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Recent Top Picks

Date Signal Company Expert Opinion Price
2017-05-26 TOP PICK iShares-S-and-P-Asia-50-ETF
AIA-Q
Stan Wong

This gives you a diversified exposure to 50 of the largest, most established Asian names in a single strategy. This is trading at under 12X PE on a forward basis, 1.5X Price to book. That is a discount to North America.

Price:
$56.800
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE & ETFs
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-26 TOP PICK BlackBerry
BB-T
Michael Smedley

Thinks that this is at the breakout. They are sitting with $1.7 billion in cash, has free cash flow and are still top of the security type market. They have this radar set up which is going to do a more sophisticated job on tracing trucks all around the countryside. They also have other divisions, including one that has multifaceted stuff in cars. Still going to get royalties out of the handhelds. (Analysts’ price target is $9.50.)

Price:
$14.950
Subject:
CANADIAN
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-26 TOP PICK BTL-Group-Ltd.
BTL-X
Michael Smedley

This is involved in blockchain technology, the new coming thing in financial transactions. Curiously, this seems to be the only pure blockchain developer provider in the world. Trial clients are Visa, banks and a group of powerful energy trading interests.

Price:
$4.650
Subject:
CANADIAN
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-26 TOP PICK CCL-Industries--B-
CCL.B-T
Michael Smedley

A packaging giant, as well as a player in the new polymer banknote material, which they acquired from a partnering type of company. There is going to be a 5 for 1 stock split in a couple of days. Dividend yield of 0.7%. (Analysts’ price target is $337.50.)

Price:
$310.970
Subject:
CANADIAN
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-26 TOP PICK Facebook
FB-Q
Stan Wong

They are up to 1.9 billion active monthly users. They have more users with more user time than any other social network. They provide the largest audience, and therefore the most valuable data for advertisers. Their ad revenue per user is growing very nicely, and the runway is very long term. Despite shares being near all-time highs, he continues to buy this for his clients. Shares are trading at a forward PE of 25X, near their historical low. (Analysts’ price target is $170.)

Price:
$152.130
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE & ETFs
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-26 TOP PICK Koninklijke-Philips-Electronics
PHG-N
Stan Wong

This is a Netherlands name. Global health technology. Broadly speaking, he likes Europe. When you look at names in the euro zone, you want to look at those that are exporters. Because the euro has been low, these exporters can do very well from a currency standpoint. This continues to do well due to its continued cost cutting, restructuring and operational leverage measures. They are divesting their LED light bulbs. Consolidating their healthcare, personal care and consumer lifestyle divisions. Only trading at 10X enterprise value over EBITDA. Dividend yield of 2.4%. (Analysts’ price target is $35.77.)

Price:
$35.130
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE & ETFs
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-25 TOP PICK EnerCare-Inc
ECI-T
Douglas Kee

A fairly conservative company. Water heaters and HVAC’s. A slower growth company, but good earnings growth. A good, solid business. They are expanding in the US. Dividend yield of 5.1% will be going up 5% or so a year. (Analysts’ price target is $24.25.)

Price:
$18.770
Subject:
CANADIAN DIVIDEND
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-25 TOP PICK Photon-Control
PHO-X
Peter Imhof

A technology company that works in the semiconductor space doing etching. (Only 1 analyst follows.) Has a pristine balance sheet. 25% of the market cap is in cash. Has a good backlog over the next number of quarters. Reporting in about a week or so, and expects them to have an all-time record of top line revenue. (Analysts’ price target is $2.)

Price:
$1.400
Subject:
SMALL CAPS
Bias:
BULLISH
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-25 TOP PICK Pembina-Pipeline-Corp
PPL-T
Douglas Kee

He likes this because of their potential acquisition of Veresen (VSN-T), which will give them some run room and better diversification in the US. There is $20 billion of potential projects out there. Dividend yield of 4.7%. (Analysts’ price target is $50.)

Price:
$43.710
Subject:
CANADIAN DIVIDEND
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-25 TOP PICK Pure-Multi-Family-REIT-LP
RUF.U-X
Peter Imhof

A multifamily REIT of Class A rentals in the US in the Sunbelt. The majority of assets are in Texas, one of the fastest-growing states in the US. Rental prices have been going up. Recently announced a couple of acquisitions in Arizona. Good management. Dividend yield of 5.4%. (Analysts’ price target is $7.25.)

Price:
$7.050
Subject:
SMALL CAPS
Bias:
BULLISH
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-25 TOP PICK Toronto-Dominion
TD-T
Douglas Kee

This is big in Canada as well as in the US. Feels there is good growth potential in the US with a better US economy, and interest rates rising faster. Earnings came out today and they were very good. Dividend yield of 3.8%. (Analysts’ price target is $70.)

Price:
$64.010
Subject:
CANADIAN DIVIDEND
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-25 TOP PICK Yangarra-Resources
YGR-T
Peter Imhof

The company was producing 2900 BOE’s in December, which went to 4000 in February. They are now producing 6000. Even though the stock has gone up a ton, the valuation has remained the same because cash flow generation and production has gone up as much, if not more, than the valuation. In the last quarter, they recorded $.13 in cash flow, which is up 200%, versus last year. Probably going to do $.55 in cash flow this year, so it is still not expensive. (Analysts’ price target is $4.)

Price:
$3.310
Subject:
SMALL CAPS
Bias:
BULLISH
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-24 TOP PICK Altagas-Ltd
ALA-T
Zachary Curry

(ALA.R-T Subscription Receipts. 9/4/18.) This is part of a financing that was done in February in a deal to acquired WGL for $8.5 billion. This is scheduled to close in 2018, and subscription receipts are a way to play that. Should the deal fall apart, you get your money back. He looks at this as a “no lose” as you get close to 7% to wait.

Price:
$30.590
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-24 TOP PICK CCL-Industries--B-
CCL.B-T
Brian Madden

A great growth story. Have grown earnings at a 40% pace compounded over the last 5 years. They are in specialty plastics, in packaging, and in labelling. One of the premier Canadian growth stocks. Just closed on a large deal which should be about 12%-13% accretive to earnings. It gets them into these sexy polymer banknotes, which is under penetrated globally but is growing quickly. Dividend yield of 0.8%. (Analysts’ price target is $337.50.)

Price:
$303.110
Subject:
CANADIAN EQUITIES, FIXED INCOME & ASSET ALLOCATION
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-24 TOP PICK CGI-Group--A-
GIB.A-T
Brian Madden

Canada’s largest IT service’s provider. They do systems/integration, business process outsourcing and consulting. Has a very wide array of clients, the largest of which would be the US government, but they also cater to big multinationals and telecoms, energy, manufacturing and retailing. They are introducing more and more of their intellectual property into their clients’ solutions. They’ve also been a very good acquirer of businesses. (Analysts’ price target is $74.00.)

