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Recent Top Picks

Date Signal Company Expert Opinion Price
2017-03-22 TOP PICK Corus-Entertainment--B-
CJR.B-T
Stephen Takacsy, B. Eng, MBA

This is one that you buy, hold and don’t let it go. In the large cap space, it is probably the best value out there. Still misunderstood. The largest TV broadcaster in Canada. Everybody is worried about cord cutting and cord shaving, but they bought Shaw Media about a year ago, and now the cost synergies and revenues are kicking in. Over the next 12 months, he expects the company to return to growth. Subscriber growth has already started to go back up thanks to Disney and some of the other specialty channels. They just renegotiated their ad agency contracts, presumably at higher rates. Dividend yield of 9%. (Analysts’ price target is $13.)

Price:
$12.490
Subject:
CANADIAN
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-03-22 TOP PICK Napec-Inc
NPC-T
Stephen Takacsy, B. Eng, MBA

One of the leading construction and maintenance services to electrical and gas utilities. Over 80% of revenues come from the US. They will definitely benefit from more infrastructure spending, but have a huge backlog of work right now. The gas and electrical transmission lines in the US are being replaced and expanded. Made a couple of very accretive acquisitions which should start kicking in soon. Very cheap, trading at under 6X EBITDA. (Analysts’ price target is $1.38.)

Price:
$1.050
Subject:
CANADIAN
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-03-22 TOP PICK Veresen-Inc
VSN-T
Stephen Takacsy, B. Eng, MBA

He likes energy infrastructure pipelines and midstream. They are like toll booths and are worth a lot of money. This one is very much misunderstood. Everyone thought they were going to cut the dividend over the last few years. This is the old Port Chicago, which basically owned 50% of the Alliance pipeline with Enbridge, but the company has been radically transformed over the last 3-4 years, and is now a premier gas infrastructure play. One of the cheaper companies in the sector. Dividend yield of 7.4%. (Analysts’ price target is $16.)

Price:
$13.690
Subject:
CANADIAN
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-03-21 TOP PICK Adobe-Systems
ADBE-Q
David Burrows

The two most important themes and most resilient in this market are technology and financials. Semiconductors look great. Software looks great. This company fits in a couple of key themes. They were the original big software company to go to the Cloud, selling their software by subscription. Today, 82% of revenue comes as a subscription. That is really attractive, because it is pretty predictable. Not only that, but revenues are growing very, very nicely. Revenues were up 22% in this most recent quarter. They should be able to grow revenue at 20% for quite some time, but because they make it and sell it a lot of times, as they grow their revenue, the margins go up. Their margins went to 36% from 31%, and the earnings went up 42%. Not an inexpensive stock, but the leader in software for Digital media, and we are all consuming quite a lot of Digital media. (Analysts’ price target is $143.50.)

Price:
$125.070
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE
Bias:
BULLISH
Owned:
Yes
2017-03-21 TOP PICK American-International-Group
AIG-N
David Dietze

He is looking for market-leading companies that are in sectors out of favour, and either have very strong dividends or some sort of catalyst that will unlock value. Mr. Icahn has taken a position and he knows value, will perhaps break it apart with the sum of the parts being worth more than the whole. (Analysts’ price target is $70.)

Price:
$61.760
Subject:
US EQUITIES
Bias:
CAUTIOUS
Owned:
Yes
2017-03-21 TOP PICK Albemarle-Corp
ALB-N
David Burrows

The dominant player in lithium. He believes we are going to continue to see movement to electric cars. The company makes both types of lithium that go into all the major batteries that are being sold. They’ll triple production over the next 5 years. Model 3 is about to come from Tesla. They are becoming mass market and as you run into the beginning of a mine production, share prices tend to do well. It has twice the margin that Tesla will ever have. This will be a growth stock for many years, and they think they can maintain 50% of the market. Dividend yield of 1.2%. (Analysts’ price target is $115.00.)

Price:
$104.250
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE
Bias:
BULLISH
Owned:
Yes
2017-03-21 TOP PICK Bank-of-America
BAC-N
David Burrows

Trading at 1X BV and the multiple of Book is expanding. They have multiple drivers. They’ve been cutting costs which has been going on for quite some time. They are getting higher interest rates, giving $600 million of additional revenue last quarter from their net interest margins. They win if there is less regulation. They win if there is economic growth, which they are getting. They win if they can return more capital by way of dividends, which they are now allowed to do. Dividend yield of 1.2%. (Analysts’ price target is $26.)

Price:
$23.020
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE
Bias:
BULLISH
Owned:
Yes
2017-03-21 TOP PICK Chevron-Texaco
CVX-N
David Dietze

He is looking for market-leading companies that are in sectors out of favour, and either have very strong dividends or some sort of catalyst that will unlock value. This one meets all that criteria. Oil has dropped over $100 a barrel, down to about $26, and then moved up now to just below $50. As a result, companies are still shutting in production as opposed to expanding, until supply/demand come back into sync. This is a great way to play that. No matter what happens, this company is dedicated to holding up their 4% dividend yield. Also, they have already made a lot of investments such as Indonesia, so CapX is going to be further reduced, and will be able to grow their free cash flow going forward. (Analysts’ price target is $126.50.)

Price:
$108.040
Subject:
US EQUITIES
Bias:
CAUTIOUS
Owned:
Yes
2017-03-21 TOP PICK GlaxoSmithKline-PLC
GSK-N
David Dietze

He is looking for market-leading companies that are in sectors out of favour, and either have very strong dividends or some sort of catalyst that will unlock value. With markets just off all-time highs, he is looking for defensive plays, not one trick biotech ponies, but ones that have a whole array of meds. This is one of the leaders in therapeutic vaccines, various compounds and strong research development. Also, it has the European tarnish and lower valuation, but their business is outside of that area with about 50% in emerging markets and 25% in North America. A dividend well north of 4%. (Analysts’ price target is $48.)

Price:
$42.320
Subject:
US EQUITIES
Bias:
CAUTIOUS
Owned:
Yes
2017-03-20 TOP PICK BCE-Inc.
BCE-T
Lyle Stein

This has come down because there of concerns about slowing demand for services and potentially rising interest rates. You are getting almost a 5% dividend yield, and it is going to grow. It has great cash flow generating ability. He likes their Manitoba telecom acquisition as it gives them more synergy potential. (Analysts’ price target is $60.)

Price:
$57.560
Subject:
CANADIAN
Bias:
CAUTIOUS
Owned:
Yes
2017-03-20 TOP PICK DIRTT-Environmental-Solutions
DRT-T
Jim Huang

You could think of this as a modular furniture company, but it is not just furniture. They do walls, they do the whole design. Give them an empty space, they can get it done. It gets measured and put it into proprietary 3-D design software so you can visualize what it looks like. What is more impressive, is that they basically have it all priced out instantaneously. (Analysts’ price target is $8.63.)

Price:
$6.700
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-03-20 TOP PICK Intertape-Polymer-Group
ITP-T
Jim Huang

This basically makes tapes. Designs things like Scotch tape, as well as making a lot of tape for industrial use, and for e-commerce. They control costs partially by phasing out older plants and building bigger and more efficient ones. Stock has been a little flat in the last couple of months because of flooding in one of their new plants, but that is fading away now. Dividend yield of 3.3%. (Analysts’ price target is $27.75.)

Price:
$21.940
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-03-20 TOP PICK PrairieSky-Royalty
PSK-T
Lyle Stein

One of the oil patch casualties that has actually done okay. He likes royalty structures because you don’t have capital investment risks, and this one has no debt on the balance sheet. Oil price recovery gives them torque to the upside. During the horrific oil environment of 2015-2016, they proved their ability to generate good cash flow. Dividend yield of 2.7%. (Analysts’ price target is $34.75.)

