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Recent Top Picks

Date Signal Company Expert Opinion Price
2016-07-27 TOP PICK Altagas-Ltd
ALA-T
Bill Harris, CFA

This is really good at driving little projects such as power, energy processing, etc. There are lots of investing they will be able to do, but are just not announcing it right now. 6% dividend yield.

Price:
$32.610
Subject:
RESOURCE & INFRASTRUCTURE
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-27 TOP PICK Just-Energy-Group
JE-T
Bruce Campbell (2)

This does energy services and energy marketing, so they are a reseller of different products such as natural gas. Now they’ve just gotten into solar. Have done test marketing both in California and New York, which has gone well, so they are going to start to roll it out across the country. They are also starting to take their existing traditional services over into Europe. The company is on a bit of a growth path, and he thinks you could start to see the earnings accelerate. Trading at a fairly reasonable valuation. Dividend yield of 6.21%.

Price:
$8.050
Subject:
CANADIAN
Bias:
BULLISH
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-27 TOP PICK Pacific-Insight-Electronics
PIH-T
Bruce Campbell (2)

In the auto components business, and manufactures LED lighting systems and some different components of gauges, as well as some wire harnessing. One of their big customers is Ford (F-N). Stock has been growing fantastically on an earnings basis, and is super cheap, trading at about 8X earnings, and have been growing their earnings by about 25% per year. CEO is talking about some expansion into new areas such as electric vehicles.

Price:
$13.010
Subject:
CANADIAN
Bias:
BULLISH
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-27 TOP PICK Rio-Tinto
RIO-N
Bill Harris, CFA

Bulk commodities, base metals and over a 6% yield. Thinks we are actually in the bottoming stage now. It will be slightly better a year from now. The news in China for the time being is better.

Price:
$32.820
Subject:
RESOURCE & INFRASTRUCTURE
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-27 TOP PICK Vermilion-Energy-Inc
VET-T
Bill Harris, CFA

This is a really good company. It is in Canada, Europe and Australia, and it has oil/gas in different places. The one knock against it is that in January it had too much debt. However, if commodities are recovering, that is not a problem.

Price:
$42.900
Subject:
RESOURCE & INFRASTRUCTURE
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-27 TOP PICK Sleep-Country-Canada-Holdings
ZZZ-T
Bruce Campbell (2)

They are going to continue to build out more stores across the country and get saturation numbers a lot lower, as far as the people per store they have. At the same time they keep increasing the number of dollars that people spend. People not only buy mattresses, but also buy other things such as fancy pillows, etc. Have had 11 quarters of fantastic growth. Dividend yield of 1.93%.

Price:
$27.000
Subject:
CANADIAN
Bias:
BULLISH
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-26 TOP PICK Clearwater-Seafoods-Inc.-
CLR-T
William Chin

Supply just can’t keep up with demand for seafood, which is why it is selling around 35% of its product to Asia and another 35% to Europe. A well diversified customer base. It recently acquired a company in Scotland, a very strong accretive acquisition. Dividend yield of 1.4%.

Price:
$14.180
Subject:
TECHNICAL ANALYSIS
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-26 TOP PICK Detour-Gold
DGC-T
Jon Case

You really have to look at the free cash flow growth. $150 million this year, and is going to grow to $350 million over the next few years. Has an 8% free cash flow yield, and you don’t find names with that kind of free cash flow yield very often. It has assets that are large and desirable for majors, which he thinks is what is ultimately going to happen. It also has good exploration potential. Trades at 1X NAV versus its comps at 5X NAV.

Price:
$31.420
Subject:
PRECIOUS METALS
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-26 TOP PICK Hardwoods-Distribution
HWD-T
William Chin

One of the largest distributors of lumber in North America, mainly higher grade lumber. Hardwood is in cabinets, high-end flooring, etc., so it is really benefiting from the strong US housing industry. Looking at the retail sales of consumer reports, home furnishings and renovations are the strongest subsectors in consumer behaviour. Thinks they sell 75% of their product to the US, so as the Cdn$ depreciates, this company will do well. Dividend yield of 1.22%.

Price:
$18.060
Subject:
TECHNICAL ANALYSIS
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-26 TOP PICK Kirkland-Lake-Gold
KGI-T
Jon Case

A producer in Northern Ontario with 320,000 ounces a year. They just bought St. Andrews Goldfields, a company that was perpetually starved for capital. They are just digesting those assets now, and thinks they are going to come out with greater financial resources and balance sheet. He also likes the main assets in the Macassa mine, which has grade that goes up as they dig deeper. Over the next 2 years you are going to see the head grades go from 15 g a ton to 18 g a ton. As grades go up, all things being equal, the cash flows going to go up. He sees cash flow expanding by about 15%. Have just had a sudden CEO departure. Rumours are that there was a rift between the CEO and the Board as far as M&A and strategic direction. That has worried a lot of investors which has really weighed on the shares.

Price:
$10.400
Subject:
PRECIOUS METALS
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-26 TOP PICK Torex-Gold-Resources
TXG-T
Jon Case

A new emerging gold producer in Mexico. Trading at 7X cash flow and 1.1X NAV. Those are bottom end of the range multiples, and he expects that to re-rate as they develop their mine, which is ramping up right now.

Price:
$24.960
Subject:
PRECIOUS METALS
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-26 TOP PICK ZCL-Composites-Inc.
ZCL-T
William Chin

Manufactures fiberglass reinforced plastics used in storage tanks underneath gas stations. Most of the existing ones are concrete or steel, which requires a lot of maintenance, whereas fiberglass lasts a lot longer. There is not much competition as well as a high barrier to entry. This has a good long runway. Dividend yield of 3.56%.

Price:
$8.900
Subject:
TECHNICAL ANALYSIS
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-25 TOP PICK Altagas-Ltd
ALA-T
Ryan Bushell

Thinks this was completely, unfairly swept up in the plays that happened last year around Alberta. It has a great management team. Just brought on another plant for Painted Pony (PPY-T), under budget and under time. 60% of their business is related to power generation and distribution utilities, not even related to pipelines, so it is really an energy infrastructure company. He likes the long-term nature of the dividend and the management team. Dividend yield of 6.4%.

Price:
$32.830
Subject:
CANADIAN LARGE (DIVIDENDS)
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-25 TOP PICK BankUnited--Inc
BKU-N
Norman Levine

Regional, commercial bank.  It doesn’t loan much to consumers.  Florida and New York Metro area.  One of the best management teams in the banking industry.  Their capital structure is very conservative and they are well capitalized.  They guided down on future growth.  They are going to hold off on growth until times get better and he likes that.

