickets for a later date but admitted rebooking customers would be “highly limited.”

Meanwhile, various other airlines have announced large strikes during the peak summer holidays as travel chaos has shown little sign of easing.

Over 700 mostly check-in staff at Heathrow Airport have already voted to strike in the summer holidays, which is expected to severely disrupt family getaways.

Workers’ wages were slashed by 10% during the pandemic and their pay has remained at this level since. BA offered a one-off payment – equal to 10% of their salary – but the staff want the cut fully reversed.

The GMB and Unite unions have also been consulting engineers and call centre staff at Gatwick, Glasgow, Manchester and Newcastle on taking action.

Various strike talks at Britain’s biggest airline have been going on since the start of the year, with its share price taking a 35% hit in that period.

Onto the UK-listed budget airlines, Ryanair Holdings PLC (LSE:RYA) has already done or is expected to strike across several European countries.

Meanwhile, Spanish EasyJet PLC staff voted overwhelmingly in favour of action on many peak travel days this summer.

Both companies’ shares sunk over 20% in the last month as strike dates were confirmed.

1.50pm: EasyJet COO resigns amid travel chaos

EasyJet PLC chief operating officer Peter Bellew resigned following a turbulent few years for the budget airline, which most recently has seen strikes and staff shortages lead to cancelled flights.

Bellew reportedly stepped down on 1 July, EasyJet commented, with David Morgan, director of flight operations, taking his role temporarily.

Bellew will “pursue other business opportunities and in the meantime is committed to ensuring a smooth transition,” the company said.

Thousands of EasyJet flights already have been or will be delayed or cancelled amid significant staff shortages.

Although John Lundgren, chief executive, insisted it was “absolutely focused on delivering a safe and reliable operation this summer.”

This resignation was just a month after trade union Unite accused the airline of a “lack of leadership” and blamed Bellew for not “taking control of [the] situation.”

1.09pm: Sterling strengthens 

The pound strengthened on Monday after advancing away from two-week lows as investors await the Bank of England’s monetary policy plans on future interest rates later this week.

Sterling jumped 0.1% against the dollar to US$1.211, while it was also up by 0.1% against the euro to 86.08p.

Two of the monetary policy committee (MPC) members will speak this week, with chief economist Huw Pill and Catherine Mann expected to address strategies on Wednesday and Thursday respectively.

The pound last week ended its largest six-month drop since 2016, when the UK voted to leave the European Union, with the Sterling down over 10% compared to the dollar in 2022.

12.23pm: Fuel prices rise but wholesale costs fall

Fuel prices have continued flirting with record highs despite nearly a month of lower wholesale costs.

Petrol reached a new all-time high of 191.53p a litre on Sunday, while diesel was just 0.04p below its record at 199.03p a litre, on average, the AA said.

Although wholesale costs have been falling since the wake of the Jubilee weekend, with petrol costs for fuel retailers 10p lower last week compared with early June.

Diesel has experienced the same decline but not by the same magnitude.

Luke Bosdet, AA fuel spokesman, commented: “It is an outrage, plain and simple, that the fuel trade could be slashing petrol prices as the nation heads towards the holiday season, but isn’t.

“The retailers came up with an excuse that demand had fallen to 80% for some.

“Yet, last week, official statistics showed that petrol consumption is still at 94% of normal.”

11.37am: Pub numbers reach record low

English and Welsh pubs plummeted to their lowest levels on record as the hospitality sector’s woes showed little sign of easing.

In 2020, pubs were forced to close due to Covid-19 and many businesses lost out on over a year’s revenues. But now, in the wake of the pandemic, pubs are having to deal with surging energy prices, soaring wholesale costs and higher tax payments.

There were just 39,970 pubs in June – a reduction of over 7,000 since 2012, according to real estate consultancy Altus Group (TSX:AIF).

The West Midlands had the most pub closures in the first half of the year, at 28, while London and Eastern England were close behind with 24.

In 2019 – the year before the pandemic – the sector grew for the first time in a decade but the unpredictable events just a year later halted the growth.

