DailyHive recently published a report about Canada’s most admired companies. The results are from the 2019 Corporate Reputation Study conducted by research firm Leger and intended to to see which brands Canadian consumers admired.
Favorite companies are usually growing and interesting investment options. Most of these companies are publicly traded on the TSX, the NASDAQ or the NYSE. Discover the companies most admired by Canadians with expert opinions on the stock :
Canadian Tire Corporation Ltd (CTC-T)
A great Canadian retail stock. They have integrated well their acquisitions of Mark’s and SportsCheck and are a leader in the sports business in Canada. Their balance sheet is healthy and they have raised dividends. Seasonally, their period is from January to mid-April.
Allan Tong’s Discover Picks Canadian Tire boasts a wide range of household goods at decent prices, but consumers will have much more choice in buying that patio set or baseball glove. True, last summer’s partial reopenings didn’t dent the stock price, but the Tire’s website still sucks. Price to cash flow is inline with its…
Dollarama Inc. (DOL-T)
A strong cash flow generator. They are a growth company that are still adding stores. They got hit in the December correction and have been going sideways but this could be a good investment in the long-term.
Allan Tong’s Discover Picks Dollarama sells cheap stuff and has enjoyed a near-monopoly on selling household goods during these lockdowns. No argument that DOL has done very well. It peaked December 9 at $54.58 November 1, just shy of its all-time high. DOL stock has since peeled back 10%. It continues to enjoy a strong…
Loblaw Companies Ltd (L-T)
A defensive name you want to have in case of a recession. Their acquisition of Shoppers was a success and has been seen positively by investors.Consumer stocks are becoming more popular as investors adopt a more defensive strategy.
Digital and e-commerce transition. Cheap relative to its space and on an absolute basis. Having Shoppers as an asset is so powerful. Yield is 1.9%. (Analysts’ price target is $75.33)
Another defensive name. They produce cereal and snacks that are very popular with Canadians. They pay a nice dividend. They purchased Pringles a couple of years ago, and are trying to diversify their offerings.
(A Top Pick Sep 08/20, Down 9.5%)Stockchase Research Editor: Michael O'Reilly Our PAST TOP PICK has triggered our stop-loss at $60. We are recommending covering the position at this time. We will look for better opportunities.
The most popular e-commerce store. They have activities in retail, cloud services and is well diversified, touching many sectors. They are growing their cloud services. Investors are looking at it closely as their valuation has been coming down, and they are still bullish on e-commerce.
Not cheap, but it's down for the year. Looking at a post-pandemic America, he presumes Amazon to keep many of the customers they picked up during the pandemic. They spent $4 billion to protect their workers.
Costco Wholesale (COST-Q)
They have a great balance sheet and keep producing great results. They are driven by memberships. The valuation is a little high so we would buy on weakness. Many analysts think that Costco is resistant to Amazon although they need to bulk up their online presence.
(A Top Pick Jun 09/20, Up 21%) Performed well during the pandemic, fell off with the rotation to cyclicals, and now rebounding. Long-term, a great company. Leader in efficient real estate use. Trades at a premium 35x earnings, with a 10% growth rate. A premium name.
Alphabet Inc. / Google (GOOG-Q)
Much of the internet is accessed using Google by Canadians. In addition, google home devices have penetrated many households as the smart device of choice. Combined with their android operating system, Google/Alphabet is used by most Canadians on a daily basis.
(A Top Pick Aug 06/20, Up 49%)Stockchase Research Editor: Michael O'Reilly Our PAST TOP PICK with GM is progressing well. We recommend trailing up the stop (from $1800) to $2000. This would all but guarantee a minimum return on investment of 33%.
Sony Corp. ADR (SNE-N)
Their activities include technology, games and movies. The most important products are the PlayStation consoles, cameras and their entertainment segment. There are some people who are very bullish on their content department.
Likes it. Doing very well in gaming, camera technology. Competitive industry. Stock is showing good technical indicators. Keep holding. 14x earnings for an 11% growth rate. Pretty good valuation.
A driver of the online world.They have a solid balance sheet and are performing well. They are moving towards becoming a software service company. Microsoft also enjoys a healthy installed base with high recurring revenue with low cost. They pay a nice dividend that will grow.
(A Top Pick Mar 12/20, Up 80%) He's owned this for a long time. Azure and 365 are doing incredibly well, which helps LinkedIn. He expects good margin growth, and cloud computing will continue to grow aggressively. Remote working depend on the cloud, for example. Data that MSFT collects from clients can apply to virtual…
Samsung Electronics (005930-KRX)
Canadians love their phones and they’re one of the largest smartphone manufacturer and a huge producer of smartphone components. They generate great cash-flow and pays a nice dividend for an Asian company. Around 50% of their revenue comes from phones and chips.
Intel has been a mixed story. Lost its sheen. They've massively underperformed. Business is solid, but it may be dead money. He'd pass. Instead, look at Samsung, which has a ton of semiconductor exposure, a good suite of products, and an accessible valuation.