Price:
$30.490
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE
Bias:
CAUTIOUS
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-25 TOP PICK Diageo-PLC
DEO-N
Norman Levine

UK based and the largest liquor company in the world.  He recently came back to this one because it is a beneficiary of Brexit.  They have cut costs.  They will benefit from the lower pound, but it will not be reflected in the product prices, increasing margins. 

Price:
$113.780
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE
Bias:
CAUTIOUS
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-25 TOP PICK Freehold-Royalties
FRU-T
Ryan Bushell

The valuation gap between this and its closest peer, PrairieSky Royalty (PSK-T), is really wide. The current yield, even if there is downside in the share price, it is at the bottom and he feels pretty solid about the dividend payout at that level. There is a big investment by Canadian National (CNR-T) pension plan, and it feels good being alongside that. This has some opportunity for good participation in an oil price recovery. Dividend yield of 4.2%.

Price:
$11.430
Subject:
CANADIAN LARGE (DIVIDENDS)
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-25 TOP PICK Manulife-Financial
MFC-T
Ryan Bushell

It is hard to find dividend paying stocks right now at relatively good valuations. This one is trading at less than BV with a yield of 4.08%. They have been increasing their dividend more aggressively recently. Longer-term, he likes their wealth management franchise as people move from saving for, to spending in retirement, and insurance companies are well-equipped to handle that.

Price:
$18.150
Subject:
CANADIAN LARGE (DIVIDENDS)
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-25 TOP PICK Sanofi-Aventis
SNY-N
Norman Levine

French drug stock.  People hate French investments and people don’t like drug stocks.  They are facing a patent cliff.  The stock is down and this is historically the best place to buy drug stocks.  They will likely make acquisitions with their hoard of cash.

Price:
$42.140
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE
Bias:
CAUTIOUS
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-22 TOP PICK Deutsche-X-trackers-Harvest-CSI-300-China-A-Shares
ASHR-N
Tyler Mordy

There is a lot of misinformation on China. Everyone is trying to interpret the Chinese economy through a Western prism. If you are going to understand the Chinese economy, you have to look at the directives of the government. There was a big bull market from 2002 to 2011 that was driven by exports. Now the government is wanting to rebalance to stimulate the middle class. 40% of this is banks, which are trading at very, very cheap valuations. The worst crash possible is already priced in.

Price:
$24.340
Subject:
ETFs & MACRO PORTFOLIO STRATEGIES
Bias:
BEARISH on US ECONOMY
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-22 TOP PICK Wisdom-Tree-Japan-Hedged-Real-Estate
DXJR-N
Tyler Mordy

The property market has been going down for about 25 years. It turned up in 2012, and is now growing quite robustly. This ETF tracks REITs, homebuilders, and is a play on a recovery in Japanese real estate. This also has a good yield.

Price:
$25.020
Subject:
ETFs & MACRO PORTFOLIO STRATEGIES
Bias:
BEARISH on US ECONOMY
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-22 TOP PICK Alphabet-Inc--C-
GOOG-Q
John Zechner

They own digital advertising very well and the search engine is strong. With the Android system they have 75%+ of global mobile devices running on this platform. If they ever monetize that, there would be tremendous value. They kick off huge cash flows. You are getting this for a market multiple.

Price:
$742.740
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE
Bias:
CAUTIOUS
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-22 TOP PICK iShares-Emerging-Markets-Local-Currency-Bond
LEMB-N
Tyler Mordy

Emerging markets have been underperforming for 5 years, and nobody seems to like them. He likes this one for the interesting credit quality. Looking at the world, which is divided roughly between Western markets and emerging markets, all the good things are happening in the emerging-market. Their currencies have been beaten up over the last 5 years, so they are incredibly cheap. Doesn’t think it will be a huge performer, but it will be a stable part of a globally balanced portfolio.

Price:
$44.860
Subject:
ETFs & MACRO PORTFOLIO STRATEGIES
Bias:
BEARISH on US ECONOMY
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-22 TOP PICK Martinrea
MRE-T
John Zechner

Very good management. Strong numbers. They’ve been growing. Have put some new platforms in place in the US. Did a hostile acquisition. Very strong European growth. They are more levered to the use of aluminum parts in automobiles than any other manufacturer, which will be a growing area in autos. Trading at about 7X earnings and 3X operating cash flow. Dividend yield of 1.37%.

Price:
$8.750
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE
Bias:
CAUTIOUS
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-22 TOP PICK TorstarCorp--B-
TS.B-T
John Zechner

This is just a pure value pick. It’s not that he likes management or the industry. It has a market capitalization of about $120 million. There is net cash of about 60. There is an enterprise value of about $60-$70 billion. Dividend yield of 16.56%. Stupidly cheap.

Price:
$1.560
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE
Bias:
CAUTIOUS
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-21 TOP PICK Granite-Oil-Corp
GXO-T
Mason Granger

A very small company that pays about a 6% dividend. A little less than 3000 barrels a day. He likes it because the management team, through a predecessor company called D3, discovered an Alberta Bakken oil pool. They have a commanding presence in this play and own 100% of something like 80 sections of light oil. They have an enhanced recovery scheme, where they are pushing natural gas down into the ground, to bring up the pressure of the reservoir. This could be a good takeover target for a dividend payer at some point.

Price:
$7.620
Subject:
CANADIAN ENERGY
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-21 TOP PICK Heroux-Devtek-Inc.
HRX-T
Robert McWhirter

Designs, manufactures and repairs aerospace industrial components. The stock has moved up significantly recently, partly because they have laid out a ton of CapX in anticipation of a new contract from Boeing (BA-N). On a 4th quarter trailing basis, free cash flow has swung from -4% to a +3.3%. Analysts are forecasting 27% earnings growth. For the March/18 fiscal year that gives you a 15.6X PE, and an attractive .6 PE to growth.

Price:
$15.300
Subject:
CANADIAN DIVIDEND & GROWTH
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
No
2016-07-21 TOP PICK Parex-Resources-Inc.
PXT-T
Mason Granger

Putting this out as his favourite international name. It is a Colombian focused, light oil portfolio. This is grown from nothing to 30,000 barrels a day. Their exploration success has been excellent. They have a business plan that works at $30 a barrel as much is it works at $60. There is no debt on the balance sheet.

Price:
$13.170
Subject:
CANADIAN ENERGY
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-21 TOP PICK Tecsys-Inc
TCS-T
Robert McWhirter

This is in the hospital supply chain management. It has roughly $120 million market cap. They have 2 new modules, one for in-house pharmacies in hospitals, as well as operating rooms. It keeps track of where all the stuff is. That has doubled the revenue potential per hospital. Their pipeline sales over the last year has increased by more than the factor of 3. Year-over-year sales were up 26%. Year-over-year earnings, free cash flow and EBITDA grew over 32%. Dividend yield of 1.21%.

