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Q: My industrial portfolio currently has a light exposure to the industrial sector. Id like to diversify by adding some industrial stocks in the US and Canada. Additionally, in the consumer sector, I already hold ATD, TOY, PBH, ULTA, and COST. To further enhance my consumer holdings, could you recommend several consumer stocks in the US and one or two in Canada? Your assistance is greatly appreciated. Thank you!
Read Answer Asked by Esther on June 17, 2024
Q: I am looking to add BKNG to my Consumer Cyclicals. Currently I have a ATZ, LULU, MG, LNF, DOO, and CROX.

Long term growth investor.

Would you suggest trimming across the board or are there any names you would swap if one wanted to high grade their portfolio.
Read Answer Asked by Stefan on June 05, 2024
Q: I did really well buying oil stocks when oil tanked 4 years ago, and holding during the recovery. What beaten up sector do you feel has great recovery potential like this currently? Would REIT's qualify since rate cuts appear to be coming soon, or are you not as confident in the recovery due to vacancy's & recession possibility? Thx
Read Answer Asked by Adam on May 23, 2024
Q: In regards to some of the companies that have gotten whacked after releasing their numbers (like Uber, Shopify, Hammand ect), what are a couple names that you think look the most likely to dust themselves off and move higher from here? Thanks
Read Answer Asked by Martin on May 14, 2024
Q: I am a holder of the stock at levels slightly higher than present and have been pleased with the last two quarters do you think the turnaround is in place. The inventory has been reduced from the previous high in the last 6 months or so. Is the current inventory at a level that is right sized for the sales or is it still high. Do you have a rule of thumb for a stock like this for inventory size vs some other metric. Any further color you can add on inventory would be helpful as I am lacking the knowledge. Thanks
Read Answer Asked by Jerome on May 10, 2024
Q: We have a well-diversified Canadian portfolio (~30 holdings) focused slightly toward growth that is overweight in the Consumer Cyclical sector. Our current holdings, in approximately equal weights, are DOO, LNF, MG, BYD, PLC, ATZ. We are considering either reducing our holdings by one or a group trimming. Which would you prefer and why? For long term holds, how would you rate (1-10) these 6?
Read Answer Asked by Peter on April 24, 2024
Q: Hello, Would you have 4 top picks in either of these sectors (industrials, consumer staples, consumer discretionary or health care). I am looking for large caps trading on the TSX with good long term potential. Thank you.
Read Answer Asked by Pierre on April 23, 2024
Q: On Dec 12 '23 you printed a list of 10 potentially improving stocks. With good luck I pulled CCL out of the list and it has done well. Which of that list do you still see as having good potential ?? Thanks Jim
Read Answer Asked by jim on April 16, 2024
Q: A number of these companies have done very well recently while others have not. Could you rate these as Buy/Hold/Sell and for those you consider a buy, could you provide what you feel is a good entry point.

Thank you
Read Answer Asked by Timothy on April 05, 2024
Q: In a registered account I would like to do some money recycling and choose 2 to depart from and recycle back into the others. HPS.A with 4% weighting and GSY at 6%. WELL is (well below) purchase price and although I still believe in the company the others might do better with a 5 years horizon but maybe not, your take. Could you identify the 2 you would let go and where would you recycle money into with a 1-5 preference, 1 beeing where you would add the most and 5 you would put the least. Having said all of that the total portfolio is much bigger and the position size of all of the above except for HPS and GSY are in the 1-2% range.

Thank you
Read Answer Asked by Yves on April 01, 2024
Q: I have held Magna for multiple years, and with the execption of a surge in value three years ago (which it eventually surrendered), it is at pretty much my original purchase price. I have been considering a switch to Amazon, as I cannot think of a more dominant player in the consumer cyclical space. I had also considered starting a position in Aritzia, but I am not as confident in its profile as I am with Amazon. The position of this investment is 4% of portfolio, if the exposure level has any influence at all on the analysis. One potential tailwind for Magna could be manufacture of parts for battery electric vehicles, which should increase in demand over the next five years: my understanding is that MG provides many such parts to multiple companies that make these particular automobiles.

Would a switch from MG to AMZN be prudent, or is there a stronger case to be made for staying put? As always, thanks so much for your insights, and I look forward to your response.
Read Answer Asked by Domenic on March 27, 2024
Q: Hi 5i:
These 2 are in my TFSA, AQN is down 15% and ATZ 27%, each are 1.5% of TFSA.
I am thinking it is time to move on. My reason is that I think it will take too long for these to "come back"
I know that this will be a loss I cannot claim.

What do you think? Any suggested replacements?
Thanks for all your work and analysis.
Read Answer Asked by George on March 22, 2024
Q: Thank you for all you do. You are lowering my retirement age and it is greatly appreciated. Can you please rank the above consumer discretionary stocks?
Thanks again.
Read Answer Asked by Neil on March 18, 2024
Q: My wife and I have accumulated a fair amount of cash in our RRSP we would now like to invest. We have at least 5 years time horizon. We are well represented in Oil, Banks, Tech., financial. We have some reits as well. Not much retail or healthcare. We like growth and dividends and not too concerned about higher weightings in the right industries (we are considering more banks and tech, as well as minerals for batteries). We have about 40K which is about 10% of our portfolio. What would you consider good value right now? It seems many tech stocks are priced very high right now so would you avoid tech at the moment? Can you suggest 5 value stocks? Thanks.
Read Answer Asked by John on February 29, 2024
Q: Hi Peter & team,

Could you please recommend two Canadian Consumer Staple and/or Discretionary choices to add into a portfolio?

Thanks for all you do


Read Answer Asked by Gord on February 27, 2024
Q: I have 7000$ to allocate into my TFSA which of these companies would be your favourite and which would be your least favourite, please rate them out of 10(1 meaning least favourite and 10 being most favourite). Lastly at what entry price would you be a buyer of these companies? Please indicate an entry price for each company.

Thanks guys
Read Answer Asked by Ma on February 26, 2024
Q: I am considering starting new positions or adding to existing positions in a number of these companies. In What order would you purchase these companies, from first to last? Is there any of these companies you would not currently buy? Looking at 3 to 5 year timeline..

Apologies for number of companies!! Please deduct appropriately.


Read Answer Asked by Timothy on February 14, 2024