J D Wetherspoon PLC, which has over 900 pubs in the whole of the UK and Ireland, saw its share price drop 0.6% to 631.5p.

10.50am: AO World drops

AO World PLC (LSE:AO.) (AO World PLC (LSE:AO.)) sunk 16% on Monday afternoon as investors got spooked by a weekend report that one of its credit insurers might be withdrawing support.

The Sunday Times suggested one of its suppliers might be cutting back on cover, which would force the white goods retailer to pay upfront for stock, raising concern about cash flow.

Shares fell 10.6p to 57.4p, valuing the business at £281mln.

AO sells home essentials including fridges, ovens and washing machines.

During the pandemic, AO boomed as lockdowns hit competitors such as Currys PLC (LSE:CURY) (Currys PLC (LSE:CURY)) and its share price rocketed.

But its value has crashed by over 85% from the all-time high seen in January 2021, when lockdowns and online spending were still rampant.

10.10am: Ryanair and Wizz Air passenger numbers rocket 

Now onto airlines, which in recent months have also been subject to mayhem, cancellations and delays on staff shortages.

Budget air carriers Ryanair Holdings PLC (LSE:RYA) and Wizz Air Holdings PLC (AIM:WIZZ) had mixed share price responses to surging June passenger numbers.

Ryanair said it carried 15.9mln people, which was triple the amount compared with the same month in 2021, while its load factor soared 95%.

Meanwhile, Wizz Air reported an increase in June passenger numbers of 180% to 4.3mln.

Although it must be noted, flying last summer was a headache and most potential holiday-goers were put off.

Many Covid-19 tests were required to fly in and out of the UK, pushing prices higher and demand lower.

On Monday morning, the non-UK-listed Ryanair climbed 3.7% in France, while Wizz Air dropped 3.1% on the London Stock Exchange.

9.30am: Campaigners cause chaos on the roads 

Drivers and commuters have experienced enough chaos on the road in recent weeks but there was a new reason for delays this time.

Campaigners against skyrocketing fuel prices blocked some motorways during Monday morning’s rush hour.

Protesters made a rolling blockade along the M4, heading towards the Prince of Wales bridge, with similar actions expected in Yorkshire and Essex.

Police warned of “serious disruption throughout the day,” with motorists advised to stay home if possible.

Howard Cox, founder of the FairFuelUK Campaign, said: “These are not just demonstrations against the record excruciatingly high petrol and diesel prices that rise each and every day. 

“They are also about the sickening chronic manipulation of pump prices and the complete lack of scrutiny by our out-of-touch government, in allowing unchecked petrol and diesel profiteering to run rife.”

8.55am: Oil and gas push FTSE higher

Almost an hour into open, the FTSE 100 was up 0.9%, or 65 points, as the main UK index echoed America’s positive end to last week.

The blue-chip index was led by giant oil and gas companies, with Harbour Energy PLC (LSE:HBR) stealing the headlines, having advanced 4.1% to 346.2p.

Its larger rivals, BP PLC (LSE:BP.) and Shell PLC (LSE:SHEL, NYSE:SHEL), were not far behind at all in second and third place, after climbing 3.5% and 2.7% respectively.

Russ Mould, investment director at AJ Bell, said: “A small bounce back in the oil price was enough to give BP and Shell a lift and provide welcome support to the FTSE 100 index. 

“Oil supplies have been watched closely in recent weeks amid concerns about a slowdown in the global economy.

“Fundamentally supplies continue to be tight and there is still enough economic activity to stop oil prices slumping.”

American markets are closed on Monday for Independence Day, while European investors await eurozone inflation data later today.

7.20am: Footsie to rally

FTSE 100 was expected to rally after US markets perked up at the end of last week.

Financial spread betting firms were pencilling in gains of around fifty points for London’s blue-chip index a couple of hours before the open.

Wall Street is shut today for the 4th of July celebrations but for the rest of the week the news comes thick and fast ending with the monthly drama that is the US non-farm payrolls data on Friday.

The latest US quarterly corporate earnings also start to be published and Liberum is warning that this season is likely to be a lot worse than current forecasts suggest with worrying trends also for new orders.

