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GENERAL MILLS INC. $51 (New York symbol GIS, Conservative Growth Portfolio, Consumer sector; Shares outstanding: 614.5 million; Market cap: $31.3 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 1.9; Dividend yield: 3.2%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.generalmills.com) is one of the world’s largest food makers. Its top brands include Big G (cereal), Green Giant (canned and frozen vegetables), Pillsbury (baking dough), Old El Paso (tacos), …read more »
BOEING CO. $124 (New York symbol BA; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; Shares outstanding: 743.4 million; Market cap: $92.2 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 1.1; Dividend yield: 2.4%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www. boeing.com) has discovered hairline cracks on the wings of 40 of its 787 Dreamliner passenger planes that are currently in production. The problem, which does not affect …read more »
WAL-MART STORES INC. $76 (New York symbol WMT; Conservative Growth Portfolio: Consumer sector; Shares outstanding: 3.2 billion; Market cap: $243.2 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 0.5; Dividend yield: 2.5%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.walmart.com) will soon let customers trade in their used video games for a credit they can use to buy other merchandise. The company will then refurbish the games and …read more »
DIEBOLD INC. $39 (New York symbol DBD; Aggressive Growth Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; Shares outstanding: 64.3 million; Market cap: $2.5 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 0.9; Dividend yield: 2.9%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.diebold.com) is a leading maker of automated teller machines (ATMs). It also makes safes, vaults and building-security systems. The company gets 52% of its revenue from overseas. Diebold’s revenue …read more »
TOYOTA MOTOR CO. ADRs $111 (www.toyota.com) will pay a $1.2-billion fine after admitting that it deliberately misled consumers and regulators in 2009 and 2010 over a defect that would cause its cars to suddenly accelerate. The payment is equal to 10% of the $11.5 billion, or $7.24 per ADR, that Toyota earned in the year ended March 31, 2013. Bad …read more »
LEON’S FURNITURE $15.75 (Toronto symbol LNF; TSINetwork Rating: Average) (416-243- 7880; www.leons.ca; Shares outstanding: 70.6 million; Market cap: $1.1 billion; Div. yield: 2.5%) has steadily opened new stores, growing from 27 stores in 2003, to 75 today. But the company more than quadrupled in size overnight with the March 28, 2013 purchase of its main rival, The Brick, for $700 …read more »
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. $39 …read 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 »
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