Top 5 Canadian Stocks To Buy Right Now

Though spring only recently arrived, marijuana stocks have been flowering for a good two years. Cannabis research firm ArcView has forecast a compound annual growth rate of 28% for the legal weed industry in North America through 2021, leading to what could amount to almost $25 billion in annual sales if these estimates prove accurate.

Growing from less than $7 billion in annual sales to almost $25 billion between 2016 and 2021 in North America would be one heck of a feat for an industry that’s still illegal in every country except Uruguay. Of course, that could soon change. Canada appears to be on the verge of legalizing adult-use marijuana by this summer, paving the way for recreational cannabis sales to commence by August or September. This should add $5 billion or more in annual sales, assuming approval.

As a result of marijuana’s expansion potential, pot stock valuations — especially of Canadian growers — have gone through the roof. There are a half-dozen marijuana stocks currently boasting a market cap north of $1 billion.

Top 5 Canadian Stocks To Buy Right Now: Natural Gas(NG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    Canadian gold mining company NovaGold Resources Inc. (NYSE: NG) shows an even starker change in sentiment. In the last six months, the volume of short bets on the stock declined 32.75%, from 19.05 million shares to 12.81 million.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Wells Fargo & Company MN lowered its stake in shares of NovaGold Resources Inc. (NYSEAMERICAN:NG) (TSE:NG) by 5.1% in the first quarter, reports. The institutional investor owned 1,071,600 shares of the mining company’s stock after selling 57,571 shares during the period. Wells Fargo & Company MN’s holdings in NovaGold Resources were worth $4,640,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Money Morning Staff Reports]

    Canadian gold mining company NovaGold Resources Inc. (NYSE: NG) shows an even starker change in sentiment. In the last 12 months, the volume of short bets on the stock declined 79%, to 522,400.

Top 5 Canadian Stocks To Buy Right Now: Wells Fargo & Company(WFC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE: WFC) has settled more of its charges with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). This is yet another offense by the megabank that is being added a growing list of things to apologize for. Specifically, these charges are in regards to the misconduct in the sale of financial products known as market-linked investments (MLIs) to retail investors.

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    San Francisco-based Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC) , struggling to recover from a series of regulatory penalties over allegedly aggressive sales practices, posted a 5.5% profit increase on a preliminary basis, noting that legal costs might have to be revised higher pending discussions with regulators over as much as $1 billion of new penalties related to auto insurance and mortgage-related violations.

  • [By Simon Erickson]

    Financial services hasn’t exactly been America’s most popular industry in recent years.

    Banks have traditionally obtained 40% of their profits from “fee income,” which are those charges for using out-of-network ATMs, for maintaining too low of a monthly balance, or for any of the other fine-print fees you never knew you triggered until it’s too late. This is aggravating for retail customers. Consumer lenders are among the most-hated companies in our country, with predatory loans largely responsible for burdening subprime borrowers with excessive debt and for spurring the 2008 economic recession. This makes the public leery of lenders and distrustful of the fine print in the contracts. Even the companies who are considered best-in-class have an unflattering reputation. Wells Fargo(NYSE:WFC)was once considered one of our nation’s most dependable banks. But their recent sales scandal,which opened millions of unauthorized consumer accounts, may have permanently impaired their reputation. And no one has forgotten howGoldman Sachs'(NYSE:GS)traders boasted about ripping the faces offof their clients just to generate profits. It prompted Rolling Stone magazine to famously refer to Goldman as a “great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity.”

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  • [By Matthew Frankel]

    After Wells Fargo’s (NYSE:WFC) fake-accounts scandal was revealed in 2016, Buffett said that the bank remained a compelling long-term investment and that he had no plans to sell any of Berkshire’s massive stake. At last year’s meeting, Buffett reiterated that while the bank made a big mistake by incentivizing cross-selling, it still was a great company.

Top 5 Canadian Stocks To Buy Right Now: Patni Computer Systems Limited(PTI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Proteostasis Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: PTI) saw its shares slide early on Thursday after the company reported that it had positive data from its early stage trial in cystic fibrosis (CF). These results come from the firms ongoing Phase 1 dosing study of PTI-801 in CF patients on background Orkambi (lumacaftor/ivacaftor) therapy.