Price:
$28.250
Subject:
CANADIAN
Bias:
CAUTIOUS
Owned:
Yes
2017-03-20 TOP PICK Parex-Resources-Inc.
PXT-T
Jim Huang

An oil company in Colombia. Colombia has been one of the hidden gems in South America. The last couple of Colombian presidents have really brought stability to the country. Very friendly to oil exploration. This company has a great track record with previous companies. Good exploration and growing their reserves and production, and it is cheap. With higher oil prices, this will do very well. (Analysts’ price target is $22.)

Price:
$15.830
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-03-20 TOP PICK Toronto-Dominion
TD-T
Lyle Stein

This bank bore the brunt of the negative publicity on the CBC announcement. The reality is, this is a buying opportunity. It is now trading at a multiple that is less than the banking industry in general. Dividend yield of 3.6%. (Analysts’ price target is $71.50.)

Price:
$65.600
Subject:
CANADIAN
Bias:
CAUTIOUS
Owned:
Yes
2017-03-17 TOP PICK Precision-Drilling
PD-T
Michael Sprung

Has gone through a very difficult environment, but he likes what management has done in that environment. This is Canada’s largest tier #1 contract driven company, with growing operations in the Middle East. They’ve spent a fortune in technology in upgrading equipment, and now we are beginning to hear that contracts are being renewed for longer periods and day rates are firming up a little. It has a lot of leverage to an improving environment. (Analysts’ price target is $9.)

Price:
$6.140
Subject:
CANADIAN LARGE
Bias:
CAUTIOUS
Owned:
Yes
2017-03-17 TOP PICK Sun-Life-Financial-Inc
SLF-T
Michael Sprung

He likes the insurance companies in this environment. Life insurance companies tend to do particularly well in any sort of rising interest rate environment. This has significant operations, not only in Canada, but also in the US, UK and Asia. Very well positioned to increase their ROE over the next couple of years. They have a target of 12%-14% ROE, which he believes they’ll be able to achieve. Dividend yield of 3.4%. (Analysts’ price target is $54.)

Price:
$49.270
Subject:
CANADIAN LARGE
Bias:
CAUTIOUS
Owned:
Yes
2017-03-17 TOP PICK George-Weston-Ltd.
WN-T
Michael Sprung

This is a major shareholder in Loblaws (L-T) as well as having a bakery business. You are getting the bakery at a significant discount, when you look at the value of Loblaws. He likes the positioning of Loblaws and their holding of Shoppers, and they have great exposure in the discount chain area. Dividend yield of 1.6%. (Analysts’ price target is $127.)

Price:
$112.430
Subject:
CANADIAN LARGE
Bias:
CAUTIOUS
Owned:
Yes
2017-03-16 TOP PICK AltaGas-Ltd
ALA.R-T
Zachary Curry

The company has just issued these Subscription Receipts for stocks, for a US acquisition they plan to do that should close in the 2nd quarter of 2018. There are a few worries where they have a big chunk of debt and some worries on the utility side. In his view, the debt levels will go down. If the deal doesn’t go through, the subscription receipt holders get their money back. This is trading at about $1 less then the common shares. Dividend yield of 7.1%.

Price:
$29.740
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-03-16 TOP PICK Anthem-Inc
ANTM-N
Gordon Reid

A US health insurance company. The whole area is in turmoil right now. They insure about 40 million Americans. Even with all of the turmoil, the whole idea from a logical standpoint is that both the Republicans and the Democrats have vowed that they want no one to be left behind, that they want insurance. Ultimately, if insurance is going to work, it has to be very broad. Dividend yield of 1.5%. (Analysts’ price target is $174.)

Price:
$168.420
Subject:
US EQUITIES
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-03-16 TOP PICK Biogen-IDEC-Inc.
BIIB-Q
Gordon Reid

A bio pharmaceutical. If you look at the traditional Pharma space, the chemical-based companies, the bio-based companies were always out there, coming along, but basically not making a lot of money and were often single drug companies, virtually reinvesting all their cash flow. They have now matured and into much stronger growth companies than the traditional pharmas. They also have lower multiples than they did 5-6 years ago. That makes it quite attractive. (Analysts’ price target is $305.)

Price:
$278.960
Subject:
US EQUITIES
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-03-16 TOP PICK Facebook
FB-Q
Zachary Curry

This is firing on all cylinders. There are a billion users on Facebook and are growing on Instagram and WhatsApp. The average revenue per user grew 30% last year. From a valuation point of view, the growth is far and away north of 30%, and the stock is trading at less than 25X, so you are getting more growth than what you are paying for. (Analysts’ price target is $158.)

Price:
$139.990
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-03-16 TOP PICK Stryker-Corp.
SYK-N
Zachary Curry

This is known for knees and hips, and they have sold millions of knee replacement implants. They’ve recently started using a robot to replace the body parts, giving greater accuracy and lower costs. With the robot, you can only use their parts, making it a closed system. He doesn’t foresee any changes in the US health care act having an effect on this company and their equipment. Dividend yield of 1.3%. (Analysts’ price target is $132.)

Price:
$131.500
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-03-16 TOP PICK Washington-Federal
WAFD-Q
Gordon Reid

A regional bank in 8 states with 240 branches. They almost doubled their size a number of years ago when they bought a group of Bank of America’s (BAC-N) branches. Regional banks are going to benefit dramatically from easing of regulations. Regulation has been a really big, big problem for financial institutions. The big banks get all the air time, but the small banks, on the basis of dollars spent, are spending a ton of money trying to satisfy compliance and regulatory requirements, and a lot of that is going to go away. That will go straight to the bottom line. Also, loan growth will be a lot healthier in an improving economy and an increasingly steep yield curve, which will increase net interest margins, allowing them to make money on the interest spread. Dividend yield of 1.8%. (Analysts’ price target is $34.)

Price:
$32.950
Subject:
US EQUITIES
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-03-15 TOP PICK CASH
CASH
Stephen Groff

He will always hold cash if he has a tough time finding value. His cash values are elevated today, and it is not uncommon for him to be north of 20% cash. When he finds opportunities, he will invest the money. Right now, stocks are not cheap and there is risk.

Price:
$0.010
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN DIVIDENDS
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-03-15 TOP PICK CASH
CASH
Don Vialoux

He is very conservative on what can happen to equity markets over the next few months. Yesterday we had the TSE Composite complete a head and shoulders pattern. The downside technical target on that pattern is 14,850. It’s not a huge amount, but it is about a 3.5% drop that you can expect to see in the Canadian equity market over the next few months.

Price:
$0.010
Subject:
TECHNICAL ANALYSIS & SEASONAL INVESTING
Bias:
CAUTIOUS
Owned:
Yes
2017-03-15 TOP PICK iShares-MSCI-Emerging-Markets-Index
EEM-N
Don Vialoux

(This is in US$, but is also available in Cnd$ through ZEM-T, FDE-T and SHZ-T, which also offers a nice dividend yield.) Technically, the chart shows a nice upward trend, and today, after 2 PM we had a break out to a new high. The growth is coming from India, China, South Korea, Brazil, Taiwan. Seasonally, this runs from the middle of January right through to approximately the end of April.

Price:
$39.320
Subject:
TECHNICAL ANALYSIS & SEASONAL INVESTING
Bias:
CAUTIOUS
Owned:
No
2017-03-15 TOP PICK Metro-Inc--A-
MRU-T
Stephen Groff

Looking out over 20 years, this has been one of the best performing stocks out there. Has a lot of respect for management. They are excellent at allocating capital and at operations. Shares have pulled back recently because of inflationary concerns, but when he looks at this over the long-term, nothing has changed. Although there is a bit of inflation now and a little bit of competitive intensity in a weak economy, they have dealt with this before and will deal with it again. The multiple has pulled back to what he thinks is a fair number for long-term holders. Dividend yield of 1.6%. (Analysts’ price target is $45.50.)

