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.
A huge laggard this year. It is trailing other names at 20-30%. They have not yet reinstated dividends. They should reinstate it early next year. At current levels, the stock trades at 14% free cashflow yield. At $50-$60 oil, it trades at 30%-60% free cashflow yield for dividends and buy-backs. (Analysts’ price target is $2.46)
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.
If we have a warm winter, it debases the bullish theme. We are seeing a warmer winter and gas has fallen from its peak. There are some companies in the gas space that would be buys, but this is a hard buy in the current moment, especially with the struggle for investor relevance. He would…
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.
TOU is the cream of the crop. They focus on natural gas, which has lagged, but will catch up. The balance sheet outshines its peers. Their cash can pick up more companies. Managers have been buying shares. Lots of upside. (Analysts’ price target is $26.97)
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.
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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.
They boast a smart CEO, and a tailwind is the SEC allowing US banks to do share buybacks again. Banks will jump on Monday.
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.
MSFT vs. APPL Apple is a consumer products company, whereas MSFT is an enterprise company. Both trade at similar multiples. Great balance sheets, buy back shares, increase dividends. Apple relies on growing iPhone and 5G. Will continue to do well. The iCar is an expensive proposition. MSFT has really benefited from cloud infrastructure growth. Better…
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.
Their earnings were not bad, beating earnings. However, they are too enterprise focused and behind the curve. It could change in 2021 as people get back to work. Has started to like it more and the stock is still cheap. Model 5% growth. They are trying to get more into software which is positive.
They’re in a mature market and the gross margins are not expanding. The stock showed some weakness with the new China tariffs.
Their largest segment is with PC. They have been left behind as more and more usage has shifted to smartphones and away from their strong hold PC segment. There were also problems with the manufacturing side that has caused headwinds for the company. There was an activist that has come in recently to put pressure…
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.
It is a great company and is very expensive. It is worth while holding on to it, but he has cut back on the amount as the stock has gone up.
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.
Will it double in 2021? No, but the business is turning around. The resumption of air travel will be a tailwind. Their hospital business is doing well. It could reach $15.
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.
It has an interesting problem. It has the solution to COVID-19 and they have orders for billions of doses but the stock has not done anything. The earnings forecast for the company are going sideways. Analysts probably think the demand for COVID vaccines will decline sharply when COVID is over and then there will be…
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.
He likes it. Known from providing high-speed internet in the U.S. which enjoys high barriers to entry. Good cash flow. Problem here are the theme parks it owns, down 70% in attendance because of Covid; they may even close down. The broadband business is doing very well, undervalued and Comcast will do well in the…
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.
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.