December 2018 – Watchlist

December 2018 - Watchlist

December 2018 – Watchlist

Its December 2018, and time to look across the market and see what stocks I would like to buy this month. The market is all over place these days. 1 day we see some huge dips and then the next day it rallies. I guess this is alright since it creates some nice bargains.

Here in Canada, Energy stocks and Banks stocks seem to be taking a beating. Almost all the banks, seem like a great buy at the moment and a couple made my list this month.

Bank Of Nova Scotia

Bank Of Nova Scotia – I’m a big fan of what BNS has been doing, expanding down south. I have made various purchases of them in 2018, but yet haven’t created a big enough position to get a dripped stock each quarter. While the other banks have dropped in price, BNS actually popped a bit… Typical when you want to buy them right?

At a 72.33 per share price BNS sports a 4.76% dividend yield and a p/e of 10.5. Both great numbers. Id love to get my position large enough to drip and with a ex dividend date of Dec 31st approaching I got to decide soon.

Bank of Montreal

Bank Of Montreal – Another Bank holding of mine. It pays in my lowest income month so that’s a nice bonus as well. I don’t have this one dripping for me either but at around 92 a share, it will take a bit of capital to get there.

Currently BMO has a yield of 4.39% and a p/e ratio of 10.3. I haven’t seen these kinda of numbers with BMO in quite awhile. Especially that yield, north of 4% that is very nice. The bank is doing great and even boosted its dividend for the 2nd time in 2018 last month by 4% BMO also has the longest dividend streak in Canada, paying dividends for a amazing 188 years!

Transcontinental Inc

Transcontinental Inc. – This would be a new position for me, but wow is it ever beat down… The company is Canada’s largest and one of North America’s largest printers. While newspapers tend to be a dying business, they are still around. I think most of the mail I get is junk mail, well they print that for businesses as well. Management is smart and has been transitioning to packaging though with 3 acquisitions this year.

In the beginning of September the stock was trading north of 31 bucks, now its currently $19.63. 40.28% off its 52 week high……. P/e ratio of 6.9 and a dividend yield of 4.33%. A full point over its 5yr avg yield. 5 yr average dividend growth sits at 6.6% and they have been raising that dividend the last 16 years. Payout ratio around 30%

The numbers don’t lie, this seems to be a great deal at the moment. I do wonder if there will be a lot of people taking capital losses this month though for tax purposes. This could pressure the stock price more this month. Jordan from Money Maaster wrote a nice analysis about them last month check it out.


Nutrien – Is this company a steal currently, no I don’t think so.
It is the largest producer of potash, and the second largest producer of nitrogen fertilizer, in the world though! I sold my previous position a couple months ago when we needed to buy a new car. I’d love to own them again.

I sold our stocks just north of $70 a share.  It’s currently selling for $63.50 a share and offers a yield of 3.63%. Being a newly developed company they don’t have much of a dividend history, but did raise it in 2018. They are still perfecting the merger, but I think Nutrien has a tonne of potential. With the budding weed industry and growing population, fertilizer’s demand will only increase! Bonus – Basic Materials sector (My lowest Sector)

Artis Reit

Artis Reit – An Industrial, Retail and office Reit. It just cut it’s dividend and the stock has gotten hammered. At is current price of $9.32 per share its currently 35% off its 52 week high.

Real estate has become one of my lowest sectors in the portfolio, and this would help that sector out quite a bit. After this cut the stock yields 5.76% and the dividend is easily covered by earnings.

The company still owns all those assets, is trying to diversify into stronger markets and will have a lot of cash now to buy back shares or fund new purchases. Sometimes a dividend cut can create a solid buying opportunity and with a yield still north of 5%. This may be a great spot to put some money.


Well there you have it, my top 5 picks to buy in December 2018. Market volatility isn’t a bad thing if your a long term investor. I’m going to try to diversify my portfolio a little better and lower some of our top holdings in the next couple months. (I have a couple over 5% of my portfolio)

Out of those 5 picks which one would you choose and why? If you are watching something else, what are you debating buying? Or are you just stacking cash?

12 Responses

  1. Some nice blue chip names there, PCI. Looking forward to see which ones you pick up.

    Happy hunting

  2. Thanks for the mention buddy & you know where I stand.

    Those banks (and most Canadian banks) are no brainers – basically all the time..hah

    TCL is my # 1 top pick right now. I’ll probably start a large position in it when I get my tax refund assuming it stays low.

    Artis I already own, and will hold. I also did a write up/analysis on their most recent can check it out here if you missed it:

    • Rob says:

      thanks Jordan and no problem. Always good sending links out to other great bloggers.

      tcl has a nice track record of increases and love that yield over 4% too.


  3. Team CF says:

    Nice list, personally own 4 out of the 5 stock! Too bad all my money is deployed and have nothing left to invest in the RRSP’s. Got to wait until the cash position builds up again (from whatever does not DRIP).
    Good luck making a decision!

    • Rob says:

      hey cheese

      Its the million dollar problem eh? If i had cash id put it to work and than be back at that problem… lol


  4. Wally says:

    Those are some great picks Rob! I actually picked up some BNS myself – thanks for sharing your views on the stock. Let us know which you decide to go with!

  5. May says:

    Too many financials already so will be very cautious to buy more banks.

    I don’t want to buy stocks that has a dividend cut history.

    Transcontinental is of good value right now but I didn’t see a future. I think the world is heading to paper less world sooner or later.

    Obviously I bought something too early recently. Right now on my watch list: NTR, MG, NFI, SJ, ITP.

    By the way, nice change of your blog. I like it.

    • Rob says:

      hey May

      Thanks alot, curious what are you viewing it on? and what are your favorite improvements? Still a bunch of bugs and I got a issue with this theme but hoping it gets sorted out soon. Glad you like it, supposed to be a little faster.

      I agree with my financial holdings, I actually sold some td last week to even out my positions more and lower my financial sector overall. A couple beginner mistakes i made with some big positions. Ill do my best to even out the portfolio over the next couple months.

      Nice watch list you got there… ntr keeps dropping.
      I made my purchase after posting this last week and started a position in Transcontinental before their earnings. The stock popped after earnings but like everything else has pulled back. That will be my next post.

      cheers May!

  6. If you have a chance to get BNS before December 31st, I’d say go for it. Your site got a new, fresh look! Looks very clean and modern! Love it!

    • Rob says:

      hey German

      love the comments about the new site theme.. Some major issues at the moment but ill get them sorted out soon enough.
      I passed on bns this time, my financial sector is too high and i got to even out my portfolio better. Ive been in tunnel vision lately.haha
      cheers man!

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