Best Canadian Stocks For 2018

If you were looking for the market to find a direction today, well, keep on waiting.

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The S&P 500 finished little changed at 2,050.63, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.1% to 17,660.71. The Nasdaq Composite dipped 0.2% to 4,717.09.

Guild Investment Management’s Monty Guild and team expect a spring pull back to be followed by a summer bounce:

Many world markets look toppy, with the U.S., Canada, and Brazil looking most attractive to buy after a short correction that is coming. While we are not bullish on most world stock markets, we believe that the U.S. market will experience a spring pull back, which could lead to a summer rally. The U.S. market is overbought from a technical perspective, with a high proportion of overbought stocks in the S&P 100. This overbought position makes the U.S. market vulnerable to a short-term decline of perhaps a few percent. This decline will provide a buying opportunity as stocks get a little cheaper. We believe that a combination of a lower Dollar and stronger economic growth will lead to an uptick in U.S. corporate profits in the second half of 2016. The weaker Dollar is highly significant, and we do not believe markets have fully digested its implications. We also see prospects for further appreciation in the Brazilian and Canadian currencies, as well as gold and oil, before year end.

Best Canadian Stocks For 2018: Safeway Inc.(SWY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of small cap SUPERVALU now underperforming large cap Kroger Co (NYSE: KR) while shares of large cap Whole Foods Market, Inc (NASDAQ: WFM) and mid cap Safeway Inc (NYSE: SWY) appear to be back to where they started at:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of SUPERVALU underperforming the underperformance ofmid caps Whole Foods Market, Inc (NASDAQ: WFM) and Safeway Inc (NYSE: SWY). while large capKroger Co (NYSE: KR)had outperformed up until the last two years when performance has been more mixed:

Best Canadian Stocks For 2018: Transcananda Pipelines Ltd.(TRP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    After a series of setbacks in its attempts to build new oil pipelines, Canadian pipeline giant TransCanada (NYSE:TRP) completed a transformation transaction to acquire U.S. natural gas pipeline company Columbia Pipeline Group for $13 billion, which includes the assumption of debt. The key to that deal was that it increased the combined company’s near-term project pipeline to 23 billion Canadian dollars, which supports TransCanada’s ability to increase its dividend by 8% to 10% annually through 2020. After completing that deal, TransCanada made a bid to acquire all of the outstanding units that it did not own of affiliated MLP Columbia Pipeline Partners (NYSE:CPPL) in a transaction valued at $915 million. These acquisitions solidified TransCanada’s natural gas pipeline growth ambitions, enabling it to diversify away from oil pipelines.

  • [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]

    Energy stocks were driven by a hefty dose of M&A during the third quarter. And that will drive returns for TransCanada Corporation (TRP) during the next one.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Energy infrastructure companies ONEOK (NYSE:OKE) and TransCanada (NYSE:TRP) are both emerging from the energy market downturn as stronger entities. Each made smart acquisitions, with TransCanada buying U.S. gas pipeline company Columbia Pipeline Group, while ONEOK is in the process of gobbling up its MLP,ONEOK Partners (NYSE:OKS). While these deals enhanced the growth profiles of both companies, TransCanada still stands out as the better buy for long-term income investors. Here’s why.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    That includes pipeline companies like Kinder Morgan Inc. (NYSE: KMI), which already operates a pipeline transporting natural gas from Texas into Mexico, and master limited partnerships (MLPs) Energy Transfer Partners L.P. (NYSE: ETP) and TransCanada Corp. (NYSE: TRP), the company that has (so far) failed to get U.S. approval for its Keystone Pipeline expansion from Canada’s oil sands across the U.S. border.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    In a number of articles recently, following the US recent revival and potential approval of the previously blocked Keystone XL pipeline, a number of estimates have been provided suggesting a pending boom for the US steel industry is on the horizon (and US steel stocks have reacted in kind). In fact, this optimism, we believe, peaked today when a report from one of our competitors was published claiming that, the keystone XL pipeline could increase line pipe demand by 14.7% for 2 years. The problem here, we believe, rests with the facts that: (a) TransCanada (TRP) has already taken, and paid for, the steel to build the Keystone XL pipeline (the steel currently sits in storage facilities in both Regina, Canada and Arkansas, United States), (b) neither US Steel (X; SELL), AK Steel, Steel Dynamics, or Nucor have the ability to make the specialized steel required for the miles of pipe associated with this project, to include both the thickness and pressure requirements, according to this article from Reuters, and (c) assuming some of the pipe does need replacement, this would likely come from international steel makers who are capable of producing the specialized steel (again, as highlighted in this Reuters article).

