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StockPointer® Canada Portfolio Transactions – October 2020

We have rebalanced the Nasdaq Inovestor Canadian Index based on our Stockpointer® Canada model portfolio. These trades are effective as of Friday, October 16th after market close. Here are the details of the trades:

Ins:

  1. Quebecor Inc. (QBR.B) – Market Trend. Increase in the telecommunication sector as shown by the Top 100 index, therefore, increasing our position in the portfolio. The stock is in the top of its sector.
  2. Stella-Jones (SJ) – Market trend. Increase in the material sector. The stock is in the top of its sector.

Outs:

  1. Magna International (MG) – Market Trend. Decrease in the discretionary sector as shown by the Top 100 index, therefore, decreasing our position in the portfolio. Furthermore, the EPI fell under 1.
  2. Sun Life Financial Inc. (SLF) – Market trend. Decrease in the financial sector. Furthermore, the EPI fell under 1.

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%.

 

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).

StockPointer® Canadian Equities Model Portfolio Transactions – January 2020

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

In:

1. Kirkland Lake Gold (KL) – Intra-sectoral transaction.

2. MTY Food Group (MTY)– Market Trend – Increase in the Consumer Discretionary sector as seen in the Top 100 index.

 

Out:

1. Ritchie Bros Auctioneers Inc. (RBA) – Market Trend – Decrease in the Industrial sector as seen in the Top 100 index.

2. Nordbord (OSB) – Not in the top performers of its sector.

 

Portfolio Manager’s November Comment For October Results

The S&P/TSX Total Return Index declined by 0.9% in October, the S&P 500 rose by 2.2% and the MSCI ACWI ex. USA rose by 3.5%. At October end, the YTD S&P/TSX Total Return Index was up 18.1% which was lower than the S&P500 23.2% increase but higher than the MSCI ACWI ex. USA return of 16.0%.

The market made new highs in October as trade disputes concerns were dissipating and Q3 financial results were coming in line to better than expected. At month’s end, the US 10-year treasury yields were firming up in both the US and Canadian markets. The best TSX sector in October was Materials up 2.9%, followed by Industrials, up 1%. On the contrary, the worst performing sector was Health Care principally due to the poor performance of the Cannabis sector.

Looking more specifically at INOC, the best performers in October were Norbord (+19.7%), the Canadian manufacturer of wood-based products and leading producer of Oriented Strand Board. The next best performer was Equitable Group (+9.2%), %), a Canadian bank with the bulk of its business involved in the residential mortgages sector.

The NASDAQ Inovestor Canadian Equity Index YTD and Yearly returns stood at 20.2% and 14.7, ahead of the S&P TSX TR corresponding figures of 18.1% and 13.2%.

The Inovestor strategy was rebalanced in October. We increased exposure to the Industrials with the addition of Ritchie Bros Auctioneers Inc. (RBA) and Evertz (ET). We also added Parkland Fuel Corporation (PKI) as their results are strengthening now that their strategic acquisitions are being successfully integrated.

We exited Bell Canada (BCE), Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CM) and Linamar Corp (LNR). These were the holdings with the weakest economic value added (EVA) figures in their respective economic sector.

StockPointer® Canadian Equities Model Portfolio Transactions – October 2019

We have rebalanced the Nasdaq Inovestor Canadian Index based on our Canadian Model Portfolio, which will be effective on October 18th after market close. Here are the details:

In:

1. Ritchie Bros Auctioneers Inc. (RBA) – Market Trend. Increase in the Industrial sector as seen in the Top 100 index.

2. Evertz (ET) – Market Trend – Increase in the Industrial sector as seen in the Top 100 index.

3. Parkland Fuel Corporation (PKI) – Market Trend – Increase in the Energy sector as seen in the Top 100 index.

Out:

1. Bell Canada (BCE) – Market Trend. Decrease in the Telecommunications Services sector as seen in the Top 100 index.

2. Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CM)- Market Trend. Decrease in the Financial sector as seen in the Top 100 index.

3. Linamar Corp (LNR) – Market Trend – Decrease in the Consumer Discretionary sector as seen in the Top 100 index.

Portfolio Manager’s Q3 Commentary

The S&P/TSX Composite Total Return Index increased by 2.5% in the third quarter. This adds to this years’ gains for a YTD return of 19.1%. During Q3, the S&P500 produced a 1.2% return for a YTD rate of 18.7% and the MSCI ACWI ex USA posted a 1.1% return leading to a 16.6% YTD total return.

