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Stock Talk Podcast Episode 180

Stock Talk Podcast Episode 180

October 4, 2022

In this week's show we go over:

  • The state of NFTs including the previously high flying Bored Ape Yacht Club.
  • The state of Credit Suisse (CS:NYSE), is it the next Lehman Brothers moment?
  • Ryan and Aaron face-off in a fierce STOCK BATTLE on Constellation Software Inc. (CSU:TSX)! Aaron is the Bull, Ryan the Bear, who's going to take the victory?
  • Brennan takes your question in our latest Your Stock, Our Take on Algoma Steel (ASTL:TSX) & Stelco (STLC:TSX)!
Stock Talk Podcast Episode 179

Stock Talk Podcast Episode 179

September 27, 2022

Topics of this week:

  • The fall of the SPAC king
  • The shift in Macro, featuring the pound.
  • Your Stock, Our Take on Adobe (ADBE:NASDAQ)
  • Comparing United Health group (UNH:NYSE) & CVS (CVS:NYSE)
  • Star and Dog of the Week Winpak (WPK:TSX) & Nautilus (NTL:NYSE)

 

Stock Talk Podcast Episode 178

Stock Talk Podcast Episode 178

September 21, 2022

Back from the Big Smoke, the center of the Canadian Universe, Hogtown, the city of many nicknames, or as Brennan, a huge Drake fan refers to it, the six. For most of our listeners who are likely still unaware of what city I am referring to – myself and Aaron just return from Toronto where we spoke to audiences at the MoneyShow – the first time in person for 3 years – we get into our talk and highlights of the event including my take on the folly of macro forecasts.

We have a big stock debate for this week as the Killer B’s (Brennan & Brett) square off in a no hold’s barred battle. In the crosshairs this week is a company founded in Brennan’s current stomping grounds, a city previously thought to be made-up, yes, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The company, Vecima Networks Inc. (VCM:TSX), develops hardware and software solutions for broadband access, content delivery, and telematics. The coinflip chose Brennan for the Bear case, and Brett as the Bull.

Aaron will sit in as judge, jury, and executioner. In light of recent interest rate hikes and the continued likelihood of more on the horizon, Aaron takes a brief look at the fixed income market – bonds, GICs and T-bills in a preview of some work he will be presenting at our Fall 2022 upcoming seminars. So, let’s get to the show!    

Stock Talk Podcast Episode 177

Stock Talk Podcast Episode 177

September 13, 2022

We are back, having just recovered from the first week back to school and our collective laughing fits at Brennan’s favourite movie the 40-Year-Old Virgin.

This week will begin with a brief discussion of the week that was and what is to come heading into this Fall – Ryan and Aaron are headed to Toronto to speak at the Money Show later this week.

We have a big stock debate for you between Ryan and young padawan Brennan (that’s a Star Wars reference Brennan, not Star Trek) will face off to present the Bull & Bear Cases for Leatt Corporation (LEAT:OTC), an award winning personal protective equipment for participants of motor sports and leisure activities worldwide. The coinflip dictated Brennan take the Bear Case, while Ryan will ride the Bull Case to almost certain victory.

Aaron, who if he checks his bank account while I (Ryan) am reading this should be very happy to serve as judge jury and executioner. Following his execution of Brennan, Aaron will tackle our next Legendary Investor Charlie Munger. While known to be competitive – hopefully not literally as he is 5 foot 9 and 98 years old. Charlie is widely known as vice chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, and Warren Buffett’s right-hand man. But there is more to him than that and Aaron will delve into the details.

Finally, Brett answers a listener question on Magnet Forensics Inc. (MAGT:TSX) and it is for real this time, not just a head fake from the intro. Magnet shares jumped sharply in 2021, but have seen a steep decline from last summers highs. Brett takes a look at the current fundamentals and outlook for the developer of digital investigation solutions for more than 4,000 enterprises and public safety organizations.

