Top Stock Ideas for 2020: Stocks to Buy in the Next 12 Months
One week into 2020
A week has barely passed in 2020, and already markets have already been rocked by the threat of war between the U.S. and Iran. That drone attack shattered weeks of several all-time highs.
Will this be a short-lived skirmish or all-out war?
No one knows, and investors well-are advised to have a plan for each outcome.In fact, let’s look at several outlooks and determine which stocks and sectors you should buy (or avoid) in the coming 12 months.
BDC, Canada’s entrepreneur’s bank, expects our economy to continue to grow at 1.7%, driven by real estate and consumer spending.
Casting a shadow over our growth lies abroad: trade tensions, the U.S. election in November and Brexit. The trade wars launched by America slowed global growth to 3% in 2019 and will slash almost $700 billion this year. Even if China and America sign phase one, uncertainty persists. The saving grace will be continued low interest rates, plus improving economies in India, Russia and Brazil.
What to expect from the stock market in 2020?
Meanwhile, Bay Streeters expect the TSX to reach anywhere from 17,750 to 18,500 in 2020, with energy, materials, and financials to outperform.
Top Energy Stocks Predictions for 2020
Eric Nuttall, who specializes in oil stocks, names Baytex, Crescent Point and Tourmaline as his top picks. Most oil stocks pay generous dividends. CPG-T, for example, yields nearly 8% (disclosure: I own this).
Here are Eric Nuttall‘s top oil stocks outlined:
A Calgary based oil and natural gas company. A junior stock that is trading below book value, with good assets in shale in Texas. A well-managed company that was chosen as a Top Pick by Eric Nuttall in mid-December.
Reacceleration from higher crude prices. If oil continues to hang in amidst current supply/demand issues, BTE will do very well. Cashflow per share continues to ramp up.
A Canadian oil and natural gas company. They have assets mainly in North Dakota and Southern Saskatchewan. The company continues to buy back stocks.
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A big natural gas producer that continues to buy back stocks. They spun out some of their infrastructure into a royalty offering that gives them liquidity to make acquisitions.
Commodities His favourite is natural gas. Solar is at the mercy of the sun, and suffers on cloudy days. Nat gas you can turn on and off at will. The more solar and wind power, there will be more nat gas demand with nat gas as a back-up. He read a book that says that…
Top Materials Stocks for 2020
Here are Jaime Carrasco‘s top material stocks outlined:
A major Canadian gold producer with operations in North America and Finland. They operate in lower geopolitical risky areas. New mines are producing and they have increased their dividend by 40%.
Decline from 2020 into a big consolidation. Probably not too much lower. Since 2022, it's formed a reverse head and shoulders -- you have a low point, but the low points on either side are higher. Not a bad trading stock between $60-75, so this is the time to buy. Trading means smaller amounts, and you…
A financing company for precious metal mining companies. The company has good cash flow and continues to buy back shares. They have a mine in Turkey that will go online in the next few years that will help the stock jump higher.
(A Top Pick Feb 28/22, Down 7%) Disappointed in capital allocation recently. Recent issuance of stock below price of latest buybacks.Nevertheless, has been buying shares.Will continue to own.Expecting cash flow from Turkish assets soon.
Top Financials Stocks in 2020
One of the leading Candian banks with US exposure. They have over 50% of their business in US retail space. Analysts expect a dividend increase, putting the yield at 4.5%.
(A Top Pick Aug 09/22, Up 5%) Pleased that the First Horizon deal collapsed. TD pays a great return on invested capital, about 16%. Great staying power in Canada. The US is investigating it for their money-laundering compliance, but it's not a mortal threat and they'll likely be fined. Likes their big retail platform in…
The leading bank in Canada. A good income investment choice with yield at 4%. Higher interest rates would be beneficial to the banks. This could be a good entry point for banks.
He's no trader, but a long-term investor. Perhaps the best of the Canadian banks, which are hated now because bonds are safer and pay high yields. This will change. Eventually, people will see that banks offer growth and pay dividends.
Playing the TSX with an Index ETF
A simple way to play the TSX would be an index ETF, such XIC or XIU, but the difference between the current 17,000 level to the most optimistic 18,500 is only 8.8%. Add to that the 2.8% yield (after the MER) of either ETF, and you will gain 11.6%.
Even better, wait for a market pullback of, say, 5% before buying a tranche to better your adds and gains. Though the TSX could fall deeper, nobody sees a recession coming this year. Hope they’re right.
An ETF that tracks the TSX closely. A good way to diversify with a low MER and get a broader exposure to Canada.
Around a long time. Introduced as a capped product, because its predecessor was at market weight and 40% of that was Nortel. Core Canadian holding. He hasn't been buying lately, because he's overweight the US market.
An ETF that tracks the TSX60 large cap stocks. A low-cost way to get exposure to good names like the banks. One of the largest and oldest Canadian ETFs.
Well know ETF with ~3.4% dividend yield.Canadian banks, utilities and infrastructure included.Good ETF, but prefers XEI.
US Banks to Buy in 2020
JP Morgan predicts U.S. growth to slow from 2.3% last year to 1.7% in 2020 as the American consumer continues to spend. The bank sets a 2020 price target for the S&P at 3,400 with an EPS of 19x, which is the Wall Street consensus, but don’t expect the stellar performance of the past two years.
