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Canadian Stocks Decline on Disappointing Earnings, Crude Slump

February 21, 2013

Canadian stocks fell for a second day as energy shares slid amid a drop in crude and weaker-than- estimated earnings from Bombardier (BBD/B) Inc. and Tim Hortons (THI) Inc.

Bombardier plunged 6.7 percent after pushing back initial deliveries of one of its business jets to 2014 and reporting earnings that missed analysts’ estimates. Tim Hortons dropped 3.1 percent after announcing 2013 guidance and fourth-quarter earnings below forecasts. Suncor Energy Inc., Canada’s largest energy company, and Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. lost at least 1.8 percent as crude fell the most in three months.

The Standard & Poor’s/TSX Composite Index (SPTSX) fell 68.84 points, or 0.5 percent, to 12,645.21 at 1:52 p.m. in Toronto. The S&P/TSX has risen 1.7 percent this year.

“After the drubbing we’ve taken in the resource sectors, we’ve had a bit of shellshock,” Bob Decker, fund manager with Aurion Capital Management, who helps manage about C$6 billion ($5.89 billion), said from Toronto. “Tim Hortons, with their soft guidance and share buyback, is giving the message of slow growth to the market. Bombardier is unlikely to ever have smooth earnings due to the contract nature of its transportation division. We think it’s a buying opportunity as its backlog is improving.”

Energy and bank shares contributed most to losses in the S&P/TSX as seven of 10 industries retreated. Trading volume was 22 percent above the 30-day average at this time of the day.

Royal Bank of Canada, the nation’s largest lender, lost 0.9 percent to C$63.92, retreating from an all-time high yesterday.

Suncor, Bombardier

Suncor dropped 1.8 percent to C$31.43, headed for its lowest close in five months, while Canadian Natural Resources sank 1.9 percent to C$29.98. Crude for April delivery tumbled as much as 2.4 percent to $92.96 a barrel in New York.

Bombardier, based in Montreal, fell 29 Canadian cents to C$4 after pushing back initial deliveries of its Learjet 85 business aircraft and saying its train unit wouldn’t meet a 2013 profit target.

The company reported adjusted fourth-quarter earnings of 10 cents a share, short of the 12-cent average analyst estimate. Bombardier said its total backlog at the end of 2013 rose to a record $66.6 billion from $55.8 billion a year earlier.

Tim Hortons, the biggest coffee and doughnuts chain in Canada, sank C$1.59 to C$49.21. The Oakville, Ontario-based company reported fourth-quarter adjusted earnings of 70 Canadian cents, compared with estimates of 71 cents.

The company forecast 2013 earnings of C$2.87 to C$2.97, below analysts’ expectations of C$3. It anticipates weaker comparable sales in the first quarter due to economic concerns, a competitive environment and unfavorable weather.

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