Best Canadian Stocks For 2018: NRG Energy Inc.(NRG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Non-cyclical consumer goods & services sector was the top gainer in the US market on Wednesday. Top gainers in the sector included Cia Energetica de Minas Gerais CEMIG-ADR (NYSE: CIG), Companhia Paranaense de Energia (ADR) (NYSE: ELP), and NRG Energy Inc (NYSE: NRG).

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    NRG Energy (NRG) soared to the top of the S&P 500 today.

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    NRG Energygained 4.5% to $12.85 today, while the S&P 500 advanced 0.2% to 2,262.53.

    In a note released on Dec. 15, Morgan Stanley’sStephen Byrd and team summarized the reasoning behind their overweight rating on NRG:

    NRG Energy (NRG, Overweight, $21 PT) FCF/Equity yield of ~35% and balanced upside from diversified market exposure, higher PJM capacity prices, fleet optimization, and debt reduction. NRG’s generation plus retail matching strategy is an underappreciated source of value, and provides stable cash flow despite current depressed power prices in Texas.

    NRG Energy’s market capitalization rose to $4.1 billion today from $3.8 billion yesterday. It reported a net loss of $6.4 billion on sales of $15 billion in 2015.

    NRG Energy was the Biggest Loser on Nov. 10, and the Hot Stock on Nov. 4.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    Pete Najarian said that there was a big options activity in NRG Energy Inc (NYSE: NRG). Traders were aggressively buying the October 26 calls. Around 6,000 contracts were traded in the first half of the session and they were paying 65 cents for them. The trade breaks even at $26.65 or more than 11 percent above the current market price.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Benzinga's newsdesk monitors options activity to notice unusual patterns. These large volume (and often out of the money) trades were initially published intraday in Benzinga Professional . These trades were placed during Thursday’s regular session.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, utilities shares fell 0.25 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included NRG Energy Inc (NYSE: NRG), down 3 percent, and Entergy Corporation (NYSE: ETR) down 1 percent.

Best Canadian Stocks For 2018: Plains All American Pipeline L.P.(PAA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dustin Parrett]

    Plains All American Pipeline (NYSE: PAA) controls 4 million barrels of crude oil and natural gas a day.

    And with higher oil prices and fewer restrictions leading to more drilling, PAA’s pipelines will be in demand in 2017.

  • [By Dustin Parrett]

    We think Plains All American Pipeline L.P. (NYSE: PAA) is one of the best oil stocks to buy this year. In fact, we see a scenario where PAA stock could jump 20% in 2017.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    One of the largest projects is the Saddlehorn Pipeline, which Magellan is building with Plains All American Pipeline (NYSE:PAA) and Anadarko Petroleum (NYSE:APC). Both Plains All American Pipeline and Magellan own 40% of the project, which puts their total investment at $230 million apiece. They expect the project to be fully operational early next year, which is noteworthy given its robust first-year economics. Magellan estimates that it will earn eight times EBITDA on the capital deployed, or roughly $28.8 million in annual EBITDA apiece for Magellan and Plains All American Pipeline on their investment.

Best Canadian Stocks For 2018: Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc(VRX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (NYSE: VRX) dropped about 3.7% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $10.08 after closing Monday at $10.47. The stock’s 52-week high is $38.50. Volume of about 14 million shares was about 30% below the daily average of around 19 million. The company said on Monday that CEO Joseph Papa took home total compensation of nearly $63 million as the stock was losing 62% of its value. The numbers speak for themselves.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (NYSE: VRX) dropped about 6.2% Friday, to post a new 52-week low of $12.90 after closing at $13.75 on Thursday. The stock’s 52-week high is $70.43. Volume was about double the daily average of around 15.9 million shares. The company completed the sale of some skincare brands to L’Or茅al.

  • [By Stark Merrifield]

    Bill Ackman: Fifty-year-old Ackmans career began in 1992 when he and fellow Harvard graduate David P. Berkowtiz founded the investment firm Gotham Partners. The firms high-profile bid for Rockefeller Center in New York caused investors to flock to the firm, growing it to $500 million in assets. Then in 2004, with $54 million in personal funding, Ackman started Pershing Square Capital Management. Through Pershing, Ackman bought significant shares in companies like Wendys Co. (Nasdaq: WEN), Target Corp. (NYSE: TGT), Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. (NYSE: CMG), and Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (NYSE: VRX). Today, Ackman is worth $1.4 billion and is No. 256 on the Forbes 400.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (NYSE: VRX) dropped about 6.4% Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $9.52 after closing Tuesday at $10.17. The stock’s 52-week high is $38.50. Volume of about 35 million shares was nearly double the daily average of around 19 million. The company is reportedly having trouble selling one of its division for what it deems an acceptable price.

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