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Canada’s Market Data Problem

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Canada's Market Data Problem

Canada’s Market Data Problem

Canada’s equities markets are just like any other market. They are made up of buyers and sellers that exchange goods – in this case, securities.

Information is what allows buyers and sellers to make decisions in the market. However, if that information is inaccurate or incomplete, it can impact the health of the market.

Information Failure

Today’s infographic from the Aequitas NEO Exchange details the current “information failure” that is happening in the Canadian market.

What’s information failure? It’s when some, or all, of the participants in an economic exchange do not have perfect knowledge. This leads to a misallocation of scarce resources and it appears to exist in numerous market exchanges.

In the case of securities in Canada, the problem arises from the market data that investors are using to make buying and selling decisions.

Canada’s Market Data Landscape

Market data is simply the information that investors see when buying or selling a security – for example, prices (bid, ask) or liquidity indicators (volume, market depth).

Aside from the TSX itself, there are 13 other trading platforms that facilitate the buying and selling of securities in Canada. These range from exchanges (like the CSE or Aequitas NEO Exchange) to more proprietary platforms (Instinet or Liquidnet) which are used primarily by institutions.

Either way, trading is being done across all these platforms each day, and each exchange generates its own market data on prices and liquidity.

The problem?

Many investors only see just part of the whole picture. For example, retail investors that buy through an online brokerage account may only see data from the TSX and TSX-V, which together account for about 59% of volume traded (as of Q4 2016).

The Consequences

By only accessing partial market data, the true liquidity or price of a security may not be accurately represented.

Here’s an example of how this unfolds in real life:

  • An investment advisor wants to buy a particular ETF for a client.
  • A partial view of the market might mean that the security looks less liquid than it actually is.
  • As a result, the advisor may choose to put the client in a different, less optimal fund.

Here’s another example:

  • An investor is considering several companies in which to invest.
  • A partial view of market activity can result in companies appearing more, or less, attractive than others.
  • Uninformed investment decisions lead to less optimal investments and the potential misallocation of capital.

In other words, information failure can affect investors and their portfolios directly – and can result in important consequences.

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Ranked: Top 10 Single-Day Market Cap Gains

Nvidia broke the record for the largest single-day market cap gains after adding nearly $250B on Feb. 22, 2024.

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The 10 Biggest Single-Day Market Cap Gains

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Since the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. tech stocks have led in terms of market cap gains, sometimes boosting their valuations by hundreds of billions of dollars in a single day.

In this graphic, we’ve ranked the largest single-day gains ever recorded, using data from Bloomberg.

Top 10 List

The top 10 list includes just 5 companies, and all are based in the U.S.

RankDateCompanySingle-day
Market Cap Gain
(USD billions)
1Feb 22, 2024NVIDIA$247.0
2Feb 2, 2024Meta$196.8
3Nov 10, 2022Apple$190.9
4Feb 4, 2022Amazon$190.8
5May 25, 2023NVIDIA$184.1
6Jan 28, 2022Apple$178.9
7Jul 31, 2020Apple$169.0
8Oct 28, 2022Apple$150.5
9Mar 13, 2020Microsoft$150.4
10Apr 26, 2023Microsoft$148.3

To put these massive gains into context, consider this: As of May 2023, the average market cap of an S&P 500 company was $30.4 billion.

Meta’s $197B Record Didn’t Last Long

On Feb 2. 2024, Meta set a new record for the largest single-day gain after reporting strong quarterly earnings, as well as announcing $50B in share repurchases and its first ever dividend payment.

This record lasted only 20 days, however, as Nvidia’s massive Q4 2024 earnings beat sent it to all-time highs. The firm is now nearing a $2T valuation, firmly placing it among the world’s most valuable corporations.

More on Nvidia’s Earnings…

Nvidia reported $12.3B in net income during Q4 2024, which is 769% higher than the same quarter last year. Revenues are also up 265% from last year, largely driven by demand for its AI chips like the H100 Tensor Core GPU.

Nvidia’s earnings have seemingly shifted the AI craze into another gear, boosting other chip stocks like AMD and Super Micro Computer (SMCI) to double-digit % gains for the day (Feb 22).

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