The North West Company Inc. (NWC) Rises 2.27% on Jun 17

June 17, 2018 - By Richard Conner

Shares of The North West Company Inc. (TSE:NWC) last traded at 29.28, representing a move of 2.27%, or 0.65 per share, on volume of 215,898 shares. After opening the trading day at 28.58, shares of The North West Company Inc. traded in a close range. The North West Company Inc. currently has a total float of 48.70 million shares and on average sees 85,323 shares exchange hands each day. The stock now has a 52-week low of 26.5 and high of 32.93.

S&P/TSX Composite Index: Making Canadian Economy Grow Bigger

The Canadian economy is growing as fast as any global economy giant today. It may not yet be as big as that of the US or Japan but it surely boasts with a promising trade and commerce environment.

The main stock exchange in Canada is the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) with the benchmark index being the S&P/TSX Composite Index. The TSX perfectly represents how much the Canadian economy has grown and evolved through the years and how it still continues to transform for the better.

Getting to Know the TSX

The TSX is made up of over 1,500 companies as of October 31, 2014. It has nearly touched the $3 trillion total market capitalization mark in May. The North West Company Inc. trades on the exchange. The S&P/TSX Composite Index is the benchmark Canadian index, representing roughly 70% of the total market capitalization on the TSX with about 250 companies included in it. More than half of it is composed of the its biggest sectors only’ the Financials sector and the Energy sector. Included in the list of top five biggest sectors in the S&P/TSX Composite Index are the Materials, Industrials, and Consumer Discretionary sectors.

In February 1950, the S&P/TSX Composite Index had posted its all-time low, 217.50. In September 2014, it had posted its all-time high, 15,657.63. The surge in oil prices in 2014 had led the S&P/TSX Composite Index to attain this peak level as both the Energy and Financial sectors primarily got a boost.

S&P/TSX Composite Index Eligibility

The S&P/TSX Composite Index, like most indices, is a free-float market-capitalization-weighted index. This means that stocks that are not frequently traded are automatically excluded from it. These stocks are those that are held by venture capitalists, inside traders, the government, among others.

In order to become a component of the S&P/TSX Composite Index, a company must first meet a set of certain criteria.
First, a company must of course be listed on the TSX. That being said, it must abide by all Canadian laws.
Should it be included, the company must weigh a minimum of 0.05% on the S&P/TSX Composite Index. The North West Company Inc. complies with the rules for listing.

In terms of price, its average stock price in the past three months prior to rebalancing date must be at least C$1. Its stock price in the three sessions immediately prior to rebalancing date must also be at least C$1.

In terms of trading volume, the company must represent at least 0.025% of the total trading volume of the components of the S&P/TSX Composite Index.
Oil prices are highly expected to rebound soon, giving the TSX a further lift, as the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is to cut oil production amid the growing supply glut dilemma. This is why more and more investors are considering to enter the Canadian equity market. Needless to say, investing in the TSX is the best way to bet on one of the world’s most influential economies. Professional analysts might be interested how this will affect The North West Company Inc..

Another recent and important The North West Company Inc. (TSE:NWC) news was published by which published an article titled: “Canadian Dividend All-Stars Expected To Announce Dividend Increases – Week Of June 11” on June 10, 2018.

The North West Company Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the retail of food and everyday services and products to rural communities and urban neighborhood markets in Canada, Alaska, the South Pacific, and the Caribbean. The company has market cap of $1.43 billion. The company's Canadian activities comprise 122 Northern stores, which offer food, financial services, and general merchandise; 7 Northmart stores that provide fresh foods, fashion, and health services and products; 31 Giant Tiger junior discount stores, which offer family fashion, household products, and food; 13 Quickstop convenience stores that provide ready-to-eat foods, petroleum products, and related services; 1 Solo Market store for rural market; 1 Valu Lots clearance center; and 1 Price Chopper store, which offers grocery items. It has a 21.53 P/E ratio. The Company’s international activities include 30 AC Value Centers that provide food and general merchandise to remote and rural regions; 13 Cost-U-Less mid-size warehouse stores, which offer discount food and general merchandise; 1 Island Fresh IGA store with deli, bakery, fresh meat, fresh produce, a coffee and espresso bar, an adult beverage department, and the U.S. and international food brands; and 3 Quickstop convenience stores that provide ready-to-eat foods, petroleum products, and related services.

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