Conglomerates appeal to some long termed investors because of their diversity. Some conglomerates are so widespread in their corporate interests that they act much like a diversified mutual fund or ETF. Only without the fees, and often WITH a management team holding significant skin in the game.
That doesn’t mean that all conglomerates are worthy of holding. A bad management team who overpays for underperforming assets, or who illustrate a series of incorrect calls on market trends can lead the company astray.
Below, I take note of 5 of the larger conglomerates in Canada. I’ll offer a brief bio of their divisions, and (of course!) a technical view of the stock. Given the longer termed nature of owning such a stock, I’ll strictly look at patterns on the weekly charts. Neartermed timing signals will be of less significance in this summary.
BULLISH: Brookfield Asset Mgmt. (BAM.A-T)
BAM is a stock that we’ve held for a while in the ValueTrend Equity Platform. The company operates in 8 divisions. Many of these divisions have been split off into separate stocks – and are by themselves fairly diversified. As such, BAM is considered a bit of a hard stock to analyse from a fundamental analysts perspective. Technical Analysis to the rescue!
BAM operates divisions in: Private Equity, Corporate Activities, Infrastructure, Residential Services, Asset Mgmt., Property mgmt., and Power. Whew! This is the “Everything including the kitchen sink” stock!
The chart shows us a shallow, yet obvious uptrend since 2015. It’s coming off of its trendline and breaking through neartermed resistance as I write, which inspired me to put it on my BNN Top Picks on the last show.
BULLISH: Fairfax (FFH-T)
We own this stock in the ValueTrend Equity Platform as well. Like BAM, it’s a Top Pick for my BNN appearances. FFH Fairfax Financial is diversified through many areas including investment management, insurance and some exposure to India. Prem Watsa tends to act a bit like a hedge fund manager in buying “cheap” assets and waits it out to realize value. He also hedges things like inflation etc. Because of that, it might be a little non-correlated to the market, should you be concerned of a market correction. The breakout through $700 targets $780 for the stock.
NEUTRAL: Onex (ONEX-T)
If you can’t remember Onex’s stock ticker, there’s no hope for you. Another jack-of-all trades, Onex owns divisions in Electronics, Healthcare, Building products, Insurance, Packaging, Food, and other small diversifications. Peter Lynch used to say that such massive diversification can sometimes lead to “di-worsification”. Perhaps he was right. This stock had been in an uptrend until mid-2017. Then, it took a pretty good hit on the chin, and is now struggling through a basing phase. I wouldn’t buy this stock until it breaks $96 and stays there a while.
NEUTRAL: Power (POW-T)
While we don’t hold POW in our Equity Platform, we do own one of its divisions, Power Financial (PWF-T) in our more passive, dividend orientated Income Platform (5% + dividend). The chart illustrates why we don’t think of POW, or PWF for that matter, as growth stocks. The chart is choppy, with no real direction as to future upside. POW holds financial interest in Canada (IGM and GWO) while also holding some European interests in minerals, cement, oil & gas, and alternative energy sectors.
BEARISH: George Weston (WN-T)
WN holds a variety of food services including bakery, grocery etc. It holds pharmaceutical services, asset management, apparel, financial & insurance, wireless, and property management interests as well. This stock peaked in 2007. Since then, it has been in a downtrend, as illustrated by the weekly chart’s consistently lower highs and lows. The stock has not begun to base yet. This stock should be avoided for the time being, unless you are a neartermed swing trader. The trend is not your friend here.
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