While the U.S. markets were powering ahead, the TSX was virtually flat for the first eight months of 2017. Even with the recent gains, which have pushed the S&P/TSX Composite to a record high, we are only up 4.8 per cent for the year. Contrast that with New York's S&P 500, which has gained 15.6 per cent year-to-date. We are the poor country cousin. But there are a lot of stocks that have outperformed the index by a wide margin this year.
"I am fed up with Enbridge," one disgruntled reader wrote last week. "I know we have anti-pipeline governments but can you explain the stock's performance this year?" It wasn't the first unhappy e-mail about Enbridge that I have received. Many readers have wondered why what used to be such a dependable stock has fallen so quickly. I share their concern; I own a several hundred shares of the stock myself.
The shares of U.S. tech giants posted big gains after Amazon, Alphabet, and Microsoft released their latest financial results that handily beat analysts' estimates. By the close on Oct. 27, Amazon stock had roared through the $1,100 level (figures in U.S. currency), gaining more than $128 on the day, or 13.2 per cent. Alphabet (the parent company off Google) was ahead $42.25 to finish at $1,033.67. Microsoft added more than $5 (6.4 per cent) to finish at $83.81. Canadians could only watch with envy.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".