“Our analysis suggests that earnings should be downgraded by some 13% in coming months but even that is unlikely to be enough,” it said.

The broker adds that orders in both Europe and the US are also now at levels indicating a recession, especially in the US.

“Going back 50 years, the only time we saw these levels was at the beginning of a recession and during the 1991 recession, we didn’t even see levels as low as this.

“Current readings of the US NOI not only indicate a recession, but that one is starting right now or may have already started.”

In the UK, Monday has little in the way of scheduled news, but, like in the US, it gets busy later in the week.

Flash manufacturing and services data on the economy will give an insight into the economy while the impact of rising inflation and squeezed incomes is also likely to figure prominently in updates from some big companies.

Retailers J Sainsbury and Currys, housebuilder Persimmon, bookmaker Entain and holiday group Jet 2 (read more) are among the household names issuing statements. 

6.50am: Early Markets – Asia / Australia

Asian shares were mixed on Monday with the Reserve Bank of Australia expected to lift the official interest rate to 1.35% at Tuesday’s board meeting. It is expected to rise to 2.35% by year’s end.

The central bank’s pivot to inflation fighting could spark a decline in mortgage lending of up to 40% in coming months, according to Swiss-based global investment bank UBS.

The Shanghai Composite in China gained 0.27% while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index slipped 0.34%.

Japan’s Nikkei 225 was trading 0.83% higher but South Korea’s Kospi was on the backfoot, trading 0.50% lower.

Australia’s S&P/ASX200 advanced 1.1%, led by strong gains across the energy and real estate sectors.

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Canada Stocks: TSX kicks off second-half trading on upbeat note

Canada’s resources-heavy stock index rose on Monday as oil prices gained and investors returned from a long weekend to buy riskier assets that have been battered by concerns over a global economic slowdown.

All the major sub-sectors barring technology rose. The energy index gained 2.6% as crude prices climbed more than 1% on concerns of tight supply amid lower OPEC output, unrest in Libya and sanctions on Russia.

At 10:05 a.m. ET (14:05 GMT), the Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index gained 0.88% to trade at 19,026.77.

After a market holiday on Friday for Canada Day, trading across the board was thinned by a U.S. holiday on Monday.

Canada’s main equity benchmark recorded its biggest quarterly decline since the first quarter of 2020 last week on fears that harsh steps by major central banks to tame inflation will cause an economic downturn.

Money markets see about an 80% chance of a 75-basis point interest rate increase by the Bank of Canada in July after surprisingly high inflation in May showed consumer prices at a 40-year high. With the price of everyday essentials surging, the risk of inflation becoming entrenched is growing.

The S&P Global Canada Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index showed on Monday factory activity lost some momentum in June as inflation pressures and material shortages held back production and firms became less optimistic about future output.

However, a broad rebound in global stocks lifted Toronto markets on Monday, with the financials sector up 0.5% and the industrials sector rising 0.6%.

The materials sector, which includes precious and base metals miners and fertilizer companies, added 1.7%.

(Reporting by Sruthi Shankar in Bengaluru, editing by Deepa Babington)

TSX futures signal strong start to second half of 2022

(Reuters) – Futures tracking resource-heavy Canada’s main stock index rose on Monday as oil prices steadied and investor returned from a long weekend to buy riskier assets that have been battered by concerns over a potential global economic slowdown.

September futures on the S&P/TSX index were up 0.6% at 7:10 a.m. ET. Globally, a rebound in oil prices on concerns of tight supply lifted world stocks in a light session due to U.S. holiday. [GLOB/MKTS]

S&P Global manufacturing activity data for June is due at 09:30 a.m. ET.

The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index ended 1.1% lower at 18,861.36 on Thursday and posted the biggest quarterly decline since the first quarter of 2020.

Markets were closed on Friday on account of Canada Day holiday. [.TO]

Dow e-minis were down 45 points, or 0.14% at 07:09 a.m. ET, while S&P 500 e-minis were down 8.75 points, or 0.23% and Nasdaq 100 e-minis were down 40 points, or 0.34%. [.N]

TOP STORIES [TOP/CAN]

Australia’s Link Administration rejected Canadian cloud-based software firm Dye & Durham Ltd’s lowered takeover bid but agreed to continue to engage with it on hopes of securing a better offer.