Rather, 2020 to be the “year of the Great Rotation II,” a repeat of 2013 when retail investors shifted from bond funds into equity funds. Also, JPM reflects Wall St. Consensus that the US dollar will show weakness, at least early this year. Oil should improve in 2020, given OPEC’s deeper production cuts, with Brent averaging US$64.50 per barrel.
One of the big American banks. A leader in the US banking space and a bellwether. A premier company that comes with a premium. Analysts expect to see continued dividend growth and steep earnings growth.
Owns shares of the company.Favorite USA large cap banking company.Regional banking crisis in the spring increased demand for products.Not worried about economy slowdown impacting bank.Reserves for loan losses have been set aside.Good time to buy with recent share price weakness.
Wells Fargo is a little less optimistic. It calls for 1.8% growth; targets 3,200-3,330 for the S&P; and WTI between $55-65. For maintain global growth, consumers must continue to spend, fixed-income spreads must be “well-behaved” and the US-China trade war must de-escalate. WF favours tech, consumer discretionary and financials, but gives the thumbs-down to communication services and materials. It predicts large-cap’s EPS to rise 6.3%, but only 3% in mid-caps.
An American bank that recently hired a new CEO, who was accepted by the market. There were some regulatory issues following fraudulent accounts that has hurt them. It now seems to be improving and has started to follow the other US banks.
Banks reported their Q2 today, but the reaction to Wells is so-so, muted. Office real estate is weak and the CEO talking about the regulatory environment tightening--you must be concerned about these.
More US stocks to buy in 2020
The ubiquitous coffee chain that has gone global. They have successfully expanded into China. They are in a very high margin business that continues to do well.
Rallied today and they plan to grow more in China, from 6,200 stores to 9,000 in 2025 vs. 16,000 in the US. Shares fall when US-China relations are rocky and rise when they are warm.
A computer software, cloud and service company. Their position in the cloud space is only disputed by Amazon. Their subscription business has continued to go well. A good long term hold.
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The electric vehicle company that started the trend. It has been known to have high volatility. Valuation is very expensive but the stock continues to edge higher despite all the concerns.
Emerging Markets and China Stocks to Buy in 2020
After two weak years, emerging markets are poised to enjoy a better, even upbeat 2020. While the U.S. Fed is expected to keep interest rates steady, EM central banks are expected to continued cutting rates. That’s the good news. The bad news depends on which country you’re investing in.
Russia, Mexico, South Africa and Argentina are wrestling with political and economic difficulties, including debt repayments. India has its bulls, but also bears. XID-T plays India, though VEE-T covers Asia, including India but excluding Japan. India has great promise, but hasn’t blossomed into a powerhouse like its neighbour, China. In fact, her economy remains sluggish.
An ETF that covers India broadly. The country has a growing middle class with upwardly mobile, English speaking workforce. It is a bet on India and it’s growing population that is set to surpass that of China.
India surpassing China as most populous country. English speaking with Western influence.Rebellion against China - will see investment from West.Good for international exposure.
An ETF that covers emerging markets broadly. A good long term buy that is one of the best emerging market ETFs in Canada. The MER is 0.25% and covers India as well.
(A Top Pick Jan 22/20, Down 2%) High USD is weighing on EMs. EMs have been disappointing, which is why he's only had it in low allocations. Issue with EMs is that they're more than 50% China, which has had trouble. China is a massive engine of global growth, but it hasn't accrued to shareholders.
In contrast, China remains the biggest economy in emerging markets though her growth will likely continue to slow in 2020: the IMF estimates 5.8% GDP growth, the World Bank 6.1%. Trump’s tariffs and the trade war hurt Chinese stocks in 2019 (and harmed American productivity as well), but the scheduled signing of phase one of the trade deal has lifted a lot of tension.
China will also benefit if the American consumer continues to buy. Bay St. remains bullish on Alibaba and Tencent. But investors either believe in the Chinese economy and the transparency of its financial reporting, or they stay out altogether.
The Amazon of China. The stock has been hit due to the US-China trade war and uncertainty over China. The price has remained the same for a few years. There is no dividend, and has a PEG ratio of over 50.
Likes it. BABA is relatively cheap at 10x, a discount to its historic average and a 40% discount to China's tech sector, despite the political risks. They hold 50% of market share and touches 70% of the Chinese population.
The largest online advertiser and gaming space. It is getting into fintech and cloud storage as well. It is one of the largest internet companies in the world based on revenue and market cap.
(A Top Pick Apr 23/21, Down 39%) Fundamental story is very good. Political interference from the Chinese government has been difficult and made investors shed the name. Political interference from the US by potential delisting. Attractively priced now, but political risk is too high. Sometimes you make a mistake, and it's time to sell.
After gleaning several 2020 outlooks, I can report: sluggish world growth, low yields, but also low or flat interest rates. Risk assets will grind higher while the U.S. dollar will soften. Gold will continue to be a hedge against uncertainty. Trade tensions between the U.S. and China will decrease, but remain on the table.
After all, both the Republicans and Democrats will talk tough about China during the election campaign, a campaign that will play a huge role in 2020 markets. There’s little chance of recession this year, but geopolitical tension remains, as we are experience now with Iran and America. Expect more volatility.
Have a good 2020!