Price:
$40.570
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN DIVIDENDS
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-03-15 TOP PICK Metro-Inc--A-
MRU-T
Don Vialoux

This is his trade to hide somewhere in Canada. The chart shows this is in a long-term upward trend from 2014. In the last few days, the chart shows it has formed a gorgeous double bottom pattern, and is finally showing signs of improvement. It has already outperformed the Canadian market. It also does well in the summer, as defensive stocks do much better at that time. Seasonally, this does well from around now through to the middle of July. (Analysts’ price target is $45.50.)

Price:
$40.570
Subject:
TECHNICAL ANALYSIS & SEASONAL INVESTING
Bias:
CAUTIOUS
Owned:
No
2017-03-15 TOP PICK Store-Capital-Corp.
STOR-N
Stephen Groff

This business is fairly simple. They approach business owners and buy their real estate, leasing it back to them. The management team behind is excellent at what they do. This is the 3rd time they’ve done this. The first 2 were home runs for shareholders. They target the middle market, which is way less competitive. They offer value to the people they buy property from and manage it very tightly. Very focused on risk. The important part is that they earn cap rates that are significantly higher than their cost of capital, which enables them to grow at a very healthy rate. Dividend yield of 5.1%. (Analysts’ price target is $28.)

Price:
$23.250
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN DIVIDENDS
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-03-14 TOP PICK Apple
AAPL-Q
Kash Pashootan

Although the stock has gone up considerably over 3-4 years, it is still not expensive, because the earnings growth has been there. Where can you buy a company that is trading at 15-16 times with the amount of cash on hand and this kind of a balance sheet. Dividend yield of 1.6%.  (Analysts’ price target is $145.)

Price:
$138.990
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN DIVIDEND & PORTFOLIO CONSTRUCTION
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-03-14 TOP PICK DSW-Inc
DSW-N
Kash Pashootan

Shoe retailer. This is a challenging business. There is lots of competition and more and more online presence. This is a value play. On a valuation basis, this stock is cheap. They have been getting rid of the large store fronts that were 20,000-24,000 ft.² and are basically cutting them in half. Dividend yield of 4%, and they have an exceptional history of raising the dividend. (Analysts’ price target is $23.)

Price:
$20.010
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN DIVIDEND & PORTFOLIO CONSTRUCTION
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-03-14 TOP PICK Exchange-Income
EIF-T
Daniel Lloyd

*Short* This is sort of a mini conglomerate. They have a bunch of small regional airlines in Canada, as well as an aviation leasing business in the US, along with some small manufacturing businesses in Canada. This is what he would call “an access to Canada short” in that the underlying businesses do not generate enough cash to sustain the company as a whole. Subsequently they need to continue coming back to the market doing equity issue after equity issue. All the industries that they operate in are high capital intensive businesses. Just in CapX alone they have outspent their cash flow way, way back. Yet they pay a dividend yield of 5.34% and have a debt they have to service. If there was any market downturn and equity markets were actually shut off to this sort of constant equity issuance, the dividend would be in very, very serious trouble. (Analysts’ price target is $47.)

Price:
$38.640
Subject:
CANADIAN
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-03-14 TOP PICK New-Flyer-Industries-Inc.
NFI-T
Kash Pashootan

The largest North American manufacturer of buses. They generate about 90% of their revenue in the US. Operations are in Winnipeg and Minnesota. There was some concern about what the Trump administration would mean for them, but they are part of the “Buy America” provision and are complying with those rules. There is considerable backlog of buses they need to make. There is going to be infrastructure spending. About 70% is city buses and about 30% is Motor Coach. Dividend yield of 2.2%.  (Analysts’ price target is $53.50.)

Price:
$43.460
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN DIVIDEND & PORTFOLIO CONSTRUCTION
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-03-14 TOP PICK Parex-Resources-Inc.
PXT-T
Daniel Lloyd

This is probably his favourite oil company at the moment. It is a mid-cap, Colombian focused producer, and should average 34,000-35,000 barrels a day this year. There is net cash on the balance sheet and no debt. They generate free cash flow at these oil prices. Great management and great assets. This would be a forever hold, or wait for a takeover hold. (Analysts’ price target is $23.)

Price:
$15.240
Subject:
CANADIAN
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-03-14 TOP PICK Thomson-Reuters-Corp
TRI-T
Daniel Lloyd

*Short* In today’s world this is in the financial data space. They sell terminals that sit on brokers desks. He would consider this as a 2nd tier product in a space that is under heavy attack. FinTech is something that is proliferating all through the West Coast. The result is that competition is really getting quite intense with new products, better than what this company does. Dividend yield of 3.1%. (Analysts’ price target is $45.)

Price:
$58.100
Subject:
CANADIAN
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-03-13 TOP PICK Algonquin-Power--and--Utilities-Corp
AQN-T
Matt Kacur

What makes this a little exciting is the renewable energy, and they’ve grown their capital quite a bit. In 2010 they only had $1.2 billion invested capital, and now have $6.1 billion. Quite a bit of growth in a short period of time. They’ve done some acquisitions, and at the same time their revenue and cash flow has grown. Valuation still looks cheap. Dividend yield of 4.9%. (Analysts’ price target is $14.25.)

Price:
$12.390
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN
Bias:
CAUTIOUS
Owned:
No
2017-03-13 TOP PICK Danaher-Corp.
DHR-N
David Driscoll

This is in 4 basic businesses, which are all trends moving forward. They got rid of their industrial business about a year ago with a spinoff, and what is left is what he wants to own. Life sciences, diagnostics, dental and environment. Instead of owning oil and gas stocks, his resource of choice is water. This company does wastewater management. Long-term returns have been almost double what the S&P 500 has been over the last 5, 10, 20 years. These guys are like private equities. They come in and buy a company, but unlike the 3 Gs of the world, where they rip everything apart, they work with the owners and build the businesses as turnarounds. This is where the value added comes from. Dividend growth, free cash flow growth and revenue growth. In 3 of the 4 businesses, the margins are mid-teens and with the water business, it is up in the 20s, creating huge returns on capital. Yield of 0.6%. (Analysts’ price target is $89.82.)

Price:
$87.500
Subject:
GLOBAL
Bias:
CAUTIOUS
Owned:
Yes
2017-03-13 TOP PICK Dassault-Systemes
DSY-FP
David Driscoll

A 3-D CAD/CAM company, that makes software for companies, but take an idea, run the iterations of the 3-D experience, and come up with the best business model, find out if it is implementable, and at what cost. Artificial intelligence is coming. Internet of things. This company is right in the middle of everything. They are in huge demand. Free cash flow is growing in the mid-teens. The dividend has been rising by 10%. Dividend yield of 0.6%. (Analysts’ price target is 78.22 €.)

Price:
$0.000
Subject:
GLOBAL
Bias:
CAUTIOUS
Owned:
Yes
2017-03-13 TOP PICK General-Dynamics-Corp.
GD-N
Matt Kacur

Has liked this for many years. Its been a very good consistent performer. In technology of aerospace and communication systems which will go into tanks and airplanes, which is where military spending is going. Trump gave it an even bigger boost. Dividend yield of 1.8%. (Analysts’ price target is $205.50.)

Price:
$191.560
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN
Bias:
CAUTIOUS
Owned:
No
2017-03-13 TOP PICK Paychex
PAYX-Q
David Driscoll

A payroll provider. ADP (ADP-Q) is the big one that deals with governments and large institutions, while this one deals with small businesses. If you are going to get any growth in the US through fiscal policy, the growth will come from small businesses of 15 to 50 employees. This does payroll and HR. What he really likes is that before they remit payments to the IRS every 2 weeks on payroll, they get to bank the money. For every .025% interest rate rise, they make $.01 a share to the bottom line, so if the Fed has 6 increases over the next 2 years, they are going to make $18 million. Dividend yield of 2.9%. (Analysts’ price target is $59.50.)

Price:
$62.560
Subject:
GLOBAL
Bias:
CAUTIOUS
Owned:
Yes
2017-03-13 TOP PICK Restaurent-Brands-International
QSR-T
Matt Kacur

Acquiring Popeye’s Chicken makes good financial sense, as both companies were undervalued. Popeye’s had a 37% Return on Capital. Dividend yield of 1.3%. (Analysts’ price target is $64.)