Canada’s Toronto-Dominion Bank is exploring a takeover deal for U.S. brokerage Cowen according to a media report

Health authorities across Canada have cut the hours of hospital emergency departments and urgent care clinics in recent weeks, a move that in some cases may extend through the summer, due to a surge in patients and staff shortages.

Chinese-Canadian billionaire Xiao Jianhua, who went missing in Hong Kong five years ago, was due to go on trial in China on Monday.

ANALYST RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS [RCH/CA]

Tecsys Inc: Cormark Securities cuts target price to C$47.50 from C$50

Canopy Growth: CIBC cuts target price to C$3 from C$5

COMMODITIES AT 7:10 a.m. ET

Gold futures: $1,805.1; +0.2% [GOL/]

US crude: $108.64; +0.2% [O/R]

Brent crude: $112.06; +0.4% [O/R]

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(Reporting by Devik Jain in Bengaluru; Editing by Arun Koyyur)

Vermilion Energy Gets Green Light to Buy Back Up to 10% of Public Float

By Adriano Marchese


Vermilion Energy Inc. said that the Toronto Stock Exchange has approved its plan to begin a buyback program for around 10% of its public float over the course of a one-year period.

On Monday, the Calgary, Alberta-based oil-and-gas producer said it will begin its normal course issuer bid, or NCIB, on July 6 in which it will aim to buy back up to 16.1 million shares in the 12-month period ending on July 5 of next year.

At Thursday’s closing price of 24.50 Canadian dollars (US$19.02), the shares would be worth around C$393.9 million.


Write to Adriano Marchese at adriano.marchese@wsj.com


FTSE 100 firmly in green as oil companies lead the way on record…

FTSE 100 climbs 80 points

Oil and gas biggest risers

US closed for Independence Day

Fuel prices have continued flirting with record highs despite nearly a month of lower wholesale costs.

Petrol reached a new all-time high of 191.53p a litre on Sunday, while diesel was just 0.04p below its record at 199.03p a litre, on average, the AA said.

Although wholesale costs have been falling since the wake of the Jubilee weekend, with petrol costs for fuel retailers 10p lower last week compared with early June.

Diesel has experienced the same decline but not by the same magnitude.

Luke Bosdet, AA fuel spokesman, commented: “It is an outrage, plain and simple, that the fuel trade could be slashing petrol prices as the nation heads towards the holiday season, but isn’t.

“The retailers came up with an excuse that demand had fallen to 80% for some.

“Yet, last week, official statistics showed that petrol consumption is still at 94% of normal.”

11.37am: Pub numbers reach record low

English and Welsh pubs plummeted to their lowest levels on record as the hospitality sector’s woes showed little sign of easing.

In 2020, pubs were forced to close due to Covid-19 and many businesses lost out on over a year’s revenues. But now, in the wake of the pandemic, pubs are having to deal with surging energy prices, soaring wholesale costs and higher tax payments.

There were just 39,970 pubs in June – a reduction of over 7,000 since 2012, according to real estate consultancy Altus Group (TSX:AIF).

The West Midlands had the most pub closures in the first half of the year, at 28, while London and Eastern England were close behind with 24.

In 2019 – the year before the pandemic – the sector grew for the first time in a decade but the unpredictable events just a year later halted the growth.

J D Wetherspoon PLC, which has over 900 pubs in the whole of the UK and Ireland, saw its share price drop 0.6% to 631.5p.

10.50am: AO World drops

AO World PLC (LSE:AO.) sunk 13% on Monday morning as investors worried about the finances of the company, with consumer confidence spiralling lower.

The consumer goods business revealed credit insurers will be withdrawing their support, potentially forcing AO to pay suppliers upfront for goods and causing concern for cash flow.

With shares down 9p to 59p a few hours into trade today, the business was valued at £281mln.

AO sells home essentials including fridges, ovens and washing machines.

