Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. (ATD.B) Jumps 0.43% on Jan 9

Shares of Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. (TSE:ATD.B) last traded at 70.58, representing a move of 0.43%, or 0.3 per share, on volume of 1.48 million shares. After opening the trading day at 70.42, shares of Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. traded in a close range. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. currently has a total float of 564.32 million shares and on average sees 1.05 million shares exchange hands each day. The stock now has a 52-week low of 52.08 and high of 71.32.

Facts About S&P/TSX Index

S&P/TSX is Canada’s leading market index that features stocks of the largest companies listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. The index features stocks as measured by market-capitalization, and currently account for 70% of the total market capitalization of the TSX.

The S&P TSX came into being after replacing the TSE 300 Index that was initially used as a benchmark for the country’s stock market. The performance of the index is most of the time used by investors worldwide to gauge the health of the country’s equity market as well as overall economy.

Listing Requirements

Inclusion into the index requires a company to have its stock first listed on the TSX. The company must also be incorporated under Canadian laws. Given that the index is market-capitalization weighted, all stocks listed must weigh at least 0.05% of the index with a share price tag of not less than C$1 in the last three trading session of any given month. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. complies with the rules for listing.

The index also plays close watch to a company’s liquidity prior to the listing of its stock. For a stock to be listed on the S&P TSX it must be liquid enough to support unusual volume changes as well as dollar movements. The measure also ensures that at no one point one stock dominates the movement of the entire index.

TSX Coverage Sector

The S&P TSX has about 250 components at any given point from which the weighted points are generated. These components cover a variety of sectors ranging from Materials, Consumer Discretionary, Financials, and Energy to Healthcare. Currently, Financials account for 36% of the index total market capitalization with the Energy sector coming a close second with 20% share.

Since its inception, the S&P TSX has registered an all-time low of 217.50 points registered in February 1950. The Index all time high currently stands at 15657.63 points, printed in September 2014. The energy and the commodities sectors are known to have a huge say on the index overall performance given that a majority of components it carries have exposure to the two sectors.

S&P TSX is dominated by commodity stocks notably in the oil sector given the concentration of natural resources in Canada. The index was on the receiving end at the beginning of the year having taken a beating on oil prices plunging to multi-year lows. A recovery in the sector in recent months has aroused hopes of a bright future as commodity prices continue to strengthen.

TSX Performance

A move by OPEC members to curb production should have a positive impact on the S&P TSX given that the same would bolster stock prices of a good number of stocks it carries. Stability in the Canadian economy is another reason the index continues to evoke interest from institutional investors worldwide as it is seen as a safe haven compared to other economies that are slowly sinking into recession. Professional analysts might be interested how this will affect Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc..

Domestic and foreign retail investors flocking into the Canadian equity market is only expected to push the S&P TSX higher given the growth prospects of most of the companies it carries.

More notable recent Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. (TSE:ATD.B) news were published by: Theglobeandmail.com which released: “Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc Cl B Sv (ATD-B-T) Quote – The Globe and Mail” on November 15, 2017, also Seekingalpha.com with their article: “Couche-Tard Is The Berkshire Hathaway Of The Convenience Store Industry – Seeking Alpha” published on July 13, 2016, Bizjournals.com published: “Deal with iStar expands Circle K’s back-office footprint in Tempe – Phoenix Business Journal” on March 13, 2017. More interesting news about Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. (TSE:ATD.B) were released by: Valuewalk.com and their article: “Kroger Co (KR) Fundamental Valuation Report – ValueWalk” published on March 02, 2018 as well as Valuewalk.com‘s news article titled: “Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (WBA) Fundamental Valuation Report – ValueWalk” with publication date: March 16, 2018.

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. operates and licenses convenience stores. The company has market cap of $39.83 billion. The company's convenience stores sell tobacco products, grocery items, beverages, and fresh food offerings, as well as other retail services and products, road transportation fuel, stationary energy, marine fuel, and chemicals. It has a 22.12 P/E ratio. It operates its convenience store and road transportation fuel retailing chain under various banners, including Circle K, Couche-Tard, Mac's, Kangaroo, Kangaroo Express, Statoil, Ingo, Topaz, Shell, Esso, and Re.Store.

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