Top 10 Canadian Stocks To Own Right Now

2016 was a surprising year…   It was the eighth year of this bull market. But that didn't slow things down.   U.S. stocks jumped 12%. Oil prices soared by 45%. And gold had a wild ride, eventually ending the year up 9%.   With all that happening, you might have missed the major boom that happened in our neighbor to the north… Canada.   Canadian stocks had a fantastic 2016… rising 22%. But history says that boom has gotten out of hand. Double-digit losses are likely this year. And that means now is time to bet against one of 2016's big winners.   Let me explain…   Canadian stocks were a stealth winner last year. The iShares MSCI Canada Fund (EWC) went up 22%… And it soared an incredible 40% from its January low to the end of 2016.   The problem is that Canada's stock market is now incredibly overbought… And that means lower prices are likely.

Top 10 Canadian Stocks To Own Right Now: ConocoPhillips(COP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

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    ANALYST RATINGS
    Jefferies Upgraded ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) from Hold to Buy
    JPMorgan Upgraded Clovis Oncology (NASDAQ: CLVS) From Neutral to Overweight
    Morgan Stanley Upgrades TJX Companies (NYSE: TJX) From Equal-Weight to Overweight
    Macquarie Downgraded Disney (NYSE: DIS) from Outperform to Neutral
    Deutsche Bank Downgraded AvalonBay (NYSE: AVB) from Buy to Hold
    Wells Fargo Downgrades Digital Realty Trust (NYSE: DLR) From Outperform To Market Perform

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  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    ConocoPhillips (COP) was upgraded to hold at TheStreet Ratings. You can view the full analysis from the report here: COP.

    Urban Outfitters (URBN) was downgraded to market perform at William Blair. Continued comp-store sales pressure is pushing out the timeline for a potential recovery, Blair said. 

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Things have improved handily from a year ago in the energy sector. Still, even with a pro-energy White House, things are far from perfect in the oil and gas sector. Now ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) is delivering great news to its shareholders.

Top 10 Canadian Stocks To Own Right Now: Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc(VRX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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 Kumar Abhishek]

    2017 has turned out to be a good year for Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl Inc(NYSE:VRX) so far. Shares of thespecialty pharma company have been on atear of late. Valeant stock has gained more than 25% since the end of January compared to over 3% gain in Nasdaq Composite (INDX:COMPX). The stock has gained more than 10% in the last two days. Valeant stock is up another 5% in the pre-market trade today on the news that FDA has approved “Siliq” (orbrodalumab as it was previously known), a drug marketed by Valeant to treat adults with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis.

  • [By Kumar Abhishek] Valeant Pharmaceuticals(NYSE:VRX) stock jumps after the company sold Dendreon for hefty gains.
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    Shares of Valeant (NYSE:VRX) jumped more than 14% in pre-market trading yesterday, after the Canadian drug maker announced its long-awaited asset sale plans. The stock later gave away some of its gains after Moody’s released a report stating that the asset sales will not impact its credit rating or outlook, though Valeant’s bond prices jumped by 4.5%. Valeant is a classic example of a shareholder value destroyer. Once the darling of Wall Street, the stock has lost more than 90% of its value since its peak in 2014 and is down by more 80% in the last one year. The stock has dragged portfolios of the likes of Bill Ackman and Prof. Aswath Damodaran. However, the asset saleprovides a ray of hope for Valeant’s shareholders.

  • [By Kumar Abhishek]

    Shares of specialty pharma company Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl Inc(NYSE:VRX)have tanked more than 20% in last two trading sessions, breaching the support from the 50 day SMA, after the Laval,Quebec-based company reported its Q4 and FY 2016 earnings on Tuesday, before the market opened. While the earnings itself were better than expected, the guidance for FY 2017 didn’t go down well with investors and wall street, earning the company multiple price target cuts. Valeant reported an adjusted profit of $1.26 a share against analysts’ estimateof $1.21. This was Valeant’s first beat in a long time. Even on the revenue front, the company reported better than expected results. Initially, the stock gained on the report of an earnings beat. However, once the guidance figures came in, the stock tanked. In our earnings preview of Valeant, we had said that the adjusted EBITDA guidance for 2017 will be the key driver of VRX stock after the earnings.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    We noted earlier that Valeant Pharmaceuticals International (VRX) has popped today after selling assets for more than $2 billion, beginning what many expect to be just the first round of such sales. BMO’s Gary Nachman notes that Valeant had received “a solid price” for its assets. He explains:

    The first transaction is the sale of Dendreon (Provenge) to Sanpower Group for $820mn in cash. Provenge is a treatment for prostate cancer and is not core to Valeant; thus, we are not surprised by this asset sale. We estimate Provenge sales of $306mn for 2016, which translates to a multiple of ~2.7x.Valeant has been struggling to accelerate Provenge since it acquired the product, and given that the company does not have a real oncology presence we think this deal makes a lot of sense.

    The second transaction is the sale of CeraVe, AcneFree and AMBI to L’Oreal for $1.3bn in cash. These products are OTC skincare brands that we believe are core to Valeant’s dermatology/OTC business; thus, this deal is more surprising to us. However, with annual combined sales for the three products of $168mn, that translates to a multiple of ~7.7x. We think that is a good price and demonstrates Valeant’s willingness to part with some core assets if the valuation makes sense. We view that as a smart business decision given the urgency forValeant to pay down its significant $30bn debt level more aggressively…

    There is still more to go with asset sales, but we view this as a good start for Valeant.

    Shares of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International have gained 5.5% to $16.19 at 2:02 p.m. today. That’s a solid gain, but less thanthe 12% rise in pre-open trading, and the 8.8% rise at 10:27 a.m.

