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.
They are really delivering, and are stealing some shares from Amazon. Management is good. It's a huge success story in Canada. As a conservative investor, he would need to see higher growth continue for many years to justify its current valuation. He can see reason to be bullish but he would not personally buy it…
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.
MA vs. V Both too expensive. Trading at double market multiple, which is extreme for what they offer. Stepped aside because of valuation.
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.
Allan Tong’s Discover Picks The smart money would’ve bought this during the height of the lockdown in late-March when Netflix touched $300. Now, the subs don’t support the stock price. That said, Netflix will continue to dominate the streaming space, so shareholders could hold for the long term, add on even deeper pullbacks or take…
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.
V vs. MA Both too expensive. Trading at double market multiple, which is extreme for what they offer. Stepped aside because of valuation.
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.
FB has many levers to pull. Their platform is only partially monetized. Small/medium-sized businesses have been adding services in droves; FB could become a commerce website is significant. Their platforms all have massive user bases. The stock isn't technically stretched now. Sure, there are worries over regulation, but regulation would take years to happen. Now…
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”.
Online advertising is a continuing trend. She's chosen Alphabet instead of FB, which has to keep spending money to deal with these regulatory issues. You want a very strong balance sheet. Alphabet has net cash, so they have more cash than debt and can fund their own growth.
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.
It is their largest position and have held it for a long time. He would continue to buy it. The trend are favourable for this business. The best company in terms of market capitalization and cashflow. He feels it is still undervalued.
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.
The most predictable large-cap tech stock. MSFT has an incredible platform of enterprise large- and mid-sized customers. The cloud business will continue to grow 35-40% for several years, while MSFT's software continues to be a key driving. Their webcasting business has performed well, and they can continue monetize LinkedIn. They have a lot going for…
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.
They have enjoyed record setting sales, has release some great new games, and has a long runway ahead of it. He would rate this a buy.
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.
For the long term The big money has already been made here by private equity investors. But Uber is still growing as a duopoly (with Lyft). It's breaking even on an EBITDA basis and not losing money as some think, but Uber Eats is losing money. Uber enjoyed double-digit growth before the virus, and will…
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.
Lyft vs. Uber Technically, the better time to get in is when they start to show positive divergences. Hint of that, but it's not conclusive. No analysis to show that one is better than the other. Suspect they'd follow the same seasonality as technology. Wait until you see signs of selling exhaustion, which is not…
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.
(A Top Pick Jun 24/19, Up 42%) This is an example of frothiness in the market. Despite being up more than 50% this year, their earnings outlook for 2020 have been cut in half and by 25% for next year. This company has become detached from fundamentals. It is over-price. He sold it last month.
One of the major producers of chips that power our computers, phones and many other technological devices.
He doesn't hold any chip makers, and he feels he has missed out. He would stay away from Intel and it has gone nowhere recently. He prefers NVIDIA or AMD.
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD-Q)
They produce chips and processors that are used in a variety of tech that we use everyday.
AMD is the chip company that has always been the poor #2 to INTC. He would prefer INTC as it has less volatility and it holds a large cash reserve. In this environment, focusing on companies with minimal debt is important.
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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.
Ties to Chinese government? He does not own any Chinese listed stocks for fear of potential US de-listing. The issue is that you do not own the actual company, you own a "variable interest entity" -- a proxy for the underlying stock. If there were an issue that Canada came into conflict with China, your…
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.
This segment will likely come out of this doing well. They will benefit from increased consumer thriftiness. He has others out there he prefers in this market segment, where growth opportunities are better.
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.
(A Top Pick May 06/19, Down 59%) They stumbled with a new distribution system in North America and their supply lines from China were totally disrupted. The balance sheet remains strong, so they will survive, but how long will it take for them to recover? When will stores reopen? He's holding on.
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.