Over the 3rd quarter, most company results were inline or better than expected. Interest sensitive sectors such as Utilities and REITS performed the best due to lower long-term interest rates.

In addition, the FED confirmed its dovish stance by reflecting the FED meeting minutes that were perceived to be accommodating. The FED had hinted that they would be open to reduce rates further if economic slowdown was visible. As a result, the Financials sector had the strongest sector rally in the month of September compared to the rest of the market.

NQICA in Q3 returned 3.9% leading to a YTD return of 21.1% versus the S&P/TSX composite which returned 2.5% in Q3 and 19.1% YTD. The one-year return for NQICA is 8.2% in comparison to the S&P/TSX which generated 7.1%.

The worst performers in the NQICA in Q3 were Stella Jones (SJ) with a return of -17.8%, due to the departure of the CEO, and CCL Industries (CCL.B) with a -16.52% return, due to poor quarterly results and increased insider selling. On the other hand, the best performers were Equitable Group (EQB) up 43.46%, due to excellent quarterly results and improvement in the Canadian real estate statistics, and Metro Inc. (MRU) up 19.11% based on great earnings and a positive update on the integration o the Jean-Coutu acquisition.

Portfolio Manager’s September comment For August Results

The Canadian market has been the best performer in August due in part to a strong rally in previous metals (such as gold and silver) and a vigorous GDP of 3.6 versus 3.0 expected. On the other hand, the US GDP was weaker than expected at 2.0 versus 2.3. Global markets were also down as a result from fears of an economic slowdown: Brexit, Hong Kong unrests, inverted interest curve and tariff issues.

The S&P/TSX Total Return Index rose by 0.2% in August, the S&P 500 decreased by -1.8% and the MSCI World by -2.1%. At August end, the YTD S&P/TSX Total Return Index was up 17.1% which was higher than the S&P500 (16.7%) and higher than the MSCI World of 13.5%.

The best TSX sector in August was Information Technology up 7.7%, mainly due to the performance of Shopify, followed by Materials up 5.7%, with gold up 16.7% and silver up 15.4%. On the contrary, the worst performing sector was Health Care (-13%) principally due to the performance of the Cannabis sector.

Looking more specifically at INOC, the best performers in August were Metro Inc. (+9.43%), a Canadian food retailer in Quebec and Ontario, followed by Brookfield Infrastructure Partners (+8.21%), a publicly traded limited partnership involved in the acquisition and management of infrastructure assets globally. Both stocks rallied based on their defensive attributes and as of a result of the inversion of the yield curve.

On the contrary, the weakest contributor to INOC was Parex (PXT), which was down 9.62%, on weak energy prices. The other negative contributors were Linamar (LNR) and CCL Industries (CCL.B) due to disappointing results.

StockPointer® Canadian Equities Model Portfolio Transactions – July 2019

We have rebalanced the Nasdaq Inovestor Canadian Index based on our Canadian Model Portfolio, which will be effective on July 19th after market close. Here are the details:

In:

  1. Telus Corporation (T) – Market Trend. Increase in Telecommunication sector as seen in the Top 100 index therefore increasing our position in the portfolio.

Out:

  1. IA Financial Corporation (IAG) – Market Trend. Decrease in the Financial sector as seen in the Top 100 index.

StockPointer® Canadian Equities Model Portfolio Transactions – April 2019

We have rebalanced the Nasdaq Inovestor Canadian Index based on our Canadian Model Portfolio, which will be effective on April 18th after market close. Here are the details:

Ins:

  1. Great-West Lifeco Inc. (GWO) – Market Trend. Increase in Financial sector as seen in the Top 100 index therefore increasing our position in the portfolio.
  2. Norbord Inc (OSB) – Market Trend. Increase in Materials sector as seen in the Top 100 index therefore increasing our position in the portfolio.
  3. Open Text Corporation (OTEX) –  Market Trend. Increase in Information Technology sector as seen in the Top 100 index therefore increasing our position in the portfolio.

Outs:

  1. The North West Company Inc (NWC) – Market Trend. Decrease in the Consumer Staple sector as seen in the Top 100 index.
  2. Parkland Fuel Corporation (PKI) – Market Trend. Decrease in the Energy sector as seen in the Top 100 index.
  3. CAE Inc. (CAE) –  Market Trend. Decrease in the Industrials sector as seen in the Top 100 index.