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ALCOA INC. $9.27 (New York symbol AA; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Resources sector; Shares outstanding: 1.1 billion; Market cap: $10.2 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 0.4; Dividend yield: 1.3%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.alcoa.com) owns 25.1% of a joint venture that operates a new aluminum smelter in Saudi Arabia; a state-owned mining company owns the remaining 74.9%. This facility recently suffered problems while ramping …read more »
Rising automobile sales (see box this page) are good news for Genuine Parts and Snap-On, because more cars on the road means higher demand for repairs and replacement parts. That’s largely why both stocks are up around 30% in the past year. However, they are now expensive in relation to their immediate prospects. GENUINE PARTS CO. $78 (New York symbol …read more »
FEDEX CORP. $130 (New York symbol FDX; Aggressive Growth Portfolio, Consumer sector; Shares outstanding: 316.6 million; Market cap: $41.2 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 0.9; Dividend yield: 0.5%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.fedex.com) has announced a new share buyback program that lets it repurchase up to 32 million of its common shares. If you include the 7.4 million shares left under its old …read more »
WELLS FARGO & CO. $43 (New York symbol WFC; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Finance sector; Shares outstanding: 5.3 billion; Market cap: $227.9 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 2.7; Dividend yield: 2.8%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.wellsfargo.com) earned $5.3 billion, or $0.99 a share, in the quarter ended September 30, 2013. That’s up 12.7% from $4.7 billion, or $0.88 a share, a year ago. These …read more »
KRAFT FOODS GROUP INC. $54 (Nasdaq symbol KRFT; Conservative Growth and Income Portfolios, Consumer sector; Shares outstanding: 595.6 million; Market cap: $32.2 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 1.8; Dividend yield: 3.9%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.kraftfoodsgroup.com) makes a variety of grocery products, including Kraft macaroni and cheese, Oscar Mayer meats, Philadelphia cream cheese, Maxwell House coffee, Jell-O desserts and Miracle Whip salad …read more »
FAIR ISAAC CORP. $54.97 (New York symbol FICO; TSINetwork Rating: Average) (415- 472-2211; www.fairisaac.com; Shares outstanding: 35.2 million; Market cap: $1.9 billion; Dividend yield: 0.2%) will now sell its Falcon Fraud Manager payment-security system in Brazil through partner Total System Services (symbol TSS on New York). Total has offered the Falcon software to its clients in other countries since 1998. …read more »
NISSAN MOTOR (ADR) $20.51 (Nasdaq symbol NSANY; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average) (310-771-3111; www.nissan-global.com; Shares outstanding: 2.3 billion; Market cap: $45.7 billion; No dividends paid) has reported lower U.S. sales for the month of September, along with most other automakers. However, this September was unique because it had fewer selling days than the prior year. Overall, Nissan sold 86,868 cars and …read more »
MANITOBA TELECOM SERVICES INC. $29 (Toronto symbol MBT; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Utilities sector; Shares outstanding: 67.8 million; Market cap: $2.0 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 1.3; Dividend yield: 5.9%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.mts.ca) fell 10% after the federal government blocked its recent deal to sell its Allstream subsidiary to an Egyptian billionaire. Allstream provides integrated telephone, Internet and other communication services to …read more »
In choosing a Stock of the Year, we aim for a “heads you win, tails you break even” situation. These stocks can put on above-average rises, but they’re unlikely to be disasters if they disappoint. Our past #1 picks, including Agrium (see page 101), sometimes take a year or more to get going. Other times they take off right away. …read more »
TORONTO-DOMINION BANK $91 (Toronto symbol TD; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Finance sector; Shares outstanding: 917.6 million; Market cap: $83.5 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 2.8; Dividend yield: 3.7%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.td.com) has agreed to pay $52.5 million U.S. to settle charges that it failed to report suspicious transactions related to a fraudulent investment scheme in Florida. Separately, the bank is appealing …read more »
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