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ALCOA INC. $13 (New York symbol AA; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Resources sector; Shares outstanding: 1.2 billion; Market cap: $15.6 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 0.7; Dividend yield: 0.9%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.alcoa.com) has agreed to buy RTI International Metals (New York symbol RTI), which makes titanium components for airplanes, armoured vehicles, oil and gas machinery and other industrial products.
RTI’s investors will …read more »
QUAKER CHEMICAL CORP. $83 (New York symbol KWR; Income Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; Shares outstanding: 13.3 million; Market cap: $1.1 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 1.5; Dividend yield: 1.4%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.quakerchem.com) began operating in 1918 and currently operates 34 plants in 21 countries. These facilities make lubricants and chemicals that keep mechanical parts from rusting.
This small-cap stock is …read more »
LEON’S FURNITURE $15.50 (Toronto symbol LNF; TSINetwork Rating: Average) (416-243-7880; www.leons.ca; Shares outstanding: 71.1 million; Market cap: $1.1 billion; Dividend yield: 2.6%) reported sales of $649.4 million in the three months ended December 31, 2014. That’s up 2.5% from revenue of $633.8 million a year earlier.
Earnings gained 11.4%, to $29.9 million, or $0.38 a share. A year earlier, Leon’s earned …read more »
SNC-LAVALIN GROUP INC. $38 (Toronto symbol SNC; Aggressive Growth Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; Shares outstanding: 152.5 million; Market cap: $5.8 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 0.7; Dividend yield: 2.6%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.snclavalin.com) earned $106.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2014, up 0.6% from $106.1 million a year earlier. Earnings per share were unchanged at $0.70. These figures exclude a …read more »
LINAMAR CORP. $75 (Toronto symbol LNR; Aggressive Growth Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; Shares outstanding: 65.1 million; Market cap: $4.9 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 1.2; Dividend yield: 0.5%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.linamar.com) saw its sales rise 16.0% in 2014, to a record $4.2 billion from $3.6 billion in 2013.
Sales at its powertrain and driveline division (83% of the total) rose …read more »
RIOCAN REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT TRUST $28 (Toronto symbol REI.UN; Aggressive Growth Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; Units outstanding: 315.4 million; Market cap: $8.8 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 7.0; Dividend yield: 5.0%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.riocan.com) owns all or part of 292 shopping centres in Canada, including 15 under development. These holdings account for 84% of the REIT’s rental revenue. The remaining …read more »
RIOCAN REIT $28.76 (Toronto symbol REI.UN; Units outstanding: 313.9 million; Market cap: $9.2 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Average; Dividend yield: 4.9%; www.riocan.com) has agreed to form a new joint venture with Hudson’s Bay Co. (Toronto symbol HBC).
The REIT will contribute $325 million to this new firm, consisting of 50% of two shopping malls in Oakville and Barrie, Ontario, $52.5 million …read more »
TORSTAR $7.44 (Toronto symbol TS.B; Shares outstanding: 79.9 million; Market cap: $600.5 million; TSINetwork Rating: Average; Dividend yield: 7.1%; www.torstar.com) gets 60% of its revenue from advertising on its newspapers and their websites, including The Toronto Star, Canada’s largest daily by circulation. Subscriptions account for the remaining 40%.
As part of a new strategy to increase online advertising sales, Torstar …read more »
GLOBAL X COPPER MINERS ETF $6.99 (New York symbol COPX; buy or sell through brokers; www.globalxfunds.com) tracks the Solactive Global Copper Miners Index, which includes 20 to 40 international companies that mine, refine or explore for copper. Germany-based Structured Solutions AG created this index.
Canadian firms make up 41.0% of the ETF’s holdings. It also includes companies based in Australia …read more »
ENCANA CORP. $15.20 (Toronto symbol ECA; Shares outstanding: 741.1 million; Market cap: $11.6 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Average; Dividend yield: 2.3%; www.encana.com) produced 416,700 barrels a day (74% gas, 26% oil) in the three months ended December 31, 2014. That’s down 20.4% from 523,400 barrels a year earlier.
As well, Encana’s realized gas prices, which include the benefit of hedging contracts, …read more »
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