Price:
$10.660
Subject:
CANADIAN DIVIDEND & GROWTH
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
No
2016-07-21 TOP PICK Tio-Networks-Corp
TNC-X
Robert McWhirter

Roughly a $200 million market cap company. They process about $80 million bill payments per year with a value of about $9 billion. Have significant business leverage. They’ve grown by acquisition. A recent 18% increase in sales, led to an increase of over 100% in free cash flow, earnings and EBITDA. They have an attractive 4.2% cash flow yield. Earnings estimates have increased 18% in the last 90 days.

Price:
$2.390
Subject:
CANADIAN DIVIDEND & GROWTH
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
No
2016-07-21 TOP PICK Whitecap-Resources
WCP-T
Mason Granger

Still likes it.

Price:
$9.840
Subject:
CANADIAN ENERGY
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-20 TOP PICK A-and-W-Revenue-Royalties-Income-Fund
AW.UN-T
Veronika Hirsch

This is one of those rare combinations that has a good dividend yield and is growing its dividend. Also this is a growth stock. Last quarter they had 8% same-store sales growth, which is huge. They still have a lot of places where they can open stores. Dividend yield of 4.7%.

Price:
$33.650
Subject:
CANADIAN & ALTERNATIVE
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-20 TOP PICK Ceapro-Inc.
CZO-X
Peter Imhof

A very, very interesting company. Burt’s Bees, Aveeno and Neutrogena are some of its products. Has done an incredible job in the last 5 quarters. Revenue has gone from $1.7 million to $2.4 million to $3 million to $4 million last quarter, and income has risen quite a bit as well. There are no analysts looking at this now. Market cap has gotten over $100 million. Has a joint venture with a large German company. Thinks the next couple of quarters are going to be extremely good for them. Production is in Cdn$, but income is in US$.

Price:
$1.960
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - SMALL
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-20 TOP PICK Guardian-Capital-Group
GCG.A-T
Peter Imhof

A deep value company, where it is an asset manager. Market cap of about $650 million-$675 million. They own Bank of Montréal (BMO-T) shares that are worth about $360 million, as well as other securities that are worth about $230 million. You are almost getting the asset management company for free. Extremely cheap. They continue to buy back shares. Dividend yield of 1.58%.

Price:
$21.740
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - SMALL
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-20 TOP PICK MacDonald-Dettwiler--and--Assoc.
MDA-T
Veronika Hirsch

This company has a new structure that they have been developing in the US. It allows them to become a US company in terms of being able to compete for US military contracts, and yet they are still able to retain their Canadian domicile for their head office and taxation. This hasn’t been approved yet, but is supposed to come later in the fall. The stock is cheap, because it has been a really poor year for satellite awards. Dividend yield of 1.75%.

Price:
$84.490
Subject:
CANADIAN & ALTERNATIVE
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-20 TOP PICK Parex-Resources-Inc.
PXT-T
Peter Imhof

They’ve done nothing but exceed his expectations. Have had 15 quarters in a row of production growth. Started at about 5000 barrels’ equivalent a day, and are now at 29,000. They have a target to get to 50,000 over the next couple of years. Pristine balance sheet.

Price:
$13.070
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - SMALL
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-20 TOP PICK iShares-S-and-P-TSX-Global-Gold
XGD-T
Veronika Hirsch

There has been an 8% drop in the gold/silver index. Seasonality for gold is supposed to be relatively good. Depending on what happens in the US elections, you might get one of those BREXIT reactions. She would be buying into the weakness, and at least holding it through the elections.

Price:
$15.740
Subject:
CANADIAN & ALTERNATIVE
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-19 TOP PICK McDonalds
MCD-N
David Burrows

For the defensive investor. You get 2 themes here, the consumer and real estate. 1.) At the consumer level you have 20 states that have raised the minimum wage. 2.) This really is the biggest REIT globally. The franchisees pay rent on their properties. Dividend yield of 2.83%, and have grown it at about 8% over the last 5 years.

Price:
$126.500
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE
Bias:
BULLISH
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-19 TOP PICK Sherwin-Williams-Co.
SHW-N
David Burrows

He really likes the US economy. 80% of this company’s revenues come from the US domestic economy. The housing industry is improving and consumer confidence just hit new highs.  Recently acquired Valspar, the #4 paint company, so they’ll have an opportunity to cut costs and fold that company in. Dividend yield of 1.09%.

Price:
$309.000
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE
Bias:
BULLISH
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-19 TOP PICK TransDigm-Group
TDG-N
Mike S. Newton, CIM FCSI

A leading supplier of engineered parts for both commercial and military aircraft. 70% of their business is the aftermarket. Lots of great future growth available here.

Price:
$274.220
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE & ETFs
Bias:
OPTIMISTIC
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-19 TOP PICK Texas-Instruments
TXN-Q
David Burrows

Manufactures semi-conductors, which gets sold into auto, industrials, personal electronics, communications equipment. Often they are specialized semi-conductors that get designed in and might be there for 5–7 years. They have a dominant position. 60% profit margins. Dividend yield of 2.34%, and have grown this over 20% a year for the last 5 years.

Price:
$64.940
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE
Bias:
BULLISH
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-19 TOP PICK Vantiv
VNTV-N
Mike S. Newton, CIM FCSI

A leading payment processor, working in the background. On chip enabled cards, they have really done a great job in penetrating the small and midsized banks. 1600 different merchants and 1000 different banks. Continues to do very, very well and capitalizes on trends.

Price:
$58.790
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE & ETFs
Bias:
OPTIMISTIC
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-19 TOP PICK Dentsply-Sirona
XRAY-Q
Mike S. Newton, CIM FCSI

A dental supply manufacturing distribution. There is a lot of consolidation in this business. They have done about 5 acquisitions in the past year. A very low volatile name. Dividend yield of 0.49%.

Price:
$62.810
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE & ETFs
Bias:
OPTIMISTIC
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-18 TOP PICK A-Comment----General-Comments-From-an-Expert
A Commentary
Ben Cheng

Cott Beverages 5.375% 07/01/2022 USD.  They have changed their business in the last few years so more than half of their revenue and earnings come from filtered water.  It is a very good growth industry.

Price:
$0.020
Subject:
REITS, INCOME STOCKS & HIGH YIELD BONDS
Bias:
OPTIMISTIC
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-18 TOP PICK Cisco
CSCO-Q
Kash Pashootan

It is rare in technology that you are able to pick something up that is trading at 13X PE with a dividend yield of 3.48%. With people doing more and more on their mobile phones, data traffic has picked up considerably over the last decade, and he feels it is going to continue. This is a key player in helping cell phone providers stay mobile spectrum efficient. At the same time, the company has been going through a transition to get more involved into the Cloud side of things and to position themselves for the future.