During the pandemic, when some of its closest competitors like Currys PLC (LSE:CURY) closed their stores, AO’s share price rocketed amid strong performances.

The company has crashed over 85% since its all-time high seen in January 2021, when lockdowns and online spending were still rampant.

10.10am: Ryanair and Wizz Air passenger numbers rocket 

Now onto airlines, which in recent months have also been subject to mayhem, cancellations and delays on staff shortages.

Budget air carriers Ryanair Holdings PLC (LSE:RYA) and Wizz Air Holdings PLC (AIM:WIZZ) had mixed share price responses to surging June passenger numbers.

Ryanair said it carried 15.9mln people, which was triple the amount compared with the same month in 2021, while its load factor soared 95%.

Meanwhile, Wizz Air reported an increase in June passenger numbers of 180% to 4.3mln.

Although it must be noted, flying last summer was a headache and most potential holiday-goers were put off.

Many Covid-19 tests were required to fly in and out of the UK, pushing prices higher and demand lower.

On Monday morning, the non-UK-listed Ryanair climbed 3.7% in France, while Wizz Air dropped 3.1% on the London Stock Exchange.

9.30am: Campaigners cause chaos on the roads 

Drivers and commuters have experienced enough chaos on the road in recent weeks but there was a new reason for delays this time.

Campaigners against skyrocketing fuel prices blocked some motorways during Monday morning’s rush hour.

Protesters made a rolling blockade along the M4, heading towards the Prince of Wales bridge, with similar actions expected in Yorkshire and Essex.

Police warned of “serious disruption throughout the day,” with motorists advised to stay home if possible.

Howard Cox, founder of the FairFuelUK Campaign, said: “These are not just demonstrations against the record excruciatingly high petrol and diesel prices that rise each and every day. 

“They are also about the sickening chronic manipulation of pump prices and the complete lack of scrutiny by our out-of-touch government, in allowing unchecked petrol and diesel profiteering to run rife.”

8.55am: Oil and gas push FTSE higher

Almost an hour into open, the FTSE 100 was up 0.9%, or 65 points, as the main UK index echoed America’s positive end to last week.

The blue-chip index was led by giant oil and gas companies, with Harbour Energy PLC (LSE:HBR) stealing the headlines, having advanced 4.1% to 346.2p.

Its larger rivals, BP PLC (LSE:BP.) and Shell PLC (LSE:SHEL, NYSE:SHEL), were not far behind at all in second and third place, after climbing 3.5% and 2.7% respectively.

Russ Mould, investment director at AJ Bell, said: “A small bounce back in the oil price was enough to give BP and Shell a lift and provide welcome support to the FTSE 100 index. 

“Oil supplies have been watched closely in recent weeks amid concerns about a slowdown in the global economy.

“Fundamentally supplies continue to be tight and there is still enough economic activity to stop oil prices slumping.”

American markets are closed on Monday for Independence Day, while European investors await eurozone inflation data later today.

7.20am: Footsie to rally

FTSE 100 was expected to rally after US markets perked up at the end of last week.

Financial spread betting firms were pencilling in gains of around fifty points for London’s blue-chip index a couple of hours before the open.

Wall Street is shut today for the 4th of July celebrations but for the rest of the week the news comes thick and fast ending with the monthly drama that is the US non-farm payrolls data on Friday.

The latest US quarterly corporate earnings also start to be published and Liberum is warning that this season is likely to be a lot worse than current forecasts suggest with worrying trends also for new orders.

“Our analysis suggests that earnings should be downgraded by some 13% in coming months but even that is unlikely to be enough,” it said.

The broker adds that orders in both Europe and the US are also now at levels indicating a recession, especially in the US.

“Going back 50 years, the only time we saw these levels was at the beginning of a recession and during the 1991 recession, we didn’t even see levels as low as this.

“Current readings of the US NOI not only indicate a recession, but that one is starting right now or may have already started.”

In the UK, Monday has little in the way of scheduled news, but, like in the US, it gets busy later in the week.

Flash manufacturing and services data on the economy will give an insight into the economy while the impact of rising inflation and squeezed incomes is also likely to figure prominently in updates from some big companies.

