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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.
 
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Nicholas Winton contributes technical commentaries on the INK Canadian Insider Index. Nicholas also writes the High on the Hog blog.

 

 

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).

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.

Miners top the April INK Edge Top 40

Late last night we posted our April INK Edge Top 40 stocks on the INK Research website for subscribers. Saskatchewan focused Foran Mining Corporation (FOM) took the top spot. Miners in general have had a strong showing this month: Claude Resources Inc. (CRJ) and Dominion Diamond Corporation (DDC) helped to account, with Foran and other miners, for five out of the top ten spots, and, all told, Basic Materials (25%) edged out Financials (22.5%) to maintain its lead in the Top 40's sector allocation.

Radio interview: Canadian insiders edge out of the defensive zone

With hockey playoffs in full swing, on Saturday's edition of This Week in Money I explained to host Jim Goddard how insiders are edging out of the defensive zone. Less REITs and slightly greater risk in the Energy sector point to a more growth-oriented posture among insiders. These moves might also suggest that insiders feel long-term Canadian bond rates may have seen their lows at least for now.

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Number Cruncher: health care, industrials and tech: 10 top-ranked stocks

What are we looking for?

The 10 highest ranking stocks in some of Canada’s most innovation-dependent sectors: health care, industrials and technology (HITs). 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).

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