Companies are all around us, facilitating the way we live and producing products that we want. These top companies have such a huge reach that we have all at least interacted or used their services at one point or another in our lives. If not, then you surely know that someone that has!
Shopify Inc. (SHOP-T)
The e-commerce giant that offers a platform for webstores. They are one of the most popular platform and facilitates the interaction between shoppers and sellers. As e-commerce becomes more and more ubiquitous, you will be using Shopify without even knowing it.
It's had an enormous run to levels he didn't imagine. Companies that have a good growth trajectory and story garner a huge multiple because there are so few of these stories in Canada. He wouldn't buy it now. By comparison, Amazon looks reasonable at 40-50x PE vs. Shopify which is in the 200s or 300s…
Mastercard Inc. (MA-N)
The move away from cash and into digital currency has been a boom for Mastercard. We all have at least one person, if not many, who have a Mastercard credit card.
There is still lots of room for penetration in the credit card space in terms of the consumer not using cash but using plastic. You have to look at it long term. He feels there is still more upside. It's up 30% this year. V-N has a larger market share and has not had the…
Netflix Inc. (NFLX-Q)
Netflix is the online streaming service that most people know and use. They are starting to focus more on their in-house content which has won awards and keeps subscribers.
Growth prospects despite huge PE? Yes it does, but it is trading at 88x this year's earnings. This doesn't work for his portfolio and he subscribes to Netflix himself. A great business model with huge retention, but they're facing competition with Amazon Prime, Google/Youtube and soon Apple. At least you'll get revenue increases when they…
Visa Inc. (V-N)
If you have a credit card, chances are you have at least a Visa. Along with Mastercard, Visa is the most recognized name in the credit industry.
Great stock, but not the best time to buy. Makes sense to take a half position right now. Barron's says that MVP (Mastercard, Visa, and PayPal) have done better than the FANGs over the last 3 years. Visa is the best bet. Asset light. Free cash flow is quite high and gives you flexibility.
Everyone has a Facebook account know and the numbers are still growing, counting 2.4 Billion users. The company has faced some data security concerns and other scandals but this social network is not about to go away anytime soon.
He decided to look the other way. The real driver is Instagram. Great advertising spot. The regulatory parts makes him sit back. He wouldn't sell it if he owned it.
Alphabet Inc. / Google (GOOG-Q)
For a lot of people, Google is the door to the internet. It has become so well-used and well-loved that it’s not uncommon to hear people say “Let me google that”.
The pending announcement of a potential investigation creates an interesting entry point. There is still a lot of growth opportunity. It make take years on the regulatory front. With over $100 billion in cash, the equivalent of $150 per share, they will be able to weather any storm. Yield 0%. (Analysts’ price target is $1325.44)
The iPhone has been a staple in Apple’s line and has been their key product for some years. If not an iPhone, then you might have a Macbook, or you’ll know someone who has both. Apple products are everywhere and they have a loyal following.
Still migrating toward services, which have much higher profit margins. iPhone sales expected to drop about 10%, so the stock will probably move sideways this year. Service revenue is also more consistent. Long-term upside. Apple and Samsung really have the market cornered because of US restrictions on phones from China.
A majority of people learnt to use the internet on a Windows machine and they continue to be a part of our everyday life. Their office suite is standard in the workplace and most people will be familiar with Microsoft.
(A Top Pick Jun 08/18, Up 25%) Software service with a recurring membership fee is doing great. They are seeing 20% growth in revenues and he expects that to continue. Software is not in the cross hairs like semi-conductors and other computer equipment.
Activision Blizzard (ATVI-Q)
An American video game production house. If you’ve ever played World of Warcraft, Call of Duty or Candy Crush then you’ve come into contact with Activision. They are one of the largest gaming companies.
Videogames. After a huge run, there's been a sell-off, nearly half in price. Going forward, it has limited downside. (Analysts’ price target is $62.14)
It’s become more and more standard for people to call an Uber than a taxi. This revolution of ride-sharing was pioneered by Uber. They have become one of the most well-known ride-hailing platform in the world.
Uber is the well-known transportation company. It has been beaten by Lyft in the race to go public. After IPO, the company could be valued at up to $83.85 billion.
Uber’s competitor that offers ride-hailing services. If you’re Canadian, you could soon be using Lyft too as they have announced plans to explore the possibility of expanding here.
