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Q: I had a partial fill on a buy order for PFE and did not return to top up my holding . My position is too small to leave as is and I am unsure whether to add to the position or exit entirely. PFE is included in various dividend models, e.g. the AAII Dividend portfolio and the MS Global Dividend model. This prompted me to hang on. So did the many words by financial writers and commentators who have almost all been talking-up the health care sector for at least a year. Most comments by financial professionals and analysts are on how and why they expect the health care sector finally to catch up. Their focus on demographics does make sense. Yet, nothing happens to liven up the shares in pharma businesses, outside of a few stars like LLY and NVO. The share price of PFE itself has done nothing but decline. Do you the company has good prospects— good enough to ADD to the position? Or do you think I should just exit and be done with it ? (And give up on all the darn reading as research often gets one nowhere).
Read Answer Asked by Adam on June 20, 2024
Q: hi group i am very light on financials does it make sense to invest in the smaller companies for exposure to the financial sector. (eg GSY,IFC EQB - please rate these 3 (in order of preference and why.-against CAD/US BANKS .. also I am light on Health care do you see the sectors as a buy please give me you top 3 picks in healthcare presently i own CVS and PFE should i sell them to invest in you picks?...Thanks for you help with this
Read Answer Asked by Terence on June 14, 2024
Q: I am interested to invest in the US health sector. Could you please suggest the best pharmaceutical companies in the market or companies related to the health sector? Thank you.
Read Answer Asked by Esther on June 12, 2024
Q: Good morning;

I own the 4 stocks referenced at a 4.5% weight in my portfolio. ILMN was purchased as a turnaround candidate so I wish to keep it. XLV to hedge. UNH I have my initial investment out; it has bounced around quite a bit lately with no clear path but a target +/$75 above current price. May 1st you commented CVS is not one you would add to and it could be a value trap. I've owned it since prior to COVID and missed my opportunity to sell it off.

I want to stay exposed and grow my exposure a bit to the US (and maybe Canadian) health care sector. Other than a very occasional flare of positive results this sector has not been very beneficial to my portfolio other than a bit of modest income. I could part with (in order) CVS, UNH, XLV to build better growth exposure. I would appreciate your top 5 recommended options along with why you would put them on the list.

Thanks very much.

Read Answer Asked by Dave on May 09, 2024
Q: Can you account for the recent drop in TMO and possibly also for its quick recovery.

Portfolio analytics call for more in my healthcare sector. Do you prefer ETFs or individual companies here?

Please recommend a few of your favourite quality long-term holds for both (more American than Canadian, but both if possible).

Thanks as always.
Read Answer Asked by Kevin on May 06, 2024
Q: Please recommend a few health care investments.
Read Answer Asked by Susan on April 19, 2024
Q: I've held JNJ for over 15 years based on my belief in the quality of their management. I'm feeling my trust may now be overly 'generous' and it may be time to move on, particularly now that the steadiness of consumer products is gone. I'm considering VRTX or another suggestion you could offer. I have full positions in TMO, SYK and UNH, highlighting my preference for quality.
Read Answer Asked by Mike on April 19, 2024
Q: I just sold DXCM and am looking for a replacement in the healthcare sector. I've either owned (ISRG, MASI) or watched (DHR) for years, but currently do not own any of these. From my end, they all look like good choices, which would be your preference and why?

If you've got another recommendation, I'm all ears!
Read Answer Asked by Cameron on February 14, 2024
Q: The magnificent 7 have had a nice run in 2023. Assuming that the market is broadening out, can you suggest around 5 to 10 US stocks and/or ETFs where money is rotating to. Medium risk stocks. Also what sectors should benefit in the next phase of the economic cycle?
Read Answer Asked by Paul on December 15, 2023
Q: Seasons Greetings!
Can I please get your high level thoughts for DHR and TMO.
Do you like them for a long term hold?
If yes, are they sufficiently different so I should consider buying both?
Which one has the highest exposure to the "water" theme?
Read Answer Asked by Ian on December 01, 2023
Q: hi, can I get your best CDN and US ideas in the industrials and healthcare sectors right now, for long term investment. cheers, chris
Read Answer Asked by chris on December 01, 2023
Q: I currently hold XHC to give me some global health care exposure. It is ~ a whole position for me and is currently down 4.5%. My other Healthcare stocks are Well and Abbvie.
Do you have some other healthcare names that are solid but growing. With or without dividend.

Outside of Canada to get USA or World exposure.

Or would you stick with XHC?

Read Answer Asked by Colin on November 24, 2023
Q: What would be your best contrarian pick today in both us and canadian markets
Read Answer Asked by Todd on November 03, 2023
Q: This period of seasonal weakness is a great time for some early Christmas shopping. I sold a part position in NVO a while ago and am looking to reinvest proceeds to increase my health care holdings.

Considering current valuations, what would you recommend as a good complement to expand and diversify?

Thanks in advance.
Read Answer Asked by Dave on October 03, 2023
Q: Hi 5i,

I found the Q&A about Envista this morning very interesting. With the Veralto spinoff that is happening with DHR, do you think that Veralto will have the same low/no growth issues? I think DHR is trying to do the same again by keeping the higher growth assets and spinning off the lower growth ones. Would you hang on the the new shares when received or would you sell and maybe put back into DHR instead? TIA!

Read Answer Asked by Wayne on September 25, 2023