Stock Talk Podcast Episode 176

Stock Talk Podcast Episode 176

September 7, 2022

The band is back together, the calendar has turned to September, and we are taking you back to school this week. In keeping with the back-to-school theme, Brennan will start by defining “The Rule of 40”, which has nothing to do with the idea that it all goes to crap after you hit 40, or his favourite movie, The 40 Year Old Virgin. The Rule of 40 is a commonly used metric when comparing SaaS companies and is a simple framework that balances revenue growth versus profit margins. Brett takes reviews one of our more popular Stock vs. Stock Battle of the past couple years which pitted two hot (at the time) renewable energy companies Greenlane Renewables Inc. (GRN:TSX) and Xebec Adsorption Inc. (XBC:TSX) against one another. Greenlane won the battle at the time, but neither met our criteria. Brett will look at where both stocks are today. Ryan will hit the mailbag and take a quick look at one of the hotter TSX Venture stocks this year, Patriot Battery Metals Inc. (PMET:TSX-V), which has seen its share price jump from the $0.55 range to just under $7.00. What is driving the gains and is it sustainable? Finally, in our Your Stock, Our Take segment Aaron reviews NVIDIA Corporation (NVDA: NASDAQ), the worlds top designer and manufacturer of GPUs or graphic processing units. The tech giant has seen its share price slashed 60% from 2021 highs and its recently released ugly Q2 numbers helped pour gasoline on the recent tire fire. Aaron let’s you know his thoughts on the current valuations.

Stock Talk Podcast Episode 175

Stock Talk Podcast Episode 175

August 31, 2022

Aaron is back from his National Lampoon style “European Vacation” surely to put our ratings in a freefall.

Ryan starts this week with a brief review of the news to come out of the Fed’s meeting in Jackson Hole, and takes a look at the Q2 numbers from Snowflake Inc. (SNOW:NYSE), a high growth Data Cloud SaaS disruptor which jumped 20% last week.

Aaron hits the mailbag to answer a listener question on stock-based compensation and how to incorporate it into your analysis.

In our Your Stock, Our Take segment Brennan will take a look at Canadian-based telemedicine provider Reliq Health Technologies Inc. (RHT:TSX-V). A former Dog of the Week on this show back in 2018, a listener asks us to review the stock once again following is business model switching to a more recurring revenue model.

Finally, Brett looks at our Star and Dog of the week. This week’s star is well-known oil & gas company ConocoPhillips (COP:NYSE). The company posted very strong Q2 numbers driven by higher energy prices. Our Dog of the Week Intel Corporation (INTC:NASDAQ), best known for developing the microprocessors and the
world's largest manufacturer by revenue of semiconductor chips, has fallen roughly 10% in thelast month and 38% year to date. We let you know why? Aaron will also speak to Intel’s Just announced deal with Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P (BIP.UN: TSX), which we have in coverage.

Stock Talk Podcast Episode 174

Stock Talk Podcast Episode 174

August 24, 2022

Ryan is back this week from a Scottish Vacation which included Castles, Steak Pie, Castles, Haggis, Castles, a Royal Yacht, Castles, some beautiful scenery, and more Castles…it was good times. We kick of this week’s show with a brief discussion on the U.S. Federal Reserve’s annual meeting in Jackson’s Hole, Brennan will look at some meme’s around the financial term EBITDA and Ryan will remind him how BC crushed Saskatchewan (CFL) once again this past week.

In our Your Stock, Our Take segment Ryan will take a look at Canadian-based point-of-sale payments processor Lightspeed Commerce Inc. (LSPD:TSX). The former market darling is down 50% year to-date and 84% from this past September. A listener asks if the stock finally offers value.

Brennan will continue our series on legendary or famous investors series with a look into Kevin O’Leary, the outspoken Canadian investor’s of Dragon’s Den and Shark Tank fame who recently stated that about 25% of his portfolio is tied up in Cryptocurrencies. We also take a quick look at O’Leary backed publicly listed WonderFi Technologies Inc. (WNDR:TSX).

Finally, Brett takes a look at a bit of a late August resurgence in meme stocks. Names including Gamestop (GME:NYSE), AMC Theatres (AMC:NYSE) and most recently Bed Bath and Beyond (BBBY:NASDAQ) have been in play once again over the past week to both the upside and downside. Brett will keep you up to date.