Price:
$73.620
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN
Bias:
CAUTIOUS
Owned:
No
2017-03-10 TOP PICK CCL-Industries--B-
CCL.B-T
Bruce Campbell (2)

Great company. They continue to grow by acquisition as well as organically. 1998 was the last time they issued stock. They are going to do a 5 for 1 split, which is being voted on in May. The splits have nothing to do with math, but everything to do with psychology. Dividend yield of 0.79%. (Analysts’ price target is $325.00.)

Price:
$294.050
Subject:
CANADIAN & CANNABIS STOCKS
Bias:
OPTIMISTIC
Owned:
Yes
2017-03-10 TOP PICK Organigram-Holdings
OGI-X
Bruce Campbell (2)

He likes the prospects and just added to his holdings recently. This will be a core holding in his marijuana fund portfolio. It is the only one in the Maritimes. (Analysts’ price target is $4.10.)

Price:
$2.380
Subject:
CANADIAN & CANNABIS STOCKS
Bias:
OPTIMISTIC
Owned:
Yes
2017-03-10 TOP PICK Patient-Home-Monitoring
PHM-X
Bruce Campbell (2)

One of the most hated stocks in Canada. They were on a huge acquisition spree a couple of years ago, but have bought a company called Fleet Management, which did an excellent job of growing their business. The 2 men in charge took over a big mess. They right sized the company and sold off some stuff and closed down some stuff and brought their bad debt expense down. They’re growing the company at a phenomenal rate, 25%-30% per year. Just posted the 1st quarter where they generated cash, so they are cash flow positive. The valuation is super cheap, trading at less than 5X. The stock price could triple from here and still be cheaper than something like a Savaria (SIS-T) or a CRH Medical (CRH-T). Too cheap to ignore.

Price:
$0.280
Subject:
CANADIAN & CANNABIS STOCKS
Bias:
OPTIMISTIC
Owned:
Yes
2017-03-09 TOP PICK CitiGroup
C-N
Stan Wong

Financials is definitely his favourite space at this point going forward. With rising interest rates, and presumably a lighter regulatory environment, this is poised to do well. Given that they have slightly underperformed some of the other banks, he thinks their potential for large capital returns through dividends and stock buybacks is great for shareholders. Trading at about .83X Price to book ratio, which is a definite discount to all the names in that large bank space in the US. Dividend yield of 1.05%. (Analysts’ price target is $65.)

Price:
$61.550
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE & ETFs
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-03-09 TOP PICK Facebook
FB-Q
Teal Linde

Even though it has 1.7 billion users, they are still growing their user base by double digits. This year revenues are going to grow 37%, and EPS up 28%, and is trading at 25.5X this year’s earnings. Next year, revenues and EPS are going to grow in the mid-20s, and is trading at 20X expected earnings. (Analysts’ price target is $162.)

Price:
$138.240
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE/MID CAPS
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-03-09 TOP PICK Five-Below-Inc
FIVE-Q
Teal Linde

A $5 and below retailer for teenagers. They only have 531 stores in the US. To put this in context, Dollarama (DOL-T) has over 1000 stores, and expects to meet saturation at around 1400 stores. Five Below thinks they can easily get to 2000 stores. They are only in 31 states and are just opening their 1st store in California this spring. They are growing their store base 20% per year, year after year. (Analysts’ price target is $50.)

Price:
$38.330
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE/MID CAPS
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-03-09 TOP PICK MGM-Mirage
MGM-N
Stan Wong

This owns casino resorts in the US, mainly Las Vegas, as well as China and Dubai. They are expanding into other parts of the US as well as Asia. This had been doing very well, but had a bad quarter, and the stock dropped to the 200-day moving average. Looking at the macro picture with a recovery in the global economy, the properties in the US and China should continue to do well. Shares are trading about 10X enterprise value over EBITDA, which is a discount to its main competitors. Dividend yield of 1.71%. (Analysts’ price target is $33.)

Price:
$25.430
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE & ETFs
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-03-09 TOP PICK Painted-Pony-Petroleum
PPY-T
Teal Linde

The company is looking for production growth of about 80% in 2017 and 40% in 2018. There is no other natural gas player in Western Canada that has those kinds of growth rates. The valuation is actually below the average of their peers, which is also very attractive. (Analysts’ price target is $10.)

Price:
$6.040
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE/MID CAPS
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-03-09 TOP PICK Sun-Life-Financial-Inc
SLF-T
Stan Wong

With 40% of its revenues coming from the US, this will benefit from proposed deregulations and tax reforms. Rising interest rates will help this. Lifecos will also benefit from aging demographics. Dividend yield of 3.39%, which he estimates to grow by about 10% a year for the next few years. Trading at 12X forward PE, which is pretty cheap. (Analysts’ price target is $54.)

Price:
$49.400
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE & ETFs
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-03-08 TOP PICK AutoCanada-Inc.
ACQ-T
Paul Harris, CFA

He really likes the story. They were buying up auto dealerships, but management made many promises which they didn’t do. New management came in and cut the dividend quite substantially. They are slowly going to buy 2 or 3 dealerships. Integrated their back-office which helps them. They are going to throw off about $50 million in cash, which allows them to buy more assets and more franchises. He expects they will be diversifying out of the Alberta area in the next little while. Dividend yield of 1.67%. (Analysts’ price target is $27.)

Price:
$24.010
Subject:
GLOBAL
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-03-08 TOP PICK Bayerische-Motoren-Werke-AG
BMW-GR
Paul Harris, CFA

About 40% of the company is owned by the Quandt family, so you have a very stable shareholder. Also, the company has been very good at introducing people to products, like their cars, which is very good from a marketing perspective. The company will give up margin in the short term for longer-term gains. They will spend more on R&D and more on CapX. Car sales in Europe have not been strong compared to Canada and the US, and he sees that as an opportunity. Dividend yield of 3.71%. (Analysts’ price target is euro 88.)

Price:
$0.000
Subject:
GLOBAL
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-03-08 TOP PICK Blackstone-Group-LP
BX-N
Paul Harris, CFA

This has not run up a lot, like other financials. A private equity company, but they have a hedge fund business. Has a great dividend yield of 5.17%. They’re very good at harvesting their assets. They’ve been able to use the debt market when they buy things, to lever them up. Have brought in over $100 billion, that they can actually deploy if something happens. (Analysts’ price target is $35.50.)

Price:
$29.100
Subject:
GLOBAL
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-03-08 TOP PICK Cargojet-Inc
CJT-T
William Chin

This has 90% market share in Canada for the large, overnight, time sensitive freight. Their customers include Canada Post, DHS, UPS and Amazon, so they have a stranglehold on the industry. Carries time sensitive cargoes, with pharmaceutical being a big product area. It has a huge barrier to entry. All the big CapX has been done. Dividend yield of 1.48%. (Analysts’ price target is $57.)

Price:
$46.600
Subject:
TECHNICAL ANALYSIS & MACRO STRATEGY
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-03-08 TOP PICK Transcontinental-Inc.--A-
TCL.A-T
William Chin

The market assigns a very low valuation to this, because the general view is that print is in secular decline. According to management, this company’s major line of business is printing flyers for retailers, which is 65% of their business. The rest of it is newspapers and outsourcing printing, and they are the last man standing. They are also in packaging, a much higher margin business, and it is not appreciated by the market. Very strong cash flow. Dividend yield of 3.51%. (Analysts’ price target is $22.65.)

Price:
$22.850
Subject:
TECHNICAL ANALYSIS & MACRO STRATEGY
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-03-08 TOP PICK Sleep-Country-Canada-Holdings
ZZZ-T
William Chin

This is not just selling mattresses, but are also selling accessories, which are higher margin lines of products. It is doing very well, which is reflected in the charts. If the company is doing well, you will see investors appreciate that and adding value to the stock price, and we are seeing that. Dividend yield of 1.84%. (Analysts’ price target is $36.)

