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StockPointer® US and ADR Model Portfolio Transactions – September 2020

We have rebalanced the Stockpointer® US and ADR model portfolios which are effective immediately. Here are the details for the US portfolio :

Ins:

1. Charles Schwab Corporation (SCHW) – Market Trend. Increase in the financial sector as seen in the Top 100 index, therefore, increasing our position in the portfolio.

2. Pfizer (PFE) – Market trend. Increase in the Health care sector.

3. Murphy USA (MUSA) – Intra-sectoral transaction. In the top of its sector.

Outs:

1. LyondellBasell (LYB) – Market Trend. Decrease in the Material sector as seen in the Top 100 index, therefore, decreasing our position in the portfolio.

2. Verizon (VZ) – Market trend. A decrease in the Telecommunication sector.

3. Lear Corporation (LEA) – Intra-sectoral transaction. The EPI decreased bellow 1.

Here are the details for the ADR portfolio :

Ins:

1. Eisai (ESALF) – Market Trend. Increase in the Health Care sector as seen in the Top 100 index, therefore, increasing our position in the portfolio.

2. Toto Ltd. (TOTDF) – Market Trend. Increase in the Industrial sector.

3. Singapore Technologies Engineering (SGGKF) – Market Trend. Increase in the Industrial sector.

4 Koninklijke Ahold Delhaize N.V. (AHODF) – Market Trend. Increase in the consumer staples sector.

Outs:

1. CrediCorp (BAP) – Market Trend. Decrease in the financial sector as seen in the Top 100 index, therefore, decreasing our position in the portfolio. The company’s EPI also decreased bellow 1.

2. Grupo Financiero Santander Serfín, S.A. de C.V. (BSMX) – Market Trend. Decrease in the Financial sector.

3. Ping An Insurance (Group) Co. Of China (PIAIF) – Market Trend. A decrease in the Financial sector.

4. Telenet Group (TLGHY) – Market Trend. Decrease in the Consumer Discretionary sector.

Portfolio Manager’s September Comment for August Results

Equity markets had a strong positive monthly performance in August. In the U.S. the performance was particularly strong among technology large cap stocks while in Canada the performance was vigorous among financials large cap stocks. It’s widely believed that the FED market intervention is no stranger to the strong performance of equities as of late.

In August, the S&P/TSX rose by 2.3%, the S&P 500 increased by 7.2% while the MSCI ACWI ex USA gained 4.7%. At August end and over a 12-month period, the S&P/TSX returned 3.8% behind the S&P 500 gain of 21.9% and the MSCI ACWI ex. USA increased by 8.8%.

NQICAT advanced by 1.9% in August and posted a 12-month return of 0.6%.

The best S&P/TSX sectors for the month were Financials up 6.7% followed by industrials up 4.2% and Consumer Discretionary up 1.9%. The worst performing sectors were Health Care down 7.5%, Consumer Staples down 4.7% and Utilities down 2.1%.

NQICAT’s best performers in August were National Bank up 14.5% and Great-West up 12.4% on the back of excellent quarterly results.

At the opposite, the weakest contributors were Alimentation Couche-Tard down 8.5% and Winpak down 6.6% mainly on profit taking and concerns about their respective outlooks.

Portfolio Manager’s August Comment for July Results

The S&P/TSX rose by 4.5% in July and the S&P500 increased by 5.6% while the MSCI ACWI ex USA gained 4.1%. At the end of the 12-month period ending July 31th, the S&P/TSX posted a positive return of 1.9%. Over the same 12-month period, the S&P500 surged 12% while the MSCI ACWI ex USA gained 0.7%.

The NQICAT recorded a net gain of 8% in July and a 12-month return of -2.3%.
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The best TSX sectors for the month of July were Materials up 13.1%, followed by Consumer Staples up 6.2%, and Information Technology up 6.1%. The worst performing sectors were Financials up 0.1%, Energy up 1% and Health Care up 1.1%.

 

The best monthly performers in the portfolio were Kirkland Lake Gold up 30.9% and Financial National up 22.8%. At the opposite, the weakest contributors were Toronto-Dominon, which was down 0.9% and Great-West down 0.5%.

