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General Market Comment 

October 22, 2018

Cautiously optimistic about America. The Fed is raising rates to get back some of their dry powder in case the economy hits a rough patch. Trade: China is more complicated than NAFTA or Europe, both of which are approaching a resolution. There will be more headlines about U.S. and China.  He's optimistic about the U.S. tax reforms, which has loosened free cash, and will spur more economic activity by corporations. The American economy is doing very well, so now is a good time to raise interest rates. However, as the old saying goes, rate increases in the past have killed recoveries and sparked recessions.

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Cautiously optimistic about America. The Fed is raising rates to get back some of their dry powder in case the economy hits a rough patch. Trade: China is more complicated than NAFTA or Europe, both of which are approaching a resolution. There will be more headlines about U.S. and China.  He's optimistic about the U.S. tax reforms, which has loosened free cash, and will spur more economic activity by corporations. The American economy is doing very well, so now is a good time to raise interest rates. However, as the old saying goes, rate increases in the past have killed recoveries and sparked recessions.

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BUY
Comcast Corp(CMCSA-Q) 

October 22, 2018

They're about to finish acquring Sky in the UK. A very promising company. They know this business, and there's a lot of synergy in this deal. Sky has an outstanding user interface which has eluded North American systems and encouraged cord-cutting here. Comcast is levering a little, but generating strong free cash flow. They won't buy back stocks, but overall the Sky deal is a great move.

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They're about to finish acquring Sky in the UK. A very promising company. They know this business, and there's a lot of synergy in this deal. Sky has an outstanding user interface which has eluded North American systems and encouraged cord-cutting here. Comcast is levering a little, but generating strong free cash flow. They won't buy back stocks, but overall the Sky deal is a great move.

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PARTIAL BUY
Microsoft(MSFT-Q) 

October 22, 2018

A great business positioned well in OS and the Cloud for enterprises--which is a strong secular tailwind. They are still gaining business as they move to a subscription-based system. MSFT generates a lot of free cash flow that will increase dividends over time. They hold a lot of cash that they will repatriate from overseas. A good business, and, yes, a little expensive, so he would add to a position to some degree, though not huge.

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A great business positioned well in OS and the Cloud for enterprises--which is a strong secular tailwind. They are still gaining business as they move to a subscription-based system. MSFT generates a lot of free cash flow that will increase dividends over time. They hold a lot of cash that they will repatriate from overseas. A good business, and, yes, a little expensive, so he would add to a position to some degree, though not huge.

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BUY
Micron Technology(MU-Q) 

October 22, 2018

The chip space is down to three players occuping 95% of the market, so these companies are focussed on earning investor returns. AI and self-driving cars will be a tailwind. Yes, the stock has traded off from $60 to $40 a share. InvestorS saw this as a deeply cyclical company. True, but he sees this as a growth cyclical company. It has a lot of free cash flow and has promised a large share buyback.

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The chip space is down to three players occuping 95% of the market, so these companies are focussed on earning investor returns. AI and self-driving cars will be a tailwind. Yes, the stock has traded off from $60 to $40 a share. InvestorS saw this as a deeply cyclical company. True, but he sees this as a growth cyclical company. It has a lot of free cash flow and has promised a large share buyback.

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Applied Materials(AMAT-Q) 

October 22, 2018

A semi-conductor equipment company, selling parts for the semis' production lines. Semis are being used in more and more applications in, say, cars and data centres as A.I. grows. AMAT is a big player in producing semis. But there are
concerns about cyclicality, but overall this business is attractive.

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A semi-conductor equipment company, selling parts for the semis' production lines. Semis are being used in more and more applications in, say, cars and data centres as A.I. grows. AMAT is a big player in producing semis. But there are
concerns about cyclicality, but overall this business is attractive.

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Boeing(BA-N) 

October 22, 2018

Their only competition is Airbus, and Boeing is producing well. They are growing their services business to increase margins. This may work. Plus, there's growing air travel, which is a tailwind. Their free cash flow is interesting, but the stock is a little expensive on the earnings side.

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Their only competition is Airbus, and Boeing is producing well. They are growing their services business to increase margins. This may work. Plus, there's growing air travel, which is a tailwind. Their free cash flow is interesting, but the stock is a little expensive on the earnings side.

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Facebook(FB-Q) 

October 22, 2018

Ad dollars are shifting from print to digital. Google, Facebook and Amazon are basically a money tunnel, collecting that ad revenue. But he worries about regulations against Facebook, given the 2016 U.S. election, while others are unhappy with the content FB is including. So, nobody is happy with FB. Data breaches don't help.

