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Patrick McKeough is one of Canada’s top safe-money advisors. The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and The Hulbert Financial Digest have all recognized his ability to find stocks with hidden value. He is editor and publisher of The Successful Investor, Stock Pickers Digest, Wall Street Stock Forecaster and Canadian Wealth Advisor; inventor of the Quick Profit/Value System and the ValuVesting System™. A best-selling Canadian author, he wrote Riding the Bull, the book that predicted the 1990s stock-market boom.

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Stocks in the Resources & Commodities and Manufacturing & Industry sectors expose you to above-average volatility, while Finance and Utilities companies are less volatile than average. Consumer stocks fall in the middle. Finning sells equipment to customers in both the Resources and Manufacturing sectors, which adds to its risk. However, the company has special advantages that set it apart. For …read more »

ENCANA CORP. $22 (Toronto symbol ECA; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Resources sector; Shares outstanding: 740.9 million; Market cap: $16.3 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 2.8; Dividend yield: 1.4%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.encana.com) has decided not to sell its Deep Panuke offshore natural gas platform near Nova Scotia. This project reached full production of 300 million cubic feet a day in late 2013, which …read more »

The Canadian government recently auctioned off blocks of radio frequencies, or spectrum, to several wireless providers, including Telus and Manitoba Telecom. This spectrum can travel further than other frequencies and pass through solid objects better, so it will help both firms enhance their services. However, slowing traditional telephone (or land line) demand is holding back their growth. TELUS CORP. $39read more »

LOBLAW COMPANIES LTD. $46 (Toronto symbol L; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Consumer sector; Shares outstanding: 282.4 million; Market cap: $13.0 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 0.4; Dividend yield: 2.1%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.loblaw.ca) continues to expand its Joe Fresh business, which makes casual clothing and accessories. Loblaw mainly sells these goods in over 300 of its supermarkets and through 22 stand-alone stores …read more »

TIM HORTONS INC. $62 (Toronto symbol THI; Aggressive Growth Portfolio, Consumer sector; Shares outstanding: 138.2 million; Market cap: $8.6 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 2.8; Dividend yield: 2.1%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.timhortons.com) operates 3,588 coffee-and-donut stores in Canada, 859 in the U.S. and 38 in the Persian Gulf. Franchisees operate 99.6% of these outlets. The company’s sales jumped 33.0%, from $1.7 billion …read more »

MOLSON COORS CANADA INC. $64 (www.molsoncoors.com) reported that its earnings rose 2.3% in 2013, to $727.1 million from $710.5 million in 2012 (all amounts expect share price in U.S. dollars). Due to more shares outstanding, earnings per share gained 1.0%, to $3.95 from $3.91. The company is doing a good job of cutting costs following its $3.4-billion purchase of StarBev, …read more »

Imperial Oil plans to almost double its production, to 600,000 barrels of oil a day, by the end of this decade. A big part of that gain will come from its Kearl oil sands project in Alberta. Kearl, which started up last year, added 78,100 barrels to the company’s daily output. Phase 2 will add another 78,100 barrels in 2015.read more »

BCE INC. $48.33 (Toronto symbol BCE; Shares outstanding: 775.9 million; Market cap: $37.4 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; Dividend yield: 5.1%; www.bce.ca) earned $540 million, or $0.70 a share, in the three months ended December 31, 2013. That’s up 16.4% from $464 million, or $0.60 a share, a year earlier. Revenue rose 4.3%, to $5.4 billion from $5.2 billion. In …read more »

Pembina Pipeline and Veresen both trade at high multiples to their cash flow per share. But both have strong growth prospects, as well as high dividend yields. We think they have further gains ahead. PEMBINA PIPELINE $39.96 (Toronto symbol PPL; Shares outstanding: 320.0 million; Market cap: $12.8 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Average; Div. yield: 4.2%; www.pembina.com) owns pipelines that carry half …read more »

TORSTAR $5.67 (Toronto symbol TS.B; Shares outstanding: 79.9 million; Market cap: $402.8 million; TSINetwork Rating: (NEW) Average; Dividend yield: 9.3%; www.torstar.com) continues to cut costs as more people get their news from the Internet. This secular trend is working against newspapers and print advertising. As a result, we’ve cut Torstar’s TSINetwork Rating from “Above Average” to “Average.” However, we feel …read more »

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Conservative Investing

Conservative investing aims at capital gains with prudent risk. Conservative investors seek to preserve their investment portfolio’s value with lower-risk securities, and often blue chip or large cap equities. For individuals with limited resources, and those approaching retirement age who must be cautious with their nest eggs, Pat McKeough offers well reasoned advice on conservative investing.

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