American Manganese Inc. (T.AMY) hit a new 52-week high of $2.58 on Wednesday. American Manganese has granted 5,950,000 incentive stock options to certain of its directors, officers and consultants. The options are exercisable at a price of $2.63 per share for a five-year term. Any shares issued on the exercise of these stock options will be subject to a four- month holding period from the date of the grant. The stock option grants are subject to acceptance by the TSX Venture Exchange.

A2Z Smart Technologies Corp. (V.AZ) hit a new 52-week high of $4.33 on Wednesday. A2Z Smart announced the appointment of Mr. Rafael Yam as Chief Executive Officer of its subsidiary Cust2Mate Ltd. Yam was head of NCR Israel BU, a role he has excelled in from 2015 until present. Previously, Yam served as the executive account manager of the Nordics and Baltics region for NCR.

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After a year of mostly terrible news, the rapid roll-out of the coronavirus vaccination programme in the UK has at last brought some positive headlines.

Assuming that challenges with supply or new virus mutations do not derail the programme, it is likely that the entire UK adult population will have been offered a vaccination later in 2021. This brings with it the tantalising prospect of reopening the economy, and our lives returning to something approaching normality.

Despite the success of the vaccine roll-out, we know that covid-19 is not going to disappear immediately. None of the current vaccines offer 100% protection, and not everyone wants or is able to be vaccinated. So how can we reopen the economy and restore international travel without risking another wave of infections? One possible ‘solution’ is the introduction of so-called vaccine passports. A vaccine passport is a document, probably in electronic form, that provides … Read the rest

Canada’s main stock index scaled an all-time high on Tuesday as energy stocks rallied on higher oil prices, while hopes of fresh U.S. economic stimulus also aided sentiment.

The S&P/TSX Composite came off its highs of the morning, but remained buoyant 46.12 points Tuesday to reach noon hour EST at 18,506.33.

The Canadian dollar slid 0.40 cents to 78.74 cents U.S.

The largest percentage gainers on the TSX were Aphria, which jumped $3.99, or 18.5%, to $25.54, and Cronos Group, which rose 79 cents, or 5.1%, to $16.35.

New Gold fell six cents, or 2.7%, to $2.19, while OceanaGold recovered from losses in the rmoning, taking on half a cent to $2.24.

Statistics Canada reported Tuesday Canadian investors acquired an unprecedented $26.9 billion of foreign securities in December, largely purchases of U.S. shares.

Meanwhile, non-residents added $5.1 billion of Canadian securities to their holdings, the lowest investment in three months. … Read the rest

Quebec-based aerospace company Bombardier (TSX: BBD.B) has announced that it is cutting 1,600 jobs and will stop making Learjets, a business airplane that has been around for nearly 60 years.

Bombardier announced the moves while posting quarterly financial results that showed the company lost $337 million U.S. in the last three months of 2020. The latest job cuts will bring Bombardier’s total workforce down to about 13,000 people worldwide.

About 700 of the job cuts are planned in Quebec and 100 in Ontario. A further 250 jobs will be eliminated in Wichita, Kansas, where the company’s Learjet is built. The rest of the job losses will be scattered across the U.S. and Canada.

Unifor, which represents 2,500 workers at a Bombardier facility in Montreal, is calling on the federal government to do more to help the aerospace industry survive the pandemic. However, most of Bombardier’s problems predate COVID-19.

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Stocks in Toronto somehow kept their heads above water, as Friday’s closing bell sounded, as momentum in energy kept the negatives affecting utilities at bay.

The S&P/TSX Composite gained 67.22 points Friday to close the week at 18,460.21, a jump of 324 points, or 1.8%, on the last five sessions.

The Canadian dollar eked lower by 0.01 cents to 78.73 cents U.S.

Energy roared through the day, with Vermilion Energy charging ahead 35 cents, or 5.4%, to $6.82, while Prairie Sky Royalties added 84 cents, or 7.3%, to $12.31.

Industrials were next, with Air Canada taking off the sky, gaining $1.10, or 5.2%, to $22.30, while Mullen Group was 31 cents more solid, or 3.1%, to $10.34.

In consumer staples, Jamieson Wellness grabbed 47 cents, or 1.3%, to $35.94, while Alimentation Couche-Tard improved 49 cents, or 1.3%, to $39.73.

