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COMMENT
January 13, 2017

A great franchise, but a bit expensive. Trading at about 15X earnings with a pretty low long-term growth rate, probably in the low single digits. They’ve had to spend money on increasing labour costs, and beefing up their e-commerce digital offerings. This is a consumer staple name, and money is being taken off the table and being put into more cyclicals. The stock recently dropped its 200 day and 50 day moving averages.

Walmart Inc (WMT-N)
January 13, 2017

A great franchise, but a bit expensive. Trading at about 15X earnings with a pretty low long-term growth rate, probably in the low single digits. They’ve had to spend money on increasing labour costs, and beefing up their e-commerce digital offerings. This is a consumer staple name, and money is being taken off the table and being put into more cyclicals. The stock recently dropped its 200 day and 50 day moving averages.

Stan Wong
Director & Portfolio Manager, Private Wealth Management, ScotiaMcleod
Price
$67.130
Owned
Unknown
COMMENT
COMMENT
January 13, 2017

Doesn’t think you need the Canadian hedge. You want to be exposed to US dollars. He would rather own iShares High Yield Corporate Bond (HYG-N). Also, if you have a credit crunch or an economic malaise of some sort, high-yield bonds tend to fall quicker than traditional government and investment grade corporate bonds. However, the economy looks to be recovering at this point and high-yield bonds are probably the place to be.

Doesn’t think you need the Canadian hedge. You want to be exposed to US dollars. He would rather own iShares High Yield Corporate Bond (HYG-N). Also, if you have a credit crunch or an economic malaise of some sort, high-yield bonds tend to fall quicker than traditional government and investment grade corporate bonds. However, the economy looks to be recovering at this point and high-yield bonds are probably the place to be.

Stan Wong
Director & Portfolio Manager, Private Wealth Management, ScotiaMcleod
Price
$20.050
Owned
Unknown
COMMENT
COMMENT
January 13, 2017

He likes this franchise a lot. Very unique in Canada. It has a major advantage over any other dollar store franchise. He took profits on his holdings. The stock has been really meandering sideways for some time. This is because it is trading at 27-28 times trailing and forward earnings. Not cheap. Management is doing a very, very good job. They are planning on opening 60-70 stores this year. The valuation still holds him back from wanted to own this.

Dollarama Inc. (DOL-T)
January 13, 2017

He likes this franchise a lot. Very unique in Canada. It has a major advantage over any other dollar store franchise. He took profits on his holdings. The stock has been really meandering sideways for some time. This is because it is trading at 27-28 times trailing and forward earnings. Not cheap. Management is doing a very, very good job. They are planning on opening 60-70 stores this year. The valuation still holds him back from wanted to own this.

Stan Wong
Director & Portfolio Manager, Private Wealth Management, ScotiaMcleod
Price
$98.000
Owned
No
COMMENT
COMMENT
January 13, 2017

He likes this and doesn’t see selling his holdings for some time. Trading at about 24X earnings. Growing at a 15-16 clip, a pretty good valuation for a very strong tech name that doesn’t have a lot of competition. They are monetizing areas like the YouTube space, and their ad sales are doing very, very well. This is a name you want to hold long-term.

He likes this and doesn’t see selling his holdings for some time. Trading at about 24X earnings. Growing at a 15-16 clip, a pretty good valuation for a very strong tech name that doesn’t have a lot of competition. They are monetizing areas like the YouTube space, and their ad sales are doing very, very well. This is a name you want to hold long-term.

Stan Wong
Director & Portfolio Manager, Private Wealth Management, ScotiaMcleod
Price
$804.570
Owned
Yes
COMMENT
COMMENT
January 13, 2017

You have to be careful of healthcare names. It looks like Trump has a bit of a target on these. Even without Trump, this company has an underwhelming pipeline of drugs that are coming through, and that is the issue that is hitting them. Trading at about 13X earnings, but its growth rate has come down to very, very low single digits. An unexciting drug pipeline is probably going to hold it back.

Pfizer Inc (PFE-N)
January 13, 2017

You have to be careful of healthcare names. It looks like Trump has a bit of a target on these. Even without Trump, this company has an underwhelming pipeline of drugs that are coming through, and that is the issue that is hitting them. Trading at about 13X earnings, but its growth rate has come down to very, very low single digits. An unexciting drug pipeline is probably going to hold it back.

Stan Wong
Director & Portfolio Manager, Private Wealth Management, ScotiaMcleod
Price
$32.520
Owned
Unknown
COMMENT
COMMENT
January 13, 2017

Telecoms fall in that defensive space of higher dividend, lower volatility characteristic. Canadian telcos have started falling off with interest rates moving higher. The positive on this is that you are getting a very, very nice rich dividend, and it will continue. From a capital appreciation standpoint, it will be somewhat limited, as it got a bit pricey and money is flowing out of telecoms and into energy, materials and financials.

BCE Inc. (BCE-T)
January 13, 2017

Telecoms fall in that defensive space of higher dividend, lower volatility characteristic. Canadian telcos have started falling off with interest rates moving higher. The positive on this is that you are getting a very, very nice rich dividend, and it will continue. From a capital appreciation standpoint, it will be somewhat limited, as it got a bit pricey and money is flowing out of telecoms and into energy, materials and financials.

Stan Wong
Director & Portfolio Manager, Private Wealth Management, ScotiaMcleod
Price
$58.190
Owned
Unknown
TOP PICK
TOP PICK
January 13, 2017

He likes the financials in the US. Life insurers are going to benefit the most from rising interest rates and a steepening yield curve. This is the largest US life insurer, and one of the largest financial services companies in the US. A pretty strong global brand, very solid financial balance sheet and a very large distribution network. There is also an easing of the regulatory environment. About 3 months ago, they announced a shareholder friendly $3 billion buyback program. Trading pretty cheap at 10X PE. Dividend yield of 2.95%. (Analysts’ price target is $60.03.)

Metlife (MET-N)
January 13, 2017

He likes the financials in the US. Life insurers are going to benefit the most from rising interest rates and a steepening yield curve. This is the largest US life insurer, and one of the largest financial services companies in the US. A pretty strong global brand, very solid financial balance sheet and a very large distribution network. There is also an easing of the regulatory environment. About 3 months ago, they announced a shareholder friendly $3 billion buyback program. Trading pretty cheap at 10X PE. Dividend yield of 2.95%. (Analysts’ price target is $60.03.)

Stan Wong
Director & Portfolio Manager, Private Wealth Management, ScotiaMcleod
Price
$54.310
Owned
Yes