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The Canadian insider blog discusses news and insight found among insider and significant shareholder filings in Canada.
Ted Dixon is co-founder and CEO of INK Research. He is the creator of the INK Canadian Insider Index, and is the editor of the daily Morning INK and weekly Market INK reports. He is a regular contributor to the Globe and Mail's Globe Investor pages and has also worked as a part-time lecturer in corporate finance at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Before starting INK, he worked at the Connor, Clark & Lunn Financial Group where his responsibilities included portfolio strategy and product development. He has also been an analyst at the Fraser Institute and a treasury specialist at the TD Bank. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and member of CFA Vancouver. He holds an MBA in Financial Management from the University of Chicago, and a Bachelor of Commerce from UBC. Listen to his weekly economic commentary on Vancouver's Roundhouse Radio FM 98.3.
Victor Wong is a business and client development associate at Canadian Insider and an avid market watcher.
Nicholas Winton contributes technical commentaries on the INK Canadian Insider Index. Nicholas also writes the High on the Hog blog.



Top Shorts Report: Taking profits in Paramount Resources

Short sellers reduced their exposure to Paramount Resources in the first half of June as the stock put in new year-to-date lows. Nevertheless, that still left the stock as one of the most shorted as a percentage of its float in Canada. Jumping to the top of Top 10 table based on IIROC data as of June 15th is tightly controlled Stingray Group which has a relatively small estimated float. As such, we would be reluctant to read too much into the short positioning in that stock.

The other new arrival in the Top 10 is Automotive Property REIT which announced on June 12th a 7 million unit offering priced at $10.45 per unit in conjunction with a dealership property deal.

Base metals hunting season resumes in James Bay and Maine

John Kaiser from Kaiser Research starts off his June 19th Discovery Watch broadcast with a colourful take on the current bidding war between Agnico Eagle Mines (Cloudy; AEM) and Osisko Mining (Mixed; OSK) spin-out O3 Mining for Alexandria Minerals (AZX). The prize is Alexandria's Cadillac Break Properties located in Val d'Or Quebec, and Kaiser wouldn't be surprised to see another bidder surface before all is said and done. In the second section of the broadcast, John Kaiser reports that Midland Exploration (Cloudy; MD) has started its summer 2019 exploration campaign in search of copper on its Mythril project in the James Bay area of Quebec.

Expected inflation turnaround likely driving gold and mining shares

In my June 20th interview with Jim Goddard from, I reviewed two buy signals we have put out this month in the resource area, specifically on the gold group in our June 3rd market report and, more recently, on the Basic Materials sector last Friday. I also point out that a strong Canadian dollar was good for junior miners who raise money in Canada for gold exploration offshore because their loonies will go further in local currencies.

With more inflation on the horizon, junior mining stocks are looking good

Energy and Healthcare insiders push up US insider sentiment ahead of the Fed

Ahead of the Fed rate decision, I thought I would share on Canadian Insider our take on the state of North American equities. Here is our analysis that we sent out to INK subscribers this morning in our weekly US market report.

Update: US quotes and snapshot unavailable

Update  (adds solution implemented) - Our US stock quote data provider IEX has implemented some changes that have resulted in us not receiving US stock quotes. As a result, neither the US quote price nor the data snapshot at the top the US company pages is being fully displayed. We are working on a solution.

Insights: Back to basics

The reflation trade got a shot in the arm ahead of a big Fed meeting Tuesday and Wednesday. We tackle the question of whether the rally can last in this week's edition of Insights. Meanwhile, our Broadcast of the Week sets the stage for the long-awaited decision by Ottawa on the fate of the Trans Mountain pipeline. Finally, our insider of the week has been buying up shares in an oil patch company that just announced a big buyback program. Click here to read.

Peak insider buying suggests solid support for materials stocks

In a bullish development for Canadian Basic Materials stocks, our sector indicator peaked late last month. Generally, indicator peaks which reflect peak insider buying often take place around share price lows.

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Pot stock insider sentiment remains weak

In our June Top 40 Report, Pot is out and peas are in, we noted that insider sentiment in the pot-stock heavy Pharmaceuticals industry was not sending a bullish signal and suggested more weakness or consolidation ahead for cannabis stocks. Since the report, the Horizons Marijuana Life Sciences ETF (HMMJ) is flat as of late Thursday morning. Meanwhile, the longer-term trend continues to look weak with the ETF trading below its 200-day moving average.

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Insider sentiment does not suggest a reversal in the downward trend any time soon. Our 30-day Pharma Indicator has yet to put in a clear peak which would signal peak insider buying. Typically, peak buying coincides with stock price lows.

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(Update 3 - removes reference to Gmail; advises that the block has tenatively been removed, explains watchlist ordering on website) We have had inquiries from users who have, and accounts asking why they are not getting email alerts and reports. This is due to an issue beyond our control, and due to an algorithm at Microsoft which began blocking our emails on or around June 1st for some, and email addresses.


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