Latest Expert Opinions

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Opinion
Expert
BUY
BUY
May 3, 2017

Sold his holdings, but still likes it and is hoping to get back in. The company needed to reinvent itself, and did that by providing a 24-hour a day McDonald’s. The new CEO has done some great things by refranchising stores with a focus on technology. Trading at around 23X PE, which is not expensive given the good things that are going on. A low beta stock, and you need some of those in a portfolio. In a bad market, these are the names that hold up. Dividend yield of 2.6%.

McDonalds (MCD-N)
May 3, 2017

Sold his holdings, but still likes it and is hoping to get back in. The company needed to reinvent itself, and did that by providing a 24-hour a day McDonald’s. The new CEO has done some great things by refranchising stores with a focus on technology. Trading at around 23X PE, which is not expensive given the good things that are going on. A low beta stock, and you need some of those in a portfolio. In a bad market, these are the names that hold up. Dividend yield of 2.6%.

Kash Pashootan
CEO & Chief Investment Officer, First Avenue Investment Counsel
Price
$142.620
Owned
No
WAIT
WAIT
May 3, 2017

A great business. The chart shows it has had a steep rise, but more recently it has been flat. Feels the market is trying to figure out which direction the business is going, and the next chapter of growth. At 20X PE along with an acquisition to digest, you are better off missing the 1st few innings, and coming in once that acquisition has started to digest. Historically acquisitions don’t go very well, especially at the beginning.

A great business. The chart shows it has had a steep rise, but more recently it has been flat. Feels the market is trying to figure out which direction the business is going, and the next chapter of growth. At 20X PE along with an acquisition to digest, you are better off missing the 1st few innings, and coming in once that acquisition has started to digest. Historically acquisitions don’t go very well, especially at the beginning.

Kash Pashootan
CEO & Chief Investment Officer, First Avenue Investment Counsel
Price
$62.620
Owned
No
COMMENT
COMMENT
May 3, 2017

This gives a comfort and sense of security, and is a service we all use, especially in the US. They are large and pay a big dividend. However, the stock chart shows it hasn’t done much for a while. It has really gone sideways for several years at around $50. Other than the dividend, there hasn’t been any real capital appreciation. They are going through a transition. They were a telephone company initially, then a mobile cell phone company, and now getting heavily into media and transitioning once again. With their acquisitions, there is risk. If you own, he would suggest switching to Canadian telcos instead because of the dividend tax credit.

This gives a comfort and sense of security, and is a service we all use, especially in the US. They are large and pay a big dividend. However, the stock chart shows it hasn’t done much for a while. It has really gone sideways for several years at around $50. Other than the dividend, there hasn’t been any real capital appreciation. They are going through a transition. They were a telephone company initially, then a mobile cell phone company, and now getting heavily into media and transitioning once again. With their acquisitions, there is risk. If you own, he would suggest switching to Canadian telcos instead because of the dividend tax credit.

Kash Pashootan
CEO & Chief Investment Officer, First Avenue Investment Counsel
Price
$46.150
Owned
No
COMMENT
COMMENT
May 3, 2017

Had owned this at the time the stock price was going down. When it got back to previous levels, he sold his holdings. Over the last 12-18 months, they’ve gone through a transition of being more focused on what they want the business to look like going forward. Today, they are in 2 parts, children and women and family. He likes that move, but there are still lots of question marks on what the industry will look like. Still a lot of work to be done. Dividend yield of 8.6% which he thinks is safe.

Had owned this at the time the stock price was going down. When it got back to previous levels, he sold his holdings. Over the last 12-18 months, they’ve gone through a transition of being more focused on what they want the business to look like going forward. Today, they are in 2 parts, children and women and family. He likes that move, but there are still lots of question marks on what the industry will look like. Still a lot of work to be done. Dividend yield of 8.6% which he thinks is safe.

Kash Pashootan
CEO & Chief Investment Officer, First Avenue Investment Counsel
Price
$13.270
Owned
No
DON'T BUY
DON'T BUY
May 3, 2017

Kids today no longer play with their previously manufactured toys. User preferences have changed. Doesn’t think the dividend is safe.

Mattel (MAT-Q)
May 3, 2017

Kids today no longer play with their previously manufactured toys. User preferences have changed. Doesn’t think the dividend is safe.

Kash Pashootan
CEO & Chief Investment Officer, First Avenue Investment Counsel
Price
$21.740
Owned
No
PAST TOP PICK
PAST TOP PICK
May 3, 2017

(A Top Pick Feb 11/16. Up 14%.) Buying this is buying a business that is established. Multi-revenue streams. Pays a great dividend, and combined with share price appreciation of 3%-4% a year will give you a 6%-7%.

BCE Inc. (BCE-T)
May 3, 2017

(A Top Pick Feb 11/16. Up 14%.) Buying this is buying a business that is established. Multi-revenue streams. Pays a great dividend, and combined with share price appreciation of 3%-4% a year will give you a 6%-7%.

Kash Pashootan
CEO & Chief Investment Officer, First Avenue Investment Counsel
Price
$61.750
Owned
Yes
PAST TOP PICK
PAST TOP PICK
May 3, 2017

(A Top Pick Feb 11/16. Up 10%.) They have done a great job in expanding. Did a large acquisition last year which gave them a significant presence in the US. They’ve given guidance that the dividend should grow 8% per year. He is still buying this for new clients. Dividend yield of 4.4%.

Emera Inc (EMA-T)
May 3, 2017

(A Top Pick Feb 11/16. Up 10%.) They have done a great job in expanding. Did a large acquisition last year which gave them a significant presence in the US. They’ve given guidance that the dividend should grow 8% per year. He is still buying this for new clients. Dividend yield of 4.4%.

Kash Pashootan
CEO & Chief Investment Officer, First Avenue Investment Counsel
Price
$47.140
Owned
Yes