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AT&T INC. $35 (New York symbol T; Conservative Growth and Income Portfolios, Utilities sector; Shares outstanding: 5.2 billion; Market cap: $182.0 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 1.4; Dividend yield: 5.3%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.att.com) is buying satellite TV provider DirecTV (Nasdaq symbol DTV) for $48.5 billion (70% stock and 30% cash).
Satellite TV demand has slowed in the past few years as consumers …read more »
INTEL CORP. $31 (Nasdaq symbol INTC; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; Shares outstanding: 5.0 billion; Market cap: $155.0 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 2.9; Dividend yield: 2.9%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.intel.com) now expects $13.7 billion of revenue in the second quarter of 2014, up from its earlier forecast of $13.0 billion. That’s because businesses are replacing their older computers …read more »
ALCOA INC. $15 (New York symbol AA; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Resources sector; Shares outstanding: 1.2 billion; Market cap: $18.0 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 0.7; Dividend yield: 0.8%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.alcoa.com) plans to upgrade its Hampton, Virginia, plant to make lightweight aluminum blades that help cut new jet engines’fuel consumption by 20% over older models.
Alcoa will spend $25 million on this …read more »
PROCTER & GAMBLE CO. $79 (New York symbol PG; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Consumer sector; Shares outstanding: 2.7 billion; Market cap: $213.3 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 2.7; Dividend yield: 3.3%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.pg.com) is selling most of its pet food business to privately held Mars Inc. The sale will let Procter focus on its more-profitable household and personal care products.
The …read more »
UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORP. $116 (New York symbol UTX; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; Shares outstanding: 916.7 million; Market cap: $106.3 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 1.7; Dividend yield: 2.0%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.utc.com) has amended its deal to build 28 Sikorsky Cyclone helicopters for the Canadian government. The company had planned to deliver these helicopters in 2012, but disputes …read more »
ABB LTD. ADRs $23 (www.abb.com) purchased Power-One for $737 million in July 2013. This company makes equipment that connects solar power projects, which produce direct current, to electricity grids, which use alternating current. However, ABB had little interest in Power-One’s U.S.-based Power Solutions division, which makes a range of electrical equipment for industrial clients, so it recently sold this business …read more »
Sales of beer and wine have held steady, even as consumers have become more health conscious. The best way to profit is with industry leaders like these two, whose popular brands and cost controls continue to expand their earnings and dividends.
MOLSON COORS CANADA INC. (Toronto symbols TPX.A $78 and TPX.B $78; Conservative Growth and Income Portfolios, Consumer sector; Shares outstanding: …read more »
CAE INC. $15 (Toronto symbol CAE; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; Shares outstanding: 263.8 million; Market cap: $4.0 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 1.8; Dividend yield: 1.6%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.cae.com) has a long history of developing flight simulators for Bombardier’s aircraft. This expertise will give CAE an advantage when airlines begin training their pilots to operate the new CSeries …read more »
ENCANA CORP. $26 (www.encana.com) has completed its plan to sell shares of subsidiary PrairieSky Royalty Ltd. (Toronto symbol PSK) to the public. PrairieSky owns the oil and natural gas rights to 5.2 million acres in Alberta. It will not drill wells or explore for new reserves. Instead, it will collect royalties from other oil and gas producers. Encana received $1.67 …read more »
TORSTAR $7.86 (Toronto symbol TS.B; Shares outstanding: 79.9 million; Market cap: $629.2 million; TSINetwork Rating: Average; Dividend yield: 6.7%; www.torstar.com) is up over 20% since early May, when it agreed to sell its Harlequin book-publishing subsidiary to News Corporation (symbol NWSA on New York), the parent company of publishing firm HarperCollins.
We’ve long pointed out that Torstar had a great hidden …read more »
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