Retailers J Sainsbury and Currys, housebuilder Persimmon, bookmaker Entain and holiday group Jet 2 (read more) are among the household names issuing statements. 

6.50am: Early Markets – Asia / Australia

Asian shares were mixed on Monday with the Reserve Bank of Australia expected to lift the official interest rate to 1.35% at Tuesday’s board meeting. It is expected to rise to 2.35% by year’s end.

The central bank’s pivot to inflation fighting could spark a decline in mortgage lending of up to 40% in coming months, according to Swiss-based global investment bank UBS.

The Shanghai Composite in China gained 0.27% while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index slipped 0.34%.

Japan’s Nikkei 225 was trading 0.83% higher but South Korea’s Kospi was on the backfoot, trading 0.50% lower.

Australia’s S&P/ASX200 advanced 1.1%, led by strong gains across the energy and real estate sectors.

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Do You Know Your Canadian Stock Market History?

On Friday, Canada celebrated its national day, in honor of Confederation, which took place on July 1, 1867. The date is a statutory holiday and the Canadian stock market was closed.

Originally called Dominion Day, the official name of Canada Day was adopted in 1982 after the Canadian Act was patriated earlier that year. The Canada Act, also called the Constitution Act, gave Canada full independence by allowing the country to change its constitution without approval from Britain. The act also contains the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which sets out the constitutional rights of every citizen.

Canadian Stock Market History: The Canadian stock market was officially founded on Oct. 25, 1861, almost seven years before Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and what would eventually be Ontario and Quebec were recognized by Britain as a sovereign nation and its first Prime Minister, Sir John A Macdonald, was sworn in. The Canadian stock market can be, albeit unofficially, traced back to the year 1852, when 12 businessmen from Toronto formed an association of brokers.

The first exchange, the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX), traded a total of 18 stocks and at that time the trading day was just half-an-hour long. Most of the first Canadian publicly listed companies were related to banks and real estate.

That number has now grown to more than 1,500 and the country has developed four additional major exchanges: the Canadian National Stock Exchange (CNSX); the Montreal Exchange (TMX); the TSX Venture Exchange (Tiers 1 and 2) and the Aequitas NEO Exchange. The Canadian Securities Exchange (CSE), which is operated by CNSX Markets, Inc, is also recognized. Launched in 2007 after being formally approved by the Canadian Securities Exchange in 2004, the CSE became the first exchange in 70 years to be recognized in Ontario.

Currently, the three largest stocks trading on Canadian exchanges are Shopify, Inc SHOP SHOP, Royal Bank of Canada RY RY and Toronto-Dominion Bank TD TD.

TSX Performance: More modestly than the S&P 500, which has plunged over 20% year-to-date, the S&P/TSX Composite Index closed Thursday’s trading session down 11.6% off the Jan. 4 opening price.

In recent history, however, the TSX falls in line with the S&P 500 during bear cycles. When the dot.com bubble burst in 2000, the S&P 500 fell 43% compared to the TSX, which fell 45%. During the Financial Crisis of 2007, 2008 and 2009, the S&P 500 lost 56.86% between November 2007 and March 2009. In this instance, the TSX was slower to react, reaching an all-time high in May and June 2008 but plunging 50.64% between June 2008 and March 2009.

Similar gains, and losses, across Canadian and U.S. exchanges were not always the case, however, and is likely a result of the growing number of companies interlisting in both countries. For example, during the Great Crash of 1929, over 2,000 U.S. investment and brokerage firms went bankrupt, while not a single member on the TSX suffered the same fate.

Also Read: On Canada Day, Here Are The 5 Biggest Canadian-Based Gainers, Losers Trading On CAD Stock Exchanges

Interesting Facts: The Toronto Stock Exchange has historically been a leader in many areas. The TSX was the world’s first exchange to use computer-assisted trading and the largest exchange to move completely to electronic trading. The TSX was also the first to use decimal trading as opposed to fractions and the first to have a female president. The exchange is currently the 11th largest in the world and the third largest in North America.

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