Hi there, Fools. I’m back to highlight three stocks that soared last week. Why? Because after a stock spikes over a short period of time, one of two things usually happens:
- the stock continues to soar as momentum-oriented traders jump on for the ride; or
- the stock pulls back sharply as value-oriented investors lock in profits.
Holding on for the long term is still the most prudent path to wealth. But knowing how to play big short-term swings can add some extra pop to your overall returns — especially in your TFSA account where the gains are tax-free.
Without further ado, let’s get to it.
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Leading off our list is Corus Entertainment (TSX:CJR.B), which flew 15% last week.
Corus shares hit an all-time low in 2018 due to the steady decline of its TV unit, but Q2 results last week show signs of a turnaround. During the quarter, consolidated revenue increased 4%, TV ad revenue improved 11%, and free cash flow clocked in at a solid $83.9 million. Moreover, Corus’s net debt-to-profit ratio declined 7%.
“Corus delivered another strong quarter, with double-digit Television advertising revenue growth exceeding our expectations,” said President and CEO Doug Murphy. “Notably, the strength of our free cash flow in the quarter is accelerating our progress towards our leverage targets.”
Corus shares are now up 43.5% year to date and currently sport a solid yield of 3.5%.
With a gain of 8% last week, discount retail giant Dollarama (TSX:DOL) is next up on our list.
Slowing sales growth has put heavy pressure on the shares in recent months, but recent Q4 results offer some positive signs. During the quarter, revenue increased 13%, same-store sales inched up 2.6%, and net earnings grew 5.6%.
While those aren’t market-thumping numbers, management still felt confident enough to increase the dividend 10% as well as forecast 60-70 new store openings in the new fiscal year.
“This performance demonstrates the resilience of our business model, which rests on well-executed organic growth, our direct sourcing strengths, and our multi-price point strategy,” said President and CEO Neil Rossy.
Even with last week’s spike, Dollarama shares remain off 25% over the past year.
Rounding out our list of gainers is royalty company Labrador Iron Royalty (TSX:LIF), whose shares popped 8% last week.
The stock dipped after the company posted its full-year results last month (production was down from 2017), but with U.S. and China making recent progress in trade talks, Bay Street is beginning to grow bullish.
“If the strong prices and premiums continue in 2019, the policies of the Chinese government on pollution are not materially relaxed, there are no major negative impacts from the China-U.S. trade negotiations,” said the company in its report, “… the 2019 outlook for LIORC will be continued strong cash flows.”
Labrador Iron shares are now up 31% so far in 2019 and boast an attractive dividend yield of 3.2%.
The bottom line
There you have it, Fools: three red-hot stocks worth looking into.
As always, they aren’t really formal recommendations. Instead, view them as a starting point for further research. Momentum stocks are particularly fickle, so plenty of due diligence is required.
This article represents the opinion of the writer, who may disagree with the “official” recommendation position of a Motley Fool premium service or advisor. We’re Motley! Questioning an investing thesis — even one of our own — helps us all think critically about investing and make decisions that help us become smarter, happier, and richer, so we sometimes publish articles that may not be in line with recommendations, rankings or other content.
Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the stocks mentioned.