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Q: I am looking to reduce my industrial holdings which are LMT (4.7%), CNR.TO (4.4%), MMM (3%), HON (3%) and TT (2.8%). Please rank in sell order and comments.

Read Answer Asked by Steven on November 22, 2021

Q: If inflation is going to be a concern, do you have 5 company suggestions in the US and Canada that would have pricing and so earnings power? Thank you

Read Answer Asked by Michael on October 25, 2021

Q: Can you offer 5 companies in Canada and the US that have pricing power in the face of inflation? Thank you

Read Answer Asked by hal on September 28, 2021

Q: Attention turned to industrials earlier this year and many have already done well. Is it a late to buy 3M ? If no, do you believe 3M to be a good investment assuming we are going to see a healthy recovery in major developed economies. In particular:
1. Do you think there is a high probability of further US$ weakness or is that mostly done now? If the US$ weakens further, would I be correct in thinking that that in itself would make little impact on 3Ms prospects, given that 3M has global facilities?
2. Would you consider 3M to be fairly priced today? I cannot tell if it is GARP or overvalued. (The Dr Dooms are getting to me).
3. Have the most recent quarters been meaningfully good for 3M sales due to Covid ( ventilators, medical supplies?) Or do you believe 3M still has great sales prospects going forward or are comparisons going forward going to depress share price?
4. What is 3Ms PEG ? I see conflicting numbers.
5. I thought 3M had a good MOAT , a business model that is hard to replicate EASILY. Am I correct?
6. Any reason to wonder about management strength?

(Disclosure : I am biased in favor of 3M for reasons that I myself find unfathomable)

Read Answer Asked by Adam on April 20, 2021

Q: For a long term, conservative, income oriented investor what are your favourite industrial stocks. Three from each of canada and the US would be great.
Many thanks for all the help.

Read Answer Asked by John on March 31, 2021

Q: I just retired with no pension and living off my portfolio. Im sitting on a lot of cash right now with very little US investments. I would like to start buying slowly. What would you suggest. Preferably ETFs listed on the TSX with the odd US stock. Thanks

Read Answer Asked by HEATH on September 21, 2020

Q: Hi Ryan and Peter.
The gov'ts are talking about reopening Economy soon. A lot of stocks (except for the high techs) are still 50% less than the recent highs. Which industries or companies do you think will benefit from the reopening? Can you please provide 2-3 names in the US and Canada? I would like to move some money into my TFSA.

Thank you,

Read Answer Asked by Yiwen on April 29, 2020

Q: Hi folks,

Which Cdn and US companies would you consider buying now in relation to their assistance (equipment, internet services, food services, etc...) or solution (vaccines, drugs, etc...) or potential in view of the Covid-19 crisis and why ? Take credits as you see fit.

Please keep yourselves safe,

Jacques ids

Read Answer Asked by Jacques on April 08, 2020

Q: I read an article that suggest that the US has essentially moved the FED's role to the Treasury Dept, thereby giving control (more at least) to the Trump admin. First, do you see this as the case, and second, if they were to devalue the US dollar as Trump has often called for to better compete with the world, and this brought structural support to the political move away from China and ROTW imports and boosted a reemergence of the US manufacturing/supply-chain system, what companies would look like a steal today ten years from now?

Read Answer Asked by Rick on April 02, 2020

Q: Thinking about investment implications of this crisis. In a recent investigation by Assoiated Press it was reported that " The critical shortage of medical supplies across the U.S. (Canada?), including testing swabs, protective masks,surgical gowns and hand sanitizer, can be tied to a sudden drop in imports, mostly from China". Do you think there will now be a new emphasis on domestic manufacture and if so where might one find the companies that would benefit?

Read Answer Asked by michael on April 01, 2020

Q: With respect to energy producers, would it be fair to say that producers such as Suncor, who also have refining assets, are better shielded against the current downturn in the energy sector, given that the cost of the input (crude oil) allows for a (theoretically) larger crack spread ? Unrelated to energy, do you believe that a company such as 3M, which manufactures various items used in the medical field, will weather the current corovirus downturn a bit better ?

Read Answer Asked by Mike on March 23, 2020

Q: What is your view on 3M as a long term investment? I've always heard great things about this company and the shares always seem to sell at a premium, but when I take a look at growth either top or bottom line, it always fails to impress. What am I missing? Opportunity to pick up some shares here for the long term on the cheap with the recent drop?

Read Answer Asked by John on May 17, 2019

Q: When a company like 3 M has a day like this one dropping by over 25 %, how should one react.

I am trying to think calmly in terms of fundamentals.

So is this still a good company with safe dividends ?

Are earnings moving in the right direction, if not why, isn't it ?

Is there a fundamental change in the business that is longer lasting?

Read Answer Asked by Ernest on April 26, 2019