Price:
$29.910
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN DIVIDENDS
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-18 TOP PICK DineEquity
DIN-N
Kash Pashootan

The parent of IHOP (US) and Applebee’s chains. Sold off considerably last year and this is now a good entry point. Trading at 13X. Most revenue is coming from the US, and they are expanding into the emerging market countries. Recently announced an agreement to build out 77 IHOPs and Applebee’s in Latin America. Dividend yield of 4.47%.

Price:
$82.320
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN DIVIDENDS
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-18 TOP PICK Park-Lawn-Income-Trust
PLC-X
Ben Cheng

A consolidator in the funeral home business.  They are not doing this via debt.  They use equity rather than debt.  3.25% yield.  He still sees upside on this one.

Price:
$14.330
Subject:
REITS, INCOME STOCKS & HIGH YIELD BONDS
Bias:
OPTIMISTIC
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-18 TOP PICK Slate-Retail-REIT
SRT.UN-T
Ben Cheng

He likes both their REITs.  He is bullish on this one because they focus on grocery anchored malls.  Above 7% yield and it is sustainable.  He feels they will make tuck in acquisitions and increase the yield.

Price:
$13.700
Subject:
REITS, INCOME STOCKS & HIGH YIELD BONDS
Bias:
OPTIMISTIC
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-18 TOP PICK Telus-Corp
T-T
Kash Pashootan

This company needs to play some catch-up. They lagged partly because of Alberta. These things work themselves out. When you get some weakness that is not a structural or balance sheet related issue, it is a buying opportunity. Have committed $2.2 billion to expand their 4G network. Dividend yield of 4.28%.

Price:
$42.960
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN DIVIDENDS
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-15 TOP PICK AGT-Food--and--Ingredients
AGT-T
Michael Sprung

Has pulled back enough that it is relatively attractive again. The pullback is as a result that the most recent crop of pulses had been somewhat disappointing, which hurt volumes. However, going into the fall, he is expecting a fairly large crop in Canadian pulses. The UN has declared 2016 to be the International Year of the Pulse. Export pulses is increasing very rapidly. Dividend yield of 1.76%.

Price:
$33.960
Subject:
CANADIAN LARGE
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-15 TOP PICK Canadian-Imperial-Bank-of-Commerce
CM-T
Michael Sprung

This has lagged the other banks recently, because of their acquisition of PrivateBankcorp in the US, which they paid a big price for. They are trying to establish more of a footprint in the US, so longer-term this should pay off for them. Management has concentrated on de-risking and shoring up the balance sheet by retrenching and focusing on core competencies. Dividend yield of 4.91%.

Price:
$98.490
Subject:
CANADIAN LARGE
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-15 TOP PICK Stuart-Olson-Inc
SOX-T
Michael Sprung

Engineering/construction company. This has really had problems over the last number of years, and is finally beginning to turn around. Have lagged the other engineering companies because of their large exposure to Alberta, but there is going to be a lot of infrastructure building in Alberta. Dividend yield of 7.19%.

Price:
$6.780
Subject:
CANADIAN LARGE
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-14 TOP PICK Calian-Group-Ltd
CGY-T
Brendan Caldwell

They have a wide variety of businesses.  The biggest is in the aerospace defense business and Canada is their biggest customer.  They are trying to diversify away from this. 

Price:
$20.080
Subject:
CANADIAN VALUE
Bias:
BULL
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-14 TOP PICK Comcast-Corp
CMCSA-Q
John Stephenson

A phenomenal company. The largest cableco in the US. Very stable. It owns NBC Universal. Has a huge inventory of programming, intellectual capital and media content. He is seeing growth in cable and broadband. Broadcast isn’t growing, but cable is. One of the best managed companies in that space. Yields about 1.64%.

Price:
$67.020
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE & RESOURCE
Bias:
CAUTIOUS
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-14 TOP PICK IBI-Group
IBG-T
Brendan Caldwell

The street viewed them as having too much debt.  They tried to retire a lot of their debt.  They don’t have the same risks as the actual construction business has.  The valuation is quite attractive.

Price:
$5.150
Subject:
CANADIAN VALUE
Bias:
BULL
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-14 TOP PICK Imvescor-Restaurant-Group
IRG-T
Brendan Caldwell

Interesting turnaround story.  It has been turning around since 2014.  They have incentivized the franchisees to maintain the restaurants in the highest possible quality.  They brought a new guy in after it didn’t work.  It takes a while for a new CE to affect all the changes he wants but it SEEMS it is working already.

Price:
$2.790
Subject:
CANADIAN VALUE
Bias:
BULL
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-14 TOP PICK Lloyds-Banking-Group
LLOY-LN
John Stephenson

Really, really cheap and has a great yield of 5.3%. One of the best capitalized banks in all of Europe. They got pounded in this whole BREXIT thing. Have come up a little since then, but is still dirt cheap. Trading at about 7.7X multiple, which is cheaper than the US banks and cheaper than anything else. They are basically a capital return story. The yield is going to stay there or go higher. Thinks there is going to be a lot of upside.

Price:
$0.000
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE & RESOURCE
Bias:
CAUTIOUS
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-14 TOP PICK Pattern-Energy-Group
PEG-T
John Stephenson

An independent power producer. They have about 3000 MW of basically US based, but they do have some projects, primarily wind, in Ontario and Manitoba. Trading very inexpensively. They have the ability through their parent Pattern Energy Group (PEGI-Q) to vend in new development projects, so they don’t sustain development risks. They are 89%-90% contracted on 15 year terms. It is like a bond, but with a heck of a good yield. Dividend yield of 6.68%.

Price:
$30.550
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE & RESOURCE
Bias:
CAUTIOUS
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-13 TOP PICK CASH
CASH
Keith Richards

20% of his cash is on the sidelines.  He is looking for some corrective action in the next couple of months.

Price:
$0.010
Subject:
TECHNICAL AND FUNDAMENTAL ANALYSIS
Bias:
CAUTIOUS
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-13 TOP PICK Facebook
FB-Q
Bruce Murray

Clearly the social leader.  They have all these users and are beginning to monetize them.  They are splitting 3 for 1.  It is a great name.  Mobile ads are growing.

Price:
$116.780
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN
Bias:
BULLISH
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-13 TOP PICK Linamar-Corp
LNR-T
Bruce Murray

They think the pace of sales will keep up.  7 times earnings.  They are going from $50 in every transmission, to $150 in transmissions with more gears. 

Price:
$50.390
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN
Bias:
BULLISH
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-13 TOP PICK Royal-Caribbean-Cruises
RCL-N
Bruce Murray

We are all tired, old and want someone to look after us.  It was $100 and then there was a sell off.  Far East/China is where they are expanding.  Cuba offers more opportunities.  The population is aging.

