5 from 5i: Is ESG outperformance just an illusion?

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Market View

Upbeat quarterly results south of the border sent US indices off to new record highs. Canada’s real gross domestic product (GDP) grew 0.4% in February, following a 0.7% increase in January, marking the 10th consecutive monthly increase since March and April 2020 lows. Further lockdowns in India and Brazil sent oil prices down. The US dollar was up while gold slipped. The Canadian dollar was 81.36. U.S. S&P500 ended the week flat, while the TSX ended the week down 0.2%.

Energy rose the highest this week by nearly 4.8%, followed by a gain in healthcare of 2.7%. Technology added 1.9%, while financials ended the week flat. Materials declined by 3.7%, while utilities slipped 1.6%. Consumer discretionary and consumer staples gave away 1.3%, each. The most heavily traded shares by volume were Tetra Bio-Pharma, Mega Uranium, and Baytex Energy.

5 from 5i

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