Shares of iShares 1-10 Year Laddered Corporate Bond Index ETF Common Class (TSE:CBH) last traded at 18.75, representing a move of 0.27%, or 0.05 per share, on volume of 125 shares. After opening the trading day at 18.75, shares of iShares 1-10 Year Laddered Corporate Bond Index ETF Common Class traded in a close range. iShares 1-10 Year Laddered Corporate Bond Index ETF Common Class currently has a total float of 13.95M shares and on average sees 5,844 shares exchange hands each day. The stock now has a 52-week low of 18.16 and high of 18.85.
What Drives The Canadian Economy?
Canada is an important aspect of the North American economy. While the US is relatively bigger, it still has interesting potentials to drive economic growth in the region.
With a thriving equity market, any nation has the capacity to carry out long-term prospects. In Canada, for example, there is the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX). The benchmark index is the S&P/TSX Composite Index, replacing the TSE 300 Index.
Facts About the S&P/TSX Composite Index
The S&P/TSX Composite Index is a free-float market-capitalization-weighted index like most leading indices in the world. This means that its components are the most actively traded stocks on the TSX, excluding those that are held by inside traders, venture capitalists, and government entities. Stocks held by these stakeholders are not frequently traded, which is why it is useless to include them on indices. iShares 1-10 Year Laddered Corporate Bond Index ETF Common Class is one of the stocks traded on it.
The S&P/TSX Composite Index had recorded its all-time high of 15,657.63 in September 2014, thanks to the gains in crude oil prices that primarily led the surge in the Energy and Financials sectors’ the two biggest sectors on the weighted index. Meanwhile, it had recorded its all-time low of 217.50 in February 1950. As of October 31, 2014, more than 1,500 companies are listed on the TSX. By the end of May, the TSX already had a market capitalization of $2.78 trillion. The regular trading session on the TSX begins at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m. There is also a post-market session that lasts from 4:15 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.
What Makes Up the S&P/TSX Composite Index
There are numerous requirements in order for companies to be included in the S&P/TSX Composite Index. For starters, of course, they need to be listed on the TSX. Consequently, they must operate in accordance to all existing Canadian corporate laws. As iShares 1-10 Year Laddered Corporate Bond Index ETF Common Class is still listed, this means that the stock complies with all laws.
In order to become a component of the S&P/TSX Composite Index, a stock must weigh at least 0.05% of the index. Prior to rebalancing, it must have traded an average of C$1 in the preceding three months and at least C$1 in the last three sessions leading to the month of review. Moreover, its trading volume must weigh at least 0.025% of the overall trading volume of all eligible stocks.
About 250 companies make up the S&P/TSX Composite Index. The Financials and Energy sectors alone account for 56% of it, with the former making up 36% and the latter making up 20%. The next biggest sectors include the Materials, Industrial, and Consumer Discretionary sectors.
Because the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has recently decided to cut oil production rate to lift oil prices, the Energy sector of the S&P/TSX Composite Index is poised for potential gains. Professional analysts might be interested how this will affect iShares 1-10 Year Laddered Corporate Bond Index ETF Common Class.
Investing on the TSX is an ideal way to bet on the Canadian economy. With a promising long-term growth, investors will surely benefit from valuable returns be it in the near term or the longer term.
Another recent and important iShares 1-10 Year Laddered Corporate Bond Index ETF Common Class (TSE:CBH) news was published by Theglobeandmail.com which published an article titled: “Bond ETFs confuse you? Here’s a simple guide – Globe and Mail” on December 16, 2011.
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