Stock Talk Podcast Episode 173

Stock Talk Podcast Episode 173

August 9, 2022

We are back, this week starting with a brief discussion on the strength in consumer spending as reports of recessionary fears smack us in the face. Stock Battle is back, in the crosshairs this week is Absolute Software Corp. (ABST:TSX) a provider of SaaS based endpoint security and data-risk management solutions. Brennan charges in with the Bull case while Brett tries to maul him with the Bear case. Its Alberta (Brett) versus Saskatchewan (Brennan) in a battle for provincial supremacy. Aaron will act as judge, jury, and executioner for this epic battle.

In our Your Stock Our Take segment Ryan will take a look at Automation development and manufacturing company, ATS Automation Tooling Systems (ATA:TSX), which plans, designs, builds, commissions, and services automated manufacturing and assembly systems including automated products and test solutions. A listener asks us our thoughts on the company which has consistently posted strong growth over a 10-year time period.

Aaron will handle our Star & Dog of the week. Our dog this week is Maple Leaf Foods Inc. (MFI:TSX) which produces packaged food products and prepared meats globally, the stock was down 17% last week following the company’s Q2 results. Our Star of the week is Coinbase Global Inc. (COIN:NASDAQ) which offers cryptocurrency trading exchange platform where individuals can buy and sell cryptocurrencies. The stock IPO'd in May 2021 at a price of around $340 per share, recently dropped to the $50 range, but posted significant gains this last week after it had announced a deal with BlackRock. Is it a sign of a recovery or just a dead cat bounce? Aaron will let you know.  

Stock Talk Podcast Episode 172

Stock Talk Podcast Episode 172

August 3, 2022

We are back this week after rave reviews, a few crying babies, and further shock and awe at our faces-for-radio now revealed on our YouTube platform. We kick off this week’s show with a brief discussion on the strong stock market gains to end July following the worst first half in U.S. markets in 52 years.

In our Your Stock, Our Take segment Ryan will take a look at a TV streaming platform Roku Inc. (ROKU:NASDAQ). The Pandemic stay at home star is down 72% year to-date and 86% from its 2021 highs. A listener asks if the stock finally offers value.

Aaron is going to take you to school by looking into “Three things to never do when valuing a stock on a PE or price-to-earnings basis.”

Brett is going to launch our legendary or famous investors series with a look into recent market darling Cathie Wood. Wood is an American active investment manager who is the current CEO and CIO of Ark invest, which was founded it in 2014. Incidentally, Roku is one of the top holdings in her flagship fund alongside well-known names such as Tesla, Zoom, Crispr Therapeutics, and Block.

Brennan will handle our Star and Dog of the week. The Dog of the week is Datametrex AI Ltd. (DM:CSE) a Canadian-based IT company focused on, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence which collects and analyzes data – that is a bunch of buzz words. The micro cap is down 35% year-to-date and 61% since its 52-week high. The Star of the week is Enphase Energy Inc. (ENPH:NASDAQ), an energy technology company and the world's leading supplier of microinverter-based solar and battery systems. The stock has jumped 25% in the last 5 trading sessions and is up 61% year to date and was the top-performing stock in the S&P 500 in the last quarter powered by strong quarterly growth.

Stock Talk Podcast Episode 171

Stock Talk Podcast Episode 171

July 28, 2022

This week – we come to air with the sounds of Video Killed the radio star playing loudly in our heads. We are making the transition from audio to video – moving from a strict podcast to a YouTube show with interactive video, screen sharing and more and we can’t wait to expand on this format. Watch the Youtube Show HERE!

This week’s show kicks off with a bang as Aaron debates Brennan in a no holds barred analyst showdown. The company in the crosshairs is Algoma Steel (ASTL:TSX) an integrated steel producer in North America with raw steel production capacity of 2.8 million tons per year. Aaron argues the Bull Case and Brennan tries to wrestle him to the ground with the Bear Case. Ryan will sit in as judge jury and executioner.

