Top 5 Canadian Grocery Stocks to Buy and Forget.
Grocery stocks are great consumer staple stocks that are defensive in times of volatility, such as what we have seen in the past months. Metro has been hitting its 52-week high, as seen on our high list.
Big box stores such as Costco and Walmart are threatening the growth of grocery stores, as they create super centres that offer much more than just groceries and can sometimes offer better value. These companies are ramping up their grocery section and are looking into online as well. The minimum wage situation could also affect grocery stores negatively, since they run on pretty tight margins. Competition could cut revenues and leave grocery stores vulnerable. However, people have to eat and grocery stores aren’t going anywhere so this might be a good place to hide during stock market storms.
Couche-Tard, who’s weathered the sell-off, is growing its business and might threaten the classic grocery store with its convenience and availability. As a company that continually adds value to stockholders, this could be a good alternative buy.
Canadian groceries y drugstores
Defensive. Underperformed the broader TSX since last March. He prefers the cyclicals. Very competitive industry, low margins. 16x forward earnings, 8% long-term growth rate. Headwinds ahead of it, such as massive competitors and higher wages.
(A Top Pick Jul 09/21, Up 20%) Trading in and out of this stock. Has pulled out of Loblaws when they were seeing key technical resistance. The yoy comparisons will become more challenging when we get to the third and fourth quarter. Does not own it currently. Would trim back.
Well run. Benefited during the pandemic. Stepped up their online game. Online demand will continue. Tough comparisons to last year. May be better to wait and see how investors react over the next few quarters. Not huge downside, but more of a wait and see.
Selling off post-pandemic, grossly exaggerated. Trading at a massive discount to HelloFresh. Pivoting to online groceries and building the brand, so it's going after a much bigger market than just meal kits, which still has a lot of growth. Subscriber count down, but basket size up. Long runway for growth, but they can't ignore growing…
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These companies are a threat:
Wage inflation There are various reasons the stock has gone sideways. True, Their profitability and gross margins are improving. They're taking more e-commerce share and will win the food wars. However, their labour costs are serious and going up, so labour pressures are very real in the wider economy and will certainly be in the…
(A Top Pick Jun 15/20, Up 44%) He admired it for years but never bought it because it was too expensive. He bought it in the meat of the pandemic because it had done nothing and pulled back. It was at a reasonable price and has now done well. Same store sales continue to grow…
A few years ago, he though the PE was stretched, but is better now and he's taking a close look at it. It suddenly jumped from $44 to $49. Very well-managed. They were put in the penalty box when they tried to buy Carrefour. They're planning to add fresher food in their stores. It's an…