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July 2, 2010, 10:17 am

Best Stock Picks for 2010 Contest: Can I Make Worse Stock Picks?

by: The Financial Blogger    Category: Investing Ideas,Investment, Market and Risk,Trading


Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! This is not my year to make the right stock picks! See how things can go sideways even with good companies?

First: Goldman Sachs Lawsuit

What can you expect from a good financial stock when the company is being sued by the Federal government? Nothing but a severe plunge! While I still think that Goldman Sachs is a great company and that they will bounce back (I would buy more of them if I had liquidity right now!), I really picked the wrong time to choose it as a good investment pick in 2010 😉

Second: Research In Motion Investors Disappointment

While Investors were astonished by RIM for several years, they all seemed to turn their back on this amazing company and prefer Apple’s gadgets. I actually have an iPod and will probably buy an iPad eventually so I have nothing against Apple’s iDepartment. However, I still think that the best tool to work with is a Blackberry. The income and revenues are increasing but nothing seems to be enough for investors now that they have found their next flavour of the month!

Third: Manulife Going Down To Hell

I thought that the problems were over with Manulife and I had figured it was a good gamble for this year. Unfortunately, this is not the best pick either… investors seem to be reluctant to give Manulife credit for their operations… hopefully the wind will turn during summer time!

Fourth: Emerging Market On The Sideline

My best pick so far is also negative… man! It’s a bit depressing but I still have faith in emerging markets. They can surge at any moment and this is the kind of stock that can make me gain a few positions in our contest in no time.

So How Did It Go for the Others?

Take a look at the result so far at Q2: only 1 positive portfolio: Dividend Growth Investor at 6.39%!. You can click on each blog to view their comments about their stock pick experience so far this year:

BlogBest Stock Picks for 2010Ytd
Intelligent SpeculatorUNG
JJN
SOHU
GOOG
-19.06%
Wild InvestorBAC
VALE
CAT
SLB
-7.60%
The Financial BloggerRIM
MFC
GS
VWO
-22.65%
Four PillarsDZZ
GLL
DGZ
HIG
-20.11%
Where Does All My Money GoFUN
HAT
ADD
CAR
-14.16%
Dividend Growth InvestorO
KMP
ED
PM
6.39%
Million Dollar JourneyHE.TO
MFC.TO
CVE.TO
QLT.TO
-23.65%
My Traders JournalUUP
DVY
UCO
SSO
-11.90%
Zach StocksBX
AGO
ICE
SLV
-17.24%

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April 1, 2010, 5:00 am

Best 2010 Stock Picks Contest Q1 Results

by: The Financial Blogger    Category: Investment, Market and Risk,Trading


No April’s fool post today, just our stock picks contest Q1 results… I thought of writing something weird to make you laugh but didn’t come with something better than my Primerica post from last year… I promise to be original and come up with something good for next year 😉

In the meantime, I can’t tell you how disappointed I am with my stock picks for 2010. I’m obviously not in a good position to date as many of my fellow bloggers are enjoying better returns. On a positive note, none of my stock picks are negative and I am really proud of this!

RIM is regaining investor confidence as they are showing better results of late and many industry analysts believe the best is yet to come from the Blackberry maker. I just can’t help it, I’m a sucker for this small phone. I consider it as my 3rd child now 😉

 

Manulife did a great job too and investors have started to think that investing in an insurance company is not a bad idea. The company was also wise enough to stay away from more bad news which bodes well for Q2.

Goldman Sachs is showing strong numbers but the US market is still shy. I guess we will have to wait until the second half of the year to see the stock climb.

Emerging markets are have gone sideways for a while with small fluctuations. International concerns regarding Dubai World, Greece, Portugal and Spain didn’t help more fragile economies either. Let’s hope to see some strong numbers coming out of China and India!

