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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.

 

 

Introducing the INK No Go List

Introducing the INK No Go List

At INK Research, our mission is to help you make better investment decisions by tracking the legally reported buying and selling of public company executives, a group also known as corporate insiders. To help point investors in the right direction with their investments, we combine insider activity with valuations and momentum factors to identify which stocks might make the best investment destinations. 

The foundation of our process looks at insider commitment. We rank every stock on a standard INK measure of insider commitment which takes into account the number of common shares company officers and directors hold on a beneficial basis as reported via SEDI or the SEC along with recent buying or selling of company shares. It is a pretty straight forward concept. The more stock that key insiders own and are buying, the greater the insider commitment towards the firm.

You can find our insider commitment rankings in the INK Edge outlook summary for a stock on the INK and Canadian Insider websites.

As critical as holdings and buying are in assessing insider commitment, there is at least one more important consideration, and that is commitment to disclosure. In INK's view, insiders who seek to legally delay or intentionally fail to disclose significant transactions within normal filing requirements are seeking to gain an advantage which can tilt the playing field in favour of the insiders. INK believes strongly in pro-market principles, and that means a level playing field for all investors.

INK Canadian Insider Index Notches 5 Point Gain, as US Markets Dip

Thank you for joining us in a weekly technical look at the mid-cap oriented INK Canadian Insider (CIN) Index.The INK Canadian Insider Index started the week with a successful test of 1100 before bounding as high as 1121.71 intraday. The Index finished the week at 1114.99 for a gain of 5.15 points.  

Insights: Is global growth in better shape than the US market suggests?

Our latest Canadian Insider Insights newsletter explains how some insider trends are suggesting that global growth may be set to expand faster than the consensus thinks. Bamboo shoots anyone?

Other topics include the latest INK Canadian Insider Index rebalancing highlights, and Bitcoin versus gold. Finally, our insider of the week has been on the job for less than a year, but his company stock has already soared more than 70%. Click here to read the latest Insights.

A Bob Hoye bitcoin buy signal

How many bulls does it take to change a light bulb? None, says Bob Hoye from ChartsandMarkets.com, "Because light bulbs never burn out and neither do bull markets".  In his May 10th broadcast, the market historian suggests we are seeing signs of a top in the market, including a recent headline, "The US stock market can't stop, won't stop its endless rally".

China stimulus vs Fed tightening

In my May 9th interview with Jim Goddard from HoweStreet.com, I talk about recent developments in the Canadian housing market including short-selling at mortgage lenders such as Equitable Group (EQB). The stock is one of the top 10 most shorted stocks. EQB released earnings Thursday night, and while Q1 adjusted EPS was $2.72, two cents short of analysts expectations, the company boosted its dividend by 3%. In the second segment, we get into Grayscale's recent promotion that encourages people to drop gold in favour of bitcoin, suggesting that the debate can be a win-win outcome for both camps.

Radius drilling may need to go deeper for the stock to go higher

In the first segment of his May 8th Discovery Watch broadcast, John Kaiser takes a look at Simon Ridgway-headed Radius Gold (RDU) which we featured in our May 3rd Morning Report.

Mixed outlook for a US market rebound

In our April 29th Insights newsletter, we described how investors had returned to the Bernanke-Obama-Yellen (BOY) playbook by piling into large-cap growth situations to take advantage of loose monetary policy during a period of lacklustre economic growth. This time around, however, monetary conditions are not as accommodating as rates are no longer at zero and QE is long finished. To get a sense on how long the BOY playbook may work we are monitoring the INK Edge rankings of the top 10 largest market leading stocks as of the end of April.

Shorts appear to up their bets against housing via Equitable Group

Short-sellers are back targetting Canadian housing this earnings season. Mortgage and consumer lender Equitable Group (EQB) has jumped into the top 10 list of the most shorted stocks in Canada (as a % of float). As of the April 30th IIROC short report, EQB was sitting at the number seven spot. However, as short-sellers have increased their positions, likely as a bet against Canadian housing, our INK short signal suggests a potential short-squeeze situation. Based on our calculations, EQB short-sellers are betting against relatively strong insider commitment at the firm.

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