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Thursday’s TSX breakouts: This company’s positive earnings momentum is expected to accelerate

The number of stocks on the positive breakouts list (stocks with positive price momentum) stands at 49 companies. While the number of stocks on the negative breakouts list (stocks with negative price momentum) is remains low at just seven companies.

Discussed below is Clearwater Seafoods Inc. (CLR-T).

A brief outline is provided that may serve as a springboard for further fundamental research.

The company

Clearwater Seafoods is an industry leader as North America's largest harvester, processor, and distributor of premium shellfish. According to the company's November investor presentation, scallops is the company's largest product offering, representing 37 per cent of its product mix, followed by coldwater shrimp at 21 per cent, lobster at 18 per cent, and clams at 16 per cent.

The company is a dominant player in the industry as Clearwater is the largest holder of shellfish licenses and quotas in the country. There are high barriers to entry in this market as Canadian regulatory authorities required companies to own licenses, and new licenses are seldom granted. Licenses and quotas limit competition, allowing Clearwater Seafoods to maintain its industry leadership.

The company has a global customer base with no individual customer representing more than 7 per cent of the company's sales. Customers include Loblaw, Whole Foods, The Keg Steakhouse and Bar, and U.S. supermarket operator, Publix.

Management's outlook for 2016 is strong. Ian Smith, the company's chief executive officer, indicated on the third-quarter conference call in November that he expects volumes to "significantly increase" due to factors such as the recent acquisition of Macduff Shellfish Group, and a ramp-up in clam volumes with one of the company's main clam vessels back in operation after undergoing unplanned maintenance.

The company's earnings momentum is anticipated to continue in 2016. Management anticipates the acquisition of Macduff will be accretive to adjusted earnings per share by up to 17 cents next year.

The Macduff acquisition raised the company's debt levels well above the company's leverage target. Management anticipated the company's debt levels will steadily decline to its target level over the next two to three years.

Dividend policy

The company pays shareholders a quarterly dividend of 5 cents per share, or 20 cents yearly, equating to an annualized yield of 1.6 per cent.

Analysts' recommendations

According to Bloomberg, there are 3 recent buy recommendations with the average one-year price target at $15.67, suggesting that the share price may appreciate 26 per cent over the next year. Individual price targets are as follows: $13.50, $16.50, and $17.

The consensus earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) is $103.75-million in 2015, rising 33 per cent to $137.75-million in 2016. The consensus earnings per share forecast is 57 cents in 2015, rising 25 per cent to 71 cents in 2016.

Chart Watch

Since May 2015, the stock price has been consolidating, trading sideways, in the $10 to $13 range. Year-to-date, this small cap consumer staples stock is up marginally, 3.8 per cent.

The stock's next overhead resistance level is around $13.25, then around $14, and after that at its record high of $15, which it reached on Feb. 18, 2015.

There is downside support in the $11.20 to $11.70 range, where its 200-day moving average lies ($11.71) and its 50-day moving average stands at ($11.20). There is large technical support at $10.

The Breakouts file is a technical analysis screen intended to identify companies that are technically breaking out. In addition, this report highlights a company's dividend policy, analysts' recommendations, and provides a brief technical analysis for a stock to provide readers with more information.

If a stock appears on the positive breakouts list, this indicates positive price momentum, and that a company may be worthwhile for investors to look at the fundamentals in order to determine if the recent price strength is warranted and will continue. If a stock appears on the negative breakouts list, this indicates negative price momentum, and may be indicative of either deteriorating fundamentals or perhaps indicates a buying opportunity.

A technical analysis screen does not replace fundamental analysis, but can help identify companies worth having a closer look at.

Below is a list of stocks in the S&P/TSX composite index and the S&P/TSX Small Cap index that are technically breaking out, reaching new 55-day highs or lows. Stocks on the positive breakouts list have displayed positive price momentum during this period. Stocks on negative breakouts list have experienced negative price momentum.

Positive Breakouts
AD-TAlaris Royalty Corp
ALA-TAltaGas Ltd
BNS-TBank of Nova Scotia
BIR-TBirchcliff Energy Ltd
BEI.UN-TBoardwalk Real Estate Investment Trust
BTB.UN-TBTB Real Estate Investment Trust
CBL-TCallidus Capital Corp
CNR-TCanadian National Railway Co
CNQ-TCanadian Natural Resources Ltd
CTC.A-TCanadian Tire Corp Ltd
CSH.UN-TChartwell Retirement Residences
CLR-TClearwater Seafoods Inc
CCA-TCogeco Communications Inc
CUF.UN-TCominar Real Estate Investment Trust
BCB-TCott Corp
CRH-TCRH Medical Corp
EMA-TEmera Inc
ENB-TEnbridge Inc
ENF-TEnbridge Income Fund Holdings Inc
EDR-TEndeavour Silver Corp
FCR-TFirst Capital Realty Inc
FN-TFirst National Financial Corp
FVI-TFortuna Silver Mines Inc
GWO-TGreat-West Lifeco Inc
HGN-THalogen Software Inc
INE-TInnergex Renewable Energy Inc
KMP.UN-TKillam Apartment Real Estate Investment
KPT-TKP Tissue Inc
MFI-TMaple Leaf Foods Inc
DR-TMedical Facilities Corp
MST.UN-TMilestone Apartments REIT
MRG.UN-TMorguard North American Residential REIT
MSI-TMorneau Shepell Inc
NPI-TNorthland Power Inc
NVU.UN-TNorthview Apartment REIT
NWH.UN-TNorthWest Healthcare Properties REIT
PXT-TParex Resources Inc
REI.UN-TRioCan Real Estate Investment Trust
RCI.B-TRogers Communications Inc
SEA-TSeabridge Gold Inc
VII-TSeven Generations Energy Ltd
XSR-TSirius XM Canada Holdings Inc
SNC-TSNC-Lavalin Group Inc
STB-TStudent Transportation Inc
TA-TTransAlta Corp
TCL.A-TTranscontinental Inc
VNR-TValener Inc
Negative Breakouts
XCT-TexactEarth Ltd
LMP-TLumenpulse Inc
NAL-TNewalta Corp
QBR.B-TQuebecor Inc
SCC-TSears Canada Inc
TS.B-TTorstar Corp
UNS-TUni-Select Inc

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