Price:
$65.970
Subject:
CANADIAN EQUITIES, FIXED INCOME & ASSET ALLOCATION
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-24 TOP PICK Goldman-Sachs
GS-N
Zachary Curry

In their last quarter, they had some trouble with their fixed income and currency side, and he views that as a “one off”. The stock was down 5%. With the proposed US deregulations and tax reform, that would be even more positive for them. There is lots of M&A going on. This is trading at 12X earnings, compared to the market which is at 17X. Feels they will generate growth of 12% for the next 3 years. Dividend yield of 1.4%. (Analysts’ price target is $251.)

Price:
$223.830
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-24 TOP PICK New-Flyer-Industries-Inc.
NFI-T
Brian Madden

Just announced a $51 million contract from the Transportation Authority of Santa Clara. They manufacture public transit buses and luxury motor coaches, and are the dominant player in what is effectively an oligopoly. This is a backdoor play on the US as most of their revenue comes from state and local transit authorities. Dividend yield of 1.7%. (Analysts’ price target is $63.00.)

Price:
$55.840
Subject:
CANADIAN EQUITIES, FIXED INCOME & ASSET ALLOCATION
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-24 TOP PICK Stanley-Works--The
SWK-N
Zachary Curry

He likes this because it gets him exposure to consumer spending, home renovations and the housing market without having to take on 3 distinct companies. They just sold a component of their locks division, which he views as positive. They have a new component for their tool side, coming out with a battery that works with everything and should generate good numbers for them. A positive balance sheet and some good strength sales in Europe. Dividend yield of 1.7%. (Analysts’ price target is $150.)

Price:
$136.180
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-23 TOP PICK CitiGroup
C-N
David Burrows

In the last 3 months, we have seen one by one, markets around the world lift off and start making new highs. This bank gets over 50% of its revenue from outside the US. They have $1.4 trillion in loans outstanding. Have a great credit card business. There is likely to be significant dividend and share buybacks announced in June of this year, because they now have enough capital to return 100% of their earnings back to shareholders. Dividend yield of 1.05%. (Analysts price target is $65.)

Price:
$61.710
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE
Bias:
BULLISH
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-23 TOP PICK Kinaxis-Inc
KXS-T
David Burrows

This fits into software as a service or Cloud-based software. They have software they sell to large corporations to help them manage supplying to their customers. 80% of revenue is recurring. 65% of the revenue is subscription based. This company will probably be bought by a large enterprise software company. (Analysts price target is $100.)

Price:
$88.290
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE
Bias:
BULLISH
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-23 TOP PICK Northrop-Grumman
NOC-N
David Burrows

A $43 billion market value. In the fall, and leading up to November, there was a big run up in several sectors, one being the defence sector, with a view that there would be spending whether the Democrats or Republicans won. A lot of defence stocks have basically traded sideways for the last 4-5 months consolidating that initial gain. This is one of the companies that is trading very close to its highs. A big contractor in the strike bomber and the F35. They are the leader in drone technology. A Triton drone can replace 20 aircraft. Governments try to save money and they want what they can get from drone technology. They are now opened up to sell to the EU and Japan. Dividend yield of 1.6%. (Analysts price target is $260.)

Price:
$250.650
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE
Bias:
BULLISH
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-23 TOP PICK ProPetro-Holding-Corporation
PUMP-N
Eric Nuttall

A pressure pumper in the US, a 100% pure play in the Permian. They have a tier 1 customer list and exposed 100% to the highest growth Basin in the world. Trading roughly at 4.4X forward EBITDA. If his guess is right, this could be a $20 stock. (Analysts’ price target is $19.)

Price:
$13.700
Subject:
ENERGY
Bias:
BEARISH on CANADIAN MARKET
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-23 TOP PICK U.-S.-Silica-Holdings
SLCA-N
Eric Nuttall

The safest and least volatile (relatively!) way to be exposed to the frac sand market in the US. Oil and gas companies are approaching these sand companies asking for 5 years of supply, and are guaranteeing them margins of $50 per ton, which is double what this company has guided to. (Analysts’ price target is $63.)

Price:
$39.030
Subject:
ENERGY
Bias:
BEARISH on CANADIAN MARKET
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-23 TOP PICK Trican-Well-Service-Ltd.
TCW-T
Eric Nuttall

Thinks the market is completely asleep in terms of their earning capability. Pricing is going up quarter after quarter, and their equipment is fully utilized for the rest of this year. They have a merger with Canyon Services (FCR-T) pretty soon. Prices are increasing virtually every day. He sees extremely good upside on a stock that has been out of favour. At the same time, you get the hidden optionality with their remaining interest in Kean (?). (Analysts’ price target is $6.)

Price:
$4.420
Subject:
ENERGY
Bias:
BEARISH on CANADIAN MARKET
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-19 TOP PICK ASA-Ltd.
ASA-N
John Petrides

He typically avoids mutual funds and prefers individual stocks, but as a closed-end fund, this has a limited number of securities. It is a basket of the gold miners. Owning gold in this environment with the heightened geopolitical risks, prepares your portfolio for the unexpected. Owning gold miners makes a lot of sense. As a closed-end fund, there are limited shares, and the fund will move up and down at a premium or discount to its NAV. Right now, this is trading at a 9% discount to its NAV. Closed end funds uses leverage to enhance its value, but this fund does not use any leverage.

Price:
$12.160
Subject:
US EQUITIES
Bias:
BULLISH
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-19 TOP PICK Becton-Dickinson
BDX-N
David Driscoll

This started a long time ago making syringes and needles, and that’s pretty much been their core. It’s all consumables in the hospitals, etc. Just made a recent acquisition of CR Bard (BCR-N) in the urology business. Both companies generate consistently growing free cash flows. There’s a 10% bump to the dividend every year. This merger is going to give them some debt that should be paid off within the next 2 years. He likes the company at this price.

Price:
$184.130
Subject:
GLOBAL
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-19 TOP PICK Dassault-Systemes
DSY-FP
David Driscoll

This is artificial intelligence. It is 3-D CAMCAD technology for both the Procter & Gambles as well as carmakers. It’s all designs. So if you have an idea, you run the design simulation 3000-4000 times, and it will spit out the right way to do it, create the supply chain, make any changes, and then off they go. The company has been growing at 15%-20% profitability. They are #1 in their segment and are growing nicely quickly. The dividend increased 14%, which is double the historic average for the global market.

Price:
$0.000
Subject:
GLOBAL
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-19 TOP PICK Helmerich--and--Payne
HP-N
John Petrides

Down 25% year to date. Energy was the best performing sector in 2016, and has been the worst to start. The largest land driller in the US. They have more cash than debt on the balance sheet. In 2015, they finished a multi-year CapX upgrade cycle to all their rigs. They are going to market with the most technically advanced and updated rigs and picking up tremendous market share. At 12.5X cash flow, with the balance sheet and the dividend, this is a very good buy. 4.5% dividend yield.

Price:
$60.040
Subject:
US EQUITIES
Bias:
BULLISH
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-19 TOP PICK Littelfuse-Inc.
LFUS-Q
David Driscoll

A Chicago-based company that makes fuses. What came out of their earnings call recently, because their earnings are up about 15%-20%, is that when electric cars start to make their appearance, that will increase the number of fuses by roughly 35%. In the meantime, the smaller that semiconductors in smart phones get, the more fuses that have to be used, and the demand is there.