Came out at $72 and shot up to low 80s, and now at 69. Valuation looks reasonable based on sales multiples. Biggest problem for these "unicorns" is they also have losses of billions of dollars. He's skeptical, though not skeptical enough to short it. Worth watching to see how the whole story unfolds.
Square Inc (SQ-N)
The payment system is known for their ease of use and connectivity. For those who love food trucks, their credit card terminal is usually powered by Square.
Amazing name. It'll be one of the first tech names he'd return to when he buys again. He sold his shares, but still earned a gain. Square is trying to penetrate underdeveloped countries. It's gaining a market hold and doing very well, but it's in a very bad market now. In the States, Square is…
One of the major producers of chips that power our computers, phones and many other technological devices.
Inexpensive at 15x earnings, and pays a nice dividend. But Intel hasn't been at the forefront of handheld devices or servers in the cloud business; Intel hasn't transitioned strongly from the PC world. A well-run company though, but look elsewhere for faster growth.
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD-Q)
They produce chips and processors that are used in a variety of tech that we use everyday.
A play on chips, Apple devices and hopefully they get into more autonomous vehicles. In the last 3 days, it has dropped about 25%-30%. Morgan Stanley reduced their rating on the company, but Morningstar increased their rating. He thinks you are okay continuing to Hold and see what the next couple of quarters brings.
Hong Kong Stocks
Tencent Holdings Ltd (0700-HK)
The makers of Fortnite and many other games. Riot Games is one of their subsidiaries and is known for the League of Legends game.
They've had some challenges. Longtime shareholders have done well. Tariff fears and high multiples have led to a nasty contraction. That said, the longterm outlook is good. Keep watching it, but the sell-off isn't over yet.
Dollarama Inc. (DOL-T)
Consumers love affordable goods and Dollarama is the hallmark dollar store that comes to mind for many people. They have been very efficient at providing goods for cheap and the customers love it.
(A Top Pick Apr 12/18, Down 19%) He is still loyal to them and increased his position not long ago. The market is predicting better days ahead. They are still growing. They are aggressively buying back shares and opening new stores. It is very, very well run company. Debt is bumping up against levels that…
Spin Master Corp (TOY-T)
If you have any kids, they must have some toys made by Spin Master. Etch A Sketch and Hatchimals are some of their most well known brands that have won awards.
His kids enjoy their toys, TOY's brands have fallen off quite a bit in the market and the new ones likely won't excite.
Restaurant Brands International (QSR-T)
Canadians love Tim Hortons and their roll up the rim has become somewhat of a tradition for many. Restaurant Brands also counts Burger King and Popeyes among their brands.
They're expanding like crazy in China, but their sales growth is weaker than expected. He doesn't know their strategy and won't buy QSR until he does. They're generating lots of free cash flow and offer great brands, but the market fears it'll overpay its next acquisition.
Under Armour (UA-N)
The sportswear company has capitalized on the athleisure trend and you can’t leave your house without seeing someone wearing their clothing. The company is going through a multi-stage change and are turning around the business.
A higher growth story, but the whole group is at a valuation premium. Although the company is doing well today, if the growth model and valuations don’t come through, you are paying a lot today for what the company looks like a few years from now. That always makes her nervous in protecting capital.
The go to e-commerce site that dominates online shopping. They also offer AWS which is used by many websites and internet companies. Amazon continues to diversify and grow, and their fundamentals are strong.
He likes it and has done so for a long time. He used to not be comfortable with the valuation but has not wrapped his head around it. The cloud business has been the leader in cloud and is almost utility-like in nature. Growth is slowing due to the law of large numbers. You can…
Starbucks shaped coffee culture around the world and is one of the most recognized coffee shops. They have been loved for their personalizable coffee and grab and go meals.
A long-tome owner, despite this going sideways for a few years. China hasn't yet panned out, with some missteps. It opens a store every four hours around the world. Still likes it. They're working through mobile ordering. It will break-out. He's sticking with it.
Walt Disney (DIS-N)
Children love the characters and worlds that Disney has created. With the purchase of Marvel, Disney is well-positioned for their upcoming streaming service. They also own and operate the ABC broadcast network, and various theme parks around the world.