Top 5 Canadian Stocks To Buy Right Now: Transcananda Pipelines Ltd.(TRP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    In March, FERC dropped a bombshell on MLP investors by reversing a long-standing policy that had allowed these entities to collect an additional fee to cover income taxes as part of their cost-of-service rates on long-haul pipelines. This rule change weighed heavily on MLPs that were majority-owned by other energy companies, since they used this rate structure to cover the taxes they would pay on the income received from their MLPs. Among the hardest hit were Dominion Energy Midstream Partners — owned by utility Dominion Energy (NYSE:D) — and TC Pipelines, controlled by Canadian pipeline giant TransCanada (NYSE:TRP). Meanwhile, Enbridge Energy Partners and Spectra Energy Partners, which are both sponsored by Canadian pipeline giant Enbridge (NYSE:ENB), also sold off on that early-spring news, which subsequently led Enbridge to offer to acquire its MLPs.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    TransCanada’s (NYSE:TRP) expansion efforts continued paying dividends during the first quarter as earnings and cash flow kept growing. As a result, the Canadian pipeline giant remains on track to achieve its dividend growth targets. CEO Russ Girling affirmed that view on the quarterly conference call, where he detailed the company’s progress on its strategic plan.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    For years, Canadian pipeline giant TransCanada (NYSE:TRP) has used its master limited partnership (MLP) TC Pipelines (NYSE:TCP) as a source of capital by dropping down assets to that entity in exchange for cash. However, a regulatory policy change earlier in the year hit TC Pipelines hard, which caused the MLP to slash its distribution to investors. These changes have weighed heavily on the MLP’s valuation and access to capital. Because of that, TransCanada no longer believes it can use TC Pipelines as a viable funding option.

  • [By Zacks]

    Moreover, TransCanada Corporation (NYSE: TRP)'s $8 billion Keystone XL pipeline – expected to carry heavy crude from Alberta to refineries in the United States – is yet to get a final investment decision. The midstream company had secured 20 years commitment for 500 thousand barrels per day for the pipeline and received Alberta government's support. However, the Nebraska government sanctioned the Mainline Alternative Route for the controversial project, which is longer than the company's preferred route and has forced it to review the alternative route keeping the final decision on hold.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Meanwhile, TransCanada (NYSE:TRP) has been working to revive its Keystone XL pipeline. After years of delay, TransCanada could start full construction next year, which would put the line into service by 2021. However, the hotly contested pipeline could face new delays or even another rejection.

Top 5 Canadian Stocks To Buy Right Now: China Metro-Rural Holdings Limited(CNR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Canadian National Railway (NYSE:CNI) (TSE:CNR) – Cormark raised their Q3 2018 earnings per share (EPS) estimates for Canadian National Railway in a research report issued to clients and investors on Tuesday, April 10th. Cormark analyst D. Tyerman now expects that the transportation company will post earnings per share of $1.15 for the quarter, up from their previous estimate of $1.14.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Shares of Canadian National Railway (TSE:CNR) (NYSE:CNI) have been given an average recommendation of “Buy” by the eleven research firms that are covering the firm, MarketBeat reports. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a hold recommendation and six have issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average 12-month price target among brokerages that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is C$109.36.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    State of Tennessee Treasury Department lessened its stake in shares of Canadian National Railway (NYSE:CNI) (TSE:CNR) by 1.6% in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 842,775 shares of the transportation company’s stock after selling 13,507 shares during the quarter. State of Tennessee Treasury Department owned about 0.11% of Canadian National Railway worth $61,565,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Brokerages expect Canadian National Railway (NYSE:CNI) (TSE:CNR) to announce earnings of $1.03 per share for the current fiscal quarter, Zacks Investment Research reports. Eight analysts have issued estimates for Canadian National Railway’s earnings, with the highest EPS estimate coming in at $1.10 and the lowest estimate coming in at $0.97. Canadian National Railway reported earnings of $1.00 per share in the same quarter last year, which would indicate a positive year over year growth rate of 3%. The business is scheduled to issue its next quarterly earnings report on Tuesday, July 24th.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Her Majesty the Queen in Right of the Province of Alberta as represented by Alberta Investment Management Corp cut its position in Canadian National Railway (NYSE:CNI) (TSE:CNR) by 21.1% during the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 1,956,400 shares of the transportation company’s stock after selling 522,300 shares during the period. Canadian National Railway accounts for about 1.7% of Her Majesty the Queen in Right of the Province of Alberta as represented by Alberta Investment Management Corp’s investment portfolio, making the stock its 7th biggest position. Her Majesty the Queen in Right of the Province of Alberta as represented by Alberta Investment Management Corp owned 0.27% of Canadian National Railway worth $184,215,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Compass Capital Management Inc. bought a new position in Canadian National Railway (NYSE:CNI) (TSE:CNR) during the second quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund bought 2,535 shares of the transportation company’s stock, valued at approximately $207,000.

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