Price:
$158.330
Subject:
GLOBAL
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-19 TOP PICK Qualcomm
QCOM-Q
John Petrides

In a scrap with Apple (AAPL-Q), which they go through every 3 years. If not Apple, it’s Samsung, Motorola, Nokia, etc. They have tremendous cash and a balance sheet to support whatever the outcome may be. Trading at 11X earnings and a near 4% dividend yield. They’ll benefit from cash repatriation if Trump is able to pass through his tax reform. There are also 2 other stimuli. 1.) You are about to begin a five-year upgrade cycle by the wireless carriers, which this company will be a beneficiary from. 2.) They bought NXP Semiconductors, which gives them foray into the car market, as well as the chip that is embedded in your credit card.

Price:
$57.670
Subject:
US EQUITIES
Bias:
BULLISH
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-18 TOP PICK BCE-Inc.
BCE-T
David Cockfield

He loves the dividend. The last time he recommended this was when it was $58. It ran up to $63 and is now backing off. If it gets down to $60, this is a slam-dunk. They seem to have absorbed Manitoba Tel without too much trouble. If you want a nice dividend, why go any further than this? 4.76% dividend yield.

Price:
$60.260
Subject:
CANADIAN & ETF's
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-18 TOP PICK Brown-Forman
BF.B-N
Matt Kacur

A great company. Some of their brands are Jack Daniels and Finlandia. Staples is probably a good place to be at this moment. It has been doing well as long as he can remember. Fantastic Return on Capital at 19% for over 9 years.

Price:
$52.580
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN
Bias:
CAUTIOUS
Owned:
No
2017-05-18 TOP PICK iShares-N.A.-Technology-ETF
IGM-N
David Cockfield

This is the Tech sector in the US. It is a way to get on that train and ride it just as long as you want. The chart has a steady, upward move. There are a few dips here and there, but any time it does dip, that is a buying opportunity.

Price:
$143.730
Subject:
CANADIAN & ETF's
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-18 TOP PICK Richards-Packaging-Income-Fund
RPI.UN-T
Matt Kacur

Glass and plastic packaging. Does a lot of pharmaceutical type packaging. This has had 13 years of 25%+ return on invested capital. A really strong balance sheet.

Price:
$29.230
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN
Bias:
CAUTIOUS
Owned:
No
2017-05-18 TOP PICK TJX-Companies
TJX-N
Matt Kacur

Discount clothing retailer. He really likes this in retail, because a lot of companies are having trouble competing with Amazon. Doesn’t think they will have the same issue. This has 20 years of 20%+ of Return on Invested Capital. The stock got hit this week when they reported earnings.

Price:
$74.480
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN
Bias:
CAUTIOUS
Owned:
No
2017-05-18 TOP PICK BMO-MSCI-Europe-High-Quality
ZEQ-T
David Cockfield

The situation in Europe has definitely improved with the French election. Merkel is up 85%. Things seem to be settling down.

Price:
$20.180
Subject:
CANADIAN & ETF's
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-17 TOP PICK Abbott-Labs
ABT-N
Cameron Hurst

Healthcare, as a sector, is neutral to tilting positively. Within that though, there are some industry groups that he likes, and some he doesn’t like. This one is in the subsector of medical devices, and is a great diversified player in that space. Their acquisition of St. Jude broadens their business and cardiovascular. Dividend yield of 2.4%. (Analysts’ price target is $48.)

Price:
$43.080
Subject:
US EQUITIES
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-17 TOP PICK CCL-Industries--B-
CCL.B-T
David Baskin

A tremendous allocator of capital. They’ve made some great acquisitions. This is the world’s largest maker of specialty labels. They make banknotes, a very specialized product. Have grown both organically and through acquisitions. Dividend yield of 0.8%. (Analysts’ price target is $337.50.)

Price:
$303.170
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-17 TOP PICK Cineplex-Inc
CGX-T
David Baskin

When people go to movies, they are not now just going to the movies. Some are going to VIP movies. They are going to the enhanced screens. While it used to be a $20 experience, now you can pay $80. They are also opening up rec rooms where you can spend your money before you even go into the movie theatre. When you go on an airplane, movies are brought to you by Cineplex. They also have advertising. A lot of revenue lines. Dividend yield of 3.1%. (Analysts’ price target is $58.50.)

Price:
$51.940
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-17 TOP PICK Alphabet-Inc.--A-
GOOGL-Q
Cameron Hurst

This is a huge company, and the core advertising is still up 17% year-over-year. 66% of ad spending is still off-line. They are getting more than their fair share and focusing on things that matter, such as machine learning, autonomous driving, AI. (Analysts’ price target is $1050.)

Price:
$942.170
Subject:
US EQUITIES
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-17 TOP PICK Magna-Int-l.--A-
MG-T
David Baskin

One of the world’s great auto parts manufacturing companies, with sales of almost $40 billion. A real Canadian superstar. It is way undervalued trading at 7.5X earnings. Whether we end up driving electric cars or gas cars, this company is going to sell a lot of the parts. Strong management. Has diversification across so many different OEMs. Dividend yield of 2.4%. (Analysts’ price target is $53.79.)

Price:
$60.140
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-17 TOP PICK Visa-Inc.
V-N
Cameron Hurst

Just bought Visa Europe, so it’s a more complex company now with FX and currency head/tailwinds. You are paying the same price as you would for MasterCard (MA-N), but you are getting more growth. Dividend yield of 0.7%. (Analysts’ price target is $103.)

Price:
$91.760
Subject:
US EQUITIES
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-16 TOP PICK Takasago-International
4914-JP
Lorne Steinberg

This is part of the new Japan, which are the great, long term businesses that have figured out how to grow internationally. This company has had phenomenal revenue growth, because they have increased market share in the US, Europe and the rest of Asia. Flavours and fragrances are very high-tech niche businesses. This sells for 13X earnings, and less than tangible BV with double digit earnings growth, revenue growth. In the US, they would be double what they are trading for now. Dividend yield of 1.3%.

Price:
$0.010
Subject:
Global Value & High Yield Bonds
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-16 TOP PICK BP-PLC
BP-N
Lorne Steinberg

The Macondo Gulf of Mexico disaster is now past and they have taken all the charges. They’ve rebuilt the company. The balance sheet is in very strong shape. With the cost structure where it is, even at these commodity prices, this company is throwing off lots of cash flow. Dividend yield of 6.7% is sustainable at current commodity prices. This is the cheapest of all the major integrateds. (Analysts’ price target is $37.50.)

Price:
$36.240
Subject:
Global Value & High Yield Bonds
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-16 TOP PICK CGI-Group--A-
GIB.A-T
Christine Poole

A large IT services company. Half their revenues come from outsourcing from long-term contracts. The other half is systems integration and projects. A very well-run company and very global. Half their revenues come from Europe, an acquisition they did in 2012, which had very low margins. CGI improved those margins back to company levels. About 20% is from the US, 50% from Canada, and the rest from Asia. Every few years, they tend to make a large acquisition to expand their geographic scope or a particular vertical they want to be in. (Analysts’ price target is $74.)