In 5 years They're taking on Netflix with some fine programming, but he wonders how much room there will be in the streaming market as more players enter? More competition may pressure Netflix stock down the road. Disney has had a long-term peak of 4x adjusted book value historically. It's now above that ($131). As…
Nike Inc (NKE-N)
The company has become a symbol of athleticism and sports. They’ve also broken out into the fashion movement, with many models and collectors snapping up their new collections.
(A Past Top Pick Sep 14/16, Down 1%) He thought AMZN-Q was going to come in and that NKE-T would take better advantage of it, dealing more through AMZN-Q than they are, using them as a distributor. It is slow in coping but the stock seems to be fine. There is nothing wrong with the…
Walmart Inc (WMT-N)
Walmart has been doing well and is keeping up with Amazon in the battle for retail shoppers. The big box store is continuing to bring in strong revenues and is investing in their e-commerce platform.
The street loved this stock today with the best earnings reported in about 9 years. The fundamentals are still good for this stock. They dominate groceries in the US. However, Amazon may pose somewhat of a risk. He thinks there is room to go up a little more.
Dollar General Corp. (DG-N)
A well-known dollar store that gives customers a wide variety of choice without breaking the bank. Even in times of recession, these types of stores tend to do relatively well.
10.625% Bonds due July 15/15. One of the largest heavy discount US retailers. No sales over $10. Because of the recession, same-store sales have been fantastic and growing about 8%-10%.
Dunkin’ Brands Group (DNKN-Q)
America’s coffee and donut house. They are part of millions of people’s days, serving up coffee and snacks.
Nintendo Company Ltd. (7974-TYO)
Nintendo has become an integral part of childhood for many with the Wii and the Switch consoles enjoying widespread popularity. The company has strong franchises and characters that everyone would recognize and love.
(Not listed on exchanges.) Nintendo. Very interested in this name. The comeback story of the year. People thought it would be driven out of the gaming business but the Wii has been a tremendous successful platform. Hasn't done an evaluation of it but will be looking at it.
Johnson & Johnson (JNJ-N)
A giant in the healthcare and health tech space. If you’ve ever used a band-aid or other home treatments, chances are it was made by Johnson & Johnson.
They just reported solid earnings, though the stock was down today a bit. Has a wide product range sold in 200 countries. Solid and diversified. They raise their dividend every year and it rise again.
Pfizer Inc (PFE-N)
One of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies. They produce vaccines, medicine, and other healthcare products. Just how present is Pfizer in our everyday life? If you’ve used a chapstick, then you have used a product by Pfizer.
Great long base from 2015-18. The greater the base, the better the case. It broke out in mid-2018 and pulled back a bit. It looks healthy though. The chart looks encouraging.
Merck & Company (MRK-N)
Another of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. They research and market a variety of medicine, vaccines, such as Gardasil, and other over the counter medication.
An aircraft maker that we recently featured on our list of Airline Stocks List. They bought the CSeries program from Bombardier last year that should create more lightweight planes.
This is a recent acquisition. The backlog of orders for Boeing and Airbus is tremendous. He thinks China will favor Airbus over Boeing in future orders. He thinks the Bombardier acquisition gives them an advantage over Boeing across the fleet. They are also setting up a new maintenance service, which might take over work currently…
The aerospace company has been down since the 737 Max crash but they are in a duopoly and demand for transport is strong. It will not go up in the short-term but worth holding.
Just hit 52-week high Firing on all cyclinders with strong demand for global travel. But he doesn't buy stocks at 52-week highs. Wait for a pullback to buy or add.
One of the best positioned to take advantage of the e-commerce business and ship products to customers. It tends to go the way the economy goes. We featured FedEx on the Top Shipping Stocks to Buy in 2019
The lower price is not due to competition from AMZN-N. AMZN-N is 1 to 2 percent of revenues for FDX-N. Most of the headwinds have been trade related which are unwarranted because the US revenue from Chin is only 2%. They are having issues integrating their TNT express acquisition in Europe. If you ignore Ecommerce,…
United Parcel Services (UPS-N)
If you’ve ever received a package from an online retailers, chances are you had some interactions with UPS. They are also a leader in supply chain management solutions.
Has avoided this, but can see why people are interested. There is the view that the post office is going to have to raise package delivery prices. However, the discussion that is important is the complete change in logistics Amazon has created. Feels this and Federal Express are organized around the idea of hubs and…