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Feb 10, 2017 5 from 5i - The Short Approach to Shorting

By Michael

Earnings season is slowly but surely getting underway. The TSX, Dow Jones and NASDAQ Composite touched record levels on Tuesday, as investors assessed a slew of corporate earnings. WestJet Airlines (WJA) reported a higher-than-expected quarterly profit as the carrier flew more passengers. Toromont (TIH), one of the world's largest Caterpillar (CAT) equipment dealers, reported Q4/16 results came in slightly below expectations but increased its quarterly dividend for the 28th consecutive year, this time by 6% to $0.19 a share. Canada’s government said it will provide $372.5M in support for Bombardier (BBD.B) to help fund two jet programs. Telus (T) results were below estimates, but the drop in profit was largely related to a one time contract expense. Bob Iger said he is open to extending his term as the head of Walt Disney (DIS), offering investors a sign of potential stability at the media company as it reported a dip in quarterly advertising at ESPN. Here's five stories we found interesting this week:

  1. Learn from others' mistakes before you begin shorting stocks
  2. Risk does not discriminate based on who the President happens to be
  3. Where will the loonie fly next?
  4. Keep your hormones in check and make better investment decisions
  5. The VIX may be quiet but the word “uncertainty" is at an all-time high

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