The markets are trudging on as usual, and lots of companies are hitting their 52-week high. Couche-Tard, which didn’t see a drop in their price back in December during the sell-off, is once again coming out on top. Not to be beat by Metro, this week it’s Loblaw’s hitting their high. Some basic material and energy companies aren’t doing as well, hitting their 52-week low.
Here’s this week’s 52-week high and low list for securities listed on Stockchase.
Here’s this week’s 52-week highs stocks …..
An opportunity to buy during the coronavirus scare? AC is trading near 52-week highs, trading at 4x EBITDA vs. American peers at 6x--that's a valuation discount. AC is bringing down costs and streamlining, which are the right things to do that will benefit the stock for years. So, buy on any weakness like now.
The London Stock Exchange has been interested in acquiring them, which he thinks would be positive. He would consider holding for now and decide if holding shares in the Exchange makes sense in the long run.
(A Top Pick Oct 01/19, Down 1%) It's been sideways since June, so he's a little worried that it may break lower. If it does, he will reduce his position. It's in the penalty box, but he likes it.
He has their product in his office. The stock is struggling. They lowered guidance twice this year. They have a new management team in place. They are re-vamping their sales strategy. The change of management is taking more time than expected. Watch it as they try to go to a more professional organization. Turnarounds don't…
Rather bad couple of days. Was down substantially, outside of a range. Consolidated. It broke down and is more likely to go down. $1.50 on the downside.
Defensive REIT that pays income. Nursing and retirement homes, mostly in Ontario (where there is a bed shortage of 35,000) and BC. Strong managers and good dividend. He expects the Ontario government will solve this shortage by mid-2020 (allow more nursing homes) that will benefit Sienna and CSH.UN-T. This is very defensive. You can sleep…
He likes to buy stocks that are in an uptrend and a good valuation. CPX is a stable business, but at 10 times EBITDA and 22 times earnings it is too expensive. The payout ratio and yield are pretty reasonable, but it carries a fairly high level of debt. Yield 6.22%
Good company. Owns it in an income seeking mandate. Leader in renewable energy, mostly in Europe. Wind and solar can compete on an unsubsidized basis with fossil fuel. Legitimate growth play. Steadily growing dividend and capital appreciation. Yield is 4.45%. (Analysts’ price target is $30.00)
(A Top Pick Jul 24/19, Up 13%) It pulled back in the summer with a rotation into cyclicals, but now investors are turning to this sector and Emera. This pays a nice 4% dividend yield that's growing. He's sticking to it. Stable earnings will let you sleep at night during volatility.
It's probably topped out by getting up to its fair market value so there's not much place to go. He is using the opportunity to switch into things that are more promising.
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.…
He likes it, but it's running into resistance. Don't enter, but take some profits or hold. The stock is stock.
Earnings miss? She owns Loblaws instead of Empire, who just commented how competition is increasing. The recent stock pullback might just be a re-calibration of earnings metrics following the release of an earnings miss.
From $40 to $240 Million in sales in three years. 45% of the meal kit market. They recently announced they're positioning against the grocery market. They are being very smart about this. They are leveraging their platform to add to the food basket. They trade at a big discount. They just announced a reusable box…
All the grocers pulled back in the last quarter given higher competition which lowers product prices. Trades at 15x earnings. Can grow 8-10%. They have online delivery now. That said, studies show that people still prefer to go to stores to buy groceries. She also likes the Shoppers Drug Mart chain; their Optimum card program…
Doesn't think dividend will be guillotined. Disappointing because it doesn't grow. Sugar is not a growth business. It's not a growth stock and probably never will be. Hold and try to trade it at the middle of its range.
The only thing to look at is uranium prices. Until prices take off, stay on the sidelines. If prices take off, first go-to is the Uranium Participation Corp. Then come back to Cameco after that. Need a break above $6 before he'd be interested.
Enbridge (ENB-T) TSE
ENB vs. TC He owns ENB which he has picked before. Hold onto it for a long time and collect the dividend. It's worked through its capex issues. TC has a similar story with cash flow growth, a strong dividend yield and a multiple expansion to come. Infrastructure assets like this are hard to find.…
(A Top Pick Nov 22/19, Up 7%) Bit of overhead resistance now. If it starts to fail at current prices, they may have to ditch it. He's keeping an eye on it.
Not on his target list. It trades at 14 times earnings -- pretty cheap. The balance sheet is a little more levered than he would like. Earnings growth is not great. If you think interest rates will not change and remain low, he would prefer others. A quality name though.
