BNN – Top Stock Picks and Market Outlook : Market Call Tonight, December 11, 2013
The global economy exhibits encouraging trends as conditions in Europe have recently been more stable with signs of modest growth, the decline in the growth rate of the Chinese economy has been arrested and the North American economy continues to expand with growing momentum. Stock markets, particularly in the US, have surged as investors have regained confidence in the sustainability of the recovery. As we approach the New Year, we suspect that the markets may be vulnerable to a correction as concerns about the curtailment of monetary easing persist, or some geopolitical event, perhaps from the Middle East, disrupt investors’ confidence. Beyond that, the Canadian market which has lagged the US this year, should improve as the demand for energy and materials expands with improving economic conditions.
Top Stock Picks
Encana Corporation is the third largest natural gas producer in North America. ECA’s operations include the transportation and marketing of natural gas, oil and natural gas liquids (NGLs). Encana’s Canadian Division includes the exploration for, development of, and production of natural gas, oil and NGLs and other related activities within Canada. The company’s USA Division carries out the same activities within the United States. During 2012, Encana acquired certain exploration and evaluation lands and properties. On February 9, 2012, it sold two natural gas processing plants in the Cutbank Ridge area of British Columbia.
ECA has enviable positions in key emerging properties. Going forward, the company has announced plans to expand liquids production in Montney, Duvernay, San Juan, DJ Basin and Tuscaloosa Marine Basin. This expansion will be done with a focus on maintaining the integrity of the balance sheet through disciplined capital spending in line with cash flow.
HudBay Minerals Inc.(TSE:HBM) Market cap 1.33B, P/E – , Div/yield 0.01/0.26, EPS -0.22, Shares outstanding 172.08M, Website: http://www.hudbayminerals.com Owned by Clients and Personally, Last Purchase $8.70 on Oct 28, 2013.
HudBay Minerals Inc. produces copper concentrate (containing copper, gold and silver) and zinc metal and focuses on the discovery, production and marketing of base and precious metals. It owns mines, ore concentrators and zinc production facilities in northern Manitoba and Saskatchewan and South America. The South America properties include the Constancia project in Peru, Hudbay Chile, Hudbay Colombia and Hudbay Panama.
HudBay Minerals is one of Canada’s leading producers of zinc, copper and precious metals. The company has a very strong balance sheet. The company has been methodically addressing concerns regarding its ability to finance the construction of Constancia in Peru, most recently through a royalty streaming arrangement with Silver Wheaton (SLW) and an issue of unsecured notes.
George Weston Limited (TSE:WN) Market cap 9.84B, P/E 21.84, Div/yield 0.41/2.16, EPS 3.52, Shares 127.90M, Website: http://www.weston.ca Owned by Clients, Last Purchase $79.06 December 9, 2013.
George Weston Limited is a Canada-based company engaged food processing and distribution. The Company has two operating divisions: Loblaw and Weston Foods. The Loblaw division, which is operated by Loblaw Companies Limited and its subsidiaries, is a food retailer and a provider of drugstore, general merchandise and financial products and services. The Weston Foods division is a fresh and frozen baking company in Canada and operates a frozen baking manufacturing business in the United States and a North American biscuit manufacturing business
Weston has a strong cash balance and the company will benefit from the operational improvements undertaken by Loblaw over the last few years. The current competitive environment, particularly in the Ontario region, has caused the shares to retreat to an attractive price level.
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