Pat McKeough recently replied to a member of the Inner Circle looking for an ETF that offers protection from down markets. The BMO Low Volatility Canadian Equity ETF selects stock holdings based on their beta score. That’s a commonly used, but often misleading, measure of… Read More
Sobeys has undergone significant changes since this article was published in 2006, including its delisting by owner Empire Company LTD. See below for that June 2016 update, following an Oct. 2019 update on Empire.
Empire Company Ltd., $30.50, symbol EMP.A on Toronto (Shares outstanding: 269.1… Read More
Empire, the holding company that owns the Sobeys grocery chain, hopes that its purchase of Ontario supermarket chain Longo’s will help it compete with rivals Loblaw and Metro, as well as U.S. giants Walmart and Costco.
We feel the company will apply the lessons it learned… Read More
DROPBOX INC., $26.59, symbol DBX on Nasdaq, is a U.S. company that provides cloud storage for both individuals and firms.
Beginning in 2007, the company has focused on providing the means to synchronize computer files between registered users. Dropbox has since expanded its service offerings, aiming… Read More
A: Stryker Corporation, $206.97, symbol SYK on New York (Shares outstanding: 373.1 million; Market cap: $76.8 billion; www.stryker.com), is one of the world’s leading medical technology companies. The firm is based in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Stryker’s investors benefit from its three business segments:
The Orthopaedics segment (37% of total revenue)… Read More
A: Smartsheet Inc., $44.60, symbol SMAR on New York (Shares outstanding: 87.4 million; Market cap: $5.0 billion; www.smartsheet.com), provides cloud-based software for teams and organizations to plan, capture, manage, automate, and report on their work.
Smartsheet first sold shares to the public in April 2018 at $15… Read More
Q: Pat, can I get your opinion on Crescita Therapeutics Inc. (CTX)? Based on its recent quarterly financial performance, I am interested in getting your insights. Also, what do you think of its recent cannabis deal? Thank you.
A: Crescita Therapeutics, $0.96, symbol CTX on Toronto (Shares outstanding: 21.0 million; Market cap: $20.1 million; www.crescitatherapeutics.com), is a dermatology company with manufacturing capabilities, a portfolio of non-prescription skincare products for the treatment and care of skin conditions and diseases, and prescription drug products for… Read More
A: Empire Company Ltd., $34.70, symbol EMP.A on Toronto (Shares outstanding: 269.1 million; Market cap: $9.4 billion; www.empireco.ca), is a diversified Canadian-firm based in Stellarton, Nova Scotia. It’s handed investors a 22% gain so far this year.
Empire sells and distributes food through its 100% ownership of… Read More
Beta scores assign a volatility rating to stocks based on their movement in relation to an underlying stock index such as the TSX. A lower score indicates less volatility.
This ETF uses beta scores to give investors exposure to a lower-risk portfolio of stocks at a.. Read More
Q: Pat: What do you think of me holding the BMO Low Volatility Canadian Equity ETF to lower the overall volatility of my portfolio? Thanks.
A: The BMO Low Volatility Canadian Equity ETF, $30.67, symbol ZLB on Toronto (Units outstanding: 47.2 million; Market cap: $1.4 billion; www.etfs.bmo.com), provides exposure to a low beta-weighted portfolio of Canadian stocks.
The ETF selects the 40 or so (currently 46) of the lowest beta stocks… Read More