Price:
$72.580
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN
Bias:
BULLISH
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-13 TOP PICK Vermilion-Energy-Inc
VET-T
Keith Richards

This is a conservative play in the energy space.  They are not all Canadian.  This name came up because oil fell back to $40 today.  This stock is at the bottom end of its price channel.

Price:
$41.500
Subject:
TECHNICAL AND FUNDAMENTAL ANALYSIS
Bias:
CAUTIOUS
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-13 TOP PICK iShares-S-and-P-Global-Healthcare
XHC-T
Keith Richards

They like the Canadian hedging. He can play healthcare this way and not take on the product risk.  It broke out earlier in the year and now is breaking out again.

Price:
$41.190
Subject:
TECHNICAL AND FUNDAMENTAL ANALYSIS
Bias:
CAUTIOUS
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-12 TOP PICK Alimentation-Couche-Tard--B-
ATD.B-T
Bruce Campbell (1)

Just reported. The consensus was 38 and they were 39, versus 25 a year ago, so are growing pretty nicely. You can buy this at about 18X earnings, where a year ago the multiple was 22X. There are more acquisitions to do. Management is great. Dividend yield of 0.54%.

Price:
$57.840
Subject:
CANADIAN LARGE
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-12 TOP PICK Alphabet-Inc.--A-
GOOGL-Q
Christine Poole

Internet names have pulled back in the last few weeks, and are just starting to recover now. This is well positioned for a secular play on Internet online advertising, because they are the leading search engine. They will garner a good portion of the advertising budgets for companies that do that. Online advertising only accounts for about 35% of the overall budget, so she thinks it is going to be continued growth in that category. Attractively valued.

Price:
$732.510
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-12 TOP PICK H-and-R-Real-Estate-Inv-Trust
HR.UN-T
Bruce Campbell (1)

Real estate is going to be its own GICS sector in August, away from financial services. Thinks this probably gets added to the TSX 60 along with RioCan (REI.UN-T). Trading at a 30% discount to the other large REITs, primarily because they have the Encana office building, but that looks okay now. Dividend yield of 5.75%.

Price:
$23.600
Subject:
CANADIAN LARGE
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-12 TOP PICK Loblaw-Companies-Ltd
L-T
Christine Poole

She likes the grocery business because the square footage growth has been moderating, and this company has different multiple formats. They have implemented a new SAP IT systems and are starting to see the benefits of that. She also likes Shoppers, their drug retail business. Dividend yield of 1.47%.

Price:
$70.740
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-12 TOP PICK Torex-Gold-Resources
TXG-T
Bruce Campbell (1)

If looking to get into gold, this is a problem because everything has moved a fair bit. This company just declared commercial production at the ELG mine in Mexico. It is roughly 200,000 ounces at a cost of about $5.35. It goes to 350,000 ounces next year and the costs go down. It is the re-rating that he finds really attractive. Although it was moving up, it was lagging the group. It also did a 1 for 10 consolidation last week, which makes it more institutional. Thinks this could see $35 in one year.

Price:
$24.620
Subject:
CANADIAN LARGE
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-12 TOP PICK Whirlpool-Corp
WHR-N
Christine Poole

The leading global appliance manufacturer, and is developed and developing markets. 50% of revenues and about 7% of profits come from the US. Penetration rate in the US market is about 79%. The lifespan of appliances is about 10 years, so it is now going through a replacement cycle. Also, there is increasing housing turnover or renovation work. In emerging markets, penetration is about 30% in India and China, so there is lots of long-term potential for them to grow in those markets.

Price:
$173.720
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-11 TOP PICK Allergan-PLC.
AGN-N
John Kim

There is a catalyst coming any day now. Selling their generics business to Teva Pharmaceutical (TEVA-Q) for $40 billion. $10 billion for buyback, $10 billion to pay down debt and the rest to do some smaller acquisitions. The sentiment around specialty pharmaceuticals has been terrible, so you have a low valuation on a company that should be able to grow their bottom line by double digits.

Price:
$238.280
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-11 TOP PICK CASH
CASH
Don Vialoux

The markets are looking overbought.  A lot of stocks reach their peak at the end of this week.  Technically the markets are overbought right now.  A lot of second quarter results improve announcements of guidance for the third quarter.  Invest this cash in the middle of October.

Price:
$0.010
Subject:
TECHNICAL ANALYSIS & SEASONAL INVESTING
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-11 TOP PICK iShares-Gold-Bullion-ETF
CGL-T
Don Vialoux

Canadian dollars, gold Bullion.  It just broke to a new high, outperforming the market, and momentum indicator are positive.

Price:
$11.950
Subject:
TECHNICAL ANALYSIS & SEASONAL INVESTING
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
No
2016-07-11 TOP PICK Enerplus-Corp
ERF-T
John Kim

Very undervalued, especially now that they have restructured the portfolio and raised some cash. The balance sheet has been completely repaired. They have an asset in the Marcellus that everybody overlooks, because nobody focuses on gas any more. Dividend yield of 1.46%.

Price:
$8.210
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-11 TOP PICK First-Data-Corp
FDC-N
John Kim

One of the largest merchant acquirers and payment processors in the US. About 80%+ of their business is in the US. Valuation is really cheap. They should throw off around $3 billion in free cash flow over the next 3 years, about 30% of their market cap. Even if they flat lined, with the amount of cash they throw off you should be able to accrete over 30% in the next 3 years.

Price:
$33.970
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-11 TOP PICK iShares-Silver-Bullion-Fund
SVR-T
Don Vialoux

Gold and Silver are very closely associated.  Around the end of June the price moves higher seasonally.  It does so until the middle of October.  

Price:
$11.410
Subject:
TECHNICAL ANALYSIS & SEASONAL INVESTING
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
No
2016-07-08 TOP PICK BCE-Inc.
BCE-T
David Cockfield

Excellent dividend of 4.46%. They’ve raised the dividend recently, but he expects they will again. Still in the process of absorbing Manitoba Tel (MBT-T), and that will be accretive. If you want a stock that you can put in your portfolio and sleep quietly at night, this is the kind that you need.

Price:
$61.260
Subject:
CANADIAN & ETF's
Bias:
OPTIMISTIC
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-08 TOP PICK Brookfield-Property-Partners
BPY.UN-T
Derek Warren

About 20% of its NAV is London office, but they’ve hedged out about half of their currency exposure. The leases are very, very long, so he thinks BREXIT is a lot of noise. They won’t be able to raise rents in London offices, but 80% of their exposure is in the US and on fire. Any time you can pick up a stock of this quality, Manhattan, Los Angeles, London at a significant discount to NAV, and if any more Brexit news comes out and a 2nd shoe drops in any way in the market, you definitely want to be piling in. Dividend yield of 4.78%.

