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Friday's analyst upgrades and downgrades

<i>Inside the Market's roundup of some of today's key analyst actions</i><p>Risks remain for <b>New Gold Inc.</b> (NGD-T), according to Desjardins Securities analyst Michael Parkin.<p>However, he sees "significant" upside potential for the next 18-24 months, leading him to upgrade his rating for the stock to "buy" from …

Goldman says investors forget many stocks love higher rates

Amid all the hemorrhaging in dividend stocks whacked by higher bond rates, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. says investors are missing a chance in another group that usually benefits.<p>They're referring to the companies poised to gain the most from a rate hike, a group dominated by financial firms such as …

Commodities may end 2016 with whimper after first-half rally

For commodities, 2016 started with a bang. If history is any guide, it will end with a whimper.<p>The Bloomberg Commodity Index, tracking returns for 22 components, is heading for a third-quarter slump after posting consecutive gains in the first two periods. Since the data begins in 1991, that's only …

What I saw as a Wall Street trader: a culture of bad behaviour

My first big trade on Wall Street was approved by a fat man smoking cigarettes in a stairway littered with the butts from past conversations. That man, John, was the head of trading at Salomon Brothers, on the executive board, and only one step below the CEO. It was 1994 and he had been with the …

Richard Koo says \’vicious cycle\’ taking hold as Fed faces \’QE trap\’

Three stocks that will benefit the most from an upswing in Alberta natural gas prices

<i>Globe editors have posted this research report with permission of Dundee Capital Markets. This should not be construed as an endorsement of the report's recommendations. For more on The Globe's disclaimers please read here. The following is excerpted from the report:</i><p>Our view on natural gas in …

Double-take: 26 stocks that both insiders and analysts love

<b>What are we looking for?</b><p>Canadian stocks that appeal to both corporate insiders and Bay Street analysts. Both groups are in excellent positions to assess the outlook for a stock. The people who know a company most intimately are its senior executives and directors. When these insiders buy, it's a …

Loonie ends lower on weaker commodity prices

The loonie closed lower lower Friday as Statistics Canada reported that the annual inflation rate slowed in August.<p>The Canadian dollar lost 0.35 of a cent to end at 97.10 cents (U.S.).<p>The agency said Canada's annual inflation rate slowed to 1.1 per cent in August, compared with 1.3 per cent in …

OPEC’s ‘tremendous’ uncertainty could have major impact on global economy: consultant

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries is facing a period of "tremendous" uncertainty, which could have a major impact on the global economy, according to a veteran oil industry consultant.<p>In his 35 years watching oil markets – for Saudi Aramco, ExxonMobil, and now as an independent …

The week's best web reads: Don't believe this Buffett rule

<i>Inside the Market's weekend roundup of some of this week's best investing reads on the Internet, which are highlighted every morning in our Before the Bell report.</i><p><b>Insight</b><p>One of the most dangerous investing ideas out there has been propagated by Warren Buffett acolytes who peddle the "buy what you …

What we learned from the Lehman collapse

On September 15, 2008, the $639-billion Wall Street investment bank, Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., collapsed in a bankruptcy filing more devastating than any the world had ever seen. The aftershocks were swift and far-reaching. Stock markets plunged. Credit stopped flowing. In the United States, …