Price:
$32.070
Subject:
TECHNICAL ANALYSIS & MACRO STRATEGY
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-03-07 TOP PICK Amgen-Inc.
AMGN-Q
John Stephenson

This is cheap, trading at roughly 13X versus the S&P at 17.4X. It has a free cash flow yield of roughly 8% plus a pretty good dividend yield of 2.56%. It is going to grow its dividend probably in the 10%-15% range. The stock is undervalued and underloved. It has held up really well despite all the tweets and all the other things going on. It is a biotech company, but it is one of the best and certainly one of the biggest. (Analysts’ price target is $189.50.)

Price:
$177.380
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE & RESOURCE
Bias:
BULLISH
Owned:
Yes
2017-03-07 TOP PICK Facebook
FB-Q
John Stephenson

A really good company. There are 1.8 million active users. Great metrics this past quarter. They are the dominant franchise. They clearly get mobile, which was an overhang. They have a huge amount of things, especially in mobile advertising and video advertising. Reasonable valuation and a great management team. (Analysts’ price target is $162.00.)

Price:
$137.300
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE & RESOURCE
Bias:
BULLISH
Owned:
Yes
2017-03-07 TOP PICK Mag-Silver-Corp
MAG-T
Robert Cohen B.A.Sc., MBA, CFA

Mexican silver. A joint venture with Fresnillo, the largest primary silver producer globally. These are the extension of the veins in the Fresno District onto the joint venture ground, which is 44% owned by MAG Silver. High grade, very robust economic. They are finding at depth in the Waldo Canyon that the grade is getting better. That has given the joint venture cause to increase the scope of the project.  (Analysts’ price target is $25.25.)

Price:
$17.830
Subject:
MINING
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-03-07 TOP PICK Northern-Star-Resources
NST-AU
Robert Cohen B.A.Sc., MBA, CFA

(Australian stock exchange.) They acquired a bunch of mines that were ex-Newmont and ex-Barrick that were in Australia, and put in the necessary capital, not only to drill deeper and find more resources, but currently they have a current annual run rate of 500,000 ounces a year, making them a sizable producer, and organic growth that will take them to 600,000 ounces for next year. Dividend yield of 2.53%. (Analysts’ price target is $4.40 AUD.)

Price:
$0.000
Subject:
MINING
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-03-07 TOP PICK NexGen-Energy
NXE-T
Robert Cohen B.A.Sc., MBA, CFA

This just put out a resource upgrade, so are now at just over 300 million pounds of uranium, the single, largest, uranium play in Canada. The stock sold off on Monday because people were expecting even more. They were focused on the infill drilling, converting indicated to inferred. A great project. (Analysts’ price target is $4.75.)

Price:
$3.500
Subject:
MINING
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-03-07 TOP PICK Wal-Mart-Stores-Inc.
WMT-N
John Stephenson

*Short*. A good company, the largest retailer in the world, but that is one of the problems. How do you grow, especially when growth is 56% of your business. You have everything from organic producers to super discounters fighting you. It is hard for them to move the needle and increase their margins. They’ve been trying to ratchet down street expectations by 15%-20% over a multiyear period. Their consumer is predominantly lower and middle class consumers, who are more impacted by gas prices and probably not going to benefit from Trump’s rhetoric of “America First”. Dividend yield of 2.92%. (Analysts’ price target is $73.00.)

Price:
$69.870
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE & RESOURCE
Bias:
BULLISH
Owned:
Yes
2017-03-06 TOP PICK Cordoba-Minerals
CDB-X
Joe Mazumdar

This is in Northern Colombia. Gives exposure to copper and to Robert Friedland. It has a joint venture with High Power Exploration, Robert Friedland’s exploration arm now in Latin America. They are earning up to 65%. This is basically fully funded to a feasibility study, which could be up to $50-$60 million, so they don’t need to raise a lot of working capital.

Price:
$1.200
Subject:
JUNIOR MINING & EXPLORATION
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-03-06 TOP PICK InZinc-Mining-Ltd.
IZN-X
John Kaiser

Zinc in Utah.  This could go into production by itself.  We could see this thing scale bigger in terms of tonnage.  There is a lot more to be found.  It is in an area where there are reduced environmental objection, just south of the Military testing grounds over the Salt Flats.

Price:
$0.260
Subject:
PRE-PRODUCTION JUNIORS & BOTTOM FISHING STOCKS
Bias:
BULLISH on COMMODITIES & ENERGY
Owned:
Yes
2017-03-06 TOP PICK Mirasol-Resources
MRZ-X
Brent Cook

A great company and worth while accumulating, but it is really important on junior stocks to pick your price. At this level, it is worth accumulating, but there is no urgency. These guys generate really good big picture ideas, and they get a major mining company in to test it.

Price:
$1.700
Subject:
JUNIOR MINING & EXPLORATION
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-03-06 TOP PICK Nighthawk-Gold
NHK-X
Joe Mazumdar

This is a stock he likes, because he is looking for exploration plays with (?) land packages. It is in safe jurisdictions in the Northwest Territories. They did a private placement for about $10 million, and it was upsized and brought in $25 million, so they are sitting on about $38 million of cash.

Price:
$0.760
Subject:
JUNIOR MINING & EXPLORATION
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-03-06 TOP PICK Probe-Mines-Ltd
PRB-X
John Kaiser

They acquired adventure gold.  They are re-drilling a depleted old mine and finding new zones.  They reported a find this morning.  It has lots of cash and not a lot of stock out.  (Analysts’ target: $2.15).

Price:
$1.450
Subject:
PRE-PRODUCTION JUNIORS & BOTTOM FISHING STOCKS
Bias:
BULLISH on COMMODITIES & ENERGY
Owned:
No
2017-03-06 TOP PICK Scandium-International-Mining
SCY-T
John Kaiser

We are about to enter a really good age with Scandium as we learn to combine it with aluminum.  This orphan company that was shunned is about to launch into a different realm where American investors come and take over future funding of this company.

Price:
$0.390
Subject:
PRE-PRODUCTION JUNIORS & BOTTOM FISHING STOCKS
Bias:
BULLISH on COMMODITIES & ENERGY
Owned:
Yes
2017-03-03 TOP PICK SNC-Lavalin-Group-Inc.
SNC-T
David Cockfield

A long-term growth stock. It sold off a month or 2 ago. With various countries contemplating major infrastructure expenditures, the company is well-placed to benefit. He likes the long-term capital appreciation potential. Dividend yield of 1.99%. (Analysts’ price target is $64.)

Price:
$54.700
Subject:
CANADIAN & ETF's
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-03-03 TOP PICK Toronto-Dominion
TD-T
David Cockfield

Has been somewhat disappointing in the last couple of quarters, particularly on the US side, and an area that is likely to come alive at some point. The move in the US to reduce regulations hampering US banks, should help this bank improve US profitability. Dividend yield of 3.48%. (Analysts’ price target is $72.)

Price:
$69.615
Subject:
CANADIAN & ETF's
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-03-03 TOP PICK iShares-S-and-P-TSX-Capped-Comp.-ETF
XIC-T
David Cockfield

If you feel the total index has a little more oomph to it, this is the place you want to put a little of your money right now. It is for those people who feel they are being left behind but can’t make up their minds as to where to put their money. It gives a lot of diversification.

Price:
$24.800
Subject:
CANADIAN & ETF's
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-03-02 TOP PICK AltiusMinerals-Corp
ALS-T
Rick Rule

The market is a little ahead of itself and this one has been ignored. They are high quality allocators of capital.  It is a very high quality name. Management is seasoned.  FFH-T is making a large investment in them.  (Analysts’ target: $15.00).