Price:
$30.670
Subject:
REIT's
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-08 TOP PICK Crescent-Point-Energy-Corp
CPG-T
David Cockfield

Sold most of his holdings, and recently bought back in. It ran up to $22, and has backed off about 10%. It is still one of the best oil company management teams in Canada. They are not in the oil sands, they are in the Bakken’s. With any kind of upward movement in earnings he sees they will be quick to pay it out in the form of dividends. Dividend yield of 1.8%.

Price:
$19.980
Subject:
CANADIAN & ETF's
Bias:
OPTIMISTIC
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-08 TOP PICK Crombie-Real-Estate-Investment-Trust
CRR.UN-T
Derek Warren

Empire, a tenant of this company, is having trouble with Sobey’s with disappointing results this week and a management shakeup. He likes opportunities like this. Already trading at a discount to other retail REITs, 15X versus 20X for others. Their problems do not change the location of the buildings, and a well located property that provides grocery stores, will always have strong value. If this negative news puts pressure on this company, it is one that should be bought, because it has good management which will be able to manage through it. Dividend yield of 5.74%.

Price:
$15.530
Subject:
REIT's
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-08 TOP PICK H-and-R-Real-Estate-Inv-Trust
HR.UN-T
Derek Warren

The GICS sector is paying a lot of attention to REITs, and this is the 2nd largest, but it hasn’t quite got the attention. When he sees retail REITs doing very well, office REITs doing quite well, and industrial REITs doing well, this has all 3 and with the sum of the parts, it shouldn’t be trading where it is. A nice play for another 5%-10% upside, at a time when a lot of the large Caps have already been bid up. Has both US and Canadian exposure. It also has Calgary exposure, but those are only a couple of buildings that are leased out to 2022, so it is not really a risk. Dividend yield of 5.85%.

Price:
$23.090
Subject:
REIT's
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-08 TOP PICK Sun-Life-Financial-Inc
SLF-T
David Cockfield

A well-run company, but has sold off dramatically. It has come back quite smartly, possibly because of the shutting down of the real estate holding fund in London. Dividend yield of 3.95%.

Price:
$41.050
Subject:
CANADIAN & ETF's
Bias:
OPTIMISTIC
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-07 TOP PICK CCL-Industries--B-
CCL.B-T
Liz Miller

With oil prices rebounding a little bit, Brexit and global uncertainty, this stock has had a great entry point.  3.19% yield. 

Price:
$216.120
Subject:
US EQUITIES
Bias:
OPTIMISTIC
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-07 TOP PICK Walt-Disney
DIS-N
David Baskin

This has many different arrows in its quiver. First of all, the theme parks, including the new one in Shanghai, which he understands is sold out for the 1st month. Secondly the cruise line. Third is a tremendous library of intellectual property of movies going back for decades. Fourth is ESPN, sports network. Some people are concerned about cord cutting, but live sports and live news are 2 that are going to persist. Dividend yield of 1.44%.

Price:
$98.410
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-07 TOP PICK Equity-Residential
EQR-N
Liz Miller

An old line traditional residential real estate equity trust.  It had a stumble recently so it is a buying opportunity.  2.93% yield. 

Price:
$69.300
Subject:
US EQUITIES
Bias:
OPTIMISTIC
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-07 TOP PICK Firstservice-Corp
FSV-T
David Baskin

Gated communities, condominiums, town house complexes need somebody to manage them. This company has been tremendously successful at upselling itself at landscaping, pool maintenance, fire protection, and security, all the services that people need. A fragmented industry ripe for consolidation with a huge market south of the border. Dividend yield of 1%.

Price:
$57.280
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-07 TOP PICK KAR-Auction-Services
KAR-N
David Baskin

There are 2 main parts to this. When people buy a car and lease it and it comes off lease 3 years later, almost all those cars go to auction houses, and this is the biggest one. We have had a huge boom in new car sales. 3 years later there is going to be a huge boom in the auction business. They also have a huge salvage business. When cars are in accidents and are written off, they end up at these auction houses. With cheap gasoline, North Americans are driving more miles than any time in history, and many of them are doing it while texting, etc. Dividend yield of 2.79%.

Price:
$41.520
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-07 TOP PICK Oracle
ORCL-N
Liz Miller

This has done wonderfully over the years.  It spiked higher around a decade ago.  It has room to recover.  The leadership has been very steady for years.  We are at a shorter term pause where they are building out in the cloud.  It is a great core holding.

Price:
$40.530
Subject:
US EQUITIES
Bias:
OPTIMISTIC
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-06 TOP PICK Celgene-Corp
CELG-Q
John O'Connell, CFA

This has a hugely strong balance sheet. A highly innovative company. They do a lot of joint ventures with smaller companies, and when they start getting interesting, they can take them out. Have some very promising and effective drugs in the multiple melanoma and cancer space that work and are effective, and the drugs are being used longer. They are going to grow their earnings by about 35% this year and it is trading at 16X earnings. Own this for 4 years and you will make money.

Price:
$104.600
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE
Bias:
OPTIMISTIC
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-06 TOP PICK Walt-Disney
DIS-N
John O'Connell, CFA

This is an iconic brand. Whether Britain or China does something, people are going to want to have content. It continues to grind out amazing content on the entertainment side. Huge theme park and huge hotel operator. Opening a theme park in China which cements the relationship with the Chinese. The big knock has been people worried about cord cutting at its ESPN franchise, but with all the cord cutting and the losses subscribed they have just had, they actually increased their profits. They are now branching into gaming. Dividend yield of 1.44%.

Price:
$98.450
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE
Bias:
OPTIMISTIC
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-06 TOP PICK Descartes
DSG-T
Jerome Hass

Every portfolio should have some low maintenance stocks and this is one. At the beginning of every quarter they know what 90% of their quarterly revenues are going to look like, and spend the next 90 days getting the next 10%. Investors like the stability and consistently on this, as well as the long-term growth.

Price:
$24.240
Subject:
CANADIAN MID-CAPS & LONG/SHORT STRATEGIES
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-06 TOP PICK EnerCare-Inc
ECI-T
Jerome Hass

This is a consistent performer. The water heater business is very stable. Have recently moved into the HVAC business. Doesn’t think the street is giving any value to the sub-metering business, which is where growth comes from, both from cash flow and EBITDA.

Price:
$17.200
Subject:
CANADIAN MID-CAPS & LONG/SHORT STRATEGIES
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-06 TOP PICK Electrovaya-Inc.
EFL-T
Jerome Hass

*SHORT* Up 400% year to date. He hasn’t had this much conviction in a Short idea since Valeant (VRX-T) last year. First this is a sexy sector, lithium ion batteries. Then you spice it up even more by a few references to Tesla Motors, or Elon Musk. Mix in the leading edge technology that the previous owners paid you to take off their hands, and finally throw in some huge potential sales agreements, memorandum of understanding or Letter of Intents, with a prospect of more to come. A 20-year chart shows a series of very sharp peaks and valleys. The current CFO has been leading the firm since its IPO (2001?). Management has a history of overpromising and underdelivering. Thinks there will be a financing coming, and thinks it will be through an equity issue.

