We recently did a Top 10 Favourite Canadian Companies. This time, we’re looking at the beloved companies that have brand recognition across the world. These corporations have operations across the globe and are leaders in their domain. Their balance sheets are good and make great long-term investments. They also usually pay a dividend. Most of them are considered blue-chip stocks.
Blue-chip stocks are highly respected and widely known, publicly-traded companies. These well-established stocks are thought to be financially sound and are generally less volatile. Household names such as Coca-Cola Company (KO-N), Microsoft (MSFT-Q) and many others are examples of blue-chip stocks. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is a good example of an index that follows blue-chip stocks.
Here are the world’s most recognized brands to buy in 2019:
Tiffany & Co. New (TIF-N)
The Tiffany blue is known to set a flutter in the hearts of many across the world. The famed New York jeweler is known for their luxurious diamonds and sterling silver. They’ve performed well over the last quarters so it could be a good buy if you like the luxury sector.
Companies that recover from a recession first are 1) suppliers of necessities such as pipelines, telcos and utilities 2) blue-chip banks, insurers 3) consumer durables and 4) finally consumer luxuries.
Nordstrom Inc (JWN-N)
An American chain of luxury department stores. They’ve done well in implementing their e-commerce platform. Their stock has pulled back since their 52-week high of $67 but they recently got a rating upgrade. The management is known to give good guidance and is still a solid buy.
Walt Disney (DIS-N)
They are a leader in entertainment and have a strong global brand. They acquired 21st Century Fox last year which widened their content offering. Their newly announced streaming service has given a lift to their stock prices. A strong brand to buy and hold while taking a dividend yield of 1.6%.
45% of their business comes from the amusement parks, and 35% from the media, and the rest from consumers. The Fox deal was big. they own Hulu. They are one of the few who can compete with Netflix with a huge content library. Has lots of fresh cash flow with little debt. They will continue…
Ford Motor (F-N)
The fabled automaker is facing a transition in the auto market. Vehicles are moving from gas to electric. They do have some interesting models coming out but it’s a challenging time in a tough space.
This company always seems cheap, but he is concerned of where we are in the cycle of the auto business. Most of the world’s growth is in China and they don’t have a good foothold there.
Coca-Cola Company (KO-N)
A giant in the beverage sector. It’s also one of Warren Buffet’s favourite stocks. They pay a good dividend and is more of a defensive play. They’re diversifying from their core to sports drinks. They also bought a coffee company with potential for good growth. Analysts say that Coke has limited downsides and likely upside.
This has been diversifying into other beverages including water and new age beverages. Prefers PepsiCo (PEP-N) which can do foods with snack foods where their focus on growth is. In the short term, both are going to be a little weak. The consumer staples group has done well, but now people are looking to get…
Nike Inc (NKE-N)
An American multinational that’s a leader in activewear. Their nike footwear have dedicated fans and their recent entry into china was great. A globally well-managed company.
A company he admires, but bad news keeps coming out. They were very reliant on retail channels which no longer have the footfall they used to. They are under-indexed to online, which is where more and more demand for soft goods is going. Their quarters for many years have shown inventory issues. Feels they have…
A leading food, snacks and beverage company. They’ve had some difficulty growing but they’ve diversifying away from the shrinking carbonated beverage category. More than 50% of their revenue now comes from other sources and they’ve bounced back.
Coca-Cola (KO-N) or PepsiCo (PEP-N) for a long-term investment? He doesn’t care for either. His choice would be Dr. Pepper Snapple (DPS-N). Carbonated beverage consumption is going down, so it is a race to try to diversify outside of that. Pepsi has done a better job of that. They have 22 brands and generates over…
Goodyear Tire (GT-Q)
They have new contracts, and are turning around the company. They announced good earnings and are rebounding. They have serious brand recognition in the sector and should grow long term.
Target Corp (TGT-N)
The department store that failed in Canada. Things seem to be coming back to normal after Christmas sales. Though it’s not the most compelling in its space, it enjoys lots of shoppers and is a solid hold.
(Top Pick July 8/14, Up 45.86%) Foreign exchange is part of it. He invested when he knew Canada would not do well. They are taking market share from Wal-Mart. The SU economy is growing by 4%.