 

3 stocks were sold and bought in the strategy in July. For this rebalancing, the model required an exposure reduction of to the Materials sector equivalent to 2 stocks. Stella-Jones (SJ) and CCL Industries Inc. Class B (CCL.B) were sold because of their relatively lower SP scores compared to Kirkland and Winpak.
The model also called for the selling of Gildan (GIL) due to a deterioration of its SP score.

 

The model required an increased exposure to Consumer Staples and Consumer Discretionary. The names that made it into those sectors were Empire Company (EMP.A) and Thomson Reuters Corp. (TRI). Richelieu Hardware Ltd (RCH) was bought as a replacement for Gildan.

StockPointer® Canada Portfolio Transactions – July 2020

We have rebalanced the Nasdaq Inovestor Canadian Index based on our Stockpointer® Canada model portfolio. These trades are effective as of Friday, July 17th after market close. Here are the details of the trades:

Ins:

1. Thomson Reuters Corp (TRI) – Market Trend. Increase in the discretionary sector as shown by the Top 100 index, therefore, increasing our position in the portfolio.
2. Empire Company (EMP.A) – Market trend. Increase in the Consumer Staples sector.
3. Richelieu Hardware Ltd. (RCH) – Intra-sectorial transaction. In the top of its sector.

Outs:

1. CCL Industries Inc. Class B (CCL.B) – Market Trend. Decrease in the materials sector as shown by the Top 100 index, decreasing our position in the portfolio.
2. Stella-Jones (SJ) – Market trend. Decrease in the materials sector.
3. Gildan (GIL) – Intra-sectorial transaction. No longer in the top of its sector.

Rebalancing :
The purpose of rebalancing is to limit idiosyncratic risk associated with individual stocks. The re-balancing process resulted in a 3.5% weight for each on the following stocks: Thomson Reuters Corp. (TRI), Richelieu Hardware (RCH), Empire Company (EMP.A), Dollarama (DOL), Fortis Inc. (FTS) and Winpak (WPK).

1. We have reduced the weight of Constellation Software (CSU) from 11.3% to 9%.
2. We have reduced the weight of Alimentation Couche-Tard (ATD.B) from 10.6% to 9%.

 

Portfolio Manager’s July Comment For Q2 2020

In the second quarter, the S&P/TSX Composite Total Return Index increased by 17%, the S&P500 total return grew by 20.5% while the MSCI ACWI ex-USA returned 16.3%.

Q2 returns were eye-popping and are pointing to a V-shaped recovery. Growth and technology have continued their outperformance compared to the rest of the market.

In Q2, NQICA returned 15.2% leading to a year-to-date return of -13.4% versus the S&P/TSX composite which increased by 17% in Q2 and declined -7.5% on a year-to-date basis.

In Canada, the best Q2 sectors were Info-Tech up 68.2%, Materials up 41.6% and consumer discretionary up 32%. The worst sectors were telecommunication services down 2.1%, Utilities up 2.7%, and Financials up 4.8%.

The NQICA’s worst performers in the second quarter were Evertz with a return of -14.3% as the company has been affected by the shutdown of professional sports, Fortis declined by 3.9% given the company’s profile was less attractive during the recovery and Winpak with a return of -3.3% caused by lower than expected sales and profits.

On the other hand, the best results in the second quarter were TFI International with a return of 56.2% as the acquisition of Gusgo Transport has been well received by the market, Canadian Tire jumped 40.1% as the retailer kept its stores open and was able to protect its profits and Parkland Corp. grew by 39.1% helped by rising oil prices.

StockPointer® US and ADR Model Portfolio Transactions – June 2020

We have rebalanced the Stockpointer® US and ADR model portfolios which are effective now. Here are the details for the US portfolio :

Ins:

  1. United Therapeutics Corporation (UTHR) – Market Trend. Increase in the Healthcare sector as seen in the Top 100 index, therefore, increasing our position in the portfolio.
  2. AT&T Inc. (T) – Market Trend. Increase in the Telecommucations sector.
  3. Federated Investors (FHI) – Intra-sectoral transaction. In the top of its sector.


