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TOP PICK
TOP PICK
November 13, 2018
After watching it, she bought it during the recent pullback under $103. They're transitioning their Office business into a subscriber-based business. Then, there's Windows. The last third is their Cloud business, which is well-positioned, just behind Amazon. They have a global business. Companies are comfortable with Microsoft so there's security and confidence in MSFT. The Cloud has a lot of room to grow. Boasts a strong balance sheet and a stable, recurring revenue stream. Strong balance sheet; they are net cash positive, actually. They don't need the debt markets to finance growth. (Analysts’ price target is $125.69)
Microsoft (MSFT-Q)
November 13, 2018
After watching it, she bought it during the recent pullback under $103. They're transitioning their Office business into a subscriber-based business. Then, there's Windows. The last third is their Cloud business, which is well-positioned, just behind Amazon. They have a global business. Companies are comfortable with Microsoft so there's security and confidence in MSFT. The Cloud has a lot of room to grow. Boasts a strong balance sheet and a stable, recurring revenue stream. Strong balance sheet; they are net cash positive, actually. They don't need the debt markets to finance growth. (Analysts’ price target is $125.69)
Christine Poole
CEO & Managing Director, GlobeInvest Capital Management
Price
$106.940
Owned
Yes
COMMENT
COMMENT
November 13, 2018

All lifecos have underperformed. GWL has great assets in Canada, but Putnam Investments in the U.S. has been a drag on them. That said, lifecos are steady and will benefit from rising interest rates. She prefers others in this space.

Great West Lifeco (GWO-T)
November 13, 2018

All lifecos have underperformed. GWL has great assets in Canada, but Putnam Investments in the U.S. has been a drag on them. That said, lifecos are steady and will benefit from rising interest rates. She prefers others in this space.

Christine Poole
CEO & Managing Director, GlobeInvest Capital Management
Price
$30.600
Owned
No
DON'T BUY
DON'T BUY
November 13, 2018
They make household products like Arm & Hammer. They've grown organically half to 66% of their growth rate, and have made tuck-in acquisitions to boost that rate. Trades at a high-20s multiple which is too high for a consumer products company with their growth limited. Instead, look at Helen of Troy (HELE-Q) who distribute Revlon, Sunbeam and Dr. Scholl's and are trading at half the CHD multiple with the same growth rate.
They make household products like Arm & Hammer. They've grown organically half to 66% of their growth rate, and have made tuck-in acquisitions to boost that rate. Trades at a high-20s multiple which is too high for a consumer products company with their growth limited. Instead, look at Helen of Troy (HELE-Q) who distribute Revlon, Sunbeam and Dr. Scholl's and are trading at half the CHD multiple with the same growth rate.
Gordon Reid
President, GoodReid Investment Counsel
Price
$65.540
Owned
No
BUY
BUY
November 13, 2018
Tremendous opportunity here. Investors feared that Amazon would crush this sector, but this won't happen. They will merge with insurer Aetna soon which will me them more vertical altogether. CVS has 10,000 locations in the U.S., and 70% of Americans live near one. Most medical issues are minor and chronic, but health costs in the U.S. are expensive. So, going to a CVS instead is a lot cheaper. CVS is inexpensive with a lot of room to run.
CVS Health Corp (CVS-N)
November 13, 2018
Tremendous opportunity here. Investors feared that Amazon would crush this sector, but this won't happen. They will merge with insurer Aetna soon which will me them more vertical altogether. CVS has 10,000 locations in the U.S., and 70% of Americans live near one. Most medical issues are minor and chronic, but health costs in the U.S. are expensive. So, going to a CVS instead is a lot cheaper. CVS is inexpensive with a lot of room to run.
Gordon Reid
President, GoodReid Investment Counsel
Price
$80.800
Owned
Yes
BUY
BUY
November 13, 2018
Visa vs. Mastercard He's owned both. Look at how much each card is international and domestic? Visa is a little more international, a market that's a bigger piece of the pie. The average European uses cash much more often than plastic, so this is a big opportunity for Visa. Also, Visa is 60% debit, which he thinks will become more normal than credit cards, so this is another growth area. This sector is doing well. Visa is bigger than all its peers combined. Did 1.9 trillion transactions last year--huge. So, he prefers Visa, but the overall sentiment is positive for Mastercard too.
Visa Inc. (V-N)
November 13, 2018
Visa vs. Mastercard He's owned both. Look at how much each card is international and domestic? Visa is a little more international, a market that's a bigger piece of the pie. The average European uses cash much more often than plastic, so this is a big opportunity for Visa. Also, Visa is 60% debit, which he thinks will become more normal than credit cards, so this is another growth area. This sector is doing well. Visa is bigger than all its peers combined. Did 1.9 trillion transactions last year--huge. So, he prefers Visa, but the overall sentiment is positive for Mastercard too.
Gordon Reid
President, GoodReid Investment Counsel
Price
$139.720
Owned
Yes
DON'T BUY
DON'T BUY
November 13, 2018
You think you want to own this because they are ubiquitous, but Amazon doesn't offer enough information for investors. Look at other tech companies like Apple, Intel, Google or Facebook--lots of choice. Their growth is impressive, but not enough info.
Amazon.com (AMZN-Q)
November 13, 2018
You think you want to own this because they are ubiquitous, but Amazon doesn't offer enough information for investors. Look at other tech companies like Apple, Intel, Google or Facebook--lots of choice. Their growth is impressive, but not enough info.
Gordon Reid
President, GoodReid Investment Counsel
Price
$1631.170
Owned
No
BUY
BUY
November 13, 2018
Volatile and leveraged. Also very acquisitive, which maybe why it's under pressure. But now is an opportunity to buy this. He likes URI. Good fundamentals and pricing is firm.
United Rentals (URI-N)
November 13, 2018
Volatile and leveraged. Also very acquisitive, which maybe why it's under pressure. But now is an opportunity to buy this. He likes URI. Good fundamentals and pricing is firm.
Gordon Reid
President, GoodReid Investment Counsel
Price
$119.570
Owned
Yes