Price:
$66.910
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE
Bias:
BULLISH
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-16 TOP PICK Johnson--and--Johnson
JNJ-N
Christine Poole

A large, global, pharmaceutical company. The primary reason she likes this is that their pharma division is doing really, really well. They’ve had a very successful 5 years, and suspects they have a strong enough pipeline to keep that growth going. Recently acquired a Swiss pharmaceutical company which has leading products in heart disease. AAA balance sheet. Dividend yield of 2.7%. (Analysts’ price target is $130.)

Price:
$127.770
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE
Bias:
BULLISH
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-16 TOP PICK Royal-Bank
RY-T
Christine Poole

She wanted to choose a bank, to show that she likes the banking sector. This has pulled back from the beginning of the year. All the banks had a great year last year, so she doesn’t expect returns of 25%-26%. They have about 25% exposure to the US, and she thinks the US economy is going to grow faster than the Canadian. Acquired City National which focused on high net individuals and commercial loans. Dividend yield of 3.7%. (Analysts’ price target is $101.)

Price:
$93.030
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE
Bias:
BULLISH
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-16 TOP PICK Xerox
XRX-N
Lorne Steinberg

An amazing company. They recently spun off Conduint, their business process outsourcing business. The new management team is merging the old Xerox document management business with high technology. There has been a slew of new products out, aimed at the largest global companies to the small and midsized businesses. This has always been a big free cash flow generator. It is totally ignored by the street, which is why it is trading for less than 9X earnings. Dividend yield of 3.5%. (Analysts’ price target is $8.25.)

Price:
$7.140
Subject:
Global Value & High Yield Bonds
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-15 TOP PICK Anthem-Inc
ANTM-N
Alex Ruus

A great story. The stock has done really well over the last 10 years. The 2nd largest health insurer in the US. It helps to deal with some of the escalating health-care costs problems. Generates gobs and gobs of free cash flow. Trading at about 13X next year’s earnings. Dividend yield of 1.4%. (Analysts’ price target is $191.)

Price:
$182.300
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN
Bias:
OPTIMISTIC
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-15 TOP PICK Bank-of-Nova-Scotia
BNS-T
Bruce Campbell (1)

Canadian banks have all been affected by Home Capital (HCG-T), and this is now back to an average valuation. It is 50% international and 50% Canadian, so you don’t have to worry about the US president doing anything crazy. They are really starting to get their act together in the last few quarters in a couple of the South American countries. The stock has had a 10% pullback, Dividend yield of 4%. (Analysts’ price target is $85.)

Price:
$75.730
Subject:
CANADIAN LARGE
Bias:
OPTIMISTIC
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-15 TOP PICK Enbridge
ENB-T
Bruce Campbell (1)

They have a lot of financing for their huge pipeline in years to come, which sometimes provides an opportunity. They reported last week and had a very small miss on the quarter. They have said they are going to grow the dividend 8%-10% in each of the next 5 years. Dividend yield of 4%. (Analysts’ price target is $63.)

Price:
$54.540
Subject:
CANADIAN LARGE
Bias:
OPTIMISTIC
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-15 TOP PICK Freehold-Royalties
FRU-T
Alex Ruus

Energy prices are slowly gravitating upwards, but we are still probably a year or 2 sideways in oil prices. The key to successful investing is keeping costs low, and you can’t get lower costs than what the royalty companies have. This company has a great portfolio of royalty properties. Dividend yield of 4.3%. (Analysts’ price target is $16.75)

Price:
$14.010
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN
Bias:
OPTIMISTIC
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-15 TOP PICK Microsoft
MSFT-Q
Alex Ruus

This blue-chip stuff that you want to invest in, in the Tech sector. They are going to connect in market services with Amazon (AMZN-Q). A great balance sheet with tons of cash. Trading at around 18X 2019 earnings. Thinks it still has another 20%-30% to go. Dividend yield of 2.3%. (Analysts’ price target is $75.)

Price:
$68.430
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN
Bias:
OPTIMISTIC
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-15 TOP PICK SNC-Lavalin-Group-Inc.
SNC-T
Bruce Campbell (1)

They made an acquisition, and you have 3-5 years now of run rate. Big synergies and lots of growth coming. If you take out the #407 toll road you get a stock that is now trading at over 13X earnings. For industrial international growth, it is about the cheapest thing out there. The court cases are diminishing and is coming to the point where it is inconsequential. Dividend yield of 2%. (Analysts’ price target is $66.)

Price:
$52.070
Subject:
CANADIAN LARGE
Bias:
OPTIMISTIC
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-12 TOP PICK Alphamin-Resources-Corp
AFM-X
Rick Rule

The largest and highest grade tin deposit in the world. The median grade in this deposit is 5X the average mine grade. A superbly great deposit. The bad news is that it is in the Congo, and it is in a bad part of the Congo. Thinks this will go into production.

Price:
$0.390
Subject:
RESOURCE
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-12 TOP PICK Alon-USA-Partners
ALDW-N
Chris Damas

This only has one refinery, but it is smack dab in the Permian Basin, the epicenter of growing production. Drilling rigs use diesel, so they are getting great prices. His target on this is $15. Dividend yield of 7%. (Analysts’ price target is $11.50.)

Price:
$11.330
Subject:
Cannabis, Agriculture & Fertilizer
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-12 TOP PICK Cornerstone-Capital-Resources.
CGP-X
Rick Rule

They’ve made a tremendous discovery with a company called Falgold in Ecuador, which owns 85% of the deposit. He thinks they would like to own 100% of the deposit, and the way they do that is to buy Cornerstone.

Price:
$0.495
Subject:
RESOURCE
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-12 TOP PICK PBF-Energy
PBF-N
Chris Damas

A midsized refiner. He likes contrarian situations. People think there is too much gasoline. Tesla’s are going to be all over the place, self driving cars, etc. Why do we need oil? Most of the world is not that advanced. This company has almost doubled the amount of refinery throughput. They have 5 refineries after buying 2 from Exxon on the cheap, so they now have Tidewater access. Gasoline has gone up 300 million barrels of consumption in the last 3 years. The stock is probably worth $30. Dividend yield of 5.3%. (Analysts’ price target is $25.)

Price:
$22.180
Subject:
Cannabis, Agriculture & Fertilizer
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-12 TOP PICK Sheffield-Resources
SFX-AX
Rick Rule

(Australian stock exchange.) A mineral sands deposit producing stuff like titanium, chromium. A business that isn’t particularly well known in Canada, but generates an awful lot of cash when it is done right.

Price:
$0.000
Subject:
RESOURCE
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-12 TOP PICK Twitter--Inc
TWTR-N
Chris Damas

This has some bad actors on it, but everybody knows it. They only charge $20 a year for a premium service that generates $3.6 billion in revenues. (Analysts’ price target is $15.)

