AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 3, 2014 2:56 pm MDT TD CEO bullish on U.S. economic recovery, warns Canada losing competitive edge CALGARY – The CEO of TD Bank expressed a bullish view of the U.S. economic recovery on Thursday, while warning that Canada risks losing its competitive edge if small and medium businesses don’t export more of their goods.Much has changed since the onset of the financial crisis in 2008, Ed Clark told shareholders at the bank’s annual meeting in Calgary.“The big news is that the U.S. is back,” he said.“Indeed, America, which was once described as the epicentre of the global financial crisis, is now viewed as the potential growth engine of the world.”Clark listed off a number of factors that are contributing to the brighter picture south of the border. For instance, the real estate recovery is picking up steam, consumer spending is improving, America’s energy sector is booming and the U.S. is now seeing the “on-shoring” of jobs.That’s good news for a bank that has a strong U.S. presence. TD has more retail locations in the U.S. than it does in Canada — nearly 1,300 along the east coast. It opened 24 new branches last year and anticipates opening 34 more this year.There’s the opportunity to do more in that market, he told reporters following the meeting.“We know that there are a lot of upper commercial or lower corporate companies that would love to do business with us,” he said.But TD isn’t keen to get into more “sophisticated stuff” than that in the United States.“We do not want to be Goldman Sachs in the United States. We don’t think we can be Goldman Sachs there.”There’s also the opportunity for “more plain vanilla security dealer business” in the U.S.“That’s all very profitable business and that’s where we’re trying to grow.”Meanwhile, Clark said when it comes to non-commodity exports, “Canada is losing its competitive edge.”Canada’s market share of U.S. non-commodity imports has dropped by about 30 per cent over the past decade and less than 10 per cent of Canada’s small and medium-sized businesses export their wares, Clark said in his speech.In Canada, 50 companies make up 50 per cent of the country’s exports, he added.Speaking to reporters, Clark said governments need to engage more with small businesses to figure out why they aren’t exporting. As well, colleges and universities should do more to foster entrepreneurship.“We educate business people as if they’re all going to go into big bureaucracies, big corporate bureaucracies,” he said.“If we’re going to have the next generation that’s going to drive growth in Canada, we have to create more entrepreneurs and they have to be more willing to go outside of Canada for their activity.”Clark has announced he’ll retire as CEO this November. His successor will be chief operating officer Bharat Masrani, who played a key role in establishing TD’s U.S. business.
Most actively traded companies on the TSX by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 14, 2017 3:07 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 14, 2017 at 4:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Some of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,379.61, down 165.21 points):Trevali Mining Corp. (TSX:TV). Miner. Down 0.09 of a cent, or 6.82 per cent, to $1.23 on 6.7 million shares.Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Down 0.09 of a cent, or 2.57 per cent, to $3.41 on 9.4 million shares.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Down 0.06 of a cent, or 1.38 per cent, to $4.29 on 6.6 million shares.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Down 0.27 cents, or 6.67 per cent, to $3.78 on 6 million shares.Toronto-Dominion Bank (TSX:TD). Bank. Down 0.57 cents, or 0.85 per cent, to $66.39 on 5.5 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Down 0.37 cents, or 2.59 per cent, to $13.90 on 5.3 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (TSX:VRX). Pharmaceutical. Down $1.62, or 9.99 per cent, to $14.59 on 3.1 million shares. The Laval, Que.-based company’s shares hit a seven-year low after one of its largest investors sold off all remaining stock in the drugmaker, the latest knock to what was once one of Canada’s most valuable companies. Valeant shares hit $14.15 in early trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange. That was down nearly 13 per cent from Monday’s close and the lowest level since January 2009. They partially recovered in later trading at $14.47, down $1.74 or 10.76 per cent. Pershing Square Capital Management announced Monday that it had sold its final stake in Valeant for a large tax loss. At one time, the New York-based firm headed by CEO Bill Ackman had been the largest single shareholder in Valeant and one of its most vocal defenders.Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. (TSX:ATD.B). Convenience stores. Down $2.95, or 4.77 per cent, to $58.85 on 2.7 million shares. The Laval, Que.-based company reported stronger third-quarter net income as revenue rose 22 per cent. The convenience store operator says it had US$287 million of profits in its fiscal third quarter, up from US$274 million in the comparable period last year. Revenue at the Quebec-based company, which reports in U.S. currency, rose to $11.4 billion. That included $3.07 billion of merchandise and service revenue and $7.97 billion from fuel revenue. Couche-Tard’s net income was equal to 50 cents per share, up from 48 cents per share.