Barbie, American Girl and Fisher-Price are under their belt and they have great brand power. The consumer discretionary sector is particularly harsh. They have brought in a new CEO in the last couple years to fix the situation and it could be a turnaround store. There have also been some talks of a takeover by Hasbro.
This has been a really tough stock. Has come under quite a bit of pressure. You would think it would be a lower beta name and it seems that all beta names have gone up. They have really suffered from low demand. Have all sorts of Frozen stuff, which is supposed to be in high…
Dunkin’ Brands Group (DNKN-Q)
The company known for their donuts. They also have Baskin-Robbins Franchises under their brands. They’ve had some volatility so do your homework. They are usually regarded in comparison to Starbucks.
The American clothing brand that also runs Old Navy and Banana Republic. They announced closing 230 stores and splitting off of Old Navy in 2020. They’ve experienced volatility due to restructuring but it’s still a solid long term hold.
The Japanese automaker and they’re vying to be the largest auto manufacturer on the planet. There’s been a slowdown in car sales but they’re one of the strongest auto companies.
There is nothing wrong with this company. When you look at the numbers, they are really quite good. Very conservatively run and with great product. Their numbers were quite good in the last quarter when they came in.
The global coffee company that’s shaped coffee culture around the world. They’ve been stock market darlings and continue to innovate, but it’s pretty expensive. Wait for a pullback and hold for long-term.
It has always been too expensive for him. Maybe they have built out too many stores, but it has had a hard time continuing to justify valuations.
Walmart Inc (WMT-N)
The big-box store that’s vying to be a leader in retail. They are facing harsh competition from Amazon. They’ve been effective in growing their online presence, and are competing well. It’s a more defensive choice and will do relatively well going forward.
It is one of a handful of superstars that have weathered the storm of AMZN-Q. They are now playing some offense. For the size, they have done a great job of being nimble. Their acquisition has done very well. Same store sales are up. They have strong numbers overall. They are going to remodel their…
One of the most recognized brand across the world. The golden arches can be seen virtually anywhere in the world. They are well run and have good cash flow. They pay a good dividend.
This is a new entry into his portfolio. It owns 37,000 restaurants, 92% of them franchised. They typically own the land that the restaurant is on and the franchisee leases it. This creates a very stable flow of cash. Same store sales are growing well. They are innovating in food choices and in payment methods.…
Estee Lauder (EL-N)
A giant in prestige skincare, makeup and other beauty products. It has a high price that’ll grow even higher still. They are expanding into Asia and they have great cash flow.
In 2010 they purchased a cosmetics company and doubled since then. The valuation is expensive and is on the 20s on a PE level. One step back along the supply chain is International Flavors Fragrances and (IFF-N) and is a better way to play it.
Macys Inc. (formerly Federated Department Stores) (M-N)
A well-known department store in the United States. They’ve been facing competition from Amazon and the contracting brick and mortar model. They have a lot of embedded capital and are still a stable company.
This is bottom fishing. It has had a nice pullback. His model price is $42, a 27% upside. Dividend yield of 4.46%.
Mastercard Inc. (MA-N)
One of the most used payment providers and has grown well. With the growing e-commerce and use of online payment, this will continue to grow. They’re focusing on emerging market, where there is potential for huge growth as well.
It sold off a few days ago but it came back. It is overbought. It has been overbought for a while. The trend is good.
Everyone who’s used a computer knows Microsoft and Windows. They have a great business model and they’re growing their cloud service. The move to software as a service that’s increased their rate of growth.
CEO has reinvented company dramatically. One of the best cloud-based companies out there. Cash on balance sheet. Valuation high, but not outrageous.
A high-quality company that’s a trillion dollar business. The iPhone has dominated the smartphone space and they’re growing their services. A high-quality company that will continue to grow.
His model price is $248.90. He thinks they will buy back a large chunk of stock, that will only improve the model price. He last bought it in June 2013. Yield 1.47% (Analysts’ price target is $211.11)
Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. (HPE-N)
A leader in software services to other global corporations. They are extremely well run and earnings have been moving up. A solid investment since they have a good dividend, free cash flow and good future growth. They are also buying back shares so it could be a good chance to hop in.
HP-N was old tech. It split and HPE-N is up 40% in his fund already. Everyone is confused. This part is the cloud, security, etc. The old one is the contract manufacturer. HPE-N is at EBV whereas peers are multiples of this. 31% upside.