Price:
$18.610
Subject:
Cannabis, Agriculture & Fertilizer
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
No
2017-05-11 TOP PICK iShares-Nasdaq-BioTech-ETF
IBB-Q
Hap (Robert) Sneddon FCSI

All biotech shares are pretty volatile, and there have been some pretty big moves in the last couple of months. He expects this to run up and hit the high of $380, and then run past that. This is a generational change. Good space to be in long-term. 10 years and you should be very happy.

Price:
$291.570
Subject:
TECHNICAL ANALYSIS & MACRO STRATEGY
Bias:
OPTIMISTIC
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-11 TOP PICK Questrade-Russell-1000-Equal-Weight-US-Health-Care-tra
QRH-T
John Hood

He really likes this one.  They cut their fees 50% so this is only 25 basis points.  They took 80 mid cap health care stocks.  He quite likes the structure.

Price:
$21.220
Subject:
OPTIONS & ETFs
Bias:
BULLISH on US MARKET
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-11 TOP PICK Sierra-Wireless
SW-T
Hap (Robert) Sneddon FCSI

He likes the space “the Internet of things” that this is in. This has about 38% of the business in Canada and he thinks it is going to keep growing. It is in the right sector, between the pro-growth and the defensive. They just had a fantastic quarter and caught the street off guard. Sees this having a double from here. The next resistance is around $46, and he thinks it is taking out the $58 at some point. (Analysts’ price target is $29.50.)

Price:
$38.130
Subject:
TECHNICAL ANALYSIS & MACRO STRATEGY
Bias:
OPTIMISTIC
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-11 TOP PICK SPDR-Energy-ETF
XLE-N
John Hood

US energy index ETF.  It is so out of favour now, but there are a number of things that are lining up.  The Saudis want to get the price of oil up because they want to sell off an asset.  He is buying it because it is out of favour and he prefers it to the Canadian energy sector.

Price:
$67.980
Subject:
OPTIONS & ETFs
Bias:
BULLISH on US MARKET
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-11 TOP PICK iShares-S-and-P-TSX-Cap.-Cons.-St.
XST-T
Hap (Robert) Sneddon FCSI

Just had a nice little break out. If you don’t like the ETF, you could look at their top holdings. Good mix long-term. Thinks that a year from now you will be quite happy with this.

Price:
$56.610
Subject:
TECHNICAL ANALYSIS & MACRO STRATEGY
Bias:
OPTIMISTIC
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-11 TOP PICK BMO-Europe-High-Dividend-Covered-Call-Hedged-to-CAD-ET
ZWE-T
John Hood

A play on Europe where he does not have to worry about the Euro or the Pound.

Price:
$22.540
Subject:
OPTIONS & ETFs
Bias:
BULLISH on US MARKET
Owned:
No
2017-05-10 TOP PICK Arris-International-Plc
ARRS-Q
John Burke

This makes Wi-Fi routers, which are in greater and greater demand. Their biggest customer is AT&T (T-N), but they also supply Amazon (AMZN-Q). (Analysts’ price target is $33.50.)

Price:
$28.190
Subject:
US EQUITIES
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-10 TOP PICK Astrazeneca-P-L-C
AZN-N
Paul Macdonald

A diversified pharmaceutical, sort of shifting their business away from traditional fields. They are in decline right now on revenues. You want to be holding this along with Merck and Bristol-Myers. They have a very key study coming out, taking an immuno oncology drug and combining it with another immuno oncology drug. That is going to be a very key catalyst. Dividend yield of 4.5%. (Analysts’ price target is $34.)

Price:
$31.040
Subject:
HEALTHCARE
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-10 TOP PICK Celgene-Corp
CELG-Q
Paul Macdonald

They are able to double revenues between now and 2020 without a lot of pipeline success. The PEG ratio at .8, is not painful for a lot of their growth. Great financial metrics and you are not paying a lot for it. Some recent volatility presents a decent entry point. (Analysts’ price target is $146.)

Price:
$119.680
Subject:
HEALTHCARE
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-10 TOP PICK Henkel-AG--and--Co
HENKY-5
John Burke

A consumer products and adhesive company. A few years ago, they acquired Dial soap. It is the 4th largest consumer products company globally. One of their customers is General Motors. Dividend yield of 1.4%.

Price:
$0.000
Subject:
US EQUITIES
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-10 TOP PICK UnitedHealth-Group-Inc
UNH-N
Paul Macdonald

The largest health insurer in the US. There are strong structural tailwinds within the managed care subsector and some potential tax windfalls. They’ve been using their health scripts to win business and reduce costs. Dividend yield of 1.4%. (Analysts’ price target is $191.)

Price:
$173.390
Subject:
HEALTHCARE
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-10 TOP PICK Wal-Mart-Stores-Inc.
WMT-N
John Burke

You could buy Amazon (AMZN-Q) at 142X earnings, and a lot of risk goes with buying stocks with such a high P/E ratio. Walmart is trading at 17X earnings and gives a dividend of just under 3%. (Analysts’ price target is $74.)

Price:
$76.700
Subject:
US EQUITIES
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-09 TOP PICK Apogee-Enterprises-Inc.
APOG-Q
Jennifer Radman

For the most part, they create the glass you see on buildings, and do the installation. The new CEO is implementing a strategy to create value including good operating efficiencies, starting to do some M&A, and building scale. They shifted to doing higher office towers, which are very cyclical. Now they are looking to penetrate some of the lower, midsize which are a lot more “steady Eddie” and not as cyclical. As they continue to show good execution, the multiple on the stock should expand. Dividend yield of 1%. (Analysts’ price target is $65.)

Price:
$54.250
Subject:
US LARGE
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-09 TOP PICK Cognizant-Technology-Solutions-Corp.
CTSH-Q
Jennifer Radman

They are on the business technology outsourcing side, for financial services firms, healthcare firms, mostly figuring out how to use technology to make your business better. There were a few headwinds, and those are starting to lapse. They had an activist investor come in, and the board put together a plan to derive value creation, and that is starting to work. She sees quite a few more legs on this. Yield of 1%. (Analysts’ price target is $70.)

Price:
$64.170
Subject:
US LARGE
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-09 TOP PICK Hudbay-Minerals-Inc.
HBM-T
Lyle Stein

This has fallen from $12 to $7.67. He sold some recently at about $9.50, and is looking for an entry point right about here. The reason for this is zinc. The company is basically zinc/copper 50-50. He likes the near term potential for zinc. When zinc moves, we could be in a situation that is referred to as “the pinch point” where you get a spike up because inventories are so low. Zinc could go to $2, just like met coal went from $90-$300, when inventories get tight. Dividend yield of 0.26%. (Analysts’ price target is $11.)

Price:
$7.700
Subject:
CANADIAN
Bias:
CAUTIOUS
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-09 TOP PICK Starbucks
SBUX-Q
Lyle Stein

He likes consumer names in areas where the middle class is growing, which is Asia. About 14% of their stores are in Asia. The company is going to see nice, double digit earnings growth, driving high margin expansion. He likes their global exposure. Dividend yield of 1.6%. (Analysts’ price target is $66.)

