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SHERWIN-WILLIAMS CO. $202 (New York symbol SHW; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Consumer sector; Shares outstanding: 100.3 million; Market cap: $20.3 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 2.0; Dividend yield: 1.1%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.sherwin-williams.com) has dropped its $2.3-billion offer to buy Mexican paint maker Comex, as regulators seemed unlikely to approve the deal. Sherwin did purchase Comex’s U.S. and Canadian operations and stores …read more »
Wells Fargo and J.P. Morgan passed the Federal
Reserve’s latest “stress test,”which measures how well
financial firms would cope with a sharp jump in unemployment,
falling stock prices and other unfavourable
conditions. That gives both banks more room to raise
their dividends and buy back shares. They are also
attractive in relation to their earnings.
WELLS FARGO & CO. $50 (New York symbol
WFC; Conservative Growth and Income …read more »
Canada’s inflation rate is just 1.1%, well below the Bank of Canada’s 2% target. That lets the bank keep interest rates low, which holds down our dollar, making our exports cheaper in world markets. That’s good for Canada’s economic growth, but bad for income investors.
We continue to advise against investing in bonds right now. Today’s low interest rates make them …read more »
CAE INC. $15 (Toronto symbol CAE; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; Shares outstanding: 263.2 million; Market cap: $3.9 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 1.8; Dividend yield: 1.6%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.cae.com) recently sold five flight simulators to Southwest Airlines, Lufthansa and other customers. In all, these orders are worth $75 million. That’s equal to 3% of CAE’s annual revenue of …read more »
Interest rates will probably stay low for the next year or two. That should encourage income-seeking investors to keep buying high-yielding utilities. These four power providers continue to invest in new projects, which will give them more cash flow for dividends. Still, not all are buys right now. CANADIAN UTILITIES LTD. (Toronto symbols CU [class A non-voting] $41 and CU.X …read more »
LOBLAW COMPANIES LTD. $46 (Toronto symbol L; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Consumer sector; Shares outstanding: 412.5 million; Market cap: $19.0 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 0.4; Dividend yield: 2.1%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.loblaw.ca) has completed its acquisition of Shoppers Drug Mart, which operates 1,253 drugstores across Canada. Loblaw paid $12.4 billion, consisting of $6.6 billion in cash and $5.8 billion in shares. …read more »
THOMSON REUTERS CORP. $38 (Toronto symbol TRI; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Consumer sector; Shares outstanding: 815.8 million; Market cap: $31.0 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 2.4; Dividend yield: 3.8%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.thomsonreuters.com) gets 55% of its revenue by selling news and information to professionals in the banking industry. The remaining 45% comes from providing specialized information products to clients in the …read more »
We feel that the current global stock market rally could continue for some time, particularly as the U.S. economy picks up steam. That’s good news for insurance companies like Great-West, which must hold a broad portfolio of securities to cover potential claims. At the same time, the improving outlook for stocks should spur demand for IGM’s mutual funds. GREAT-WEST LIFECO …read more »
BANK OF MONTREAL $75 (Toronto symbol BMO; Conservative Growth and Income Portfolios, Finance sector; Shares outstanding: 644.7 million; Market cap: $48.4 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 2.3; Dividend yield: 4.1%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.bmo.com) earned $787 million from its U.S. banking operations (or 27% of the total) in the year ended October 31, 2013. The bank continues to integrate Milwaukee-based Marshall …read more »
CANADA BREAD CO. LTD. $73 (Toronto symbol CBY; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Consumer sector; Shares outstanding: 25.4 million; Market cap: $1.9 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 1.2; Dividend yield: 2.7%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.canadabread.ca) is Canada’s second-largest producer of fresh and frozen baked goods, after Weston Bakery. Shareholders recently approved a $72.00-a-share takeover offer from Mexican bakery giant Grupo Bimbo SAB. Competition …read more »
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