This is a guest contribution from The Financial Canadian
It is rare to find an investment that is both relatively safe and offers tremendous upside potential.
What if I told you that there was a smaller Canadian version of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.B) that has both of these characteristics?
The company I’m talking about is Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. (OTCPK:FRFHF) It is a diversified insurance provider with a significant portfolio of common stock investments.
This post will examine the investment prospects of Fairfax in detail.
FFH – Business Overview
Fairfax (TSE:FFH) is a diversified insurance company with headquarters in Toronto, Canada. The present management has been in control of Fairfax since September of 1985.
Fairfax’s operations are divided into two segments: insurance and investment management.
Its insurance operations include a variety of wholly-owned subsidiaries that are operated on a decentralized basis. Many of these wholly-owned subsidiaries are large in their own right, including Northbridge, Odyssey Re, Crum & Forster, Zenith National, and Brit Insurance (the newest addition to the Fairfax family).
Top 5 Canadian Stocks For 2018: Talisman Energy Inc.(TLM)
- [By Jayson Derrick]
On the other hand, the analysts are Underweight on Eni SpA (ADR) (NYSE: E), Repsol Oil & Gas Canada Inc (USA) (NYSE: TLM) and OMV AG given their asset bases, which offer an inferior risk to reward profile and limited differentiation in cost reductions.
Top 5 Canadian Stocks For 2018: Natural Gas(NG)
- [By William Romov]
Over the last year, the number of short positions on gold stocks has fallen. One of these stocks is a Canadian gold mining company called NovaGold Resources Inc. (NYSE: NG). In the last 12 months, the volume of short bets on the stock declined 79%, to 522,400. This shows a shift in sentiment from bearish to bullish for gold.
- [By James E. Brumley]
When an investor thinks of Canadian gold mining stocks, NovaGold Resources Inc. (USA) (NYSEMKT:NG) and Yamana Gold Inc. (USA) (NYSE:AUY) are often the first names to come to mind. And well they should. Yamana Gold is a $2.5 billion giant, and NovaGold Resources seems to have been around forever.
Those two icons aren’t the only way to tap into Canada’s sizeable gold mining industry though. There’s a small, up-and-coming player called Taranis Resources Inc. (OTCMKTS:TNREF, TSX:TRO) that could end up becoming another key fixture of the country’s mining landscape.
Taranis develops mineral deposits into mine-ready projects. Its primary project right now — and it’s enough to keep the company plenty busy for the next several years — is the Thor property located near Trout Lake, British Columbia. NI 43-101 resource reports (indicated and inferred)suggest Thor contains 6.9 million ounces of silver, 35,000 ounces gold, 57 million pounds of lead, 79.4 million pounds of zinc and 3.3 Million pounds of copper (roughly a 14 million ounce silver equivalent (“AgEq”) deposit*) laying in wait in a way that lends itself to the establishment of a low-cost, open pit mining operation. That’s roughly $300 million worth of marketable metals, and the estimates have been steadily getting bigger as Tanaris does more survey work.
And 2017 could be a real breakout year for Taranis, as a lot of the work that’s been done to date starts to mean something. It’s got big exploration plans for this year… this spring/summer to be exact.
The Phase 1 program was completed in September of last year, setting the stage for a more defined and much bigger Phase 2 definition-drilling within the next several weeks. This Phase 2 definition drilling slated for the middle of this year will drill down to between 6000 m and 10,000 m.
These so-called first generation target areas are generally well understood areas based on sound geological information includ
- [By Money Morning Staff Reports]
Canadian gold mining company NovaGold Resources Inc. (NYSE: NG) shows an even starker change in sentiment. In the last 12 months, the volume of short bets on the stock declined 79%, to 522,400.
- [By Money Morning News Team]
Canadian gold mining company NovaGold Resources Inc. (NYSE: NG) shows an even starker change in sentiment. In the last six months, the volume of short bets on the stock declined 32.75%, from 19.05 million shares to 12.81 million.
Top 5 Canadian Stocks For 2018: Silver Wheaton Corp(SLW)
- [By Rich Duprey]
Silver Wheaton (NYSE:SLW), of course, is a streamer like Sandstorm and Franco, but it is the largest in the precious-metals industry, and arguably the best-known, because its business model came to define what streaming is. Although it is known primarily for its silver contracts, Silver Wheaton also has sizable gold production that makes it worth your attention.
Top 5 Canadian Stocks For 2018: Wells Fargo & Company(WFC)
- [By Jim Cramer]
Net operating cash flow has increased to $18,937.00 million or 25.72% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow of 25.72%, WELLS FARGO & CO is still growing at a significantly lower rate than the industry average of 301.19%.
- [By Craig Jones]
On CNBC's "Fast Money Halftime Report", Pete Najarian spoke about unusually high options activity in Wells Fargo & Co (NYSE: WFC).
- [By Chris Lange]
Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE: WFC) has consensus estimates of$1.00 in EPS and revenue of $22.47 billion. The fourth quarter of last year reportedly EPS of had $1.03 and $21.59 billion in revenue.
- [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]
Finally on Friday, the banks begin to report. This is a group that benefits both from President-elect Donald Trump’s proposed deregulation and from rising interest rates. Cramer was bullish on JPMorgan and Bank of America (BAC) , but held Wells Fargo (WFC) , another Action Alerts PLUS name, as his favorite in the group.
- [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]
For the negative side of the banking story, let’s look at Wells Fargo (WFC). This is the company that has been embroiled in a scandal involving the fraudulent opening of some two million accounts as employees tried every trick in the book to make unrealistic sales quotas.
Top 5 Canadian Stocks For 2018: Safeway Inc.(SWY)
- [By Peter Graham]
A long term performance chart shows shares of SUPERVALU underperforming the underperformance ofmid caps Whole Foods Market, Inc (NASDAQ: WFM) and Safeway Inc (NYSE: SWY). while large capKroger Co (NYSE: KR)had outperformed up until the last two years when performance has been more mixed:
- [By Peter Graham]
A long term performance chart shows shares of small cap SUPERVALU now underperforming large cap Kroger Co (NYSE: KR) while shares of large cap Whole Foods Market, Inc (NASDAQ: WFM) and mid cap Safeway Inc (NYSE: SWY) appear to be back to where they started at: