3 Things to Watch on the TSX Index on Tuesday

The latest clash between President Trump and a foreign ally has investors wondering if the U.S. can bring home a trade deal with China.

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Like every day in the markets, investors spend a lot of their time wondering about the bigger picture here in Canada and around the world. The latest tiff between President Trump and the United Kingdom’s ambassador to the U.S. has investors wondering if the U.S. has the ability to pull off a trade deal with China. 

However, like most days, there’s plenty of other news to keep an eye on. Here are three things I believe TSX investors should watch on Tuesday. 

Jerome Powell speaks to Congress

Although the head of the Federal Reserve isn’t scheduled to testify before Congress until Wednesday, Jerome Powell’s interest rate decision is likely to be a significant topic of conversation throughout Tuesday’s trading. 

Although Powell doesn’t decide on interest rates until later this month, what the Fed chair says in his quarterly testimony to Congress will affect equities, both today and in the future. 

In addition to Powell testifying Wednesday, the Bank of Canada will make its own rate decision Wednesday morning. The Bank of Canada is expected to keep its key interest rate at 1.75% through the rest of this year and likely all of 2020. 

Diverging interest rates between the two countries could affect the Canadian dollar and what happens next on the TSX.  

Bruce Linton not riding off quietly

As part of the former Canopy Growth (TSX:WEED)(NYSE:CGC) CEO’s separation agreement, Bruce Linton is unable to participate in the Canadian cannabis sector but can seek out cannabis ventures outside Canada. 

Investors are speculating where he’ll end up next. 

Linton is co-chairman of Martello Technologies Group and was CEO until 2017. He’s likely to find something to do at the Ottawa-based tech company that provides companies with products to fix unified communications performance problems. 

Interestingly, one of Linton’s observations after being fired as co-CEO is that very few Canadian cannabis companies will have a seat at the global cannabis table. With Constellation Brands taking a firmer hold of Canopy Growth, you can bet it will become an American company before too long. 

How will Canada’s other cannabis companies react to the power shift to the U.S.? I think we’re about to find out.

U.S. earnings looking better

Scott Barlow of The Globe and Mail reported Sunday in a tweet that Citi U.S. equity strategist Tobias Levkovich believes the second-quarter earnings for S&P 500 companies could be much better than expected. 

Given analysts have been cutting their estimates for the second quarter and expectations are quite low — they’ve lowered Q2 2019 growth from 2% growth to a 2% decline — the odds of earnings surprises are getting higher by the day. 

This increase should mean higher stock prices for S&P 500 companies heading into Q2 2019 earnings, which are already underway.  

This article represents the opinion of the writer, who may disagree with the “official” recommendation position of a Motley Fool premium service or advisor. We’re Motley! Questioning an investing thesis — even one of our own — helps us all think critically about investing and make decisions that help us become smarter, happier, and richer, so we sometimes publish articles that may not be in line with recommendations, rankings or other content.

Fool contributor Will Ashworth has no position in any stocks mentioned.  

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