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McLeod stocks up on Sabina shares

When mining engineer Bruce McLeod took the helm at Nunavut gold play Sabina Gold and Silver (SBB) in mid-February, he promptly bought 36,500 shares in the public market at 39 cents.

Like many junior gold stocks, Sabina has been pummelled on the Toronto Stock Exchange, falling from highs above $7 in 2011. Unlike most, Sabina has a resource estimate exceeding 5 million ounces of high-grade gold in the measured and indicated categories.

Our BNN pro-cyclical theme holding up despite a disappointing data day

Earlier this week we wrote "Here comes the changing of the guard" reflecting our sense that insiders are favouring cyclical over defensive names. That theme is being put to the test in light of today's negative GDP numbers in both Canada and the U.S. As of mid-day, cyclical and reflation-oriented stocks are holding up rather well. On a combined basis, the Materials Select Sector SPDR (XLB*US) and Energy Select Sector SPDR (XLE*US) ETFs are outperforming the broad market SPDR S&P 500 Trust (SPY*US) ETF.

Number Cruncher: Canadian REIT stocks outlook: Clouds on the horizon

What are we looking for?

Looking at all the stocks on the TSX, we want to screen for the highest ranking REITs. Rankings are determined by the INK Edge V.I.P. criteria (valuations, insider commitment and price momentum). This is the same approach we apply across the broad market to determine membership for the INK Canadian insider index, which is used by the Horizons Canadian Insider Index ETF (HII-TSX).

Here comes the changing of the guard

As we head towards summer, tourists to Ottawa can look forward to the daily red coat changing of the guard ceremony on Parliament Hill. For Canadians, it is a must see. We give our nation's capital a nod this morning, not to recognize the pre-election vote-buying in Parliament by both the government (seniors-focused giveaways) and the opposition (millennial-focused giveaways). Instead, we would be remiss not to acknowledge another milestone achieved by Ottawa-based entrepreneurs, this time at Shopify (SH).

Gold royalty collector Roosen adds iron (ore) man to his resume

Sean Roosen wasted no time establishing a gold royalty powerhouse, Osisko Gold Royalties (OR), last year after selling his Osisko Mining and its Malartic gold mine in Quebec to a Yamana Gold (YRI)/Agnico Eagle (AEM) consortium for $3.9 billion.

The Osisko Gold Royalties chairman and CEO added another prize royalty with the friendly takeover of Quebec-focused Virginia Mines. That deal gave Osisko a 2-3.5% NSR on Goldcorp's Eleonore mine in Quebec, which recently went into commercial production.

Is a May Stock Rally on the Way?

In our last piece, we shared our bullish view on the stock market and highlighted the iShares Russell Microcap (IWC*US) chart. Since that time the index has shaken out investors and bullishly powered back above its 50 day moving average. The microcap index finds itself again trading near all time highs. What’s impressive about this move is it's happened with the pessimistic investor sentiment rolling across Wall Street and Twitter like a smoldering tumbleweed in a post-apocalyptic Mad Max movie.

Will consumer spending sizzle this summer?

It never ceases to amaze us how much attention is given to consumer sentiment surveys south of the border. On Friday, a widely followed sentiment survey was released that indicated American consumer sentiment had dropped. Only a month ago that same survey indicated that consumer confidence was soaring, hitting its second highest point since 2007 according to Business Insider. More remarkably, this same survey hit an 11-year high in January of this year according to Thomson Reuters.

Diamonds glitter as Canadian insiders tilt to a rate rally

Move over real estate, insiders appear to be setting up for a long-rate rebound. REITs and other defensive stocks such as utilities lost ground in the semi-annual rebalancing of the 50-stock INK Canadian Insider (CIN) Index. Taking their place is a mix of resource and economically-sensitive industrial stocks.

Jim Pattison, Ron Joyce, and Just Energy

Can two of Canada’s best known billionaires be on to something? Investors may learn more when Just Energy Group (JE) releases year-end results next Friday, May 14th, after the market closes.

Shares of Just Energy have been in the penalty box for years. Volatile prices for energy, notably natural gas and electricity, played havoc on margins at the wholesaler, whose army of door-knocking sales representatives offer homeowners long-term fixed price contracts for home heating fuel and related services.

From Goldman to Gold Man, it pays to be Thornton

As a former director, president and co-CEO of Goldman Sachs (GS*US), John Thornton had presumably developed a thick skin as well as a large wallet.

The uber-profitable U.S. investment bank - famously described as a "great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity" by Rolling Stone writer Matt Taibbi - has been a favourite target of critics on Wall Street and beyond even before the financial crisis shook the foundations of U.S. finance. (Thornton retired from Goldman in 2003.)

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