A leasing company run by Steve Hudson. They did a $265 share buyback late last year, then in February doubled their dividend. Low interest rates will help them. It took a while, but the stock is moving up these days. (Analysts’ price target is $5.39)
Granite vs. BAM Granite has done well and he regrets not buying it. They've done a great job transforming the Magna assets. It's come a long way. He's neutral on it now. BAM is totally different, a huge conglomerate, a premier stock on the TSX. You can't compare the two.
It is well positioned in Toronto office space that is in niche places. It trades at a fair price, it is not cheap. If you own it, continue to hold it. Toronto has some of the lowest office vacancy rates in North America. He is waiting to buy it at a discount to NAV.
Likes it even though he's not positive on retail. They own some of the best Canadian retail in Canada. Pays a 4.5% dividend. Owns some of the best Canadian retail real estate--a niche of grocery stores and pharmacies which are stable and sell necessities. Super managers. The overhang of the previous owner is fading. They…
It's been in a tight range and will continue to. It's now near the bottom of that range, so buy away. It's approaching the sweet spot.
Loves this. They're in Ottawa, Montreal, and the GTA, benefiting from strong population growth. They buy undermanaged apartments, invest capital and fix them up. So, they can increase rents. They've done this for a long time. A darling that he's long owned. They're developing land with Brookfield around Burlington.
He used to criticize them for paying out too much, but they've reduced that. Also, their last few quarters have been good. The challenging thing here is that they're stuck with a lot of retail, and RioCan's anchor was Target; RioCan is still dealing with the shutdown of Target years ago. That said, he likes,…
He follows it as it gets interesting. It's up 35% this year with apartment holdings in Toronto and Montreal. They're hot now, getting acquisitive outside these two regions. If you don't hold REITs, this should be one of them. A top contender. A solid business.
Walmart is the anchor. Issue is most of future growth is going to come from transactional type deals such as condos, storage, seniors housing. Walmart portfolio of stores isn't generating any growth, and the street won't give them credit for the transactional gains. Lots in the pipeline. Valuation is fair. Dividend is safe and it…
Canadian mid-caps (no past picks today) He specializes in these. They are under the radar of Canada's large mutual funds and receive little analyst coverage, so they trade at a discount. (No past picks today.) He buys stocks only during momentum, as they are rising and keep rising. CGI is a leader in Canadian tech.…
They do a fair business in Asia in telephony. It's expected to grow in June 2020 from 7 to 9 cents, then 14 cents in June 2021. Good earnings growth. Boasts 8.5% free cash flow which is high for a tech stock, so they can buyback stock or raise the dividend. Analysts see 20% upside.
(A Top Pick Oct 18/19, Up 4%) Investors are appreciating the steady cash flow. Some day they will be an acquisition target. They have a great niche in the market. They have the ability to grow, although it is not a giant market.
(A Top Pick Mar 15/19, Up 26%) Merger with Detour Gold is creating a better entity. Longer streamed production, better leverage on the balance sheet. It will be 10% of his portfolio.
Third week of January to start of May is seasonality for metal stocks. Support around $22 and sell at $31--that's the trading range. Metals are badly beaten up compared to the market. Wait a bit before entering this space.
He likes their execution. Has good cash flow and they are buying back shares. Well-managed. No dividend yet. (Analysts’ price target is $10.33)
It stopped being a silver play a year ago. As they've made acquisitions, they've shifted from South American silver to North American gold. If gold pops, this stock could generate a lot of free cash flow.
Company prospects for land, stakes it and then gets other companies to do the major work at their expense. Because they have so many properties, long-term they should get a discovery.
A smart group of guys. They are putting a fair bit of work into proving their concept is right. They seem to be backing up their thesis. It is looking like it is working so far.
The 3rd largest holding in his portfolio. They have seen the mines in Turkey and were impressed. The area is a danger zone with recent fighting and the stock has taken a hit. The mine is far enough away from the fighting so he thinks it will not be impacted. He paid just over $2…
He added to it after meeting managers. Strong cash flow in recent quarters. They will reach middle or top of their production guidance. Trades at a really cheap valuation (and other metrics) vs. peers--trading at 6x next year's earnings. Expect a strong Q4 with super-strong cash flow, and given their mines are ramping up with…
He likes their execution. Has good cash flow and they are buying back shares. Well-managed. No dividend yet. (Analysts’ price target is $10.33)
(A Top Pick Jul 31/19, Up 0.4%) This is a way to lower volatility. A return of 2.15% per year, paid monthly. Hold it during volatility, sell it, and use the return to pick up your cyclicals during periods of seasonal strength.