Utilities, however, let the side down somewhat, as Transalta Renewables slid … Read the rest

Online travel agent Lastminute.com will be taken to court unless it pays more than £1m of outstanding refunds, the competition regulator has said.

Lastminute.com had promised to refund people for package holidays cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

But it missed a repayment deadline at the end of January.

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said the company needed to pay people back within seven days to avoid court action.

“It is wholly unacceptable that thousands of Lastminute.com customers are still waiting for full refunds for package holidays despite the commitments the company signed with us,” said CMA chief executive Andrea Coscelli.

“We take breaches of commitments extremely seriously. If Lastminute.com does not comply with the law and pay people their outstanding refunds quickly, we will take the company to court.”

Lastminute.com has been approached for comment. Last week, the online travel agent said the refund process had been “very … Read the rest

Monday

U.S.

U.S. markets are shuttered for Presidents Day

Canada

Canadian markets are closed for Family Day

Tuesday

U.S.

Featured Earnings

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) (Q1) EPS projected at 89 cents, compared to 81 cents in the prior-year quarter.

Occidental Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:OXY) (Q4) EPS projected for loss of 53 cents, compared to a loss of 30 cents in the prior-year quarter.

Advance Auto Parts Inc (NYSE:AAP) (Q4) EPS projected at $1.93, compared to $1.64 in the prior-year quarter.

TransUnion (NYSE: TRU) (Q4) EPS projected at 72 cents, compared to 66 cents in the prior-year quarter.

Canada

Economic Lookahead

CREA Stats (Jan.) National home sales rose 7.2% on a month-over-month basis in December.

Monthly Survey of Manufacturing (Dec.) Manufacturing sales decreased for the first time in three months, declining 0.6% to $53.7 billion in November.

Housing Starts (Jan.) The trend in housing starts was 239,052 units in December 2020, up … Read the rest

YouTube is making money from placing advertisements on anti-vaccination and conspiracy theory videos.

Despite the streaming giant pledging more than a year ago to stop adverts appearing next to videos pushing misinformation about vaccines, Business Matters found dozens of advertisements placed alongside conspiracy videos.

Adverts for the writing software Grammarly and the Big Yellow Box storage company appeared alongside videos claiming that doctors and nurses were guilty of genocide and that vaccines could kill. Big Yellow, the storage company, said that it was suspending advertising on YouTube as a result.

The meal service HelloFresh was promoted beside videos claiming that no vaccine had ever worked. There is overwhelming scientific evidence that vaccines are safe and effective.

Tim Loughton, the Conservative MP for Worthing and Shoreham and a member of the home affairs select committee, said that people were seeing the “misinformed ramblings of conspiracy theorists” ahead of reputable health advice.… Read the rest

Canada’s main stock index remained buoyant on Friday, helped by strength in financial stocks.

The S&P/TSX Composite remained in the green 27.91 points Friday noon to 18,420.90.

The Canadian dollar regained 0.07 cents to 78.81 cents U.S.

In the financials sector CI Financial gained $1.19, or 6.5%, to $19.39, while iA Financial jumped $1.01, or 1.6%, to $63.58.

Agnico Eagle Mines fell $6.00, or 6.6%, the most on the TSX,to $84.32, after the gold producer reported dismal fourth-quarter results. Renewable power producer Innergex Renewable Energy was the second biggest decliner, down $1.19, or 4.2%, to $27.17.

On the economic front, Statistics Canada reported wholesale trade fell 1.3% in December to $66.5 billion, the first decline after seven consecutive increases.

The agency attributes the decrease to sharply lower sales of motor vehicles and motor vehicle parts and accessories; and machinery, equipment and supplies.

Markets on both sides of the border are … Read the rest

In an ever-changing landscape, marketers and digital businesses alike are forced to adapt with the times as new opportunities arise and existing strategies become redundant.

Since starting my career 8 years ago at TheLADbible, the updates to iOS14 and the subsequent changes to ad platform attribution has been one of the most significant. As an example, in response to Apple releasing iOS 14, Facebook has changed its attribution window from 28days to 7days meaning that some advertisers have seen 50% drop in recorded sales, overnight.

The changes in attribution, not just for Facebook, but across numerous mainstream platforms will have a huge impact on advertising activity as it means there will be no way of tracking off-platform activity via third-party browser cookies. There will be no way of reaching consumers on a 1-1 basis across sites and apps if they don’t choose to opt in. This will make it very … Read the rest