Here are the overall results for everybody. Since I had a few readers that were kind enough to contribute, I have decided to include their picks and returns in the second chart. If you want to learn more about other blogger’s stock picks, you just have to click on their name and you will go directly to their stock pick descriptions:

BlogBest Stock Picks for 2010Ytd
Intelligent SpeculatorUNG
JJN
SOHU
GOOG
-1.27%
Wild InvestorBAC
VALE
CAT
SLB
9.30%
The Financial BloggerRIM
MFC
GS
VWO
2.87%
Four PillarsDZZ
GLL
DGZ
HIG
-1.01%
Where Does All My Money GoFUN
HAT
ADD
CAR
5.45%
Dividend Growth InvestorO
KMP
ED
PM
9.58%
Million Dollar JourneyHE.TO
MFC.TO
CVE.TO
QLT.TO
-11.83%
My Traders JournalUUP
DVY
UCO
SSO
5.78%
Zach StocksBX
AGO
ICE
SLV
2.55%

And Congrats to Bryan who is beating everybody here with a marvelous 76%! (thx to ISCO which is up by 288%!)

NameStock PicksYield to date
BryanRHIE
ISCO
BTIM
ACTC
76.00%
ChrisTBT
C
VZ
GE
8.46%
MattEQT
ETP
VVUS
C
3.72%
1st MillionASIA
CAGC
ITC
PEGA
17.50%

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March 31, 2010, 6:33 am

Primerica IPO Today!

by: The Financial Blogger    Category: Investment, Market and Risk,Primerica Series,Trading

As you might already know, a heated debate about Primerica has raged on this blog for quite some time now. This is why I am actually covering this IPO (since I usually leave stock picks to our other blog; Intelligent Speculator). So if you want a stake in Primerica, the controversial but surely profitable company, their stock is going to be offered to the public this morning!

A few numbers on the Primerica IPO

Shares are deemed to be offered at a price range between $12 to $14 at the beginning.

At the middle of this price range, Primerica stocks would sell at 6.74 times earnings.

The US median is 9.52 times, so it’s 29% less.

Its per share income as of 2009 would be $1.93.

Primerica (owned by Citigroup) hopes to raise 252M$ today with its first IPO since they were bought by Citi.

Primerica is selling 24% of the company today. So the control will remain in the hands of Citigroup.

Primerica reported an income of 495M$ in 2009 as its revenue rebounded after taking a plunge of 72% back in 2008.

My Opinion on Primerica, the stock, not the business opportunity

I actually think that Primerica will sell at the opening for a very reasonable price and it could be interesting to see how the stock will fluctuate throughout the year. At $13, I would have probably considered it for our 2010 stock picking contest (update tomorrow!).

It seems to be a solid company based on a huge, humongous, incredibly large number of salesmen (more than 100,000!). Since people will always need insurance, good or bad, insurance reps should continue to make a  good buck down the road.

How can I buy Primerica Stock?

Well, first you need a brokerage account and then, you need to know what the Primerica ticker is… drum roll……

Primerica Ticker: PRI

That’s it! You are set to buy a few shares of Primerica!

Will you buy Primerica stock?

Hey, I want to know if you want to jump in the boat with me? I am seriously thinking of giving it a try, any thoughts?

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March 1, 2010, 5:00 am

TSX 60 Dividend Yield and Ex-Dividend Date for March

by: The Financial Blogger    Category: Trading

I am waking up this morning with a big smile as Team Canada just won the Gold Medal for both Men and Women! Congrats to them! YOU ROCK!!!!

As we do every month, here is the TSX 60 dividend yield and ex-dividend date for March:

TickerNamePriceDividend YieldEx-date
YLO-UYellow Pages Income Fund5.8513.682053/29/2010
ERF-UEnerplus Resources Fund23.589.1603063/8/2010
PWT-UPenn West Energy Trust21.578.3449243/29/2010
BCEBCE Inc29.25.9589043/11/2010
TTELUS Corp34.535.5024623/9/2010
AET-UARC Energy Trust21.955.4669713/29/2010
TATransAlta Corp21.945.2871475/26/2010
COS-UCanadian Oil Sands Trust27.955.0089445/7/2010
BMOBank of Montreal5654/28/2010
CMCanadian Imperial Bank of Commerce/Canada70.014.9707183/25/2010
SLFSun Life Financial Inc304.85/25/2010
TRPTransCanada Corp34.784.6003453/29/2010
HSEHusky Energy Inc26.924.4576525/19/2010
SJR/BShaw Communications Inc19.974.406593/11/2010
NANational Bank of Canada60.254.1161833/23/2010
FTSFortis Inc/Canada27.274.1070775/5/2010
BNSBank of Nova Scotia47.84.1004183/26/2010
POWPower Corp of Canada/Canada29.073.9903683/19/2010
RCI/BRogers Communications Inc34.673.6919533/3/2010
ENBEnbridge Inc46.643.644945/12/2010
TDToronto-Dominion Bank/The67.243.6287923/31/2010
RYRoyal Bank of Canada56.813.5205074/21/2010
TRIThomson Reuters Corp36.523.3624753/4/2010
CVECenovus Energy Inc25.73.1128413/11/2010
MFCManulife Financial Corp19.312.6929055/14/2010
ECAEnCana Corp34.492.4554363/11/2010
BVFBiovail Corp15.572.447633/4/2010
LLoblaw Cos Ltd36.92.2764233/11/2010
BAM/ABrookfield Asset Management Inc24.982.2036514/28/2010
WNGeorge Weston Ltd68.942.0887733/11/2010
SCShoppers Drug Mart Corp442.0454543/29/2010
CNRCanadian National Railway Co55.31.9529843/8/2010
CPCanadian Pacific Railway Ltd50.791.9492033/24/2010
SAPSaputo Inc30.051.9301163/4/2010
BBD/BBombardier Inc5.691.7574694/14/2010
MRU/AMetro Inc40.771.6678935/17/2010
THITim Hortons Inc31.941.6280533/4/2010
CTC/ACanadian Tire Corp Ltd52.551.5984784/28/2010
SUSuncor Energy Inc30.411.3153573/3/2010
SNCSNC-Lavalin Group Inc49.251.2182743/17/2010
TLMTalisman Energy Inc19.231.1700476/2/2010
ABXBarrick Gold Corp39.651.0709715/26/2010
IMOImperial Oil Ltd38.751.0322586/2/2010
CCOCameco Corp28.90.96885813/29/2010
NXYNexen Inc23.750.84210533/8/2010
CNQCanadian Natural Resources Ltd70.880.59255083/10/2010
KKinross Gold Corp19.070.55511273/22/2010
GGoldcorp Inc39.820.48322453/9/2010
IMGIAMGOLD Corp15.480.409263612/20/2010
YRIYamana Gold Inc11.110.37497753/29/2010
POTPotash Corp of Saskatchewan Inc1160.36503454/13/2010
IMNInmet Mining Corp57.360.3486755/25/2010
AEMAgnico-Eagle Mines Ltd60.760.31360763/10/2010
FMFirst Quantum Minerals Ltd820.19512194/7/2010
AGUAgrium Inc68.140.16906816/9/2010
TCK/BTeck Resources Ltd38.700
MG/AMagna International Inc6003/10/2010
ELDEldorado Gold Corp13.290
GILGildan Activewear Inc24.810
RIMResearch In Motion Ltd74.550

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February 1, 2010, 5:00 am

TSX 60 Dividend Yield and Ex-Dividend Date for February

by: The Financial Blogger    Category: Investment, Market and Risk,Trading

After a bad month of January, it is now time to look at what happened with the TSX 60 dividend yield. Since most stocks went down during the last month, we can find great opportunities with high paying Canadian dividend stocks.

Dividends issued by Canadian Banks should be used to cover the inflation, most bank stocks offer a much interesting dividend yield than inflation! We have CIBC (CM: 5.45%) and BMO (BMO: 5.38%) offering over 5% and National Bank (NA: 4.39%) and Scotia Bank (BNS: 4.37%) offering more than 4%. Those picks would be great if you are trying to build a dividend portfolio ;-).

