Jim Bates

Jim Bates

Jim is an associate editor at TSI Network. He is the lead reporter and analyst for The Successful Investor and Wall Street Stock Forecaster and a member of the Investment Planning Committee. Jim has held the Chartered Financial Analyst designation since 1992. Jim worked at the Financial Post DataGroup from 1988 to 2000 before joining TSI Network. He has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University to Toronto.

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Automaker’s shift set to reward Linamar

Automaker’s shift set to reward Linamar

The car-parts maker has increased its dividend on stronger earnings and a brighter outlook based on an auto industry trend.
LINAMAR CORP. (Toronto symbol LNR; www.linamar.com) makes a variety of automotive parts, including cylinder heads, cylinder blocks, camshafts, crankshafts and connecting rods. This business provides about… Read More

Blue Chip Stocks: Metro shores up sales

Blue Chip Stocks: Metro shores up sales

Same-store sales for this leading grocer increased in the latest quarter, even as it moved to convert some of its locations to discount outlets.
METRO INC. (Toronto symbol MRU; www.metro.ca) operates 600 grocery stores and 250 drugstores, in Quebec and Ontario.
The stock has declined 15% since… Read More

Blue Chip Stocks: Intel’s shift to new markets pays off

Blue Chip Stocks: Intel’s shift to new markets pays off

The company has now applied its chip-making expertise to faster-growing fields, with earnings jumping more than 15% in the last fiscal year.
INTEL CORP. (Nasdaq symbol INTC; www.intel.com) is the world’s leading maker of computer chips: its products power 80% of all personal computers. The company… Read More

These top ETFs offer gold and silver exposure

These top ETFs offer gold and silver exposure

These funds provide access to leading miners without the costs of directly holding gold and silver as investments. 
In 2011, gold shot up to a high of $1,950 U.S. an ounce, and silver reached a peak of $48.58.
Gold prices then fell steadily, dropping to $1,050 an… Read More

American Express adds 10 million new accounts

American Express adds 10 million new accounts

Payment-card issuer saw its revenue and earnings slip in the latest quarter, but added millions of new accounts in 2016.
AMERICAN EXPRESS CO. (New York symbol AXP, www.americanexpress.com) is one of the world’s largest issuers of payment cards, with 109.9 million cards in use across 130… Read More