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THE BOEING CO. $107 (New York symbol BA; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; Shares outstanding: 758.7 million; Market cap: $81.1 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 1.0; Dividend yield: 1.8%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.boeing.com) is a leading maker of passenger jets. The company launched its latest plane, the 787 Dreamliner, in 2011. The 787 uses advanced materials that are lighter …read more »
INTUITIVE SURGICAL $415.54 (Nasdaq symbol ISRG; TSINetwork Rating: Average) (515-507-5000; www.intuitivesurgical.com; Shares outstanding: 40.2 million; Market cap: $17.0 billion; No dividends paid) is down over 16% since it released a preliminary revenue forecast for the latest quarter that was below the consensus estimate. In the second quarter of 2013, the company expects to report revenue of about $575 million, up …read more »
TransCanada is down 10% from its peak of $51 in May 2013. That’s mainly because the likelihood of higher interest rates has made dividend-paying stocks less appealing to income-seeking investors. Uncertainty over TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which would pump crude from Alberta to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast, has also weighed on the shares. The U.S. government will …read more »
The July 6, 2013 derailment and explosion of a train in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec has implications for both CP and TransCanada (see left). CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY LTD. $129 (Toronto symbol CP; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; Shares outstanding: 175.0 million; Market cap: $22.6 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 3.9; Dividend yield: 1.1%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.cpr.ca) expects to ship 70,000 …read more »
CENOVUS ENERGY INC. $32 (Toronto symbol CVE; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Resources sector; Shares outstanding: 755.6 million; Market cap: $24.2 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 1.4; Dividend yield: 3.0%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.cenovus.com) plans to ship more of the heavy bitumen from its Alberta oil sands projects by rail, in response to a lack of pipeline capacity and uncertainty over the Keystone XL …read more »
BCE INC. $43 (Toronto symbol BCE; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Utilities sector; Shares outstanding: 775.9 million; Market cap: $33.4 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 1.6; Dividend yield: 5.4%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.bce.ca) has completed its $3.2-billion purchase of Astral Media, which owns 22 TV stations, 84 radio stations and several pay TV and specialty channels, such as the Movie Network, Family Channel …read more »
High-quality stocks like Great-West and IGM are a great way to diversify your Finance sector holdings beyond Canada’s big five banks. If you can accept the added risk, we also like Home Capital Group (see box). GREAT-WEST LIFECO INC. $31 (Toronto symbol GWO; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Finance sector; Shares outstanding: 951.4 million; Market cap: $29.5 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 1.0; Dividend …read more »
ROYAL BANK OF CANADA $61 (Toronto symbol RY; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Finance sector; Shares outstanding: 1.4 billion; Market cap: $85.4 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 2.4; Dividend yield: 4.1%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.rbc.com) is part of a consortium that plans to set up a new Canadian stock exchange. Other investors include pension funds and mutual fund company IGM Financial (see page …read more »
Verizon Communications (New York symbol VZ) has announced that it’s interested in buying two small Canadian wireless carriers: Wind Mobile and Mobilicity. Verizon is a recommendation of Wall Street Stock Forecaster, our newsletter that focuses on U.S. stocks. Wind and Mobilicity both have negligible market share, so regulators will probably approve a sale. This will likely affect Telus (see right) …read more »
TELUS $31.68 (Toronto symbol T; Shs. o/s: 653.8 million; Market cap: $20.7 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; Dividend yield: 4.3%; www.telus.com) has 7.7 million wireless subscribers across Canada, and gets much more of its revenue from wireless than BCE (54% compared to BCE’s 32%—see left). Telus gets the remaining 46% of its revenue from its traditional phone business, which has …read more »
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