Even after a dividend cut in late 2009, Manulife still offers a 2.66% dividend yield. I wish they can pick up in 2010 so it can help me with my 2010 best stock picks contest ;-).

So here is the chart of the TSX 60 dividend yield and ex-dividend date:

TickerNamePRICEDIVIDEND YIELDEX-DATE
YLO-UYellow Pages Income Fund5.2515.252/24/2010
PWT-UPenn West Energy Trust17.6110.222/24/2010
ERF-UEnerplus Resources Fund22.699.522/8/2010
BCEBCE Inc27.476.333/11/2010
AET-UARC Energy Trust19.86.062/24/2010
TTELUS Corp33.135.733/9/2010
CMCanadian Imperial Bank of Commerce/Canad63.95.453/24/2010
BMOBank of Montreal525.384/28/2010
TATransAlta Corp22.265.212/25/2010
COS-UCanadian Oil Sands Trust27.745.052/16/2010
SLFSun Life Financial Inc31.234.612/22/2010
HSEHusky Energy Inc26.64.512/24/2010
TRPTransCanada Corp34.174.453/24/2010
SJR/BShaw Communications Inc19.94.422/10/2010
NANational Bank of Canada56.514.393/23/2010
BNSBank of Nova Scotia44.834.373/26/2010
POWPower Corp of Canada/Canada28.064.133/19/2010
FTSFortis Inc/Canada27.74.042/3/2010
TDToronto-Dominion Bank/The633.873/31/2010
RYRoyal Bank of Canada52.283.834/21/2010
ENBEnbridge Inc46.413.662/10/2010
RCI/BRogers Communications Inc33.363.483/2/2010
CVECenovus Energy Inc24.713.47***
TRIThomson Reuters Corp35.713.303/3/2010
MFCManulife Financial Corp19.542.662/19/2010
ECAEnCana Corp32.72.623/12/2010
BAM/ABrookfield Asset Management Inc21.552.574/28/2010
BVFBiovail Corp15.62.443/8/2010
LLoblaw Cos Ltd35.092.393/12/2010
WNGeorge Weston Ltd68.92.093/12/2010
SAPSaputo Inc28.552.033/4/2010
CNRCanadian National Railway Co53.322.033/8/2010
SCShoppers Drug Mart Corp42.552.023/24/2010
BBD/BBombardier Inc5.041.984/14/2010
CPCanadian Pacific Railway Ltd50.481.963/24/2010
MRU/AMetro Inc39.071.742/10/2010
CTC/ACanadian Tire Corp Ltd53.481.574/28/2010
THITim Hortons Inc30.771.303/1/2010
TLMTalisman Energy Inc17.691.276/2/2010
SNCSNC-Lavalin Group Inc48.971.233/17/2010
SUSuncor Energy Inc33.761.182/26/2010
ABXBarrick Gold Corp37.121.145/26/2010
IMOImperial Oil Ltd38.441.042/24/2010
NXYNexen Inc23.410.853/3/2010
CCOCameco Corp28.90.833/29/2010
KKinross Gold Corp17.310.623/19/2010
CNQCanadian Natural Resources Ltd68.250.623/10/2010
GGoldcorp Inc36.240.522/9/2010
IMGIAMGOLD Corp14.090.4512/20/2010
POTPotash Corp of Saskatchewan Inc105.920.404/13/2010
YRIYamana Gold Inc10.770.393/29/2010
IMNInmet Mining Corp54.150.375/25/2010
AEMAgnico-Eagle Mines Ltd54.050.363/10/2010
FMFirst Quantum Minerals Ltd77.550.214/7/2010
AGUAgrium Inc60.140.196/9/2010
MG/AMagna International Inc58.82-
TCK/BTeck Resources Ltd35.01-
ELDEldorado Gold Corp12.7-
GILGildan Activewear Inc22.93-
RIMResearch In Motion Ltd67.47-

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