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.
They suspended the dividend due to low oil prices earlier this year. The balance sheet is an issue with debt rising to 57% now. The stock has significantly fallen since 2018, too. At least wait and buy on weakness. He expects WTI to fall below $30 in the next few months.
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.
Has a decent balance sheet with a good cash flow. They've lowered capex, but will spend in Q4 when oil prices should rise for the winter. Buy this under $1. His one-year target is $4. But this when WTI falls below $30 this year, as he predicts. (Analysts’ price target is $2.20)
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.
(A Top Pick Jun 20/19, Down 26%) It's generating free cash flow and paying down debt. Buy this under $10 for the long term. This is the premier large gas company in Canada with a strong management team who will maximize shareholder value. Managers also own a lot of shares.
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.
A lot of negative sentiment has been out there regarding banks. BAC is a strong business, he favours JPM. They are both well diversified and have good valuations. The US banks were cleansed of the their toxic assets back in 2008-09. He would buy both.
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.
He does not own this one. It trades at about 0.6 times book value and has a great dividend. The market is telling you there are issues. Their sales methodology is a key concern. They are on the road to recovery. Retail banking will be tough as margins will be squeezed in a flat yield…
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.
Capitalizing on work from home theme, cloud business. Expected to continue to fly in the post-pandemic world. Impressive free cash flow. 16 consecutive quarters of positive earnings surprise growth. Paying a bit of a premium for a 15% growth rate, but not a lot of names are dominant as they are. Yield is 0.95%. (Analysts’…
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.
5G? CSCO has a 14 times PE ratio and 2.8% dividend yield. They have been able to grow by buying a lot of companies. 5G spending may get delayed in to 2021, so this may reduce earnings this year. They have made acquisitions to be able to compete with their peers.
They’re in a mature market and the gross margins are not expanding. The stock showed some weakness with the new China tariffs.
If you are a long term investor, it is more important to have a position than wait for bragging rights. He thinks it is at a sweet spot as its R&D is creating opportunities for the future. In the semi-conductor group they are in a good spot for 5G.
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.
Warren Buffet has 43% of his portfolio in APPL. APPL is a wonderful brand and strong company. He does not own it today. What worries him a little is that more than half of their revenues come from iPhone sales. They are diversifying, but it will take time. People are tending to keep their phones…
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.
He would be very cautious on GE. The company has been an investment grade company for decades. Today it is a speculative company. You are not buying the GE of old. It is 70% debt to total capital and as a pension deficit of $95 million. Cash flow is unpredictable. They are now starting to…
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.
Main attractions are its cash flow and dividend. Being held back by low earnings growth, low single digits. Instead, look at Abbvie, Merck, or other names with growth but similar valuations.
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.
CO-N vs. PEP-Q. They are both consumer stables and he likes them because they are falling off maybe 20% from their high. He is more a Coke guy and it is close to EBV+7 at $39 and closed at $42.81. Close to $38-9 he would be a buyer, maybe even at this price. You can…
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.
It is heavily indebted following a couple of huge acquisitions. They really need their streaming business to catch fire. The dividend is approaching 7%, but he is starting to question its longevity. He would continue to hold it here.
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.
She prefers to own a Canadian telco for dividends, especially as this does not qualify for the Canadian dividend tax credit. She owns BCE instead.