Stocks rose in the first quarter of 2017. Long-term bond yields fell in both Canada and the US, with positive impact on fixed income returns. Gold prices have appreciated, too. The price of oil dropped in March. The Canadian dollar shows little change against the U.S. dollar despite lower oil prices.

 

MARKETS Close

31-Mar-17

Close

31-Dec-16

% Change
S&P/TSX Composite 15548 15288 1.7%
S&P 500 2363 2239 5.5%
GoC 10-Year 1.62% 1.72% -9bps
US Gov 10-Year 2.40% 2.45% -5bps
CAD$ / US$ 0.751 0.744 0.09%
Oil (WTI) $50.60 $53.72 -5.8%
Gold $1,247.25 $1,157.49 7.8%

Returns are based on price change only, and exclude dividends. Foreign indices are in USD.

Source: National Bank Financial, QUANT Monitor as of March 31, 2017