You can make a bullish or bearish case for this. He's trying to be more cautious and doesn't believe they are out of the woods yet. Management has done a good job during these trying times. If you can deal with volatility, it could be a good choice. There is market risk but they have…
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.
(Past Top Pick, May 10, 2018, Up 20%) Volumes are rising, the stock is coming alive and there's plenty of room for this stock to regroup. Those who have owned this since it's drop of the past few years will hold on now that it's starting to climb again, so they can get their money…
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.
Walmart? It's made great strides to compete with Amazon with next-day delivery. He'd still prefer Amazon, but Walmart will continue to do well. Discount retailers will. Amazon could pull back in this earnings period.
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.
They closed down many stores during the pandemic. During the openings now it's tougher to walk in and get a coffee. They've had stops and starts. However, coffee culture won't go away and people will go to Starbucks. SBUX has reduced earnings numbers and the PE will decline. There's still global growth in this company,…
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.
He used to own it, but sold it. There were worries about theme parks, cruise ships and movies. These worries have not passed. The Disney+ is doing well and they have good licenses. If the theme park business was spun out and covid disappears, it could be a good pick.
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.
They're moving towards direct-to-consumer like Nike branded stores and through e-commerce which will increase their margins. This cuts out the middle man, like department stores. Their online presence is already good. The lines at malls at their stores are always long. This should be a great stock for the coming decade. (Analysts’ price target is…
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.
It's made great strides to compete with Amazon with next-day delivery. He'd still prefer Amazon, but Walmart will continue to do well. Discount retailers will. Amazon could pull back in this earnings period.
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.
DOL vs Dollar Tree vs. Dollar General He likes Dollar General for its location and execution. Doesn't like Dollar Tree because their locations are in urban centres where there's too much competition. He prefers Dollarama over Dollar General, but likes DOL, but many DOL stores are inside malls, which is a problem now (malls are…
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.
New openings? His research suggests they are doing extremely well. He is not sure about new openings in the West. It is just like the Tim Horton's brand in Canada. Their success is based on their cheap coffee and customer loyalty.
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 a big fan of branded technology. A product launch story where you get a big upsurge in revenue (like EA) and they have to carry a lot of cash. A volatile cycle that moves too much for his taste.
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.
Owns JNJ instead of Pfizer, because she likes its diversity, and its product pipeline is strong. PFE has a strong balance sheet, but JNJ's is stronger. JNJ's medical device side is recovering nicely, plus they were able to give guidance at a time when many companies can't.
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.
Trades at 14x PE and pays almost a 4% dividend. Tailwind is them working on a COVID-19 vaccine, like all its peers. They have a strong backlog of drugs that will come to market. No headwinds politically which is good.
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.
You'd need to have a Democratic sweep in the upcoming election to have an effect on Wall St. Has a 3.2% yield. Great pipeline of drugs. 8% growth rate. Lagged healthcare the last little while, as most money has gone to Covid treatments. Continues to hold.
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.
(A Top Pick Aug 19/19, Down 46%) He still likes it. He doesn't know when air traffic will resume, including business travel. A vaccine or herd immunity will encourage travel. Boeing, their biggest competitor, is still struggling with the 737 Max. Hold onto this, because when air traffic returns this stock will easily triple. (Stay…
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.
The company is burning through cash and he would not buy any aerospace company right now. They will need a vaccine before a return to normal. Business travel is huge for them and he does not expect it to return as before. Leisure travel should recover fine, but right now is not the time to…
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
Watching it. Has had a rough couple of years. Acquisition in Europe had issues. You'd think that Fedex would benefit from Covid, but it didn't because their focus is business to business. Starting to turn around. It's cheap, but has disappointed many times. E-commerce will continue to grow and should benefit Fedex. If you own…
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.
Allan Tong’s Discover Picks Though not widely regarded as a dividend stock, UPS's 3.53% does offer some stability, driven by the surge of e-commerce during this lockdown and extending into the current reopening. Read Best Dividend Stocks Canada for our full analysis.