Price:
$60.980
Subject:
CANADIAN
Bias:
CAUTIOUS
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-09 TOP PICK Steris-Corp
STE-N
Jennifer Radman

With an aging population, whether an implant, knee replacement, heart surgery etc., any time they cut you open, they need to have the equipment in the operating room, but secondly you need that equipment sterilized, and this is what this company does. They did an acquisition of a UK company last year that outsources a lot of those services. There was some kind of integration hiccup and reporting hiccup. We get value creation as they take those out. Dividend yield of 1.5%. (Analysts’ price target is $80.50.)

Price:
$75.920
Subject:
US LARGE
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-09 TOP PICK Suncor-Energy-Inc
SU-T
Lyle Stein

He is dramatically underrepresented in the “energy producer” sector, and wants to get money back into oils. The best place to start is in a big cap liquid name that pays a dividend. He is not looking for torque yet, because he can’t quite see the beauty of the recovery, but he wants to have exposure, simply because on a value basis these things are cheap and this is levered to oil, and has actually outperformed oil in its existence. Dividend yield of 3%. (Analysts’ price target is $50.)

Price:
$43.110
Subject:
CANADIAN
Bias:
CAUTIOUS
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-08 TOP PICK CAE-Inc
CAE-T
Don Vialoux

Technically the chart is showing a strong upward trend, and broke into new highs. The seasonality is from now until the end of July. However, something else coming up very shortly. Every year, around the end of June, there is the European air show, and these stocks move higher. (Analysts’ price target is $21.50.)

Price:
$21.730
Subject:
TECHNICAL ANALYSIS & SEASONAL INVESTING
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
No
2017-05-08 TOP PICK CASH
CASH
Don Vialoux

Markets are in a bit of a problem right now. They are going through a period in the summer where things are going to be difficult, so stick with a good cash position.

Price:
$0.010
Subject:
TECHNICAL ANALYSIS & SEASONAL INVESTING
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Unknown
2017-05-08 TOP PICK Eastman-Chemical-
EMN-N
Ross Healy

Chemicals are good movers toward the end of an economic cycle.  With weakness in Natural gas, it helps them.  They have a 2.6% dividend and a 50% upside potential.  If he gets 15-20% by next year he will be happy with it. (Analysts’ target: $90.00.

Price:
$79.280
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE
Bias:
BEARISH
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-08 TOP PICK First-Trust-Biotechnology-Index-Fund
FBT-N
Don Vialoux

This just broke into new highs a couple of days ago, so technically it looks good. Seasonally, the sector does very well from May right through until the middle of September. This is the time of year when you want to be in this kind of stock. In the short term, there is the ASCO conference coming up June 2-June 6. This is when a lot of the biotech companies come out with their new products from research. The stock got hammered today, because Pres. Trump called in all the big biotech CEOs, but it turned out they hadn’t talked about pricing at all. So, the weakness today is a buying opportunity.

Price:
$104.970
Subject:
TECHNICAL ANALYSIS & SEASONAL INVESTING
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
No
2017-05-08 TOP PICK Home-Capital-Group
HCG-T
Ross Healy

It is for speculative money.  It is not a stupid speculation however.  It is at about 20% of its book value.  What is wrong with the company is a loss of confidence, not quality of assets.  The news of bad mortgages are from about two years ago.  Those mortgages are now so far out of water due to real estate appreciation.  Hedged fund managers have been hammering on Canadian banks and our real estate market.  (Analysts’ target: $14.00).

Price:
$6.830
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE
Bias:
BEARISH
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-08 TOP PICK Metlife
MET-N
Ross Healy

It would definitely benefit from higher interest rates, which we are ahead for this year.  The stock is cheap.  It does not have much of a dividend because they were dissuaded from paying one.  (Analysts’ target: $59.50).

Price:
$53.060
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE
Bias:
BEARISH
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-05 TOP PICK Bank-of-America
BAC-N
Darren Sissons

The regulatory glare is moving away from money centred banks. If so, they will now be able to leverage up their balance sheets and start lending more. Even more importantly, we are facing an environment where interest rates are going to increasingly become an important factor for the US financial system. Higher rates mean higher profitability. Dividend yield of 1.2%. (Analysts’ price target is $26.)

Price:
$23.740
Subject:
GLOBAL EQUITIES & TECHNOLOGY
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-05 TOP PICK Cargojet-Inc
CJT-T
Jerome Hass

They effectively have a natural monopoly in overnight cargo in Canada. Any time you get something shipped, but doesn’t come from the same city you are in, he can almost guarantee it is shipped by this company. He likes the high barriers to entry. They have a 95% market share in Canada with customers such as Canada Post, Purolator, Amazon, and virtually anyone that ships, including Air Canada. A great little company that is not very well known by the street. Trades at about 6X EV to EBITDA, compared to the trucking companies at 7.5X. Dividend yield of 1.7%. (Analysts’ price target is $56.)

Price:
$45.920
Subject:
CANADIAN MID-CAPS & LONG/SHORT STRATEGIES
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-05 TOP PICK Walt-Disney
DIS-N
Darren Sissons

A very attractive franchise. There has been a little concern around the ESPN with cutting cables, etc. However, over the long-term, it has been very effective at taking money out of parents’ wallets. They have movies, TV, theme parks, tourism operations, etc. The dividend was growing at something like 12.2% per year for 20 years. Dividend yield of 1.4%. (Analysts’ price target is $124.)

Price:
$111.990
Subject:
GLOBAL EQUITIES & TECHNOLOGY
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-05 TOP PICK Descartes
DSG-T
Jerome Hass

A boring name, but stable. Every portfolio needs some boring names. There wasn’t any particular catalyst this year, but it is up 30%+ in the last 12 months. He likes the recurring income stream. At the start of every quarter, they know what 90% of their sales will be, and they spend the next 90 days working on that last 10%. That predictability is what investors like. (Analysts’ price target is $25.47.)

Price:
$31.770
Subject:
CANADIAN MID-CAPS & LONG/SHORT STRATEGIES
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-05 TOP PICK Halliburton-Co
HAL-N
Darren Sissons

Fundamentally, the oil markets need to take duration (?) from the fact that Saudi Aramco has gone public. Saudi’s are getting $2 trillion and are trying to get close to 3, so they are looking to cut supply. When they cut supply, we’ll see higher prices and they’ll make way for US shale. They are planning the next phase of the Saudi economy on the back of that monetized asset. To monetize their assets to the highs levels, they are going to need higher prices. That means there is going to be more drilling, and this company is leveraged to that story. Dividend yield of 1.6%. (Analysts’ price target is $64.50.)

Price:
$45.580
Subject:
GLOBAL EQUITIES & TECHNOLOGY
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-05 TOP PICK Westjet-Airlines
WJA-T
Jerome Hass

*SHORT* This has been a long time Short for him, particularly after the announcement this week that they are now going spend $6.5 billion on a brand-new 787 Dreamliner. A week before that, they announced they were going to launch an ultra low cost carrier. Yield of 2.6%. (Analysts’ price target is $23.)

