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Laura Lau

Senior Portfolio Manager

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Sentry Select Capital
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2013-12-02

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Markets. Believes we are in a place where we will have a global synchronous expansion.  This should be good for Canada.  Expects long term increase rates to increase. You want to be in plays with more growth.  Consumer discretionary is a good place to be.  Near term, the unemployment numbers are improving in the US.  With Taper talk going from talk to action, she thinks it will actually occur in March at the earliest.  Thinks this has already been factored into the markets.  Crude oil she thinks will hit $90 and be an intermediate bottom.

Laura Lau

Senior Portfolio Manager, Sentry Select Capital

Price: $0.020
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2013-12-02

BUY
AutoCanada Inc. (ACQ-T)

Mostly western Canada.  Auto dealerships.  SUV purchases greater there and margins are higher so they are in the sweet spot.  Average age of autos is over 10 years and people are starting to buy them again.  Buy private dealerships and cut costs.  They are going to up their acquisitions to 5 per year as well as to go into other dealerships than Chrysler.  They have enough capacity on the balance sheet that they don’t have to go to the market to make an acquisition.  Every quarter they raise their dividend 1 cent.  1.9%

specialty stores
Laura Lau

Senior Portfolio Manager, Sentry Select Capital

Price: $43.880
Owned: Unknown

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2013-12-02

SELL
Atlantic Power Corp. (ATP-T)

Undergoing a strategic review process.  May sell assets, restructure debt, or cut dividend (over 100% still).  Thinks they have to do all three.  It could be dead money.

electrical utilities
Laura Lau

Senior Portfolio Manager, Sentry Select Capital

Price: $3.690
Owned: Unknown

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2013-12-02

BUY
Bankers Petroleum (BNK-T (Dead))

Things got definitively over hyped.  The new CEO has definitely turned things around.  It is a very cheap stock.  Have been free cash flow positive for the last 3 quarters.

oil/gas
Laura Lau

Senior Portfolio Manager, Sentry Select Capital

Price: $4.000
Owned: Unknown

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2013-12-02

PAST TOP PICK
Baytex Energy Corp (BTE-T)

(Top Pick Nov 8/11, Down 11.29%) Heavy oil differentials have to come down.  This is the time for the biggest differentials and will improve in the summer.  6.25% dividend. 

oil/gas
Laura Lau

Senior Portfolio Manager, Sentry Select Capital

Price: $42.080
Owned: Yes

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2013-12-02

BUY
Cameco Corporation (CCO-T)

Has been more interest in uranium recently.  The Russian program shipped last shipment in November.  Japan only has one or two plants working vs. 52 previously.  They are reviewing power plants but haven’t approved them yet.  People are saying this is the bottom.  It is an entry point but will be a trade.

integrated mines
Laura Lau

Senior Portfolio Manager, Sentry Select Capital

Price: $21.900
Owned: Unknown

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2013-12-02

DON'T BUY
Chorus Aviation Inc (CHR-T)

The dividend should stay stable but may not increase.  In 2020 the contract is over.  She doesn’t own it because of this cliff risk.

Transportation & Environmental Services
Laura Lau

Senior Portfolio Manager, Sentry Select Capital

Price: $3.820
Owned: No

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2013-12-02

BUY
Crescent Point Energy Corp (CPG-T)

Large DRIP program causes dilution, but they cancelled the premium drip program.  They pay out 45% of their cash flow.  It is not a big deal as long as people don’t opt out of the DRIP program.  She is comfortable with them because a lot of the old trusts have a much higher all in payout ratio.  They have stopped making acquisition and are now growing production organically.

oil/gas
Laura Lau

Senior Portfolio Manager, Sentry Select Capital

Price: $40.020
Owned: Unknown

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2013-12-02

TOP PICK
DH Corporation (DH-T (Dead))

A huge transformation.  They bought IT systems for small banks.  4.55% dividend.  Thinks there is cross selling opportunities.  Believes there will be multiple expansion as they are recognized by the market.  They are still integrating so they still have to see synergies and cost cutting from this acquisition.  Expects a March dividend increase.

other services
Laura Lau

Senior Portfolio Manager, Sentry Select Capital

Price: $28.550
Owned: Yes

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2013-12-02

TOP PICK
Enerplus Corp (ERF-T)

The original energy trust.  Quietly transformed themselves over the last couple of years.  They are starting to grow production – 9% this year.  Trades at a multiple discount to everyone else.  5.6% healthy yield.

oil/gas
Laura Lau

Senior Portfolio Manager, Sentry Select Capital

Price: $19.170
Owned: Yes

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2013-12-02

BUY
Freehold Royalties (FRU-T)

7.6% yield because it is a true royalty trust.  Not a lot of capital to put in to their projects. 

oil/gas
Laura Lau

Senior Portfolio Manager, Sentry Select Capital

Price: $22.340
Owned: Unknown

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2013-12-02

BUY
Granite Oil Corp (GXO-T)

Have done a good job finding two big oil pools.  What they need to do now is to grow production and she thinks they can do that.  Balance sheet is good.  She hopes they will get taken out as soon as they prove it out. 

oil/gas
Laura Lau

Senior Portfolio Manager, Sentry Select Capital

Price: $9.140
Owned: Unknown

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2013-12-02

BUY
Legacy Oil and Gas Inc. (LEG-T (Dead))

In the last year they have turned the corner.  Operations getting better, debt coming down and it is very cheap.  Thinks they will get some multiple expansion. 

oil/gas
Laura Lau

Senior Portfolio Manager, Sentry Select Capital

Price: $6.100
Owned: Unknown

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2013-12-02

TOP PICK
Manulife Financial (MFC-T)

Her call is that long term interest rates go up which will benefit them and they will do so the most of all the Lifecos.  Capital ratios are excellent.  Thinks they can’t increase dividend until end of 2014

insurance
Laura Lau

Senior Portfolio Manager, Sentry Select Capital

Price: $20.720
Owned: Yes

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2013-12-02

SPECULATIVE BUY
Martinrea (MRE-T)

The big overhang is the law suits.  There could be more drops to come in the price.  The customers have not canceled any orders but that is a risk.  It is dirt cheap.  You are being compensated for the risks if you buy it.

metal fabricators
Laura Lau

Senior Portfolio Manager, Sentry Select Capital

Price: $8.900
Owned: Unknown

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