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CANON INC. ADRs $30 (New York symbol CAJ; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; ADRs outstanding: 1.1 billion; Market cap: $33.0 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 1.0; Dividend yield: 4.3%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.canon.com) continues to see weak demand for printers and digital cameras. That’s because consumers are taking more photos with their smartphones. They’re also increasingly storing their pictures …read more »
3M COMPANY $139 (New York symbol MMM; Conservative Growth and Income Portfolios, Manufacturing & Industry sector; Shares outstanding: 648.0 million; Market cap: $90.1 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 3.0; Dividend yield: 2.5%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.3m.com) started up in 1902, when it was called the Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing Company.
It now makes over 55,000 different products, including pressure-sensitive masking and …read more »
DOREL INDUSTRIES $32.77 (Toronto symbol DII.B; TSINetwork Rating: Extra Risk) (514-731-0000; www.dorel.com; Shares outstanding: 32.3 million; Market cap: $1.1 billion; Dividend yield: 4.0%) makes a range of items, including ready-to-assemble home and office furniture; juvenile products, such as car seats, strollers, high chairs, toddler beds and cribs; and recreational goods, mainly bicycles.
In the three months ended June 30, 2014, …read more »
Ottawa continues to encourage the formation of a fourth national wireless carrier to compete with market leaders Rogers, Telus and BCE. As a result, regulators have restricted these three from buying new radio frequencies, or spectrum. They may also force them to lease space on their networks to smaller competitors at heavily discounted rates.
We feel Telus’s ongoing network investments …read more »
FORTIS INC. $35 (Toronto symbol FTS; Conservative Growth and Income Portfolios, Utilities sector; Shares outstanding: 215.4 million; Market cap: $7.5 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 1.6; Dividend yield 3.7%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.fortis.ca) is the main electricity supplier in Newfoundland and P.E.I. It also distributes natural gas in B.C. and operates power plants in other parts of Canada, the U.S. and …read more »
These two telecom firms face the same regulatory hurdles as Telus (see page 101). But like Telus, they’re improving their services while keeping their operating costs down. That will let them both maintain their high dividend yields, but we prefer BCE for its greater geographic reach.
BCE INC. $48 (Toronto symbol BCE; Conservative Growth and Income Portfolios, Utilities sector; Shares …read more »
TRANSCANADA CORP. $56 (Toronto symbol TRP; Conservative Growth and Income Portfolios, Utilities sector; Shares outstanding: 707.9 million; Market cap: $39.6 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 3.8; Dividend yield: 3.4%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.transcanada.com) recently completed the purchase of three more Ontario solar power plants from Canadian Solar Inc. (Nasdaq symbol CSIQ).
TransCanada now owns seven of the nine solar farms it …read more »
Loblaw and Metro (see next article) are dealing with competition from U.S. retailers like Wal-Mart and Target in different ways: Loblaw has increased its market share by acquiring Shoppers Drug Mart, while Metro aims to make its existing stores more profitable. Both strategies should pay off.
LOBLAW COMPANIES LTD. $56 (Toronto symbol L; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Consumer sector; Shares outstanding: …read more »
Torstar has struggled in the past few years as more people get their news from the Internet, rather than newspapers. Meanwhile, Pengrowth (see box) has also suffered as rising North American shale production has cut oil and gas prices. The resulting share-price declines are why both companies’ dividend yields appear so high.
But both are doing a good job of …read more »
CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY LTD. $231(Toronto symbol CP; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; Shares outstanding: 171.5 million; Market cap: $39.6 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 6.4; Dividend yield: 0.6%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.cpr.ca) prefers to use its excess cash to buy back shares instead of raising its dividend. That’s because many of its investors live in the U.S. and are …read more »
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