Global markets have been experiencing a tumultuous couple of weeks, with concerns mounting over an upcoming recession. The inverted yield curve that has only worsened, and has investors on edge. Concerns over the trade war between the U.S. and China have also depressed the market. In such volatile times, investors need to consider risk and look at more stable defensive stocks, such as the phone companies.
Telecommunication stocks are known to be resilient, even during a recession, as people are likely to keep their phone and internet connections. They are utility type holdings. In Canada, they are a virtual oligopoly that gives them further stability and protection. Furthermore, most telecom companies pay dividends with decent yield, so it could be an important place to hide your money and weather the storm.
BCE Inc. (BCE-T)
Previously known as Bell Canada, BCE is a good choice for those looking for dividends yield and growth. It’s a safe haven stock that grows dividends yearly. In a falling interest rate environment, it will continue to do well. It is a good income stock that will perform well since it is part of an oligopoly in Canada.
He still likes it and has long held it. He feels neutral about it now, not expecting much upside. Be cautious about jumping on a momentum bandwagon here. Don't enter it now.
Telus Corp (T-T)
Telus is a strong choice for investors looking for a telecommunication company with good market share and a good yield. They are currently paying a dividend of around 4.7%. They have shown good organic business growth, and have continued to add new customers. They are diversified and is ideal for those seeking yield and safety.
Telecoms? Rogers is an interesting name. He owns BCE instead. A push for lower cell phone rates along with greater investment in 5G networks are key headwinds in this sector. Telcoms will face a lot spending to build up 5G, which will impact the financials for the next few years. He likes the dividend they…
Rogers Communications (B) (RCI.B-T)
Rogers has a good likelihood of growth. They will perform well later in the cycle and is more resilient in a recession, with a low beta. They are one of the most diversified telecommunication companies, with assets in sports, publication and other media.
He stayed until last year when valuations got stretched to the downside. Solid fundamentals, but there remain issues with competition, namely the impact of pricing data. Not a great dividend payer at 3% vs. peers which are higher. Today's levels are still a good entry point.
Shaw Communication (B) (SJR.B-T)
Shaw is going through a long-term expansion, after buying Wind Mobile and other acquisitions. They are also investing into their streaming services. There are some concerns over their capability to grow, since 5G is expensive and they have some debt. It has a controlling interest in Corus Entertainment that is weighing down the stock. They pay a 4% monthly yield.
Shaw missed their last earnings due to increased competition in wireless (Shaw re-entered last year) with lower data packages. She owns few telcos, though they pay an attractive dividend. She prefers BCE who are national and pay a good, rising dividend.
Cogeco Cable (CCA-T)
The company has done very well over the last couple of years, and has always been held out as a possible acquisition target by Rogers. They are diversifying by buying more U.S. assets. It has good return on capital and has grown very well this year.
Some companies you just have to buy when the chart looks like it's not a good time. Price momentum can tell you something good is happening. Getting rid of data business gave them lots of capital to go into the US, where the big story is, exceeding expectations. Buy it here and tuck it away.…
Quebecor Inc (B) (QBR.B-T)
A more regional telecommunication company, concentrated in Quebec. They are reinvesting a lot of money into their network and have experienced earnings growth of over 20% last year. They have a high free cash flow that they can redeploy. They have an edge over their competitors in Quebec, so this could be a good regional play.
Tucows Inc. (TC-T)
The second largest domain registrar worldwide. They were under the radar until last year when they broke out. The stock price has pulled back now, but the company is capital efficient and is expected to grow. They are also active in the reselling of mobile phone services.
A definite lid at around $85 and recently broke through. From a technical perspective that is very bullish. The chart looks pretty good now.