Price:
$4.150
Subject:
CANADIAN MID-CAPS & LONG/SHORT STRATEGIES
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-06 TOP PICK Facebook
FB-Q
John O'Connell, CFA

Thinks this is going to be the largest company in the world eventually, and passes Google and Apple. Firing on all cylinders. They are monetizing things. Growing at about 35% per annum. Trading at about 30X earnings, a good valuation. Has a good strong balance sheet. They are doing so many things right and are dropping real money to the bottom line.

Price:
$116.700
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE
Bias:
OPTIMISTIC
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-05 TOP PICK Agnico-Eagle-Mines
AEM-T
Lyle Stein

One of those “go to” names in the gold sector. This has been a solid, steady performer year-over-year. The emphasis is people and mines, but he also likes that they are mining in countries that have safe political environments. A low cost mine with 1.5 million ounces a year. Dividend yield of 0.59%.

Price:
$71.930
Subject:
CANADIAN
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-05 TOP PICK Cineplex-Inc
CGX-T
Lyle Stein

A stable generator of cash and free cash. Has about 80% of the marketplace, and they are the game in town. You spend a little bit more money every time you go in. They have a media division, the concessions, etc. A wonderfully operated company. Dividend yield of 3.11%.

Price:
$52.250
Subject:
CANADIAN
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-05 TOP PICK CI-Financial-Corp
CIX-T
Daniel Lloyd

*Short* This fits in with the broader theme of being Short financials. Trades at an excessive valuation, 7% of its assets under management. Its peer group in the US would be 2%. Canadian regulatory environment is changing to the extent that investors will now actually see the mutual fund fees they pay in dollar terms. That is going to bring about more conversations about performance, and this company’s performance has lagged the peer group.

Price:
$26.770
Subject:
CANADIAN
Bias:
BEAR
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-05 TOP PICK Equitable-Group
EQB-T
Lyle Stein

Mortgages. They also have a fin Tech spin to them. The fin Tech bank can get deposits that others can’t. Trading at a very low multiple, at about 7X this year’s earnings and 6X next year’s earnings. Dividend yield of 1.53%.

Price:
$54.990
Subject:
CANADIAN
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-05 TOP PICK Precision-Drilling
PD-T
Daniel Lloyd

*SHORT* (Pairs trade with a Long on Secure Energy Services (SES-T). Their debt to EBITDA is north of 6% at the moment, and there is an absolute glut of rigs in North America that are idle. This will lose pricing power, because as rigs come off contract, they are being renewed at much lower rates.

Price:
$6.760
Subject:
CANADIAN
Bias:
BEAR
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-05 TOP PICK Secure-Energy-Services
SES-T
Daniel Lloyd

*LONG* (Pairs trade with a Short on Precision Drilling (PD-T). A large provider of environmental reclamation cleanup services for the oil business. A very clean balance sheet with only 1.7X debt to EBITDA. This is a business that is required whether or not oil businesses are at $30 or $100.

Price:
$8.540
Subject:
CANADIAN
Bias:
BEAR
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-05 TOP PICK ZCL-Composites-Inc.
ZCL-T
Daniel Lloyd

Largest manufacturer of fiberglass storage tanks for the petroleum industry, mostly into the retail gas station network. Basically a molding business so there is not a lot of sustaining CapX there, so the free cash flow is very high. They will generate $1 of free cash flow this year. Reasonably cheap. Dividend yield of 3.56%, and this is going to keep going up.

Price:
$9.040
Subject:
CANADIAN
Bias:
BEAR
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-04 TOP PICK Ceapro-Inc.
CZO-X
Jason Del Vicario

He likes that they have a patented process for extracting an active ingredient from oats for animal and human healthcare products.  They had a huge run and are consolidating now.  There is plenty of upside for them such as in the last year.

Price:
$1.530
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN (GROWTH)
Bias:
SELECTIVE
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-04 TOP PICK Dollarama-Inc.
DOL-T
Jason Del Vicario

Their ROE is in excess of 100%, putting them at number 2 in terms of ROE.  An extremely well run company.  Their next earnings report will probably send them higher.

Price:
$90.950
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN (GROWTH)
Bias:
SELECTIVE
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-04 TOP PICK BioSyent-Inc
RX-X
Jason Del Vicario

A small growth company, very consistent ROE generator.  They recently announced licensing of two cardiology products that should increase revenue by 60% and they recently broke out of a trading range.

Price:
$8.200
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN (GROWTH)
Bias:
SELECTIVE
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-04 TOP PICK Vanguard-FTSE-Cdn-High-Div-Yd.
VDY-T
John DeGoey

People need to think about getting more money out of Canada and how to deal with income. If you don’t mind taking a little more risk, then maybe you can aim for dividend income as opposed to getting a coupon. This is not a traditional income play, but if you want to buy this for the income and hold it for a very long term, he wouldn’t blame you entirely for that. Dividend yield of about 3.5%.

Price:
$29.390
Subject:
PERSONAL FINANCE & ETFs
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-04 TOP PICK Vanguard-MSCI-Emerg.-Mkt.-ETF
VEE-T
John DeGoey

(A brand new product.) He is a big believer in emerging markets, and this is probably the market leader in Canada for the emerging-market space. Lowest cost. Very broadly diversified and does a very good job of tracking. It will be above average volatility, but if you have a long-term time horizon, emerging markets is an area you should be looking at.

Price:
$27.100
Subject:
PERSONAL FINANCE & ETFs
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2016-07-04 TOP PICK Vanguard-Global-Value-Factor-ETF
VVL-T
John DeGoey

A factor based product, so it is an actively managed ETF. There is a very long history of evidence showing that value stocks outperform growth stocks. If you want to buy a broad basket of global value stocks, this is a good way to do it.

Price:
$24.740
Subject:
PERSONAL FINANCE & ETFs
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2016-06-30 TOP PICK Baxter-International-Inc
BAX-N
Hap (Robert) Sneddon FCSI

This supplies hospitals with tons of different stuff and there is a focus on renal, things related to the kidneys. Had a sideways move from 2013 to early 2016, and then broke out. Feels it is really good at these prices. They had a really good Q1 and raised their sales and earnings guidance, and increased their expectations for operational improvements. Has a $65 target on this, but thinks that is a little conservative. Dividend yield of 1.15%.

Price:
$45.220
Subject:
TECHNICAL ANALYSIS & MACRO STRATEGY
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2016-06-30 TOP PICK CRH-Medical-Corp.
CRH-T
Bruce Campbell (2)

It has news out today.  They have a consistent growth business and an acquisition business.  They are making nice earnings growth.  They buy a business for half what the stock trades for.  They are slow and steady about it.  They expanded into the US.  Trading at a reasonable multiple.  A year from now they will have done more acquisitions.

