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SUN LIFE FINANCIAL (Toronto symbol SLF; www.sunlife.ca) sells savings, retirement, pension and life insurance products to individuals and corporations.
Sun Life mainly operates in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K., but it continues to expand into Asia. It has $640 billion of assets under management.
Last year, the company sold its riskier, money-losing U.S. annuity business, which offers products that guarantee minimum long-term returns even if markets fall.
In the three months ended December 31, 2013, Sun Life’s earnings per share jumped 95.8%, to $0.94 from $0.48. Revenue rose 11.6%, to $4.2 billion …read more »
CAMPBELL SOUP CO. (New York symbol CPB; www.campbellsoupcompany.com) is the world’s largest maker of canned soups. It also makes Prego canned pasta and sauces, Pepperidge Farm cookies and V8 vegetable juices. Wal-Mart accounts for 19% of its sales.
The company’s sales rose 6.1%, from $7.6 billion in 2009 to $8.1 billion in 2013 (fiscal years end July 31). That’s partly due to acquisitions of related businesses, including Bolthouse Farms, a producer of carrots, dressings and fruit juices that it bought for $1.55 billion in August 2012. Bolthouse added $756 million to …read more »
Pat McKeough responds to many requests from members of his Inner Circle for specific advice on buying stocks as well as questions on investment strategy and the economy. 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. While we reserve our buy-hold-sell advice for Inner Circle members, these excerpts provide a great deal of information and analysis on stocks we’ve covered for members …read more »
TRILOGY ENERGY CORP. (Toronto symbol TET; www.trilogyenergy.com) owns oil and gas properties in central Alberta’s Kaybob and Grande Prairie areas. About 58% of Trilogy’s production is natural gas. The remaining 42% is oil.
In the three months ended September 30, 2013, Trilogy produced 31,211 barrels of oil equivalent a day (including gas), down 6.6% from 33,412 barrels a year earlier. Cash flow per share rose 15.0%, to $0.46 from $0.40, on higher oil prices.
The company’s long-term debt is $665.8 million, or 20.2% of its market cap.
The company plans to spend …read more »
Every Wednesday, we publish our “Investor Toolkit” series on TSI Network. Whether you’re a new or experienced investor, these weekly updates are designed to give you specific advice on how you to find the best investments for your portfolio. Each Investor Toolkit update gives you a fundamental piece of investment strategy, and shows you how you can put it into practice right away.
Tip of the week: “While insider trading can sometimes be a useful indicator for investors, there are also occasions when it can be misleading.”
The value of insider …read more »
These two Japanese automakers reported higher U.S. sales in 2013, thanks to new models and pent-up demand after the 2008-2009 recession. Meanwhile, the low Japanese yen is increasing the value of their overseas sales.
TOYOTA MOTOR CO. ADRs (New York symbol TM; www.toyota.com) is the world’s biggest carmaker by sales. It also makes industrial equipment, such as forklifts and prefabricated housing. Like most automakers, the company offers vehicle loans through its financing division.
In 2013, Toyota sold 2.24 million cars and trucks in the U.S., up 7.4% from 2.08 million in 2012. …read more »
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