Ryan will give you 6 things you need to know about the TFSA or Tax Free Savings Account including why it is not for the rich, what you can put into it and the contribution limits.

Brett will handle our Star and Dog of the week. The Dog of the week is Context Logic (WISH: NASDAQ) which has seen its share price drop 51% in 2022. The company’s e-Commerce platform, allows third parties to list products to sell to customers who purchase through its visual-based mobile app. The Star of the week is Viemed Healthcare Inc. (VMD:TSX) and should be no secret to KeyStone clients having been a recommendation over the past 4 years since it traded in the $3.85 range – today the stock trades in the $10.00 range. Viemed, which provides in-home durable medical equipment and post-acute respiratory healthcare services in the United States, has seen its share price jump 38.32% over the last month and 60.38% since the April BUY recommendation. 

Stock Talk Podcast Episode 170

Stock Talk Podcast Episode 170

July 13, 2022

We are back with a packed show this week. Ryan will start by discussing a few great points made by legendary investor Howard Marks in his annual memos.

In our Your Stock, Our Take Segment, we answer two listener questions. Aaron will answer the first on Mitek Systems Inc. (MITK: NASDAQ) which has its core business centered around mobile check deposit software and is shifting to the digital identity and fraud prevention arena’s. The growth and valuations look attractive – enough so that we included it in our recently released US technology report – Aaron answers if it is a buy at present.

Brennan will then look into Block Inc. (SQ:NYSE) a global technology company with a focus on financial services – its well-known business’ include Square, Cash App, Spiral, TIDAL, and TBD. The stock is down 61% in 2022 and 76% since its highs last year. Is this high growth business finally a fundamental buy – we let you know.

Finally, Brett will update us on a stock we called a cautionary tale in our last podcast, Voyager Digital Ltd. (VOYG:TSX) - cryptocurrency platform that offers a secure way to trade over 100 different crypto assets using its easy-to-use mobile application. From its 2021 highs over $32, the stock has dropped 99% to close this week in the $0.30 range. Brett called it gambling in our last episode, a few short days later, the company filed for bankruptcy.

Stock Talk Podcast Episode 169

Stock Talk Podcast Episode 169

June 30, 2022

This week we are excited to be introducing a new contributing analyst to the show. Ryan will start with a brief overview of our Special U.S. SaaS / Software Stock Report which we will be releasing next week to our U.S and VIP research clients. Ryan will look at current valuations in Tech, specifically the software segment, and where valuations stand after the crash from a 10-year historical perspective.

Splits are topical right now with Alphabet about do its 20-1 split, and another couple of companies in our coverage Fortinet (FTNT:NASADAQ), the cybersecurity giant and Brookfield Infrastructure (BIP.UN:TSX) conducting splits in the past couple weeks as well as the high profile splits of Apple Inc. (AAPL:NASDAQ) and Tesla Inc. (TSLA:NASDAQ) over the past year – we have fielded a number of questions in this area. Brennan will delve into the splits, perhaps trying to perform them himself, and more appropriately, what they mean for you as an investor.

Finally, in his first segment, Brett will be looking at a cautionary tale in the once high-flying Voyager Digital Ltd. (VOYG:TSX) - cryptocurrency platform that offers a secure way to trade over 100 different crypto assets using its easy-to-use mobile application. From its 2021 highs over $32, the stock has dropped 98% to close this week in the $0.60 range. Brett lets us know what went wrong and where the business which had posted high revenue growth, is at today.

Stock Talk Podcast Episode 168

Stock Talk Podcast Episode 168

June 16, 2022

We’re back – following a week in California at the LD Micro-Cap Conference. From the approximate 200 companies attending we interviewed roughly 20 management teams and Ryan highlights a couple companies of interest including Richardson Electronics Ltd. (RELL:NASDAQ), DocGo Inc. (DCGO:NASDAQ), and DMG Blockchain Solutions Inc. (DMGI:TSX-V), as well as companies currently in coverage including Geodrill Limited (GEO:TSX), Quipt Home Medical Corp. (QIPT:TSX), and Acme United Corporation (ACU:NYSE) that we sat down with at the event.  Ryan will also look generally at the markets in light of the significant market correction which boarders on a crash in technology and risk assets.

