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The Daily Top Stock Picks

Today's stock picks by Kim Bolton and John Hood are VGG-T, VV-N, ZWK-T, NOW-N, UPST-Q, FVRR-N.

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King of incident reporting in digital workflows. The next Salesforce. Beat on all metrics. Buy some here, and add some down at $560 and 540. 12-month price target of $660. No dividend. (Analysts’ price target is $654.77)
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Price target of $145. Very cool company. Revolutionary data analytics solutions for the banking system. Proprietary AI tools that they sell to banks to assess credit worthiness. Proven to bring down loan default rates by 175%. No dividend. (Analysts’ price target is $140.00)
Technology
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Online platform that lets buyers and sellers connect to exchange digital services. Allows flexibility and remote work. Now the leading freelance platform. Enjoys scale and network advantages over its competition. Price target of $290.85. Buy it here, add at $210 and 190. Put a stop at $175-180. No dividend. (Analysts’ price target is $248.00)
Technology
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Still buying this. Companies have so much cash that they will raise their dividends. There are also many solid companies like P&G and JNJ. 0.3% MER. Earlier this year, when growth stocks rallied, dividend stocks lagged, but that has since changed. See also his past picks.

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It holds over 500 US stocks. This is more diverse than SPDR by including some mid-caps. This tracks the S&P closely and charges only an 0.04% MER.
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An MER of 0.71% he owned this when Covid hit in March 2020 and stocks got hammered. The covered call would hinder the recovery of this ETF, so he sold ZWK. But as the S&P started to rise, he re-entered ZWK. Also, he bought this for the 8.5% dividend yield at the time. A screaming deal. He bought around $20. It still pays around 6%. He expects US banks to do well.
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Stockchase Research Editor: Michael O'Reilly BCS is one of the UK's top retail banks and is well diversified across personal, corporate, investment banking, credit and wealth management. It trades at 6x earnings compared to peers at 12x. With a good earnings outlook, its PEG ratio is only 0.18 and it trades below book value. It has a small dividend, backed by a payout ratio of only 10% of cashflow and it is building its cash reserve holdings. We would buy this with a stop loss at $8.25 looking to achieve $12.50 -- upside potential over 25%. Yield 0.61% (Analysts’ price target is $12.54)
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Stockchase Research Editor: Michael O'Reilly LB is trading at 11x earnings, compared to peers at 23x. With good growth prospects, its PEG ratio is 0.8 and it trades just under its book value. It has a great dividend, backed by a payout ratio estimated at 43 of cashflow. We would buy this with a stop loss at $38, looking to achieve $46. Yield 3.77% (Analysts’ price target is $44.70)
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Stockchase Research Editor: Michael O'Reilly MTL provides trucking and logistics services in Canada and the US. As the economy continues to reopen in North America, the company will benefit from continued demand for its expertise. Recently reported earnings of $0.21 beat analyst expectations of $0.19 for the quarter. It is trading a good value here at 18x earnings and only 1.4x book value. It pays a good dividend backed by a payout ratio of 57% of cash flow. We would buy this with a stop loss at $10.50, looking to achieve $16.00 - upside potential over 16%. Yield 3.54% (Analysts’ price target is $15.80)
Transportation
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The largest holding in his fund. Trading at 2.1x enterprise to cashflow. 31% free cashflow. Have pivoted to the 2 hottest plays in Canada. Clearwater exposure should give them 4.5x multiple. The balance sheet is incredible and board and management are aligned for return of capital. Could initiate a 5% dividend and 10% share buy back with 100M free cash flow remaining. (Analysts’ price target is $4.25)
oil / gas
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Owns 8% of the company and is the second largest holder right now. Not the most exciting holdings but they are very profitable and gives good cashflow. Well over 10 years of development drilling. 1.9x EV to 22 cashflow and 39% free cashflow yield. Expects them to initiate a healthy dividend next year. Net zero emitter. Once the balance sheet is brought back to shape, will be in a good position. (Analysts’ price target is $4.60)
oil / gas
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Down almost 20% this summer without any news. Management and board should be aggressive with their free cashflow. Paying down debt in the Duvernay purchase. Trading at 26% free cashflow yield. Would generate about $1B of free cashflow. A 10% share buy back would be effective. Balance sheet will be back in shape. (Analysts’ price target is $7.82)
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Stockchase Research Editor: Michael O'Reilly LUV recently reported EPS of $0.57, after receiving $348 million in payroll support. Management noted June was a turning point in demand. Analysts expect next year's annual EPS to exceed $3.25, putting the stock at 16x forward earnings currently. We would buy this with a stop loss at $42, looking to achieve $70 -- upside potential over 33%. Yield 0% (Analysts’ price target is $69.98)
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Stockchase Research Editor: Michael O'Reilly RPM is a $10 billion market cap producer of waterproofing coatings. It recently reported revenue growth of 19% and widening margins, which resulted in EPS rising 43% from a year ago. Management acknowledges that sales growth, particularly in the consumer sector, will slow next year as the pandemic lockdowns end; however, we expect this will open the door for industrial sales growth returning. It pays a decent dividend, backed by a 36% payout ratio of cash flow. We would buy this with a stop loss at $75, looking to achieve $109 -- upside potential exceeding 26%. Yield 1.77% (Analysts’ price target is $99.83)
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Stockchase Research Editor: Michael O'Reilly We are reiterating our TOP PICK recommendation with NOA, looking to achieve $28 (upside potential of 30%) and maintaining the stop loss at $15. Infrastructure projects are a good inflation hedge and this trades at good value -- 12x earnings vs peers at 30x. It pays a small dividend, backed by a payout ratio under 15% of cash flow. Yield 0.87% (Analysts’ price target is $24.25)
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What are the best stocks to buy today?

According to Kim Bolton and John Hood, the best stocks to buy today are VGG-T, VV-N, ZWK-T, NOW-N, UPST-Q, FVRR-N.