Price:
$12.320
Subject:
PRECIOUS METALS
Bias:
BULLISH on GOLD
Owned:
Yes
2017-03-02 TOP PICK B2Gold-Corp.
BTO-T
Rick Rule

The growth profile is excellent. They have a franchise: They are very good mine builders.  The asset they are building now is underappreciated by the market. This is a second tier gold name.  (Analysts target: $5.10).

Price:
$3.920
Subject:
PRECIOUS METALS
Bias:
BULLISH on GOLD
Owned:
No
2017-03-02 TOP PICK Cascades-Inc
CAS-T
Jon Vialoux

Tissues and container boards. He is playing off the theme of improving shipments in the economy. Just reported earnings, and the market essentially gave them a pass as it didn’t trade down too much. Shipments are improving and this company is the way to play that. Between mid-March and the end of May is the period of seasonal strength. It gains an average of about 11.6% over that time frame. Good percentage, right space, fundamental data supports it, and it is starting to break resistance at about $13.14. Dividend yield of 1.18%. (Analysts’ price target is $15.)

Price:
$13.390
Subject:
TECHNICAL ANALYSIS & SEASONAL INVESTING
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
No
2017-03-02 TOP PICK Linamar-Corp
LNR-T
Jon Vialoux

Auto stocks in general, between about March all the way through to mid April, is really the peak period of seasonal strength for some of these auto stocks. Whether it is consumers buying cars or consumers fixing cars, this is the time. Between mid-March and early June, the stock gains an average of 30.93%, and has been positive in 80% of the past 20 years. It is breaking a trend of lower highs and lower lows and starting to form a head and shoulders bottom. Dividend yield of 0.66%. (Analysts’ price target is $66.)

Price:
$60.800
Subject:
TECHNICAL ANALYSIS & SEASONAL INVESTING
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
No
2017-03-02 TOP PICK Nevsun-Resources
NSU-T
Rick Rule

He has owned it for a long time, buying it and selling it.  It is truly a tier one deposit.  The outlook is good as they solved their copper recovery problems.  They are very well funded and generate a lot of cash after they reduced the dividend as they had a very lucrative mine to build.  (Analysts’ target: $5.13).

Price:
$3.330
Subject:
PRECIOUS METALS
Bias:
BULLISH on GOLD
Owned:
Yes
2017-03-02 TOP PICK Suncor-Energy-Inc
SU-T
Jon Vialoux

You want to be wary about becoming too aggressive in energy stocks yet. We are seeing supply ramp up again. There was a big drawdown in the price of oil today. If it breaks $52, some of these oil stocks will be hit. This is the time of year for oil stocks. Between January and mid-May, the stock has gained about an average of 14.68%, and has been positive in 75% of the periods over the past 20 years. It did gap higher following its earnings in February by about $41. Dividend yield of 3.07%. (Analysts’ price target is $49.)

Price:
$41.430
Subject:
TECHNICAL ANALYSIS & SEASONAL INVESTING
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
No
2017-03-01 TOP PICK Amerisourcebergen-Corp
ABC-N
John Burke

One out of 5 pills we take are coming from this company. A very well-run company with a terrific free cash flow yield of just under 10%. Very profitable. Reasonably cheap, because healthcare has come under pressure. This is closely related to Walgreens (WBA-Q) which he has recommended in the past. Walgreens is their biggest customer. Dividend yield of 1.6%. (Analysts’ price target is $90.)

Price:
$92.230
Subject:
US EQUITIES
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-03-01 TOP PICK National-Bank-of-Canada
NA-T
Barry Schwartz

Just reported terrific numbers, and expects significant target prices to go up from here. This deserves to trade at a market multiple comparable to the other banks. The CEO has done an excellent job rebounding from a number of blunders. They are in great shape. Took a big, big provision against oil/gas loan losses, and now may be able to write some of that back. In the meantime, their capital ratios are now perfectly in line with the other banks, ready to either buy back a lot of stocks, increase the dividend significantly, and maybe even start to grow their US division. He can see it moving up to the $65-$70 range. Dividend yield of 3.95%. (Analysts’ price target is $58.)

Price:
$57.660
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-03-01 TOP PICK Neenah-Paper
NP-N
Barry Schwartz

Despite its name, only half its business is in paper. They manufacture heavy quality card stock. Their paper business is a cash cow, and they are using the free cash flow to invest in technical products like filtration and other devices and products for packaging. Run by a very smart management team. Many years of dividend growth. In the past few weeks, this has dropped out of the skies, and he doesn’t know why. Dividend yield of 2.02%. (Analysts’ price target is $84.)

Price:
$74.250
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-03-01 TOP PICK Oracle
ORCL-N
John Burke

This makes just as much money as semiconductor stocks, and has lagged, giving an opportunity. If the sales surge for semiconductor companies is any indication of corporate spending, the stock should do well. It is much cheaper. Dividend yield of 1.4%. (Analysts’ price target is $45.)

Price:
$42.920
Subject:
US EQUITIES
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-03-01 TOP PICK Sealed-Air-Corp
SEE-N
John Burke

This makes a lot of money in bubble wrap as well as machines that vacuum seal products. A very good and profitable business. Selling for over 15% below its peak, which is rare for them. Dividend yield of 1.4%. (Analysts’ price target is $53.)

Price:
$47.120
Subject:
US EQUITIES
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-03-01 TOP PICK TSX-Group
X-T
Barry Schwartz

This was facing concerns about NASDAQ coming into Canada and taking some listings, but to him, this is much better than Amazon in some ways, because they have all the shoppers and they have all the products. It is going to be very hard for someone to come in and take the listings. They finally raised the dividend last year. The balance sheet is now perfect. They’ve been selling off divisions that were not profitable. The new CEO has done an excellent job. Valuation is quite reasonable when compared to other publicly traded exchanges. He thinks this is an $80 stock and could go a lot higher if we continue to see good markets. Dividend yield of 2.56%. (Analysts’ price target is $76.)

Price:
$70.250
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-02-28 TOP PICK Grande-West-Transportation-Group
BUS-X
Peter Imhof

They make smaller buses, relative to New Flyer (NFI-T). It will probably be his “go to” name over the next couple of years. Thinks they are at an inflection point where they have over 240 buses in backlog. Have just started to ramp up in terms of production, and thinks Q1 will be a good quarter. Has a huge advantage over everybody else. It is more cost efficient for people to buy these buses, because if you look at the 40 foot buses that are out there, they are driving around fairly empty after peak hours. The US is spending a lot more money in this area in terms of municipalities. Probably going to earn $.10 this year, and maybe $.15 in 2018, and will probably trade at around 14X next year’s earnings, but earnings are going to be extremely strong. (Analysts’ price target is $2.25.)

Price:
$2.400
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - SMALL
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-02-28 TOP PICK BSM-Technologies
GPS-T
Veeral Khatri

A Canadian software/hardware company which operates in the telematics space. Very much a secular growth story. They provide hardware which goes into trucks, such as UPS, and tracks how efficient a truck is being on fuel, following its routes correctly, as well as safety things like seatbelts being buckled, etc. Sends the data back to the head office to assess. There is a lot of competition, but they operate in several niches that insulates them from the general competition. (Analysts’ price target is $2.00)

Price:
$1.450
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN
Bias:
CAUTIOUS
Owned:
Yes
2017-02-28 TOP PICK Magellan-Aerospa
MAL-T
Peter Imhof

Manufactures components for Airbus and Boeing. Trading at 11X trailing earnings and 10X forward earnings. They’ve done an incredible job. At some point, maybe they buy something, and then they can add some liquidity. A good balance sheet. They’ve grown the earnings at 24% over the last few years. Dividend yield of 1.5%. (Analysts’ price target is $23.25.)

Price:
$17.830
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - SMALL
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-02-28 TOP PICK Richards-Packaging-Income-Fund
RPI.UN-T
Veeral Khatri

A very stable stock. Distributes rigid packaging products. They have 3 main end markets; food packaging, cosmetics and healthcare like pill bottles. Very stable. They generate a ton of free cash flow. 10% free cash flow yield and are paying out only half of that as a dividend. Dividend yield of 4.64%.