Price:
$22.360
Subject:
CANADIAN MID-CAPS & LONG/SHORT STRATEGIES
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-04 TOP PICK Advanced-Micro-Devices
AMD-Q
Richard Croft

This has fallen about 25% since it reported earnings. They had a couple of new lines of chips with a couple of new ones and lots of hype on. They’ve been tested and are not any better than Intel chips, some saying not quite as good. The company took a big hit on that, and is probably at a point where you are going to see some support. This is purely an option play. The option premiums have expanded dramatically because the stock sold off. A very good Covered Write in his opinion. If the stock does not get called away, you can do it again 6 months from now.

Price:
$10.100
Subject:
OPTION STRATEGIES & E.T.F.S
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-04 TOP PICK Deutsche-Bank-AG
DB-N
Richard Croft

A play on Europe. They have just had a writes issue. Have refinanced and recapitalized the company and the business. They are an impenetrable bank in Europe. If you believe Europe is starting its road to recovery, banks are going to do the same that they did in the US. He has a covered call on this.

Price:
$18.780
Subject:
OPTION STRATEGIES & E.T.F.S
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-04 TOP PICK Global-X-MSCI-Greece-ETF
GREK-N
James Thorne

For the Europeans to solve Europe they have to solve Greece.  They are going to get a deal done.  He likes Greek banks but this is a safe way to participate in the global economy.  This could be THE trade in Europe as we go forward.

Price:
$9.250
Subject:
US DIVIDEND
Bias:
BEARISH on RESOURCES
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-04 TOP PICK Goldman-Sachs
GS-N
James Thorne

With deregulation in the US he thinks this is a very interesting play.  It has come back after Trump got in.  Now is the time to get back in.  He is continuing to buy on pullbacks.  He thinks Trump is going to be able to deregulate the financial industry.  (Analysts’ target: $244.04).

Price:
$226.590
Subject:
US DIVIDEND
Bias:
BEARISH on RESOURCES
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-04 TOP PICK KB-Home
KBH-N
James Thorne

Don’t buy Canadian real estate.  Home ownership is at decade lows.  The new Silicon Valley is San Antonio.  With deregulation, home ownership should increase.   (Analysts’ target: $18.77).

Price:
$20.210
Subject:
US DIVIDEND
Bias:
BEARISH on RESOURCES
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-04 TOP PICK Square-Inc
SQ-N
Richard Croft

This is a financial services company. He really likes their business model. It is making inroads with a lot of small businesses, because they are more cost-effective than running the normal credit cards through. He is doing a Covered Write on it. The premiums are quite rich on it.

Price:
$19.900
Subject:
OPTION STRATEGIES & E.T.F.S
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-03 TOP PICK Algonquin-Power--and--Utilities-Corp
AQN-T
Kash Pashootan

He is not convinced rates are going up in Canada. There is still lots of room for this one to grow. This is diversified in that half of their revenue comes from distribution, and half of it comes from generation. Dividend yield of 4.8%. (Analysts’ price target is $14.50.)

Price:
$13.040
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN DIVIDEND & PORTFOLIO CONSTRUCTION
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-03 TOP PICK Canadian-Tire-Corporation-Ltd.--A-
CTC.A-T
Kash Pashootan

Old and boring, but he likes old and boring when it comes to investing. Its share price has really outperformed, and a lot of that really comes down to management and how the business has been run. Although there has been some change with the CEO, it has really been change to go back to who was the CEO before. 63% of their business is Canadian Tire which has about 500 stores, 20% is the SGL Sports and about 15% is the Marks brand. Their business now is what they are going to do with their e-commerce platform. Dividend yield of 1.6%. (Analysts’ price target is $175.50.)

Price:
$166.040
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN DIVIDEND & PORTFOLIO CONSTRUCTION
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-03 TOP PICK ETrade-Financial-Corp.
ETFC-Q
Keith Richards

Fundamentals look okay on this stock. Starting in February, there was a bit of a short-term downtrend, and that seems to be broken. They reported pretty good earnings recently, which is the driver right now. He is looking at this as a trade, and thinks it might get back into the mid to high $30s. He is looking at this as a possible 10%-20% mover, and then he will be gone. (Analysts’ price target is $42.)

Price:
$36.030
Subject:
TECHNICAL ANALYSIS
Bias:
CAUTIOUS
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-03 TOP PICK iShares-MSCI-Brazil-ETF
EWZ-N
Keith Richards

The chart shows a long downtrend from 2014, followed by a base and then an uptrend. It is now pulling back slightly and testing the trend line, and thinks it will go up for a little bit. This is going to be a trade.

Price:
$37.880
Subject:
TECHNICAL ANALYSIS
Bias:
CAUTIOUS
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-03 TOP PICK New-Flyer-Industries-Inc.
NFI-T
Kash Pashootan

Transit and motor Coach manufacturing. Although it trades on the TSE, it is very much US focused with 90% of their sales come from the US. The stronger US$ helps on the earnings side of things. Dividend yield of 1.8%. (Analysts’ price target is $57.50.)

Price:
$51.460
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN DIVIDEND & PORTFOLIO CONSTRUCTION
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-03 TOP PICK Power-Financial-Corp
PWF-T
Keith Richards

This had a break out in 2016 and is making higher highs and higher lows. Doesn’t think this is going to be a big mover, but it has a safe looking pattern. (Analysts’ price target is $37.)

Price:
$34.930
Subject:
TECHNICAL ANALYSIS
Bias:
CAUTIOUS
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-02 TOP PICK Bellatrix-Exploration-Ltd.
BXE-T
Daniel Lloyd

A down and dirty natural gas name in the deep basin in Alberta. Quite good assets with an extremely cheap valuation. People have been worried about previous debt issues, and he thinks those are misguided, if they remain. Any debt is well covered by cash flow. New management which is very focused on shareholder returns. (Analysts’ price target is $1.25.)

Price:
$1.000
Subject:
CANADIAN
Bias:
CAUTIOUS
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-02 TOP PICK CalAtlantic-Group-Inc.
CAA-N
Gordon Reid

(His theme today is economically sensitive stocks, and ones that have disappointed lately.) This is a homebuilder, a cyclical business. It is an example of one that does not fit the quarterly earnings pattern, because there are a lot of moving parts. Trading at a very reasonable multiple, but the latest quarter was a little disappointing because margins were challenged, as you often see with homebuilders. As margins go like they did last quarter, the price drops, an opportunity for a long-term investor to get involved. Trading at 1X Book and 10X earnings, and grew revenue 13% year-over-year. Dividend yield of 0.5%. (Analysts’ price target is $41.)

Price:
$35.230
Subject:
US EQUITIES
Bias:
OPTIMISTIC
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-02 TOP PICK Cooper-Tire--and--Rubber
CTB-N
Gordon Reid

(His theme today is economically sensitive stocks, and ones that have disappointed lately.) This has done well over the years. They are in the replacement tire business. Tire volumes are expected to grow 4% annually for the foreseeable future. Recent earnings were disappointing, but it was well understood that rubber prices had risen. When that happens, costs of goods rise and margins shrink. One shouldn’t take a quarterly view of that. This is trading at 9X earnings. Dividend yield of 1.1%. (Analysts’ price target is $48.)

