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AT&T INC. $34 (New York symbol T; Conservative Growth and Income Portfolios, Utilities sector; Shares outstanding: 5.2 billion; Market cap: $176.8 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 1.3; Dividend yield: 5.5%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.att.com) is the largest wireless provider in the U.S., with 120.6 million subscribers. Wireless accounts for 55% of AT&T’s revenue and 75% of its earnings.
The remaining 45% of …read more »
NEWELL RUBBERMAID INC. $40 (www.newellrubbermaid.com) continues to benefit from its ongoing cost-control plan, as well as its recent purchases of smaller firms that make premium baby strollers, reusable water bottles and thermal mugs. It now expects to earn between $2.10 and $2.18 a share in 2015, up from $2.00 in 2014. Newell also increased its dividend by 11.8%. The new …read more »
FAIR ISAAC CORP. $81.96 (New York symbol FICO; TSINetwork Rating: Average) (415-472-2211; www.fairisaac.com; Shares outstanding: 31.4 million; Market cap: $2.6 billion; Dividend yield: 0.1%) makes FICO Scores, a computer program that helps businesses make better decisions about customer creditworthiness. Fair Isaac also sells software that helps credit card issuers control fraud and analyze cardholders’ spending patterns.
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RESTAURANT BRANDS INTERNATIONAL $40.97 (New York symbol QSR; TSINetwork Rating: Average) (212-333-3810; www.rbi.com; Shares outstanding: 467.1 million; Market cap: $19.1 billion; Dividend yield: 0.9%) took its current form on December 12, 2014, as a result of Burger King Worldwide’s (old symbol BKW) acquisition of Tim Hortons Inc. (old symbol THI).
Restaurant Brands is the world’s third-largest fastfood operator, after McDonald’s …read more »
MOLSON COORS CANADA INC. (Toronto symbols TPX.A $84 and TPX.B $92; Conservative Growth and Income Portfolios, Consumer sector; Shares outstanding: 193.0 million; Market cap: $17.8 billion; Priceto- sales ratio: 3.2; Dividend yield: 2.3%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.molsoncoors.com) sold less beer in 2014, but its ongoing cost-control plan continues to give it more cash for debt repayments and dividends.
In 2014, …read more »
SAPUTO INC. $36 (Toronto symbol SAP; Aggressive Growth Portfolio, Consumer sector; Shares outstanding: 391.1 million; Market cap: $14.1 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 1.3; Dividend yield: 1.4%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.saputo.com) bought 87.92% of Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory, one of Australia’s largest dairy producers, for $449.6 million in February 2014. In April 2014, it added the fluid-milk operations of Nova Scotia …read more »
CAE INC. $15 (Toronto symbol CAE; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; Shares outstanding: 265.2 million; Market cap: $4.0 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 1.8; Dividend yield: 1.9%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.cae.com) is buying the military flight-training business of BOMBARDIER INC. (Toronto symbols BBD.A $3.12 and BBD.B $3.04; Aggressive Growth Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; Shares outstanding: 1.7 billion; Market cap: …read more »
PENGROWTH ENERGY CORP. $4.15 (Toronto symbol PGF; Aggressive Growth and Income Portfolios, Resources sector; Shares outstanding: 530.2 million; Market cap: $2.2 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 1.8; Dividend yield: 5.8%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.pengrowth.com) recently started up its Lindbergh oil sands project in eastern Alberta, which should produce 16,000 barrels a day by the end of 2015.
Due to falling oil prices …read more »
Advertisers continue to shift to online ads and away from printed flyers and newspapers. That’s hurting revenue at Transcontinental (below) and Torstar (see box). But both are industry leaders and are doing a good job of controlling costs. That will let them maintain their current dividend rates.
TRANSCONTINENTAL INC. $16 (Toronto symbol TCL.A; Aggressive Growth Portfolio, Consumer sector; Shares outstanding: …read more »
TORSTAR CORP. $7.07 (Toronto symbol TS.B; Conservative Growth and Income Portfolios, Consumer sector; Shares outstanding: 80.1 million; Market cap: $566.3 million; Price-to-sales ratio: 0.5; Dividend yield: 7.4%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; 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 …read more »
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