Top 10 Canadian Stocks To Own Right Now: Thor Industries Inc.(THO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Recreational vehicles have hit a stretch of popularity that the industry hasn’t seen since the 1970s, and Thor Industries (NYSE:THO) has found itself in the right place at the right time. The RV specialist has made every effort it can to boost its growth to take advantage of favorable conditions, both by ramping up its existing internal operations and by looking for strategic combinations like its recent acquisition of industry peer Jayco. Coming into Monday’s fiscal second-quarter financial report, Thor investors were looking for very strong growth, and even though the company largely delivered on that front, some concerns about the pace of further gains throughout the rest of the fiscal year weighed on Thor stock after the report.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Winnebago Industriesalong withmid cap peers Thor Industries, Inc (NYSE: THO) and LCI Industries (NYSE: LCII) all giving a very similar performance:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Winnebago Industriesalong withmid cap peers Thor Industries, Inc (NYSE: THO) and LCI Industries (NYSE: LCII) all giving a very similar performance and largely taking off starting in 2016:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Thor Industries, Inc. (NYSE: THO) shares were also up, gaining 13 percent to $154.01 after the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter on Monday.

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Thor Industries (THO) expects 2017 to be one of the strongest years for the RV industry since the 1970s.

    The prospect of higher gasoline prices seems unlikely to derail the RV rebound, given that growth is being driven by smaller and more fuel-efficient motorized RVs and towable trailers.

Top 10 Canadian Stocks To Own Right Now: PPL Corporation(PPL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    PPL Corp. (NYSE: PPL) posted a 52-week low of $30.74 after closing Tuesday at $30.76. The 52-week high is $40.20. Volume was about 3.2 million, about 25% below the daily average of around 4.5 million shares. The electric utility company had no specific news.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    PPL Corp. (NYSE: PPL) posted a 52-week low of $31.53 after closing Tuesday at $32.42. The 52-week high is $40.20. Volume was about 15.5 million, more than three times the daily average of around 4 million shares. The electric utility company took a downgrade on Tuesday and the fallout continues to drop.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    PPL Corp. (NYSE: PPL) posted a 52-week low of $30.81 after closing Friday at $31.13. The 52-week high is $40.20. Volume was about 3.5 million, about 25% below the daily average of around 4.5 million shares. The electric utility company had no specific news.

Top 10 Canadian Stocks To Own Right Now: Canadian National Railway Company(CNI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    GE got some good news this past week with an order for 200 locomotives from Canadian National Railway Co. (NYSE: CNI). The locomotives will be built at GE’s plant in Fort Worth, Texas, and deliveries to the rail operator will begin next year. The balance of the locomotives will be delivered in 2019 and 2020.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Canadian National Railway (USA) (NYSE: CNI) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.92 per share on revenue of $3.08 billion.

    Container Store Group Inc (NYSE: TCS) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.21 per share on revenue of $230.53 million.

  • [By Brett Hershman]

    The Swiss bank said it was raising first-quarter estimates on four of the six rails it covers, with updated estimates above consensus on Canadian National Railway (USA) (NYSE: CNI), CSX Corporation (NASDAQ: CSX) and Kansas City Southern (NYSE: KSU), which is seen to show upside against low expectations.

Top 10 Canadian Stocks To Own Right Now: Encana Corporation(ECA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Encana Corp. (NYSE: ECA) is rated Buy with an unchanged price target of $16. The EPS estimate for 2017 was lowered from $0.42 to $0.34, and the 2018 estimate was also lowered, from $1.47 to $1.28. The shares ended the weekat $11.44, in a 52-week range of $4.90 to $13.85. The consensus 12-month price target is $14.95.

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    Canada-based Encana Corp. (NYSE: ECA) was the eighth top oil company stock in 2016, with a 131% gain over the year. ECA and its subsidiaries focus on developing, exploring, producing, and marketing natural gas, liquefied natural gas, and oil in North America.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Vodafone Group (VOD) , Schlumberger (SLB) , Encana (ECA) , Arconic (ARNC) and AdvanSix (ASIX) .

    Cramer was bearish on U.S. Silica Holdings (SLCA) .

Top 10 Canadian Stocks To Own Right Now: Talisman Energy Inc.(TLM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jayson Derrick]

    On the other hand, the analysts are Underweight on Eni SpA (ADR) (NYSE: E), Repsol Oil & Gas Canada Inc (USA) (NYSE: TLM) and OMV AG given their asset bases, which offer an inferior risk to reward profile and limited differentiation in cost reductions.

Top 10 Canadian Stocks To Own Right Now: Silver Wheaton Corp(SLW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Rich Duprey]

    Silver Wheaton (NYSE:SLW), of course, is a streamer like Sandstorm and Franco, but it is the largest in the precious-metals industry, and arguably the best-known, because its business model came to define what streaming is. Although it is known primarily for its silver contracts, Silver Wheaton also has sizable gold production that makes it worth your attention.

Top 10 Canadian Stocks To Own Right Now: Safeway Inc.(SWY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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:

  • [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:

Top 10 Canadian Stocks To Own Right Now: NEW GOLD INC.(NGD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    The stock market lost ground on Monday, sending major market benchmarks lower by more than half a percentage point. The Dow lost its grip on the 20,000 mark in the wake of concerns about economic growth and new U.S. immigration policy, and some believe that the broader geopolitical climate could have a negative impact on global commerce that in turn could start affecting multinational corporations’ business prospects. In addition, bad news from some individual companies weighed on the markets, and Transocean (NYSE:RIG), Rite Aid (NYSE:RAD), and New Gold (NYSEMKT:NGD) were among the worst performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so poorly.

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