In our Your Stock, Our Take segment Brennan answers a listener question on Nutrien Ltd. (NTR:TSX), one of the world’s largest producers and distributors of potash, nitrogen and phosphate products. Is there value in the business in the current volatile environment.

Finally, Aaron answers a listener question on lockdown and work from home darling DocuSign Inc. (DOCU:NASDAQ). The world leader in digital signatures has seen its share price drop 63.8% year-to-date and over 80% from its 2021 highs. A listener asks if we are starting to see value in this battered tech name.

Stock Talk Podcast Episode 167

Stock Talk Podcast Episode 167

May 16, 2022

We’re back – starting with a Star of the Week from our Canadian Small-Cap Growth Stock Research – Dynacor Gold Mines Inc. (DNG:TSX) - the company purchases ore from small-scale miners (artisanal miners) in various regions of Peru, processes it at its mill and sells the extracted gold and silver internationally at market prices. The company just reported record Q1 quarterly revenues and earnings and appears positioned for further growth.

In Our Stock vs. Stock segment, Aaron answers a listener question on which tech online retail enabler, Amazon (AMZN:NASDAQ) or Shopify (SHOP:TSX) offer better value in the current market. The listener wonders if Shopify, which is down an astonishing 75% year to date in 2022 alone, is finally offering value. 

Stock Talk Podcast Episode 166

Stock Talk Podcast Episode 166

April 13, 2022

We’re back following two sold-out Live Webinars over the past couple of weeks. One of the topics spoken about at the presentation was the concept of price vs. value in the broader context of the Stealth Technology Stock Crash the markets have experienced over the past year. I will touch on that today. Additionally, Aaron is prepped and ready to discuss investing in dividend growth stocks in high inflation, and rising interest rate environment. In the segment, he will look at Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P. (BIP.UN: TSX), a long-term Focus BUY in our Canadian Income/Dividend research as a great way to battle inflation. Our first YSOT this week comes from a listener on AcuityAds, a company we happened to just meet with the management team in person over the last couple of weeks. AcuityAds operates in the AdTech industry providing marketers a solution for digital advertising. The listener notes the stock is down 87% from its high in the range of $32 in February of last year to the $4 range today – he asks if this cash-rich small-cap is on sale. Finally, in a Stock Vs. Stock segment, Brennan answers a client question on two US-listed Brazilian Fintech stocks StoneCo and PagSeguro. He asks which we would throw our dollars behind.

Stock Talk Podcast Episode 165

Stock Talk Podcast Episode 165

March 23, 2022

We’re back – from the OC, or more specifically the annual Roth Conference at the Ritz Carlton which hosted approximately 450 public companies and thousands of analysts. We will briefly talk about what came from our interviews at the event. We will also talk about the launch of our March/April Webinars – our first of 2022.  In our Your Stock, Out Take segment, Ryan answers a listener question on NamSys Inc. (CTZ: TSX-V), which provides software solutions for currency management and processing for the banking and merchant industries principally in North America. Brennan will answer a listener question on Converge Technology Solutions (CTS: TSX), a North American Hybrid IT solution value-added reseller (VAR) focused on delivering advanced analytics, cloud, cybersecurity, and managed services offerings as well as the provision of hardware and software products and solutions to clients across various industries and organizations. Finally, Aaron will twiddle his thumbs.

Stock Talk Podcast Episode 164

Stock Talk Podcast Episode 164

March 3, 2022

We’re back, starting this week’s episode with a discussion on Interest Rate hikes, the War in Ukraine, and more.

 

In our Your Stock, Out Take segment, Aaron answers a listener question on EPAM Systems Inc. (EPAM:NASDAQ), which provides digital platform engineering and software development services to companies around the globe. The high-growth software business has been significantly impacted near-term by the conflict in Ukraine - we give some details on what and how to proceed.