Price:
$37.500
Subject:
US EQUITIES
Bias:
OPTIMISTIC
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-02 TOP PICK Exchange-Income
EIF-T
Daniel Lloyd

*Short*. Recently, the Northwest Company (NWC-T) who owns and distributes goods to northern communities, used to be a large customer, but are now a competitor having bought North Star Airline and planning on expanding routes, in direct competition with this company and some of their subsidiaries BearSkin and Perimeter. This still has capital problems and should not be paying dividends. Dividend yield of 6.2%. (Analysts’ price target is $47.)

Price:
$35.060
Subject:
CANADIAN
Bias:
CAUTIOUS
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-02 TOP PICK FedEx
FDX-N
Gordon Reid

(His theme today is economically sensitive stocks, and ones that have disappointed lately.) About a year ago, it acquired TNT, a European delivery company. They have a huge fleet of 150,000 vehicles, 650 airplanes, and are really getting involved in the e-commerce business. More and more deliveries are coming to our homes. This is going to benefit from changes in technology such as driverless FedEx trucks and drone technology. Dividend yield of 0.9%. (Analysts’ price target is $220.)

Price:
$189.030
Subject:
US EQUITIES
Bias:
OPTIMISTIC
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-02 TOP PICK Franco-Nevada-Corp.
FNV-T
Daniel Lloyd

A very reasonable name to own. Their business is basically all free cash flow. Expensive, but best in class management team. They have royalties on the best assets around the world. A very solid name to own. Dividend yield of 1.3%. (Analysts’ price target is $95.47.)

Price:
$91.750
Subject:
CANADIAN
Bias:
CAUTIOUS
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-01 TOP PICK Bank-of-America
BAC-N
Paul Harris, CFA

They have some very good businesses and are cutting costs through the use of technology. Trading at 11X earnings. Have lots of Tier 1 capital which was at 13.6% in the last quarter. Trading at less than BV of $24.30. Dividend yield of 1.3%. (Analysts’ price target is $26.)

Price:
$23.610
Subject:
GLOBAL
Bias:
OPTIMISTIC
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-01 TOP PICK Blackstone-Group-LP
BX-N
Paul Harris, CFA

A private equity company. In the bad times, they were able to buy a lot of assets, which they have either sold right now or will continue to sell. Recently bought about $100 billion in cash, which is sitting on their balance sheet, which they can use to buy other things. Thinks it is worth somewhere in the $50-$60 range. Pays a very strong dividend of 7.8%. (Analysts’ price target is $35.)

Price:
$30.840
Subject:
GLOBAL
Bias:
OPTIMISTIC
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-01 TOP PICK CVS-Health-Corp
CVS-N
Paul Harris, CFA

A pharmaceutical company, long-term care company and a consulting services company. Has a free cash flow yield of about 7%. The CVS business is a good solid business with lots of cash. There are only 2 competitors in the US drug store business. There has been a little slippage on same-store sales, but feels they have straightened that out. Their long-term care business is really important, and he thinks there is good growth here. Thinks the stock is worth around $95. Yield of 2.4%. (Analysts’ price target is $87.50.)

Price:
$81.960
Subject:
GLOBAL
Bias:
OPTIMISTIC
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-01 TOP PICK Metlife
MET-N
Norman Levine

One of the biggest life insurance companies in the US.  It has gone nowhere in 10 years.  One of the problems is that it was designated as strategically important in the US and that is being appealed.  He thinks the ruling will be overturned.  They are spinning out their retail life insurance business.  (Analysts’ target:  $59.50).

Price:
$51.970
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE
Bias:
CAUTIOUS
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-01 TOP PICK Sanofi-Aventis
SNY-N
Norman Levine

The ADR trades in New York.  He does well buying drug companies when out of favour.  They all face patent cliffs from time to time.  The made acquisitions of some promising new drugs.  They have an exemplary balance sheet.  People hated it because they were in France with an election pending.  (Analysts’ target:  $47.00).

Price:
$47.260
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE
Bias:
CAUTIOUS
Owned:
Yes
2017-05-01 TOP PICK Stantec-Inc
STN-T
Norman Levine

He wants to participate in infrastructure.  So far it has all been talk and he wants to be there for when the money starts flowing in.  A lot of infrastructure is not glamorous – old infrastructure like water.

Price:
$35.100
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE
Bias:
CAUTIOUS
Owned:
Yes
2017-04-28 TOP PICK Canadian-Imperial-Bank-of-Commerce
CM-T
Michael Sprung

Relatively exposed to home loans in Canada, which is why he picked it. Americans don’t actually understand Canada’s mortgage market. Because of this, a lot of US Shorts are going after not only the alternate mortgage lenders, but primary banks and other lenders. This is also probably one of the most profitable banks in Canada. Dividend yield of 4.6%. (Analysts’ price target is $124.)

Price:
$110.580
Subject:
CANADIAN LARGE
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-04-28 TOP PICK Goldcorp-Inc
G-T
Michael Sprung

This has been in the penalty box because of troubles in Red Lake, but people didn’t understand that it was just a temporary issue with some activities that fell out of sync. Thinks they will be back on stream for the remainder of the year. Gold companies these days are really driven by efficiencies. This company has excellent assets in Mexico and Argentina. They also have some joint ventures with some major companies. Dividend yield of 0.57%. (Analysts’ price target is $23.56.)

Price:
$19.015
Subject:
CANADIAN LARGE
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-04-28 TOP PICK Suncor-Energy-Inc
SU-T
Michael Sprung

There have been a string of mergers and acquisitions in the oil patch, and this company is going to reap the benefit of that. Has a great balance sheet, which they will be using for share buyback and possible dividend increases. They have great growth prospects going forward. Dividend yield of 3.1%. (Analysts’ price target is $49.)

Price:
$42.860
Subject:
CANADIAN LARGE
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-04-27 TOP PICK Altagas-Ltd
ALA-T
Mohsin Bashir

It is painted with the same brush as the rest of the group.  Their recent acquisition in WGL Holdings ups their exposure to power and electricity and the greater consistency of cash flow.  They have north of 6% sustainable dividend yield.  (Analysts’ target: $36.00).

Price:
$30.530
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE
Bias:
CAUTIOUS
Owned:
Yes
2017-04-27 TOP PICK Canadian-Imperial-Bank-of-Commerce
CM-T
Mohsin Bashir

They have a higher amount of residential exposure than peers.  Famous last words.  One should recognize their ability to play catch up to peers and not being recognized in terms of valuation.  They had 8 consecutive dividend increases since 2008.  There is plenty of room for them to move forward.  They have a great opportunity in terms of cost cutting.  They have great inroads to providing financial services to newcomers to Canada.  (Analysts' target: $124.00).

Price:
$109.710
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE
Bias:
CAUTIOUS
Owned:
Yes
2017-04-27 TOP PICK MacDonald-Dettwiler--and--Assoc.
MDA-T
Mohsin Bashir

Premium imagery and heat signature on land and on sea.  They are the premium provider of imagery.  (Analysts’ target: $83.00).

Price:
$67.890
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE
Bias:
CAUTIOUS
Owned:
Yes
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