Price:
$23.860
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN
Bias:
CAUTIOUS
Owned:
Yes
2017-02-28 TOP PICK Veresen-Inc
VSN-T
Veeral Khatri

His way of playing the energy infrastructure space. Very good assets. They have stream assets and pipeline assets. Their major asset is a 50% stake in Alliance Pipeline, which runs from the Northeast BC region down to Chicago. The Northeast BC region in the Montney and Duvernay regions is very prolific and very robust. This is cheap trading at 9.5X AFFO compared to its peers trading at 12.5X. Dividend yield of 7.38%. (Analysts’ price target is $14.88.)

Price:
$13.520
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN
Bias:
CAUTIOUS
Owned:
Yes
2017-02-28 TOP PICK Yangarra-Resources
YGR-T
Peter Imhof

A small Alberta producer that was producing around 2900 BOE’s at the end of last year, and are now producing about 4500. They have a couple of well results that should be coming out over the next couple of months or so. They’ll be giving an update on March 15. Probably the highest growth small-cap oil/gas play in Canada with very high netbacks. This could become a 9000-10,000 BOE’s a day producer over the next year or so. Extremely good growth. A possible takeover target. (Analysts’ price target is $3.50.)

Price:
$2.510
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - SMALL
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-02-27 TOP PICK Alimentation-Couche-Tard--B-
ATD.B-T
Mike S. Newton, CIM FCSI

Thinks this is a victim of consolidation and a little bit of index competition. If you are in Canada, this is a great place to hide until energy stocks do really well. At 15X earnings it is about as cheap as you are going to find it for really good long-term growth. They continue to do an extremely good job with M&A. Dividend yield of 0.6%. (Analysts’ price target is $77.50.)

Price:
$60.070
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE & ETFs
Bias:
OPTIMISTIC
Owned:
Yes
2017-02-27 TOP PICK Bank-of-America
BAC-N
James Thorne

US financials have a way to go, two or three years.  It is only going to get better.  It pays a dividend.  He is confident the housing market will stay robust.  (Analysts’ target: $26.00).

Price:
$24.570
Subject:
US DIVIDEND
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-02-27 TOP PICK Goldman-Sachs-ActiveBeta-Em-Mkts-Equity-ETF
GEM-N
Mike S. Newton, CIM FCSI

Emerging markets are breaking out from a long-term, 5-7 years, sideways move. The valuation on this is really interesting. The weighted average P/E ratio is 13.7. It is about 70% Asia, and more specifically about a quarter is China. Has had a good run being up about 25% in 12 months, but thinks that will continue.

Price:
$29.260
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE & ETFs
Bias:
OPTIMISTIC
Owned:
Yes
2017-02-27 TOP PICK Nvidia-Corp
NVDA-Q
Mike S. Newton, CIM FCSI

Was looking at names that were doing extremely well on all kinds of different metrics. This recently had a pullback from $119 down to $100. What they are doing in the graphical space, and with their processing chips, is completely different than what Intel did in the 1990s. This company invented the GPU. Dividend yield of 0.5%. (Analysts’ price target is $120.)

Price:
$104.410
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE & ETFs
Bias:
OPTIMISTIC
Owned:
Yes
2017-02-27 TOP PICK Banco-Santander-SA
SAN-N
James Thorne

European & Latin American bank.  The idea is that if it works in the US, then it will be copied in Europe, where banks are dirt cheap.  This theme has longer to go than the US financial theme.  (Analysts’ target: $4.27).

Price:
$5.360
Subject:
US DIVIDEND
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-02-27 TOP PICK Star-Bulk-Carriers-Corp.
SBLK-Q
James Thorne

This is the way to play commodities – through volume and not price.  He loves industries that are coming out of bankruptcies.  He does not think commodity producers are going to compete on price.  (Analysts’ target: $7.60).

Price:
$9.200
Subject:
US DIVIDEND
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-02-24 TOP PICK Bank-of-Montreal
BMO-T
Bill Shaw

This bank has been making some very strategic moves in terms of getting costs down. In terms of their US exposure, Harris is doing a lot better. They continue to make tuck in acquisitions. Increasing rates will be good for net interest margins. Dividend yield of 3.5%, and has had an excellent track record of dividend growth over the past decade. (Analysts’ price target is $101.20.)

Price:
$99.980
Subject:
CANADIAN DIVIDEND & REITS
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-02-24 TOP PICK Chesswood-Group
CHW-T
Andrey Omelchak

A small-ticket equipment leasing business, and they also provide lending solutions. Mostly operates in the US. The small business confidence in the US is at an all-time high, and as a result, they have seen a very strong pipeline. Has a good organic growth profile. A very solid and capable management team that understands the credit cycles. Thinks this is a prime take-out candidate because it would be hugely liquid for a financial services institution. Dividend yield of 6.8% is sustainable and there is room for further dividend increases.

Price:
$12.310
Subject:
CANADIAN & HEDGING
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-02-24 TOP PICK Corus-Entertainment--B-
CJR.B-T
Bill Shaw

They have to get some good synergies of their Shaw acquisition, and in terms of subscriber, they have to keep it up. In 2018, the CanWest payment of $5 million a year disappears. The payout ratio is starting to come back down. Dividend yield of 8.94%, which he thinks is secure, but he wouldn’t mind if they cut it to conserve cash and reinvest it in the business. (Analysts’ price target is $13.23.)

Price:
$12.750
Subject:
CANADIAN DIVIDEND & REITS
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-02-24 TOP PICK Manulife-Financial
MFC-T
Bill Shaw

Life insurance companies are a classic way to play rising interest rates. This one is well-managed, and he particularly likes the fact that they have got the strong Asian market. He has a price target of $27 over the next year. Reasonable dividend yield of 3.41%. (Analysts’ price target is $27.67.)

Price:
$23.850
Subject:
CANADIAN DIVIDEND & REITS
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-02-24 TOP PICK Pacific-Insight-Electronics
PIH-T
Andrey Omelchak

This provides interior lighting solutions for vehicles. People want these things in their vehicles, so the demand for this type of product has really increased nicely over the last several years. They have seen a very strong pipeline for their product. A very profitable company. Just started working with Tesla a couple of quarters ago and are now working on their model 3. They are best in class in terms of the product they provide. A prime take-out candidate, as they keep continuing delivering and given the levels they are trading at.

Price:
$9.510
Subject:
CANADIAN & HEDGING
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-02-24 TOP PICK Exco-Technologies
XTC-T
Andrey Omelchak

A well-run company and the ROE is high. They have been expanding margin profile. Normal course issue is going to support the stock price and they are going to see positive allocation of capital. Dividend yield of 2.84%. (Analysts’ price target is $14.08.)

Price:
$11.250
Subject:
CANADIAN & HEDGING
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-02-23 TOP PICK Horizons-S-and-P-TSX-Capped-Energy-Index
HXE-T
Brooke Thackray

It is a call on oil.  People are saying Canadian oil stocks just pulled back because of potential border taxes, but US oil stocks did the same thing.  We are starting to break out right at the beginning of their seasonal period.  Feb. 25 until May 9, oil stocks tend to do well.  Technically and seasonally it is the right time to step into oil stocks.

Price:
$21.000
Subject:
TECHNICAL ANALYSIS & SEASONAL INVESTING
Bias:
CAUTIOUS
Owned:
Yes
2017-02-23 TOP PICK Magna-Int-l.--A-
MG-T
Brooke Thackray

It is a classic play on the economy.  Consumers keep buying cars.  Feb. 24 to Apr. 24 is the period of seasonal strength.  We are seeing a break out taking place.  Technically and seasonally it looks good.  (Analysts’ target; $65.37).

