Most stocks are owned by institutions and the majority of the trading volume on exchanges are from large institutional traders. Although large and mid-cap stocks have many individual investors, only a few possess millions of shares or hold a majority in a company. These institutions are often pension funds, commercial banks and investment funds. Institutional ownership means that these large institutions hold ownership stakes in a company.
Oftentimes, these institutional owners exert substantial influence on management. Individual minority investors also look to institutional owners and what they are doing, as institutional owners are often more knowledgeable about the companies they invest in. Therefore, these investors can exert substantial impact on the stock price.
The number of institutional investors in a particular company are neither a good nor bad sign. However, more institutional investors will offer more stability as diffused ownership minimizes the impact of one firm selling off their stocks.
Torc Oil & Gas Ltd (TOG-T)
A well-run oil producer that has a good management team. They are generating positive cash flows. They usually underpromise and over-deliver. The dividend is considered safe. Their yield is 6 per cent.
Birchcliff Energy Ltd. (BIR-T)
A Canadian natural gas company. It has done well and is generating cash flow. The balance sheet is in good shape and they are paying off some debt. They also raised dividends last quarter.
He is bullish on natural gas with less swamping of the market from the US. Global demand is improving for LNG. It is his small cap pick. They are aggregating free cash to pay all debt and then pay dividends.
Tourmaline Oil Corp (TOU-T)
A natural gas producer. The company is adding more liquids and are looking to have more cash flow. Signs point to a dividend raise or a stock buyback.
Bullish on gas for the first time in years. Outlook for gas is very strong. An easy way to play growing demand. You have scale, good balance sheet, dividend payments. Valuation is good. 15% free cashflow at $50 oil. 90% upside is possible. (Analysts’ price target is $22.52)
Atlantic Power Corp. (ATP-T)
A power generation and distribution company. The company has assets in the U.S. and Canada. As consumers rely increasingly on electricity, the business has a good niche. A lowering of interest rates will help this company’s stock price rise.
They generate electivity and sell it. As we move in this direction this company will have a foothold and niche. It is a capital intensive business and interest rates rising will be a problem.
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Turquoise Hill Resources (TRQ-T)
A mineral exploration and development company. They have one of the best copper deposits in the world. RioTinto owns about 51 per cent of the company. This company is sensitive to copper prices.
It's in production. The question is how much more capital does it require. It is a good deposit and they have a good partner, but Mongolia is and will be an issue. It is highly levered to copper prices and you still have the geopolitical risk. It is a big asset in terms of copper.
Morguard Corporation (MRC-T)
A well-run real estate company that holds a diverse portfolio of properties across North America. They buyback stocks with their free cash flow. There is not a lot of volume but is at a good price right now.
Some businesses are not properly structures for COVID-19. Eventually the virus goes away and business goes back to normal and this one will be an undervalued company. You just need to make sure these businesses can survive.
Bank of America (BAC-N)
They are well positioned to increase dividends or buy back stocks. It is quite cheap although it’s gone sideways for the last year. They are reducing cost and changing their capital ratios.
He owns the big American banks. BAC has more of a retail operation than its investment. They did a good job turning around with its acquisitions. Well-positioned. They've held back in paying their dividends because of restrictions, and can't increase dividends or do buybacks. Overall, though, the banks are in good shape. He's been adding…
Wells Fargo (WFC-N)
It’s selling at a discount to other U.S. banks. They were hit with a sanction for front running customers and other corporate malfeasance. The Fed is now monitoring them so tread carefully.
There are many questions about the planned turnaround and the CEO is too reluctanct to explain his plan.
Their software as a service with subscriptions is doing very well. The cloud department is growing. The margins are high and it is a more defensive name in the tech sector. They are turning the company into a utility in some sense.
He expects them to report excellent numbers on Tuesday. The CEO is excellent. Their problem is that they have business than they can handle.
A company that will benefit from 5G. The software earnings are also doing well. There are some concerns over the trade war as their hardware might be subject to tariffs.
They may not do well in the work-at-home space. This space demands more and more bandwidth and dispersion is greater. Cisco Webex is a competitor to Microsoft Teams. The average ticket for their product is very high and board members are reticent of spending. Once we see more clarity for after the pandemic, it will…
They’re in a mature market and the gross margins are not expanding. The stock showed some weakness with the new China tariffs.
It is a value trap and Intel has been a serial disappointer. The report from last night stated their data centre business continues to deteriorate. They are getting beaten by their competitor, notably AMD. Stay clear of Intel.
A leader in the market and has more cash on the balance sheet than some countries. There are concerns over consumer privacy and slowing iPhone sales but the company is not going away.
He has owned this for his clients for 15 years. It has done extremely well. They have trimmed it a number of times. You do not want one company to dominate a portfolio. A few weeks ago, it popped higher than their limitation band so he trimmed it. However, he still very much likes it.…
General Electric (GE-N)
The beleaguered company had its first quarter of beating expectations. The management is doing its best to survive but the company has been evolving so rapidly that it is hard to say how it will go. This has become more and more a speculative stock.
GE has solid wind and healthcare businesses, but these alone are not enough to buy this yet. Give it another another quarter before looking at this. GE reports next week.
Pfizer Inc (PFE-N)
The largest pharmaceutical company. It is holding and is more of a protective play. They have successfully acquired some companies and have promising drugs. There are only a few products coming off patents so it is a pretty safe pick.
Tough to analyze now. He's awaiting their drug test results. They're in the middle of spinning off long-life assets, including Viagra (later this year or next). This spinning-off will transform Pfizer from boring long-life assets to focus on R&D drugs. He expects their Covid vaccine to succeed the first. The CEO issued an update Friday…
Comcast Corp (CMCSA-Q)
They have a U.S. market penetration of 45 per cent. They have low volatility and pays a good dividend. The largest broadcasting company and are somewhat protected from Netflix streaming as they provide the internet network to consumers.
(A Top Pick Jul 08/19, Down 6%) The broadband business was seen as an infrastructure play. There were a string of broadband revenue growth cycles, but then COVID-19 hit and the theme park part of the business saw revenues fall to zero. There was a recent report suggesting splitting the business into two, and he…
Coca-Cola Company (KO-N)
A defensive play. A consumer staple name that is diversifying away from their main product and getting more into sports drinks. They also recently purchased a coffee company with a lot of growth.
Consumer staples have lagged. Global, iconic brand. Expanded into coffee market to diversify and expand growth prospects. Disproportionately exposed to soda category, which is facing headwinds. Own it for income, but not growth. Yield is 3.3%.
A major telecommunications company in the U.S. They are selling off assets to pay off debt. A company in a tough environment that made big bets on acquisitions. Their dividend is high but the stock has been range bound.
The layoffs they announced make him nervous, a bad sign. He wishes they would appear on his show to discuss what is really happening. He prefers Verizon.
Verizon Communications (VZ-N)
A defensive play that will benefit from 5G. There are concerns about their debt and the sector is very competitive. They are moving up quarterly and pay a good dividend.
It shouldn't be down. Pays a 4% and offers a good balance sheet. Just reported better-than-expected earnings.