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Hercules Offshore Inc. (symbol HERO on Nasdaq; www.herculesoffshore.com) provides shallow-water drilling and marine services to companies that produce and explore for oil and natural gas.

The company’s operations span the majority of shallow-water, hydrocarbon producing areas around the world. Hercules uses a fleet of jack-up rigs and liftboats to service oil and gas exploration and development drilling, well service, platform inspection, maintenance and decommissioning operations.

Oil and gas producers have sharply cut capital spending in response to lower oil and gas prices, hurting most offshore …read more »

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Pat McKeough responds to many requests from members of his Inner Circle. Every week, his comments and recommendations on the most intriguing questions of the past week go out to all Inner Circle members. And each week, we offer you one of the highlights from these Q&A sessions.

Q: Hi Pat: I am retired, hence primarily an income investor. How do you see the longer-term prospects of Shaw Communications? Is it worth continuing to hold? Thanks.

A: Shaw Communications (symbol SJR.B on Toronto; www.shaw.ca) is one of Canada’s largest cable TV …read more »

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SYMANTEC CORP. (Nasdaq symbol SYMC; www.symantec.com) sells computer security technology, including antivirus and email filtering software, to businesses and consumers.
In its fiscal 2015 third quarter, which ended January 2, 2015, Symantec earned $367 million, unchanged from a year earlier. However, per-share earnings rose 1.9%, to $0.53 from $0.52, on fewer shares outstanding.
Revenue slipped 3.9%, to $1.64 billion from $1.71 billion. But if you disregard the negative impact of the high U.S. dollar on the company’s overseas sales, revenue was flat.
Symantec recently …read more »

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Today’s tip: “Early experiences may lead you to prefer either value investing—trying to buy stocks at bargain prices—or growth investing—looking for rising stocks with further growth ahead. Here’s why you should combine the two. ”

If you meet a large number of investors over a large number of years, it may seem they come in two basic categories—one inclined toward value investing, the other more interested in growth. This may be due in part to their early life experiences.

Value investing—trying to buy assets at bargain prices—has natural appeal for those …read more »

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Alimentation Couche-Tard (symbol ATD.B on Toronto; www.couche-tard.com) operates 6,314 convenience stores throughout North America. Canadian outlets operate under the Couche-Tard and Mac’s banners, while the U.S. stores mainly use the Circle K brand.
In Europe, Couche-Tard operates 2,233 stores across Scandinavia, Poland, the Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) and Russia.
In the three months ended February 1, 2015, Couche-Tard’s sales rose just 1.7%, to $2.33 billion from $2.29 billion a year earlier. The higher U.S. dollar cut the revenue contribution of its …read more »

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Every Monday we feature “A Stock to Sell” as our daily post. With every stock or investment we recommend as a sell, we give you a full explanation of why we advise against investing in it at this time.
Big Bank Big Oil Split Corp. is a split-share company with two types of stock: capital shares (symbol BBO on Toronto) and preferred shares (symbol BBO.PR.A on Toronto).
The company holds shares of the biggest six Canadian banks, plus 10 large Canadian oil and gas …read more »

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