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3 top stock picks from Morgan Meighen's Michael Smedley

Michael Smedley, executive vice-president of Morgan Meighen & Associates

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Michael Smedley is executive vice-president of Morgan Meighen & Associates. His focus is on Canadian equities.

Top picks:

Alimentation Couche-Tard

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Expert important  operator of convenience stores mostly attached to gas stations in North America. This year accomplished major acquisition in Europe of the stores owned by Statoil of Norway, 10 largest energy resources company in the world. This forms a great base for expansion in Germany and across the continent.

Brookfield Residential Properties

The only way in Canada to play housing  seems to be  through Brookfield's highly regarded  Carma division in western Canada, once a significant  public company and the Brookfield luxury homes division which is mostly west coast U.S. and appears to be reviving along with much of the U.S. housing sector. As far as I can see there is no investment coverage. It can be good to be early.

Sandstorm Gold

This is getting well known as the most junior of the gold royalties and gold streaming companies, the others being Franco-Nevada and Royal Gold in the U.S. Its smaller size should mean that as growth continues it should show more upward thrust in the hands of its expert managers, partly of experience in Silver Wheaton, the silver streaming company. The success of these companies given  firm precious metals prices seems more assured than it is for those who actually seek, develop and mine the gold.

Past picks: Oct. 31, 2011

The Brick

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Then: $2.89
Now: $3.45
Total return: +20.01 per cent

Telus

Then: $53.64
Now: $62.89
Total return: +22.10 per cent

PMI Gold

Then: $1.16
Now: $0.84
Total return: -27.58 per cent

Total return average: +4.84 per cent

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Market outlook

Stocks are selectively offering investors a firmer tone and as the global troubles and fears are extended in time those who want to get on with the job of investing seem to be bent on  doing so and will be aided by the more active fall and winter seasons, the impending conclusion to the U.S. federal election process helping to divert attention back to business. At the same time there is plenty of potential for explosive and usually quick ups and downs.

Watch Mr. Smedley  on BNN.

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