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At the open: TSX jumps after Fed stands pat on rates

Canada’s main stock index opened higher on Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve kept interest rates unchanged.

The central bank strongly signaled it could still tighten monetary policy by the end of this year as the labor market improved further.

The S&P TSX index was up 103.05 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 14,813.87 in early trading.

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At the open: TSX, Dow open higher ahead of Fed rate decision

Canada’s main stock index opened higher on Wednesday ahead of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s policy decision and after the Bank of Japan announced a policy framework overhaul.

Recent hawkish and dovish comments from Fed officials have stoked volatility in financial markets, although consensus is now centered on the Fed raising rates in December.

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Poloz signals delay in rate rise as economy struggles

Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz is signalling that a move to raise interest rates will likely be delayed again as the Canadian economy struggles to gain traction.

Mr. Poloz acknowledged Tuesday that the central bank’s current projection that the economy will get back to full capacity near the end of 2017 may be too optimistic.

“It is quite evident that our economy is still facing strong headwinds, and we need stimulative monetary policy to counteract them and move us closer to full capacity,” Mr. Poloz said in remarks prepared for a speech to a group of economists in Quebec City.

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Canadian hiring rebounds; ‘economic lethargy’ still a concern

Canada’s labour market bounced back in August with 26,000 new jobs, thanks to a surge in public sector hiring and new positions in Quebec and Ontario. But despite the gains, the country’s jobs market continued to show signs of strain.

The rebound follows a month where the economy shouldered huge losses in full time employment and the August rebound was not enough to offset the losses.

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KKR: Fed to keep rate below 1% through at least 2020

The Fed will be staying lower for longer — a lot longer, in fact, if a forecast from a major private equity player is accurate.

With the market wondering whether the U.S. central bank will hike rates at its Sept. 20-21 meeting, private equity giant KKR believes those anticipating that the Fed will resume its tightening cycle anytime soon are misreading statements from Chair Janet Yellen and others.

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