A tech stock that has proven to perform well and has shown consecutive growth. They have a new CEO. It is a good long term investment and it’s a good price right now. They pay a nice dividend.
They issued weak guidance in Q2. There's a backdrop of US-China trade tensions hurting demand. Expect at least one more quarter of negative earnings
Visa Inc. (V-N)
The biggest credit card company in the world. They’re growing internationally, after buying Visa Europe. It has positive outlook with a good chart. The move away from physical money to virtual will help Visa’s growth.
He owns Mastercard instead. As the world grows, electronic transactions will continue to grow. His investment has more than doubled since 2018. He would hold your nose and buy either Visa or Mastercard. The fundamentals are great, but recognize it is quite expensive here. The key is to know when to sell and take profit.
A computer hardware, software, and cloud service company. They have been struggling to keep up with their competition though their chart is okay. They’re acquisition of Red Hat didn’t go well with investors but they have a buyback program and 5% yield, so it could be alright for a long term hold.
Company that has historically used propitiatory software and buying an open source company. Very interesting. They have a very good portfolio of big-ticket software solutions for banks and clients like that. They had some restructuring. In case of a correction would probably do well because it is down heavily. He is worry a little bit…
Alphabet Inc. / Google (GOOG-Q)
Google is almost synonymous with the internet and large parts of the web are accessed through it. They don’t pay a dividend, but have immense growth potential as leaders in multiple domains. With assets like Youtube, Google Home and Android, they are well diversified.
(A Top Pick Jun 28/18, Up 3%) There's been a lot of noise about regulating this space and company. GOOG owns such a broad sweep of quality assets, including things like self-driving cars that they haven't monetized yet. They can further monetize all their Youtube users, too. Also, they still attract massive online advertising and…
Exxon Mobil (XOM-N)
A multinational oil and gas corporation that provides good value to investors. They’ve been hit over concerns that the market is moving away from carbon fuels. As with other energy stocks, it’s been pushed down, but with a 4% dividend yield, you can get paid to wait.
(A Top Pick May 19/16. Down 7.16%.) Sold this earlier this year. Expects we will be range bound in WTI for the rest of the year. This one is okay, but at this stage, it may not have the leverage if oil prices move up.
3M Co. (MMM-N)
A industrial giant that’s a quality business. It’s been very consistent through the years and has different lines of businesses. They’ve been hit with the trade-tensions. They pay a healthy dividend of 6% so you’ll be paid to be patient on this one. Generally a good long term hold.
A very well-managed, diversified, industrial company based out of the US. It is very global. The global economy is starting to improve.
An international courier delivery company. If you’ve shopped online, there’s a good chance it was shipped through FedEx. Amazon and other e-commerce needs someone to ship their orders and FedEx has profited well from that though Amazon is now entering deliveries.
This moves North America's goods. It really depends on the economy. Amazon is moving away from them, but the thinks they will do well.
United Parcel Services (UPS-N)
The trade war brought them down last year but it’s a good company. However, they are better positioned to deal with an economic slowdown. They too have been facing pressure from Amazon over deliveries.
Involved with the disruption of buying at home rather than in the store. He prefers FedEx, likes its exposure to Europe. UPS exposure to Europe is about 16% whereas FedEx was around 5% before acquiring TNT, increasing exposure by about 12%, putting them neck and neck with UPS. Fedex and UPS have both had a…
American Airlines Group (AAL-Q)
One of the biggest airline carriers, They pay a dividend so you get paid while holding long term. They’ve been moving sideways for a while and they’re in a tough sector.
Feels there is a trading catalyst to own an airline here. There has been some consolidation in this space. Traditionally these are not well run businesses but there is less capacity now, fuel is moving up and surcharges can be passed on. If they can manage those earnings and can guide the street conservatively, a…
The leading telecommunication company in the US. They’re implementing 5G and are considered lower risk than other telecos. They have a lot of recurring payments from contracts so they have stability. Their dividends are considered to be stable.
Question on international telcos - he thinks that the international telcos are into the heavy dividend style investment. Vodafone is in Europe. The US is lower risk. Dividends are going to stable or up with this one and Verizon Communications (VZ-N) as well.