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Just bought it. Well-run. They do laundry for hotels and hospitals. They lost the latter during the early days of Covid, but the latter they recouped and it's contracted long-term with inflation protection. He likes this medium/long-term. A small company,so it can be a takeover candidate. Pays a 3.5% dividend. Stable. (Analysts’ price target is $51.79)
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The oil producers haven't come off. What hurts the stock more is the uncertainty over the CEO transition. Pembina misstepped in recent years with their PHP facility getting mothballed. But they have an extension natural gas network in western Canada and are doing a carbon capture project with TC Energy. Pays a 6.5% dividend with some growth. (Analysts’ price target is $43.87)
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It's getting too cheap to ignore. Supply chain issues and lower guidance have pressured the stock, but everybody is suffering the former. Before that, they did an equity issue to shore up their balance sheet; the market didn't like that. NFI is the only North American producer of green-power buses while transit companies are under pressure to green their fleet, and the costs of running those fleets is positive. The secular trends favour NFI long term. (Analysts’ price target is $29.20)
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FSZ vs. ZWU Both pay around an 8% dividend, which at that level it's probably not pure dividend you're getting on a long-term basis. About 6.5% is the limit for a sustainable dividend level. Plus, you get worries about the future of hydrocarbon demand. He himself doesn't see this, but it's a scenario to consider. Both FSZ and ZWU, you're getting some of your capital back to fund their dividends--this is not sustainable. ZWU has underperformed the equal-weight bank ETF since inception. So, the covered call portion isn't adding value, but is an additional-fee generator. He's rather buy the underlying stocks. Fiera has done a ton of purchases, not all of them cheap or good. Their wealth management business has been positive in the last 18 months, but you risk a market correction and a major re-pricing of assets, more so than any Canadian bank.
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Stockchase Research Editor: Michael O'Reilly This specialty home decor retailer, who has benefitted through the pandemic as lockdowns, is reiterated as a TOP PICK. It reports on earnings this week, so we will recommend a tight stop -- trailing up from $17 $19. It continues to trade at good value compared to its peers (9x earnings compared to peers at 18x). We also like that they have been building up cash reserves, while buying back stock. We continue to see upside potential towards $36 -- upside potential over 65%. Yield 0% (Analysts’ price target is $36.33)
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Stockchase Research Editor: Michael O'Reilly We reiterate MFC, a Canadian based financial and wealth services provider, as a TOP PICK. It pays a strong dividend backed by a payout ratio of 33% of cash flow. It trades only 7x current earnings, compared to peers at 12x, and it is valued right near book value. We recommend trailing up the previously recommended stop (from $17) to $21 looking to achieve $30 -- over 29% upside. Yield 4.7% (Analysts’ price target is $30.00)
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Stockchase Research Editor: Michael O'Reilly We reiterate DRVN as a TOP PICK. The company operates 4300 auto service centers in the US and 14 other countries, and services over 50 million cars annually, generating over $1 billion in revenues each year. Auto maintenance demand continues to jump during the pandemic. We like that the company is using cash reserves to pay down debt. We recommend keeping the stop at $27, looking to achieve $42.50 -- upside potential over 35%. Yield 0% (Analysts’ price target is $42.12)
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