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We report on a company whose share price has only recently fallen below $1. Sherritt International has established global operations that have fallen in value along with declining commodity prices. Sherritt produces nickel from operations in Cuba, Canada and Madagascar, and has oil and gas operations in Cuba, Spain and Pakistan. To deal with depressed prices for nickel and oil and gas, the company has cut costs, suspended its dividend, and sold its coal assets to pay down debt. While it still holds $2.1 …read more »
As oil remains around $40 a barrel, energy stocks continue to scale back their operations. However, integrated oil companies like Cenovus Energy have an advantage over many other firms in the industry thanks to their refineries. Cheaper crude lowers their operating costs. Cenovus has taken steps to save money, including job cuts and improved drilling efficiency. It also sold royalty lands to raise cash. At the same time, Cenovus increased oil production in the most recent quarter with the start-up of two oil …read more »
We report on a financial stock that has built a profitable niche in the mortage business. Home Capital Group provides home loans to borrowers who don’t meet the big banks’ more rigorous standards. The company protects itself from the greater risk in this segment of the market by identifying problem loans early and reserving cash to cover potential loan losses. Although Home Capital’s revenues have fallen on weaker demand for residential loans, its recent purchase of Canadian First Financial Bank will help it …read more »
Replying to a question from a Member of his Inner Circle, Pat McKeough looks at Costco, one of North America’s leading big box retailers. Costco has built its steadily growing business on the membership fees it charges and its ability to buy directly from manufacturers and keep its prices low. Pat looks at how well Costco is likely to sustain its growth in the face of stiff competition from other warehouse chains like WalMart. He also examines an interesting deal Costco has just made with Visa.
Q: Pat: What are your …read more »
We recommend that investors diversify up to 30% of their portfolios into U.S. stocks and as much as 10% into international securities. One attractive way for safety-conscious investors to do this is with exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Today we look at several ETFs from a U.S. firm that offer a low-fee way to achieve this diversification. We profile two Vanguard ETFs that track a U.S. large-cap index and an emerging market index.
Pennsylvania-based Vanguard Group is one of the world’s largest investment management companies. In all, it administers almost $3 …read more »
Today, we look at a Canadian bank stock that has consistently paid dividends for 186 years. Bank of Montreal has benefited both from expansion outside of Canada and low interest rates in recent years. The bank continues to make acquisitions in the U.S. and the U.K. Recently it agreed to buy General Electric’s transportation-financing business, adding $11.5 billion in assets. Low interest rates have also helped the bank by increasing demand for loans. Between 2010 and 2014, the bank’s earnings rose by more than …read more »
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