 

Ryan will answer a listener question on C-COM Satellite Systems Inc. (CMI:TSX-V) which develops and deploys commercial-grade mobile auto-deploying satellite-based technology for the delivery of two-way high-speed Internet, VoIP, and Video services into vehicles. He provides his current thoughts on this cash-rich, micro-cap which pays a 2.3% dividend – the listener wants to know if there is value once again? Just before we went live with this show, a client asked for our take on SnowFlake (SNOW: NASDAQ), which sells data analytics and management tools that run on cloud computing platforms such as Amazon Web Services – Ryan will give you his quick thoughts.

 

Finally, Brennan answers a listener question on Lucara Diamond Corp. (LUC:TSX), an independent producer of large exceptional quality diamonds from its Karowe Mine in Botswana. Does this profitable diamond producer offer value – he will let you know.

Stock Talk Podcast Episode 163

Stock Talk Podcast Episode 163

February 16, 2022

We’re back, starting this week’s episode with a discussion on stock splits. Why? Alphabet (AKA Google), recently announced it will be proceeding with a 20-1 stock split, and given the company has been a long-term Focus Buy recommendation, we are here to talk about how stock splits work and why multiple analysts and financial talking heads have proclaimed this a bullish sign for Alphabet’s stock.

 

In our Your Stock, Our Take segment, Aaron answers a listener question on Intel Corporation (INTC: NASDAQ), the world's largest manufacturer of PC microprocessors, which just announced a proposed $58 billion acquisition of Tower Semiconductor. The listener points out Intel has a low PE, pays a good dividend, appears out of favor, and asks whether we see value at present.

 

Brennan also answers a listener question on ScreenPro Security Inc. (SCRN:CSE), a Screening and Medical Technology company that provides turnkey COVID-19 screening solutions with its alerting software, GoStop. The listener asks if we see value and growth potential in the recent listing.

Stock Talk Podcast Episode 162

Stock Talk Podcast Episode 162

February 4, 2022

We are back this week to look at the crazy volatility – mostly to the downside - in North American markets have produced to start 2022. Ryan takes a brief look at the yo-yo action in a number of well-known tech stocks over the past week including Microsoft Corporation (MSFT: NASDAQ), Alphabet (GOOG: NASDAQ) (Google), Apple Inc. (AAPL: NASDAQ), and Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN: NASDAQ) on the plus side and Netflix Inc. (NFLX: NASDAQ), Meta Platforms Inc. (FB: NASDAQ) (Facebook), PayPal Holdings Inc. (PYPL: NASDAQ) and the rest of Tech generally, on the negative side.

 

From our mailbag, Ryan answers a question on Cathie Wood’s ARK Innovation ETF (ARKK). Aaron reviews what went wrong this week with Meta Platforms owner Facebook, the largest social media platform in the world, with 2.9 billion money active users. Meta dropped nearly 26% Thursday after the release of its fourth-quarter results – in a historical loss. Aaron, let’s you know why. Finally, Brennan answers a listener question on EcoSynthetix Inc. (ECO: TSX), which offers a range of sustainable engineered biopolymers that allow customers to reduce their use of harmful materials, such as formaldehyde and styrene-based chemicals. The stock has pulled back to start 2022 but has posted positive gains over the last year and five-year periods. Brennan examines whether the fundamentals of the business justify the gains.

Stock Talk Podcast Episode 161

Stock Talk Podcast Episode 161

January 7, 2022

Special 2022 predictions episode. Including a look back at our 2022 predictions on Bitcoin, Gold, SPACs, the U.S. & Canadian markets, Cannabis stocks, Government Handouts, and more. And we look forward to bold predictions for 2022 on Small-Cap & Dividend stocks, Brennan’s Basketball pool, the Canucks trade deadline activity, and how inflation will continue to be a hot button issue, at least for the first half of the year. In the end, we tag on a question from a listener on Fire and Flower Holdings Corp. (FAF: TSX), a technology-powered, adult-use cannabis retailer with 102 corporate-owned stores in its network. We let you know how the company screens using our criteria.

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