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Blog Archive for October, 2007

Stocks in the fast lane of the S&P 500


WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FORWe'll continue with yesterday's basic, but useful exercise of examining stocks with the best price performance. We already know that stocks that have done well usually continue to do well. In his book What Works on Wall ...

Canadian stocks in the fast lane


WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR?Stocks that have done well, usually continue to do well. We've discussed that in this space before, citing James O'Shaughnessy's What Works on Wall Street. He found that stocks that have done well in the past 12 months ...

Analyzing takeover characteristics of trusts


WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR?There have been more than 40 takeovers in the income trust sector since the Tax Fairness Plan threw trusts for a loop about one year ago. What kind of trusts have made the best takeover targets since then, and of the ones ...

How competitive is your seg fund ?

Rob Carrick

WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR?An indication of the value that investors are getting when they own segregated funds, which are mutual funds with insurance features. All or part of the money you invest in a seg fund is guaranteed upon your death or at the ...

Lessons from best and worst growth screens


WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR?We've spent the last few days looking at Canadian and U.S. stocks with the best and worst growth prospects. Back at the end of May, we isolated the 10 best and 10 worst Canadian growth stories. Let's see how those stocks have ...

The worst growth stories in the U.S.


WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR?We spent the last couple of days looking for the best and worst growth stories in Canada. A couple of weeks ago we looked at the best growth names in the United States, so naturally it's time to look for the worst growth ...

Companies that are struggling to grow


WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR?Yesterday we scoured the country for the companies with the best growth outlooks. Today, we'll look for the opposite: companies that have the poorest outlooks for growth.TODAY'S SCREENWe'll use the screening tool available ...

The hottest growth companies in Canada


WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR?Stocks with good earnings growth are getting harder and harder to come by, as the U.S. economy slows and the Canadian dollar bites into U.S. sales for some Canadian companies. Today we'll look for Canadian stocks that have ...

Equity funds that steer clear of financials


What we're looking forFinancial stocks, or rather the lack of them. A couple of weeks ago, we looked at funds with the heaviest bets on financials, which are a perennial force in the Canadian stock market (they're also easy to buy for yourself ...

Number Cruncher Contributors

Ted Dixon, CFA

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Ted Dixon is co-founder of INK Research. INK stands for Insider News and Knowledge and through is Canada's first on-line financial news and research service providing investor insight into what public company executives and significant shareholders are doing with their ownership interests.

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Paul Hoyda, CFA

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Paul Hoyda, CFA, is a market specialist in the financial and risk division of Thomson Reuters and specializes in governance, risk and compliance.

Sean Pugliese, CFA

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Sean Pugliese, CFA, is an investment portfolio manager at Wickham Investment Counsel, helping individuals, families and other investors.