Canada

More challenges for BlackBerry

Analyst Commentary, Miller Chu: Following the debut of the latest Z10 device with full touch screen feature, Research in Motion's share price dropped 12% on the date of release and another 6% the following day. The decline in share price does not come at a surprise as RIM faces several key challenges for its new product.

The third natural gas pipeline across Northern BC, aiming at Asian markets

Analyst Commentary, Miller Chu: Natural gas consumption and production imbalance – poised for shale gas development Spectra Energy Corp. (NYSE:SE) and BC Group PLC (LSE:BG.L) are teaming up to build a new natural gas pipe line from northeastern BC to Prince Rupert aiming to export to the Asian markets including China.

A new start for the aviation industry as airlines move toward environmentally friendly biofuels

Analyst Commentary, Miller Chu: On April 18, 2012, the Boeing Company (NYSE:BA) and All Nippon Airways (ANA) successfully flew a 787 Dreamliner, fueled by a biofuel and jet fuel mixture, across the Pacific Ocean from Evert, Washington to Tokyo Japan.

Kinder Morgan is proposing an expansion of its existing Trans Mountain pipeline system as strong oil producer demand and uncertainty of other similar pipeline projects remains strong

Analyst Commentary, Matthew Bovencamp: Continued demand for increased pipeline capacity from the Canadian oil sands to alternative destinations from Cushing Oklahoma in a bid to reduce the supply gut has prompted Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP (NYSE: KMP) to propose an expansion of their existing pipeline from Edmonton to Vancouver.

Canada's OSFI outline strategy that will ensure stable financial and real estate sectors, although hurting investors and homeowners in short run

Analyst Commentary, Matthew Bovencamp: The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) released their planning and priorities report for 2012-2015 outlining the continued strategy of risk mitigation. The document outlines a number of strategies and actions the OFSI is planning to implement over the next few years.

Additional pipelines planned will help close price gap for Canadian oil producers

Analyst Commentary, Matthew Bovencamp: Enbridge Inc. and Enterprise Partners LP plan to add additional pipelines as well as increase capacity and reverse the flow to the existing Seaway pipeline to ease the over capacity of crude oil in Cushing Oklahoma.

Major Canadian banks tighten condominium lending rules from the direction of regulators in an effort to cool residential markets

Analyst Commentary, Matthew Bovencamp: The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OFSI) recently advised Canada’s major banks to be more careful in their lending practices and who they lend money to. The OFSI is concerned about a possible overheated market in parts of Canada, specifically Vancouver and Toronto Condo markets.

The U.S. reaffirms support for the Keystone Pipeline Project, benefiting the Canadian producers but may hurt refinery industry

Analyst Commentary, Miller Chu: As many of you probably noticed at the pump, gasoline prices have been increasing steadily over the past year. The rising gasoline price gave the Republicans an opportunity to criticize President Obama for his denial of a permit request in January 2012 for a key leg in the Keystone XL pipeline.

Energy tight Japan looking to Canada for resources, particularly liquid natural gas (LNG)

Analyst Commentary, Miller Chu: With the last two of the 54 nuclear power plants scheduled to be removed from power generating service next month, Japan is left with a likely power shortage this coming summer season when the demand peaks.

Molycorp acquires Neo Material Technologies for $1.3 billion in the rare-earth sub-sector

News Summary: Molycorp's $1.3 billion acquisition of Neo Material Technologies could revolutionize the rare-earth trade, analysts said. Combining the firms would create a one-stop shop for rare-earth elements, with control from the mine to the factory floor.