Price:
$59.200
Subject:
TECHNICAL ANALYSIS & SEASONAL INVESTING
Bias:
CAUTIOUS
Owned:
Yes
2017-02-23 TOP PICK Sphere-FTSE-Emerging-Sustainable-Yield-ETF
SHZ-T
John DeGoey

A product that was only launched a few months ago. This is a good way to screen for de facto values. As a complement to VEE-T, VEE is diversified emerging markets, and this has more of a value screen.

Price:
$10.410
Subject:
PERSONAL FINANCE & ETFs
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-02-23 TOP PICK Vanguard-Global-Value-Factor-ETF
VVL-T
John DeGoey

This product has done remarkably well since it was launched. It is less than a year old and is up an incredible amount. People really need to think globally and to invest in value stocks in small company stocks. A great way to get global stocks and with a value bent.

Price:
$31.460
Subject:
PERSONAL FINANCE & ETFs
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-02-23 TOP PICK iShares-S-and-P-TSX-Global-Gold
XGD-T
John DeGoey

His rationale for gold is that people need to always think, from a portfolio perspective. So that instead of cherry picking on how well a security would do, build an entire portfolio and consider how everything would work together. Having something like gold in your portfolio is a good way to improve risk adjusted returns. A great thing to have in your portfolio, with a small sliver, 3%-5% as a long-term Hold.

Price:
$13.680
Subject:
PERSONAL FINANCE & ETFs
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-02-23 TOP PICK SPDR-Materials-ETF
XLB-N
Brooke Thackray

This is chemicals in the US.  We are seeing slow growth with a bump up from Trump.  It is positive on a fundamental basis, technically it looks good and it is strong from a seasonal point of view.

Price:
$52.320
Subject:
TECHNICAL ANALYSIS & SEASONAL INVESTING
Bias:
CAUTIOUS
Owned:
Yes
2017-02-22 TOP PICK Anthem-Inc
ANTM-N
Paul Macdonald

The dominant licensee of Blue Cross Blue Shield in 14 states. About 1 in 9 Americans have insurance through them. There are some very structural, positive tailwinds for the medical managed care organizations over the next couple of years. Dividend yield of 1.59%. (Analysts’ price target is $175.75.)

Price:
$163.270
Subject:
HEALTHCARE
Bias:
BULLISH on HEALTH CARE
Owned:
Yes
2017-02-22 TOP PICK Celgene-Corp
CELG-Q
Paul Macdonald

Just added this in January. The company has a blood cancer drug that is really going to be the dominant player in that space. Has a huge pipeline of trials that are coming out with Revlimid . Also, diversifying their pipeline with Otezla. Between now and 2020, they are going to double revenues, and they don’t need success in their pipeline to do so. Trading at 16.9X forward earnings, and that grows down to 14X 24 months out. (Analysts’ price target is $140.27.)

Price:
$119.270
Subject:
HEALTHCARE
Bias:
BULLISH on HEALTH CARE
Owned:
Yes
2017-02-22 TOP PICK Cineplex-Inc
CGX-T
Jerome Hass

*Short* A pairs trade with Cinemark (CNK-N). This is trading at twice the valuation of Cinemark.

Price:
$50.920
Subject:
CANADIAN MID-CAPS & LONG/SHORT STRATEGIES
Bias:
CAUTIOUS
Owned:
Yes
2017-02-22 TOP PICK Cinemark-Holdings
CNK-N
Jerome Hass

*Long* A pairs trade with Cineplex (CGX-T). This is about twice the size of Cineplex in terms of their screens.

Price:
$43.390
Subject:
CANADIAN MID-CAPS & LONG/SHORT STRATEGIES
Bias:
CAUTIOUS
Owned:
Yes
2017-02-22 TOP PICK Home-Capital-Group
HCG-T
Jerome Hass

*Short* A very crowded short, and he generally doesn’t like to participate in crowded trades, but makes an exception in this case. There are a lot of Shorts on this, because the US hedge funds use it as a proxy for the Canadian housing market. His view is actually quite neutral on the Canadian housing market. There is a lot of runoff in their portfolio, so just to stand still they have to get at least 14% growth in terms of their number of mortgages. This is because banks have gotten smarter at catering to new immigrants to Canada. Dividend yield of 3.91%. (Analysts’ price target is $29.73.)

Price:
$26.260
Subject:
CANADIAN MID-CAPS & LONG/SHORT STRATEGIES
Bias:
CAUTIOUS
Owned:
Yes
2017-02-22 TOP PICK Merck--and--Company
MRK-N
Paul Macdonald

This company has the Mojo right now. Their drugs are definitely working. They have the first-line treatment in very specific lung cancer. Has a huge pipeline of trials going on with Keytruda. He continues to think immuno oncology is fast growing and that there is going to be further positive results coming out over the next couple of years. Dividend yield of 2.88%. (Analysts’ price target is $69.11.)

Price:
$65.290
Subject:
HEALTHCARE
Bias:
BULLISH on HEALTH CARE
Owned:
Yes
2017-02-22 TOP PICK Spin-Master-Corp
TOY-T
Jerome Hass

Going to be reporting in March. There are so few listed toy companies globally. It is not inconceivable that this company gets taken out by one of the bigger players. (Analysts’ price target is $37.86.)

Price:
$33.700
Subject:
CANADIAN MID-CAPS & LONG/SHORT STRATEGIES
Bias:
CAUTIOUS
Owned:
Yes
2017-02-21 TOP PICK Element-Fleet-Management
EFN-T
Alex Ruus

This is one of 2 parts that was spun out from the old Element Financial. North America’s leading fleet manager and growing organically as well as rolling up other fleet managers over time. They also have some fleet management in other parts of the world. Also, have a lot of peripheral services that they can provide to customers. Trading at 11X next year’s earnings. Dividend yield of 0.71%, which will probably be increased every year. He can see 40% upside from here. (Analysts’ price target is $14.66.)

Price:
$14.030
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN
Bias:
OPTIMISTIC
Owned:
Yes
2017-02-21 TOP PICK Fortis-Inc.
FTS-T
Robert McWhirter

A diversified international distribution utility holding company. 25% dividend payout ratio. Reported a 15% earnings surprise on Feb 16. Sales are up 11% year-over-year, and the growth margin grew 7% year-over-year. Free cash flow was up 44% and ROE is 8%. 3.7% dividend yield. (Analysts’ price target is $48.55.)

Price:
$43.180
Subject:
CANADIAN DIVIDEND & GROWTH
Bias:
BULLISH on OIL
Owned:
Yes
2017-02-21 TOP PICK Magna-Int-l.--A-
MG-T
Alex Ruus

The biggest auto parts manufacturer in Canada, and the 2nd globally. One of the most underappreciated Canadian success stories. He continues to be defied by the valuation in this market where we have Shopify (SHOP-T) trading at 100X 3-4 years out earnings, and you can buy this one at 7X next year’s earnings with a dividend that increases every year and they buy back stock. Dividend yield of 2.25%. (Analysts’ price target is $65.37.)

Price:
$59.890
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN
Bias:
OPTIMISTIC
Owned:
Yes
2017-02-21 TOP PICK New-Flyer-Industries-Inc.
NFI-T
Robert McWhirter

The largest bus manufacturer and parts distributor in North America. Expecting earnings to grow by 37% year-over-year. There are great opportunities for bus manufacturers in North America. Dividend yield of 2.14%. (Analysts’ price target is $51.29.)

Price:
$44.770
Subject:
CANADIAN DIVIDEND & GROWTH
Bias:
BULLISH on OIL
Owned:
Yes
2017-02-21 TOP PICK United-Parcel-Services
UPS-N
Alex Ruus

The world’s largest, global logistic company. The largest provider of small package and document delivery in the world. There was a little disappointment with their earnings last quarter and the stock pulled off, making it a great buying opportunity. Trading at 16X next year’s earnings and a 5% free cash flow yield. Dividend yield of 3.08%. (Analysts’ price target is $115.)

Price:
$107.720
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN
Bias:
OPTIMISTIC
Owned:
Yes
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