The top Canadian stocks that won despite the market meltdown



    
    Canadian Business magazine's 10th annual and highly anticipated ranking
    of Canada's 500 largest publicly traded companies arrives on newsstands
    starting today
    

    TORONTO, May 7 /CNW/ - Picking winners in a market meltdown is near
impossible. On this year's Investor 500  -Canadian Business magazine's annual
ranking of Canada's 500 largest publicly traded companies - only 51 stocks, or
10.2%, show a positive return for the 12-month period ending April 3. (Last
year, by comparison, the number was 47%, which was also a difficult time for
most investors.) Just 37 stocks had double-digit gains or better, and the
average annual return was a dismal -32.8%. (Last year it was 13.6%.)

    The most useful and forward-looking Canadian stock guide of its kind

    While this year's Investor 500 features a look back at how last year's
screens performed, readers will find the other 48 pages of data-packed charts
and forward-looking insight invaluable. Stocks are divided into three lists:
large, medium and small capitalization, and employ various screens to help
separate future winners from losers.
    The magazine's team of researchers/data-crunchers also pick stocks in
such categories as best growth, best value, best turnaround, best defensive
and best managed. Canadian Business also shares some successful portfolio
managers' favourite bets. Also ranked: the Top 25 companies by profit, market
cap, revenue and one- and five-year return.
    Also in the package: a conversation with four of the world's gloomiest
forecasters that might surprise; why some say there's hope of a recovery soon;
and why we're not likely in a bond bubble.

    
    Top 3 Large-Cap Companies by 1-Year Return:

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    Rank                        Company                     1-Year Return (%)
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    1.                 George Weston Ltd.                        20.1
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    2.                 Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd.            6.9
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    3.                 Loblaw Cos. Ltd.                           2.4
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    Top 3 Mid-Cap Companies by 1-Year Return:

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    Rank                        Company                     1-Year Return (%)
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    1.                 SXC Health Solutions Corp.               121.8
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    2.                 Gabriel Resources Ltd.                    57.1
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    3.                 Alamos Gold Inc.                          50.8
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    Top 3 Small-Cap Companies by 1-Year Return:

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    Rank                        Company                     1-Year Return (%)
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    1.                 TransAtlantic Petroleum Corp.            320.3
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    2.                 Romarco Minerals Inc.                    250.0
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    3.                 RuggedCom Inc.                           129.3
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    How we did it:

    The rankings were compiled by staff writer Calvin Leung and data manager
Phil Froats using Bloomberg. See the issue on newsstands for a detailed
explanation of methodology.
    The Investor 500 will start arriving on newsstands today will remain on
newsstands until September 1, 2009.

    About Canadian Business magazine:

    Founded in 1928, Canadian Business is the longest-serving, best-selling
and most-trusted business publication in Canada. Canadian Business stands
alone as the business magazine in Canada with 100% paid circulation. With a
readership of more that one million, the magazine is published every second
Monday, except in January, July and August, when monthly issues are published.
Special annual issues of Canadian Business include the Investor 500, the MBA
Guide, the Rich 100 and the Best and Worst Boards. Visit
www.canadianbusiness.com.





For further information:

For further information: Louise Leger, Louise.leger@rci.rogers.com,
(416) 764-4125


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