Price:
$5.030
Subject:
CANADIAN
Bias:
OPTIMISTIC
Owned:
Yes
2016-06-30 TOP PICK Fairfax-Financial
FFH-T
Hap (Robert) Sneddon FCSI

This has Prem Watsa, which is what you are investing in. He has the ability to navigate markets. Central Banks are fighting deflation and he knows it. This is one that you will have to be slightly patient with. His technical target is $765. Dividend yield of 2.09%.

Price:
$695.830
Subject:
TECHNICAL ANALYSIS & MACRO STRATEGY
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2016-06-30 TOP PICK iShares-Trust-Dow-Jones-U.S.-Telecom-Sector-Fund
IYZ-N
Hap (Robert) Sneddon FCSI

One of the few sectors that has got increasing earnings. Chart shows a nice long upward trend from 2012 until 2014, when it goes sideways, but has now had a nice little breakout this year.

Price:
$33.300
Subject:
TECHNICAL ANALYSIS & MACRO STRATEGY
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2016-06-30 TOP PICK Pacific-Insight-Electronics
PIH-T
Bruce Campbell (2)

Components for the auto industry, focused on LED lighting systems, gauges and components. They saw a ramp up in their earnings.  They are going to cross over the 100 million market cap and show up on a lot of investment companies’ radar screens.

Price:
$10.920
Subject:
CANADIAN
Bias:
OPTIMISTIC
Owned:
Yes
2016-06-30 TOP PICK Sleep-Country-Canada-Holdings
ZZZ-T
Bruce Campbell (2)

It can be the same as DOL-T, building out more stores geographically and getting more of the consumers’ dollar.  It is not just mattresses.  Accessories are higher margin.  11 quarters in a row of earnings growth.

Price:
$23.820
Subject:
CANADIAN
Bias:
OPTIMISTIC
Owned:
Yes
2016-06-29 TOP PICK Badger-Daylighting
BAD-T
Stephen Takacsy, B. Eng, MBA

By far the biggest North American players in hydro-vaccuing with over 1000 trucks that excavate without breaking pipes and wires. Stock was hit because of their exposure to the oil/gas industry, especially in Western Canada. However, two thirds of sales are now coming out of the US. They are growing their utility infrastructure business. Thinks there will be a big turnaround in 2017. They make great profit margins and great free cash flow. Very well-managed. Not expensive, trading at under 8X next year’s EBITDA. Dividend yield of 1.76%.

Price:
$22.740
Subject:
CANADIAN
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2016-06-29 TOP PICK D-Box-Technologies
DBO-T
Stephen Takacsy, B. Eng, MBA

An extremely cheap stock. The world leader and the only company that supplies motion systems for movie theatre seats, as well as for the industrial market to train people in different types of vehicles. Also, video games and soon virtual reality. Have just started to scratch the surface in movie theatres. Cineplex has been rolling out D-Box seats for a number of years in many of their theatres. Cinemark (CNK-N), the 3rd largest US theatre chain, just announced they are starting to roll out in the US. He has modelled this company to reach about a 3% penetration rate globally within the next 10 years. Feels this will follow a similar evolution as 3-D screens did. The stock has the potential to reach $1-$2 depending on the growth rate and profit margins they are able to maintain. They have a record backlog now and just announced record sales. Just opened an office in China. China is opening 30 screens per week. Trading at only 3X sales, which is not a lot for a technology company.

Price:
$0.670
Subject:
CANADIAN
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2016-06-29 TOP PICK Sandvine-Corp.
SVC-T
Stephen Takacsy, B. Eng, MBA

One of those great Canadian technology companies. They are really a global leader in helping telco, cable and wireless companies better manage their Internet traffic. Picture a 10 lane highway with all the slow pokes on the left and Netflix hugging all the other lanes. This company is able to provide solutions for broadband networks increase and smooth out the traffic as well as collect and manage data as a value added service to their customers. Dividend yield of 2.73%.

Price:
$2.620
Subject:
CANADIAN
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2016-06-28 TOP PICK Albemarle-Corp
ALB-N
Jim McGovern

The biggest in the lithium space. He is not super excited about base metals, but is very positive on precious metals. Last quarter their earnings exploded to the upside. They want to be the dominant player in lithium. Just sold their chemicals business. Expects they will make some more acquisitions. The thesis of this selection is electric cars.

Price:
$78.290
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN LARGE - ETF'S & MACRO STRATEGIES
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2016-06-28 TOP PICK Innodata-Isogen-Inc.
INOD-Q
Benj Gallander

This does digitalization. They are into e-books, work with the insurance industry and with the healthcare sector. This has virtually no debt. In the last few years they have lost a fair bit of money, and right now are operating at about breakeven. Wishes management were a bit more proactive. Just did a takeover of another company, but there is little information in the public sphere. The stock price tends not to be a slow grower, but tends to jump. He has a target price of over $7. His hope is that it will have one of the spikes that it has every few years, at which time he would jump out very, very quickly.

Price:
$2.280
Subject:
CONTRARIAN INVESTING
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2016-06-28 TOP PICK iPath-DJ-AIG-Grains-Index
JJG-N
Jim McGovern

These type of investments are very good diversifiers. This is composed of 3 different agricultural commodities, wheat, corn and soybeans. Soybeans has been the big driver, principally because there is a shortage in Brazil. Wheat is kind of finished, but corn is kind of interesting because we have this kind of El Niño affect coming down the pipe now, creating super hot and super dry in the US. Wouldn’t make it a big position in your portfolio.

Price:
$33.320
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN LARGE - ETF'S & MACRO STRATEGIES
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2016-06-28 TOP PICK Reitmans
RET-T
Benj Gallander

A tough market because of Amazon (AMZN-Q) and the Internet. The major knock is that they are losing money. Last quarter they lost millions of dollars as well as in the quarter before. However, they have over $100 million in the bank. Margins have been squeezed because the US$ has gone up in the past year. Revenues have been flat for the last year which a lot of people felt was not good, except they closed 60 stores. Same-store sales have gone up about 8.8%. Included in that is the 56%+ that their online sales have gone up. Dividend yield of 4.85%.

Price:
$4.210
Subject:
CONTRARIAN INVESTING
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2016-06-28 TOP PICK iShares-TIPS-Bond-E.T.F.
TIP-N
Jim McGovern

These are inflation protected securities. Thinks that CPI is going to continue to bump up. Expects the core PCE (?) in the US to be fully through 2% this year. A safer bet with less capital risk.

Price:
$116.520
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN LARGE - ETF'S & MACRO STRATEGIES
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
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