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Ad dollars are shifting from print to digital. Google, Facebook and Amazon are basically a money tunnel, collecting that ad revenue. But he worries about regulations against Facebook, given the 2016 U.S. election, while others are unhappy with the content FB is including. So, nobody is happy with FB. Data breaches don't help.

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BUY
Costco Wholesale(COST-Q) 

October 22, 2018

A terrific business providing value for consumers. There's square-footage growth for Costco. There's opportunity here. A little expensive now, but the demand is there, as seen when they recently opened in France. When Amazon bought
Whole Foods, Costco sold off last year, but he thinks Costco is resistent to Amazon.

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A terrific business providing value for consumers. There's square-footage growth for Costco. There's opportunity here. A little expensive now, but the demand is there, as seen when they recently opened in France. When Amazon bought
Whole Foods, Costco sold off last year, but he thinks Costco is resistent to Amazon.

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Dollar Tree(DLTR-Q) 

October 22, 2018

Loves this dollar-store space. It's defensive. When the economy declines, people will buy here. The stock has sold off after execution issues about an acquisition.

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Loves this dollar-store space. It's defensive. When the economy declines, people will buy here. The stock has sold off after execution issues about an acquisition.

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Tesla Motors Inc(TSLA-Q) 

October 22, 2018

Can they do what they promise? If they can, then this is a really important business. They're selling the best driving experience, not e-cars that only so many want to buy. The answer to this question remains to be seen. Also, he's uncomfortable with Elon Musk's tweets. Musk is a visionary and hard-working, but as in investor he needs to see profitability which isn't there yet.

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Can they do what they promise? If they can, then this is a really important business. They're selling the best driving experience, not e-cars that only so many want to buy. The answer to this question remains to be seen. Also, he's uncomfortable with Elon Musk's tweets. Musk is a visionary and hard-working, but as in investor he needs to see profitability which isn't there yet.

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BUY
JP Morgan Chase & Co(JPM-N) 

October 22, 2018

Well-run with a fine CEO. The US banking sector has seen serious changes in regulations which favours them. JPM is returning a lot of capital to shareholders. Attractive long term.

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Well-run with a fine CEO. The US banking sector has seen serious changes in regulations which favours them. JPM is returning a lot of capital to shareholders. Attractive long term.

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Blackrock Inc.(BLK-N) 

October 22, 2018

A leader in ETFs, but they also have an interesing business in tech: the analysis and management of customer data. They've had a rough road recently--foreign, higher-margin products have slipped.

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A leader in ETFs, but they also have an interesing business in tech: the analysis and management of customer data. They've had a rough road recently--foreign, higher-margin products have slipped.

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BUY

A strong player in scientific equipment that they sell to corporates and universities. They've done a fine job buying and integrating companies. Overall, they've done a great job. Expect more spending in new medicine and treatments as the population ages, a tailwind for them. They're a little expensive though, so keep an eye on their earnings.

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A strong player in scientific equipment that they sell to corporates and universities. They've done a fine job buying and integrating companies. Overall, they've done a great job. Expect more spending in new medicine and treatments as the population ages, a tailwind for them. They're a little expensive though, so keep an eye on their earnings.

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Bank of America(BAC-N) 

October 22, 2018

De-regulation is a tailwind for U.S. banks, but loan growth is a challenge. BAC is a lot less risky now than a decade ago. They will return capital to shareholders. The American economy is strong. But keep an eye on this and the U.S.
economy.

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De-regulation is a tailwind for U.S. banks, but loan growth is a challenge. BAC is a lot less risky now than a decade ago. They will return capital to shareholders. The American economy is strong. But keep an eye on this and the U.S.
economy.

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PAST TOP PICK
Anthem Inc(ANTM-N) 

October 22, 2018

(Past Top Pick April 17, 2018, Up 21%) They're a managed-care provider, providing insurance to a company's employees, as well as seniors, and Medicaid, a state-run program to benefit low-income folks. Increasingly, states are outsourcing this administration of programs to outside companies. 10,000-11,000 people turn 65 everyday in the States and some of those will buy ANTM's product. New CEO has fine experience. Valuation is attractive vs. its peers.

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(Past Top Pick April 17, 2018, Up 21%) They're a managed-care provider, providing insurance to a company's employees, as well as seniors, and Medicaid, a state-run program to benefit low-income folks. Increasingly, states are outsourcing this administration of programs to outside companies. 10,000-11,000 people turn 65 everyday in the States and some of those will buy ANTM's product. New CEO has fine experience. Valuation is attractive vs. its peers.

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