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BUY
Allan Tong’s Discover Picks In terms of metrics, Zebra’s earnings, returns and margins blow away its peers. For instance, its ROI of 21% is double the industry’s and its gross margin of 46.94% beats the wider 32.15% figure. However, Zebra’s PE of 36.9x is slightly ahead of the industry’s 34.9%. Read 3 Long Term Growth Stocks for our full analysis.
electrical / electronic
BUY
Allan Tong’s Discover Picks SoFi has obtained a banking license, so it’s drifting towards the model of a traditional bank. That may reassure some investors who were turned off by the company going public via the hated SPACs. Cramer believes SoFi is taking off from $20, and Wall Street agrees with a price target of $24.58 or 26% upside, based on five buys and one hold, including new calls initiated by Morgan Stanley and Jeffries. Because SoFi is such a new stock, there are scant fundamentals or comps to analyze the stock. If you can hang onto the stock’s wild swings (and there have been some gut-wrenching dives), then try SoFi. Read 3 Long Term Growth Stocks for our full analysis.
Technology
BUY
Allan Tong’s Discover Picks Other numbers look healthy for KMP stock: A 9.6% PE, a 3.15% dividend based on a 26% payout ratio (half the sector’s number), and an ROI of 7% which is in-line with peers. KMP.UN boasts five buys and one hold on Bay Street with a $23.33 price target. That’s 5.18% higher. So, add the divvy and in a year, you’ll collect 8.33%. Maximize your gain by holding this in your TFSA. Safe and profitable, KMP.UN will let you sleep at night. Read 3 Long Term Growth Stocks for our full analysis.
property mngmnt / investment
BUY
Allan Tong’s Discover Picks If you’re long term, then pick the Adobe Stock as it trades below $600. The fundamentals remain not only sound, but strong. Adobe’s business is software by subscription and the cloud, and these will continue to steadily grow. The street agrees with 17 buys, three holds and a $721.83 price target over 25% higher than current shares. Earnings, cash flow, gross/operating/profit margins, ROE and ROI easily beat the sector. ROI, for example, stands at 31.36%, three times more than its collective peers. Though lower than those competitors, Adobe’s PE of 47.7x may give some investors pause. However, this can be forgiven based on the company’s enduring growth. Read Barbell investing: Adobe, BlackRock, Magna for our full analysis.
computer software / processing
BUY
Allan Tong’s Discover Picks The Blackrock stock fundamentals outperform its peers: earnings and cash flow are double or triple. The PE of 24.1x, though not exactly cheap, is better than the sector’s 56.5x. Its gross margin stands at 82.46% and profit margin at a healthy 33.64%. Returns, however, lag, at merely a 3.75% ROI and 16% in ROE. BLK’s 1.96% dividend yield is in-line with peers and is safe at a 43% payout ratio. The street targets just under $1,000 for this name, or 18% higher than current trades, based on eight buys and one hold. BLK is not a trading stock, but a long-term hold, if you can afford the shares. Read Barbell investing: Adobe, BlackRock, Magna for our full analysis.
Financial Services
BUY
Allan Tong’s Discover Picks With lockdowns thankfully in the rear-view mirror, cars have returned to roads with a vengeance. Those gun shy about taking public transit will drive. That’s the macro tailwind. The macro headwind is that this venerable Canadian maker of car parts is facing a shortage of computer chips. Not only Magna, but the entire sector and several others are being hit, a malady that realistically won’t end until Q1 or Q2 in 2022. Offsetting this short-term hurdle is Magna investing $70 million in a new Michigan plant to manufacture parts for the red-hot EV business, and partnering with an Israeli start-up. It already has deals with companies in Austria, China and South Korean in the EV sector. Smart. Magna is investing the future. Meanwhile, rumours persist that Apple will partner with Magna to produce self-driving cars. Read Barbell investing: Adobe, BlackRock, Magna for our full analysis.
Automotive
BUY
Allan Tong’s Discover Picks Read Suncor for our full analysis. is the go-to Canadian name in oil. It pays a 3.2% dividend that Read Royal Bank for our full analysis. expects to grow 30% YOY in 2022. The payout ratio of 84.49% is better than the industry’s 106.95%. Also, the street expects SU-T to buyback shares. The stock trades under 27x earnings which is slightly lower than the sector’s 30.4x. Gross and profit margins handily beat the competition, with the latter at 4.89% vs. the wider 2.15%. Like the sector it’s in, Suncor has enjoyed a positive but choppy 2021, up 26% after three quarters, though currently $4 off its $31.38 high. Overall, the street is bullish on Suncor with eight buys and three holds, targeting 36% higher to $36.06. Read 3 Energy Stocks: The safe, the spec and the ETF for our full analysis.
integrated oils
RISKY BUY
Allan Tong’s Discover Picks What’s the catch? The cost. So far, solid-state batteries are used in small devices like smartwatches and pacemakers. Making these for a car involves a lot more money—for now. Like anything in technology, a new gizmo becomes more affordable in time, and now we’re in the early innings of solid-states. The upside is that investors can get in now relatively cheaply. The big players are already committing to Solid Power: BMW and Ford are investing $130 million into the company. (Hyundai, Toyota and GM are investing in other solid-state battery companies.) Read 3 Energy Stocks: The safe, the spec and the ETF for our full analysis.
