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Q: Hello

I would like to have your outlook on both BDX and SYK for a long term hold.
BDX has been trading sideways for months. Do you see the stock outperforming by the end of 2021?
SYK - how do you see the company performing? Do you see surgeries picking up with covid cases decreasing ? Is it a good stock to keep ?

thank you

Read Answer Asked by Kristelle on July 29, 2021

Q: Just looking for an opinion,

In what scenario does this ever get back to it's glory days before the oil fallout years ago? I have owned this for sometime in a TFSA and wondering if I should just keep holding due to not being able to harvest tax loss or take the loss and move the proceeds into something else in a different industry where over time I could recoup the loss.

Read Answer Asked by Kolbi on July 22, 2021

Q: Hi, My respected 5i team
During the March 2020 market correction, your team provided a special report which was a big help for me to take advantage of the market correction. I bought some solid names at a discount as the report recommended. Are you guys still doing this kind of special report in the future?
Could you please recommend 5 solid names to buy in Canadian and US markets respectively if there is a market correction again? Do you think it is a good time to buy them now during the current market  drawdown?
Pls list the names in the order from your most favorite to the least. Thanks in advance!

Read Answer Asked by Zheng on July 22, 2021

Q: For asset allocation I follow AlphaBeta which suggest 6% for. Basic Materials I have 1.35%. Any suggestions for additions to this sector?
In Health Care it suggest 9% I have 6.44% mainly1.45 % in Well the rest must be from holdings in ETFs . Any suggestions.?

Read Answer Asked by Roy on July 13, 2021

Q: Hello 5i Team.

Thank you for all the insights into investing - it has been profitable both educationally and financially.

7% of our portfolio is in geared to health care with a holding of 5 stocks , GUD - (slightly underwater but is the hopeful flyer), Medtronic - MDT, Cardinal Health - CAH, Abbvie - ABBV, Johnson & Johnson- JNJ. In an effort to reduce the overall number of stocks in our TFSA, RRSP and taxable accounts I was considering liquidating CAH and JNJ and either purchasing more ABBV or adding SYK, unless of course you can recommend another US health care stock. JNJ and and CAH have been the laggards of the US group since my initial purchases. I realize MDT and SYK might be similar but i do believe surgeries should increase in 2022.

I enjoy reading your resources and recommend it often.


Read Answer Asked by Kevin on June 30, 2021

Q: Each of these names are now near or above 10% of my portfolio.
Your thought above trim them down all by half, reduce risk: keep some cash, buy some medical names: MDT/SYK ,other fang names: FB/GOOG, industrials: looking at Carrier/Trane/Raytheon.

Thanks you!

Read Answer Asked by Nhung on June 29, 2021

Q: I would like to increase my health care sector weighting. It is presently 0.3% of my portfolio with one stock, CSH.UN. What quality health care stocks would 5iReseach recommend & should I also add to CSH.UN to help increase the sector’s weighting. Thanks … Cal

Read Answer Asked by cal on June 28, 2021

Q: A family member would like to build a US dollar portfolio with US stocks. My thought would be to do it along the lines of the 5iR Cdn Balance Portfolio. For example, JPMorgan would be the US stock for the BNS. With this in mind, and being able to tolerate risk and for a long-term intention, like 10 years, what would you suggest the 15+ position US portfolio would look like?....Thanks...Tom

Read Answer Asked by Tom on June 24, 2021

Q: Can you recommend 5 blue chip U.S. stocks that look attractive right now? I have capital that I'd like to put to work and I currently own AMZN, ABBV, BMY, NVDA and COST. Looking to add some other names. I'm looking at HD on the most recent pullback and JPM.

Thank you,

Read Answer Asked by Jason on June 21, 2021

Q: I own both ABBV and MDT and I am up nicely on both, thanks to 5i.
Thinking of selling MDT and purchasing SYK, which should have more growth in the coming months??
I would appreciate your opinion on all companies and the switch from MDT to SYK.



Read Answer Asked by David on June 17, 2021

Q: Good day - thank you for reading my email and all your information and prompt assistance It is very appreciated

Would you please suggest which stocks you would buy in healthcare and consumer defensive - Canadian and US if possible

Read Answer Asked by Marla on June 15, 2021

Q: Hello 5i,
Income value investor with some growth stocks. Just received 16 shares of OGN. At 75 years I don't think I want to wait for "maybe" some growth. No dividend either. I would just sell them and by a few more MRK. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Read Answer Asked by STANLEY on June 11, 2021

Q: I have the following companies in my RRSP account - I am looking to replace PG - can you give me some suggestions ? Something with some growth potential and dividend.


Read Answer Asked by JOHN on June 09, 2021

Q: Your views on AMGN. The price is moving in the range between US$230 to US$245. Pays a dividend yielding 2.5% plus and increasing dividend year over year. One bad thing is happening with its new drugs. They are failing and not getting approval. Your views. Should exit the position? What's your choice? Do not own any drug company but own BAX-N as 10% of my portfolio. I run very concentrated portfolio based on individual companies and ignoring sectors.

Read Answer Asked by Piyush on June 08, 2021

Q: I am looking to increase my healthcare exposure in the US. Would you recommend VEEV or GH or both or would you have other recommendations. Risk is not a factor.
Thanks for your service!

Read Answer Asked by Ozzie on June 02, 2021

Q: What US stocks would you recommend to reduce volatility of a portfolio which is overweight on US growth stocks (mostly IT)? Looking for dividend payers, which are expected to grow at a moderate pace and are reasonable priced for that growth.

Read Answer Asked by Steve on June 02, 2021

Q: Hi Peter, I've taken some comfort despite my loss on BDX shares because some commentators have pointed out that their products (joint replacements) will soon benefit from the pent-up demand due to Covid-caused delays in such surgeries. However, Stryker, which is in a similar business, has significantly outperformed BDX both before and after Covid. In other words, do you know why BDX is so underperforming SYK, and would you hang onto (or perhaps add to) BDX at this point? Thank you.

Read Answer Asked by James on June 02, 2021