Raymond James Announces Canadian Equity Analysts' Best Picks for 2011

TORONTO, Jan. 6 /CNW/ - Investment Dealer Raymond James Ltd. today announced its Canadian Equity Analysts' Best Picks list for 2011.

The list highlights 13 individual stocks of Canadian companies that Raymond James analysts expect will produce superior results during the upcoming year.  The 13-analyst-selected stocks are: 

Aura Minerals Inc. (ORA‐TSX) Eldorado Gold (EGO‐NYSE) McCoy Corporation (MCB‐TSX)
Bankers Petroleum Ltd. (BNK‐TSX) Fortress Paper (FTP‐TSX) North American Energy Partners (NOA‐TSX)
CGI Group (GIB.A‐TSX) Genivar Income Fund (GNV.UN‐TSX) Paladin Energy (PDN‐TSX)
Domtar (UFS‐NYSE) Great Basin Gold (GBG‐AMEX) PetroAmerica Oil Corp. (PTA‐TSXV)
  Groupe Aeroplan (AER‐TSX)  

"In terms of measuring performance, we will be tracking returns for the first half of 2011 to allow our analysts the ability to review their selections and make mid-year changes in June,"  says Daryl Swetlishoff, Head of Research at Raymond James Ltd. 

Although past performance is no guarantee of future results, the 2010 Canadian Best Picks generated an average holding period return of 24.9% compared to 12.3% for the S &P/TSX composite Index and a 22.8% for the S&P/TSX Small Cap Index from July 27 to December 2, 2010.

Swetlishoff reminds investors that individual results will vary and transaction costs related to investing in these stocks will affect overall performance. "There is no assurance that the Best Picks will achieve the results expected and like any investment, investors could incur profits or losses," he says. "These stocks represent a current snapshot of our analysts' best ideas; however, we continue to encourage investors to focus on risk adjusted returns and appropriate asset allocation while investing over the long term."

Raymond James is a leading North American independent full service investment dealer offering a full range of professional investment services and products including: private client services, financial and estate planning, portfolio management, insurance, equity research, investment banking and institutional sales and trading.  Through its network of approximately 5,300 Financial Advisors across North America and in key international centers, Raymond James serves more than 1.9 million individual clients and manages more than $254 billion in client assets under administration. For more information about Raymond James, please visit our web site at: www.raymondjames.ca.

Within the last 12 months, Raymond James Ltd. has undertaken an underwriting liability or has provided advice for a fee with respect to the securities of Bankers Petroleum, Fortress Paper, Groupe Aeroplan and PetroAmerica Oil.

SOURCE Raymond James Ltd. (Toronto)

For further information:

Peter Kahnert, Corporate Communications and Marketing: (416) 777-7052

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