Automotive
BUY on WEAKNESS
Allan Tong’s Discover Picks HCLN is unhedged, and charges a 0.4% MER. Holdings include the China Longyuan Power Group, First Solar (American), Boralex (Canada), Plug Power (American) and VERBIO Vereingte BioEnergie (German). There are some good names here, such as Northland Power. Over half the basket deals in renewable power generation, plus 23.7% in solar power, and a third of the companies are in the U.S. Read 3 Energy Stocks: The safe, the spec and the ETF for our full analysis.
E.T.F.'s
PARTIAL BUY
Allan Tong’s Discover Picks Target, which has stayed out of the limelight boasts a strong customer loyalty program. It also ironed out its e-commerce problems of 2019, boasts a solid balance sheet and announced stellar Q2 results. Comp sales rose 8.9% from Q2-2020, comp stores sales climbed 8.7%, comp digital sales popped 10%, and its adjusted EPS of $3.64 doubled since 2019. Same-day services offered even better numbers: drive-up sales soared 80% YOY in Q2 while order pick-ups jumped 30%. Also YOY in Q2, revenues rose 9.38% and EPS climbed 8.96%. Good past performance, you say, but what about growth? Wall Street projects Target’s EPS to rise at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.37%. Read Battle of 2 Retail Stocks: Target vs. Walmart for our full analysis.
clothing
BUY on WEAKNESS
Allan Tong’s Discover Picks Like all retailers including Target, Walmart faces the twin challenges of labour and supply shortages. These will eventually end, but will likely linger for for the rest of this year. Fruther, the tailwind of stimulus cheques from Washington has dried up. Then, there’s Amazon. The planet’s largest retailer plans to build brick-and-mortar stores. Though Walmart’s e-commerce service and numbers are improving, Amazon remains the online king and their move into Main Street poses a serious threat to Walmart as well as Target. However, let’s temper that by remembering that Amazon will open stores of less than a third of the floor space of Walmart’s and will open shops only in California and Ohio. Meanwhile, Walmart operates 11,500 locations in 28 countries. Also, there’s no guarantee that Amazon stores will thrive. Read Battle of 2 Retail Stocks: Target vs. Walmart for our full analysis.
department stores
WEAK BUY
Allan Tong’s Discover Picks A reliable and efficient way to get a piece of Japan’s rally is this tried-and-true ETF that trades in New York. EWJ stock carries US$11.59 billion in assets, trades at only a 5.32x PE and charges an 0.51% MER. Last Friday, it jumped 2.84% to a new high of $71.82 and changed hands at nearly three times its normal volumes. EWJ holds (in order of size) Toyota, Sony, Keyence and SoftBank with Nintendo down the list. EWJ tracks the MSCI Japan index. Read 3 Recovering Stocks to Consider for our full analysis.
E.T.F.'s
BUY
Allan Tong’s Discover Picks Despite sector uncertainty, HD has been beating its quarters, the last four to be precise. In mid-August Home Depot reported YOY revenue popping 8.1%, earnings and revenu beats, and an 4.5% increase in same-store sales over the year. However, this last number wasn’t strong enough for Wall Street which expected 5%, so shares fell 4% on the news. There remains value in the name. Head to head with Lowe’s, HD wins in several metrics: profit margin of 10.55% vs. Lowe’s 7.41%, ROI of 36.61% vs. 24.11% and dividend yield of 2% vs. 1.55%. Read 3 Recovering Stocks to Consider for our full analysis.
specialty stores
BUY
Allan Tong’s Discover Picks Lowe’s company boasts 35.1% YOY same-store sales growth and a 69% leap in quarterly profits. The company plans to expand online sales and add private brands. True, DIY customers shopped a little less this spring, but those folks were spending more on big-ticket items. Shares of LOW popped 4% immediately after that report. The street still believes in the name at seven buys and three holds at a price target of nearly $230 that’s over 12% higher than the current level. Home Depot boasts eight buys and one hold at a price target about 11% higher at $363.43. Read 3 Recovering Stocks to Consider for our full analysis.
misc industrial products
BUY
Allan Tong’s Discover Picks The GOOS has swooned and soared in the past 12 months. A year ago, it was struggle to break above $33 on the TSX, then it topped $57 in mid-February as the U.S. and China began to reopen, fuelled by rapid vaccination rates and the company's vibrant e-commerce sales. Since then, this luxury retailer has been rangebound between $45 and $55. The fiscal Q1 quarter they posted earlier in August failed to beat lofy expectations, namely gross margins. Investors were also dour after listening to the conference call wherein management outlined plans to sell its luxury coats more online and through its own stores than through third-party retailers. Read Buying the Dip – A Stock Buying Opportunity for our full analysis.
clothing
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