Outs:

  1. Constellation Brands, Inc. Class A (STZ) – Both a Market Trend and an intra-sectoral transaction. Decrease in the consumer staples sector as seen in the Top 100 index, therefore, decreasing our position in the portfolio. The company’s EPI also fell below 1.
  2. Employers Holdings, Inc. (EIG) – Both a market trend and an intra-sectoral transaction. Decrease in the Financial sector and no longer in the top of its sector.
  3. South State Corp (SSB) – Intra-sectoral transaction. No longer in the top of its sector. This company was in our portfolio following the merger with CenterState Bank Corportation (CSFL).

 

Here are the details for the ADR portfolio:

Ins:

  1. Swedish Orphan Biovitrum AB (BIOVF) – Market Trend. Increase in the Healthcare sector as seen in the Top 100 index, therefore, increasing our position in the portfolio.
  2. Globe Telecom Inc. (GTMEF) – Market Trend. Increase in the Telecommucations sector.
  3. Ford Otomotiv San (FOVSY) – Intra-sectoral transaction. In the top of its sector.
  4. Daito Trust Construction (DITTF) – Intra-sectoral transaction. In the top of its sector.
  5. Wipro Technologies (WIT) – Intra-sectoral transaction. In the top of its sector.
  6. China Resources Cement (CARCY) – Intra-sectoral transaction. In the top of its sector.

 

Outs:

  1.  Trane Technologies (TT) – Market Trend. Decrease in the industrial sector as seen in the Top 100 index, therefore, decreasing our position in the portfolio.
  2. Fomento Económico Mexicano (FMX) – Market Trend. Decrease in the Industrial sector.
  3. Megacable Holdings (MHSDF) – Intra-sectoral transaction. No longer in the top of its sector.
  4. DBS Group Holdings (DBSDF) Intra-sectoral transaction. No longer in the top of its sector.
  5. Garmin (GRMN) – We decided to exclude this stock because it is not an ADR and we think this is a good timing to do it.
  6. LyondellBasell (LYB) – We decided to exclude this stock because it is not an ADR and we think this is a good timing to do it.

Portfolio Manager’s June comment For May Results

The Canadian stock market continued to rally in May. The S&P/TSX Total Return Index rose by 3% during the month, while the S&P 500 and the MSCI ACWI ex. USA gained 4.7% and 3.3% respectively. At May end, the year-to-date S&P/TSX Total Return Index loss was 9.7% while the S&P500 shrunk by 5% and the MSCI ACWI ex. USA fell off 14.6%. Despite being in negative territory, all equity indexes are now into a V-shape recovery.

The best TSX sectors for the month of May were Information Technology up 14.6% and Consumer discretionary up 8.1%. At the opposite, the worst performing sectors were Real Estate down 0.4% and Utilities unchanged on the month.

Our best performers in May were Canadian Tire up 20.4%, Parkland Corp up 17.6% and Constellation Software up 16.9%.

On the other hand, the weakest contributors were Kirkland Lake Gold down 7.8%, First National down 4.5% and Equitable group down 3.7%.

Portfolio Manager’s May Comment for April Results

The S&P/TSX increased by 10.8% in April and the S&P500 increased by 12.8% while the MSCI ACWI ex USA gained 7.6%. At the end of the 12-month period ending April 30th, the S&P/TSX was posting a negative return of 7.9%. Over the same 12-month period, the S&P500 gained 0.9% while the MSCI ACWI ex USA posted a decline of 11%. For the U.S and Canadian markets April results were the best monthly returns of the past decades. Over the past 12 months, the strong performance behind the U.S equity market can be explained by its 5 largest technology names (Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon, Apple and Google).
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The best TSX sectors for the month of April were Materials up 33%, followed by Information Technology up 29.3%, and Consumer Discretionary up 20.1%. The worst performing sectors were Telecommunication Services (-0.3%), Financials (0.9%) and Utilities (3.7%).

