Colin Stewart is chief executive officer and portfolio manager at JC Clark Investments Ltd. His focus is on long and short strategies and North American large caps.
Corus Entertainment Inc.
This leading media and content provider owns valuable radio and specialty television assets, provides attractive free cash flow generation, and offers a 4-per-cent dividend yield.
Martinrea International Inc.
This Tier 1 supplier of automotive parts will benefit from improving North American auto sales and a replacement cycle driven by an aging vehicle fleet. New mandates temporarily depressed earnings but should drive growth in 2013. It trades at an attractive price-earnings ratio of only 7 times.
This global oil and gas services company is benefiting from the need for increased pipeline capacity. Attractive growth, strong cash-flow generation and the recently announced elimination of the dual-class share structure make Shawcor a compelling opportunity.
Past picks: Feb. 7, 2012
Canada Bread Co. Ltd.
Total return: +18.98 per cent
Total return: +23.96 per cent
Ford Motor Co.
Total return: +9.13 per cent
Total return average: +17.36 per cent
We remain modestly more net-long than normal, predicated on the view that high-quality U.S. and Canadian equities are cheap and investor pessimism is elevated. Attractive equity valuations (particularly relative to government bonds), coupled with healthy fundamentals continue to create opportunities to deploy cash. Despite this view and the recent "mini-deal" announced at year-end surrounding the "fiscal cliff," we are concerned that market volatility could be elevated over the next few months as lawmakers work through other critical issues such as the debt ceiling and sequestration.