April 18, 2018 4:40 am eastern time (9:40 am in Ireland)

On Tuesday, markets managed to rise for two days in a row which seems rare lately.

The S&P 500 was up 1.1% and Toronto was up 0.35%.

Seemingly unstoppable Amazon was up 4.3%.

Boston Pizza Royalties was up 2.9%.

Alimentation Couche-Tard continued to be weak and was down 0.6%.

Couche-Tard has hundreds of locations in Ireland under the Topaz brand. I visited one in Waterford yesterday. It was a bit of a dreary place. The store was clean but was just not one of the freshest and newest looking examples at all. It did not seem well stocked at all either especially for the hot food offering. I stopped at a gas station of a competitor near Cork and it was also not up to the standards we usually see in Canada. I understand that Couche-Tard will rebrand all its stores outside of Quebect as Circle-K and I suspect they will be sprucing up these Ireland locations. I also also suspect that some of their locations in Ireland are already larger and brighter and newer than the one I visited. I passed by several locations on a road trip from Cork to Waterford but the Topax locations did not seem to be the dominant brand. Rather there seemed to be several competing brands.