The best monthly performers in the portfolio were Kirkland Lake Gold (39.1%) and Parkland Fuel Corp (33.1%). At the opposite, the weakest contributors were Great-West Life Co, which was down 5.7% and Royal Bank of Canada down 1.8%.

4 stocks were sold and bought in the strategy, in April. For this rebalancing, the model required an exposure reduction to 2 sectors namely Consumer Discretionary and Energy. MTY Group (MTY) was sold for several reasons including its negative exposure to the COVID-19 pandemic, Parex Ressources (PXT) was sold as weak oil prices put severe pressure on its margins.

The model called for the selling of Brookfield Asset Management (BAM.A) and Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P. (BIP.UN) due to a deterioration of their respective performance scores.

The model also required an increased exposure to Materials and Financials. The names that made it into those sectors were Winpak (WPK) and First National (FN). The other 2 names purchased in this rebalancing were Fortis (FTS) as a replacement for Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P. (BIP.UN) and Sun Life Financial as a replacement for Brookfield Asset Management (BAM.A).

StockPointer® Canada Portfolio Transactions – April 2020

We have rebalanced the Nasdaq Inovestor Canadian Index based on our Canadian Model Portfolio, which will be effective on April 17th after market close. Here are the details :

Ins

  1. First National Financial Corp. (FN)– Market Trend. Increase in the Financial sector as seen in the Top 100 index, therefore, increasing our position in the portfolio.
  2. Winpak Ltd. (WPK)– Market Trend. Increase in the Material sector.
  3. Sun Life Financial Inc. (SLF)– Intra-sectoral transaction. In the top of its sector.
  4. Fortis (FTS) – Intra-sectoral transaction. In the top of its sector.


Outs

  1. MTY Group (MTY)– Market Trend. Decrease in the consumer discretionary sector as seen in the Top 100 index, therefore, decreasing our position in the portfolio.
  2. Parex Resources Inc. (PXT)– Market Trend. Decrease in the Energy sector.
  3. Brookfield Asset Management Inc. (BAM.A)– Intra-sectoral transaction. No longer in the top of its sector.
  4. Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P. (BIP.UN) – Intra-sectoral transaction. No longer in the top of its sector.
  5. Brookfield Infrastructure Corporation (BIPC) – Intra-sectoral transaction. No longer in the top of its sector. This company was in our portfolio following a unit split equivalence from Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P (BIP.UN).

Portfolio Manager’s April Comment For Q1 2020

The performance of Global equities has been severely impacted by the COVID-19. The S&P/TSX Composite Total Return Index declined by 20.9% in Q1 more than offsetting last years’ gains for an annualized negative total return of -14.2%. For Q1, the S&P500 total return was -19.6% also erasing last returns for an annualized total return of -7% while the MSCI ACWI ex US posted a -23.3% return leading to a negative -15.1% annualized total return.

The obvious of this year’s first quarter is the COVID-19 and its impacts on the economic activity. In this period of turbulence, the COVID-19 often decides who is the winner or the loser.

NQICA in Q1 returned -24.9% leading to a 1-year return of -16.3% versus the S&P/TSX composite which returned -20.9% in Q1 and -14.2% on a 1-year basis.

In Canada, the best Q1 sectors were Info-Tech down 3.8%, Utilities down 6.2% and Telecommunication Services down 9.2%. The worst sectors were Energy down 38.2%, Healthcare down 37.3%, and Consumer Discretionary down 33.3%.

The worst performers in the NQICA in Q1 were MTY with a return of -61.2%, as a majority of its franchises needed to close because of the COVID-19, Gildan with a return of -53.3% given its discretionary profile and closing some of its manufacturing facilities and Parkland Fuel Corp. with a return of -50.7% given the lower traffic at its gaz station. On the other hand, Metro delivered a 6.6% return, as its groceries and drug stores benefits from increased volume, Constellation Software realized a 1.5% return as it was not directly impacted from the COVID-19 while Canadian National was down only 5.8% despite the hostage of its network by pressure groups earlier this year and the upcoming economic slowdown.