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Birchcliff Energy continues to protect cash flow by increasing its production and cutting costs. It will also limit spending on exploration and development to make up for falling revenue. Birchcliff Energy has strong potential to grow when oil and gas prices recover; it remains a buy for aggressive investors.

BIRCHCLIFF ENERGY (Toronto symbol BIR; www.birchcliffenergy.com) develops, produces and explores for oil and gas in Western Canada.

Prominent Toronto investor Seymour Schulich is the company’s largest shareholder; he recently bought 2 million …read more »

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Amex will soon lose its deal as the only credit card Costco accepts in the U.S. But the company is already forming new relationships with other retailers, including Wal-Mart’s warehouse chain, Sam’s Club. It is also selling its Costco loans and cutting a billion in yearly expenses—both should lift earnings. Amex remains a buy.

AMERICAN EXPRESS CO. (New York symbol AXP; www.americanexpress.com) is one of the world’s largest issuers of payment cards, with 117.8 million cards outstanding in over 130 countries.

Amex issues two …read more »

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Steady growth in revenue and cash flow for Chemtrade Logistics Income Fund should help maintain an 8.1% yield for investors. That’s despite the trust carrying long-term debt equal to 87% of its market capitalization. Chemtrade is a buy.

CHEMTRADE LOGISTICS INCOME FUND (Toronto symbol CHE.UN; www.chemtradelogistics.com) is one of North America’s largest providers of removal services for those resource firms, such as oil refineries and base metal processors, creating sulphur, acid and other by-products. Chemtrade converts these substances into useful chemicals, like sulphuric …read more »

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General Electric Co. is selling 90% of the assets of its financing division. That should free up capital for new joint venture deals focused on renewable energy projects and nuclear power equipment. The company will also use the cash to pay for a $50 billion share buyback. GE is a buy.

GENERAL ELECTRIC CO. (New York symbol GE; www.ge.com has agreed to sell $157 billion in assets of its GE Capital financing division. So far, it has completed transactions equalling $104 billion.

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Pat McKeough recently replied to a member of the Inner Circle looking for an ETF that offers protection from down markets. The BMO Low Volatility Canadian Equity ETF selects stock holdings based on their beta score. That’s a commonly used, but often misleading, measure of future risk. There are better ways to assess an investment’s suitability, says Pat, who does not recommend this ETF.
Q: Dear Pat: I am looking for a “defensive” ETF that will be less volatile than the overall market.read more »

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Earnings for Intel Corp. fell in 2015 with weaker demand for PC computer chips. But the company’s purchase of Altera Corp. should increase this year’s revenue by 3.6%. That’s mostly from the sale of a new chip to speed up server computers. Intel is a buy.

INTEL CORP. (Nasdaq symbol INTC; www.intel.com) is the world’s leading computer chipmaker. Its products power 80% of all personal computers.

In 2015, Intel’s earnings fell 2.4%, to $11.4 billion from $11.7 billion in 2014. It spent $3.0 billion on …read more »

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