STARS AND DOGS

The Globe and Mail Metro (Ontario Edition) - - REPORT ON BUSINESS - JOHN HEINZL

SLEEP COUN­TRY CANADA

PAST FIVE DAYS

DOG Re­mem­ber when you were a kid and you thought there was a mon­ster un­der your bed? For Sleep Coun­try Canada in­vestors, the mon­ster just be­came real. In a sharp slow­down from pre­vi­ous quar­ters, the mat­tress re­tailer posted same-store sales growth of just 0.2 per cent for the three months to Sept. 30 – “the worst re­sult in over five years,” CIBC’s Matt Bank said. With an­a­lysts in­clud­ing Mr. Bank cut­ting their rat­ings and price tar­gets on the shares, in­vestors are too afraid to look at their port­fo­lios – never mind un­der their beds.

ZZZ ( TSX), $ 22.39, down $ 1.45 or 6.1% over week

BOM­BARDIER

PAST FIVE DAYS

DOG Busi­ness quiz! Shares of Bom­bardier fell af­ter the com­pany: a) lost a con­tract to build a choo-choo train for a small amuse­ment park on Toronto’s Cen­tre Is­land be­cause Bom­bardier couldn’t de­liver the cars on time; b) ac­ci­den­tally pro­duced a new jet with the left and right wings re­versed and the en­gines fac­ing the wrong way; c) said it will slash 5,000 jobs and sell as­sets in­clud­ing its Q400 tur­bo­prop air­craft busi­ness af­ter burn­ing through US$370-mil­lion of cash in the third quar­ter. An­swer: c.

BBD. B ( TSX), $ 2.65, down 63 cents or 19.2% over week

NAT­U­RAL GAS

PAST FIVE DAYS

STAR Br­rrr. Cold enough for ya? Nat­u­ral-gas in­vestors aren’t com­plain­ing. Even as the price of oil has been tum­bling, nat­u­ral gas has surged about 14 per cent since the end of Oc­to­ber, lifted by low in­ven­to­ries of the heat­ing and power-gen­er­at­ing fuel and fore­casts for colder-than-nor­mal tem­per­a­tures across most of the United States in No­vem­ber. Nat­u­ral-gas traders might want to use their prof­its to book a flight to some­where warm and sunny.

Nat­u­ral gas ( NYMEX Dec. fu­ture), US$ 3.72 per mil­lion BTU, up 44 US cents or 13.4% over week

GREAT CANA­DIAN GAM­ING

PAST FIVE DAYS

STAR As the fa­mous gam­bling ad­dict Fred Flint­stone said: “Bet, bet, bet, bet, bet.” Thanks to casino ac­qui­si­tions and new gam­bling es­tab­lish­ments that are hook­ing a grow­ing num­ber of cus­tomers on slot ma­chines and ta­ble games, Great Cana­dian Gam­ing posted a 115-per-cent jump in rev­enue and a 96-per­cent in­crease in earn­ings for the third quar­ter. Un­like play­ing the slots, in­vest­ing in Great Cana­dian’s shares turned out to be a good bet, bet, bet, bet, bet.

GC ( TSX), $ 51.01, up $ 8.62 or 20.4% over week

FRESHII

PAST FIVE DAYS

DOG Freshii’s restau­rants serve up wraps, sal­ads and other healthy fare. But af­ter a dis­ap­point­ing third-quar­ter re­port, the stock looks like some­thing you’d find in the or­ganic re­cy­cling bin. In ad­di­tion to post­ing a loss and an 0.8-per-cent drop in same­stores, the com­pany with­drew its 2019 fi­nan­cial guid­ance in­clud­ing its pro­jec­tion for new store open­ings, say­ing it is tak­ing longer than ex­pected to get new fran­chises up and run­ning in mar­kets around the world. With an­a­lysts slash­ing their price tar­gets, the stock is giv­ing off a pu­trid odour.

FRII ( TSX), $ 2.58, down $ 1.43 or 35.7% over week

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