(A Top Pick Dec 04/18, Up 2%) Safety play. A place to park cash. Never touches a GIC, because they're not liquid.
Had a good run in 2019, but now is breaking trend. He expects higher interest rates in 2021, which will pressure REITs. XRE will head lower in early-2020. He predicts a general market pullback in January.
An ETF for utilities. A great defensive sector with amazing performance lately. XUT-T is good, but 60% is in the top 4 holdings (inculding Fortis and Algonquin); 4% yield and 55 basis point cost. ZUT-T is more diversified and equal-weight. ZWU is also equal weight but does covered calls to create extra income, which sells…
(A Top Pick Mar 12/19, Up 15%) It has been a good performer since its inception. It moved out of Canadian energy stocks at a pivotal time based on its rules based methodology. It looks for the lowest beta Canadian stocks. This is an actively managed fund he feels as it has a human element…
Utilities have done well because of low interest rates, but this trend won't last forever. Take some profits of this is sheltered and reinvest in a broader ETF that covers the world to achieve growth. Utilities have had a great run, paying a decent dividend, but capital appreciation will be limited.
Stock vs. Stock. FIE-T vs. CMR-T. CMR-T is a money market fund. FIE-T is a multi holding income strategy holding all kinds of assets, so there will be more volatility. When markets are up go into CMR-T and FIE-T when they are down.
This is swap based which is not exactly like just buying a bond. There is an exchange of the rate of the return. A good place to park your money while getting yield.
He doesn’t know this, but assumes it is an actively managed bond fund. If so, the question you are going to have is the duration of the bond fund at any given time. You can usually get that information from the people who market this ETF. If you have a duration of 10, then you…
4.9% yield. Holds exposure to a high yield index so you get a high yield return. There are risks. It is very similar to the volatility of the market.
It mimics the REIT index. You have to know what you own. This is monthly dividend. Everyone should have a real estate component in their investments.
He wouldn't buy this now. It's up over 20%. He doesn't like covered calls usually. Chasing dividends could mean that you are taking on underlying risk. It's probably too late to enter.
BCE Inc. (BCE-T) TSE
vs. Verizon Verizon is a good US income stock. Own this in a non-registered account to avoid the tax hit. Better to own BCE, because it won't be taxed in a sheltered account.
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.
Here’s this week’s 52-week low stocks ….
They had a balance sheet issue and began selling assets to pay down debt, including the sale of infrastructure assets. This will reduce debt below $3 billion. Any cash generation will be levered to WTI prices as they are 90% liquids based. A rise in WTI prices will lead to more share buybacks he thinks.…
They are in the Montney region. They announced that a facility would be down for a few weeks and the share price has been hit temporarily. The stock is cheap, but he needs to see more data about new production first. Q1 results come out in May.
Involved in the UK North Sea. In the process of drilling a well with the Lundins that is very important. In about 1 month will start working with Husky (HSE-T) in the North West Territories. Between the winters of 2008 and 2009, you will have a good shot if they have any kind of drilling…
He stayed away because they went to the states to make acquisitions. He did not know why the Americans would not already take these assets. He stays away from it.
They have cut back and preserved capital. They do not have a debt issue. They are a gas play. If gas prices stay strong, they should do well. She anticipates their 4th quarter production being lower. She is not buying it today, but the future looks good.
They were rallying last week after boosting their forecast. We have resistance just under $5. We are almost at the 200 week moving average. Wait until it punches through $5. It has been going up against the S&P since March.
He would like to see a couple of good quarters out from them. It is thinly traded. You have to be prepared to watch it quarter by quarter.
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.
Intelligently run diamond exploration company. Has yet to see that they have economic pipes. Also into nickel but he has not been following this.
The best of the small cobalt companies in North America. It has an asset that is alive and well. It will be raising money for it while next door a mine is being decommissioned.
Located in Venezuela, which is a problem. If they have a major discovery there is a chance they could be expropriated.
A Levearge ETF. He advised to steer clear of these kinds of investment. They are trading vehicles the are intended to be watched daily. D
Where you talk about a bear or bull ETF that is levered, they have no future. You are supposed to trade them on a day to day basis or possible a weekly basis. They are guaranteed to lose over the long term because of the way the gains are translated over night. These are a…
(A Top Pick May 29/18, Down 40%) They make electronic products for other manufacturers, like Cisco. There has been a lot of new product spending delays in the space and this is hurting them. The valuation is great and the company continues to buy back their own shares.
Use this list wisely to identify buying opportunities.
Happy trading !!!