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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.

Conservative Investing

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CAE INC. $14 (Toronto symbol CAE; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; Shares outstanding: 264.0 million; Market cap: $3.7 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 1.7; Dividend yield: 1.7%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.cae.com) has received orders for seven flight simulators and related equipment. In all, these deals are worth $120 million, or 6% of CAE’s $2.1 billion of annual revenue.

The company has …read more »

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Suitable for: Conservative Investing

ENCANA CORP. $24 (Toronto symbol ECA; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Resources sector; Shares outstanding: 740.9 million; Market cap: $17.8 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 2.6; Dividend yield: 1.3%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.encana.com) has agreed to sell its operations in Alberta’s Bighorn area to privately held Jupiter Resources.

Encana will get $1.8 billion when the sale closes in the next few weeks (all amounts …read more »

Stock Market: Toronto
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BANK OF NOVA SCOTIA $72.16 (Toronto symbol BNS; Shares outstanding: 1.2 billion; Market cap: $87.8 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; Dividend yield: 3.6%, www.scotiabank.com) began expanding in Latin America in the 1990s. It’s now focused on Peru, Mexico, Chile and Colombia, but it has a strong presence across the region.

There’s still lots of room to expand banking services throughout Latin …read more »

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SUN LIFE FINANCIAL $39.88 (Toronto symbol SLF; Shares outstanding: 610.6 million; Market cap: $24.2 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; Dividend yield: 3.6%; www.sunlife.ca) sells savings, retirement, pension and life insurance products to individuals and corporations.

The company mainly operates in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K., but it continues to expand into Asia. It has $671.1 billion of assets under management.

In …read more »

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GREAT-WEST LIFECO $30.65 (Toronto symbol GWO; Shares outstanding: 999.0 million; Market cap: $30.6 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; Yield: 4.0%; www.greatwestlifeco.com) is Canada’s largest insurance company. It also offers mutual funds and wealth management.

In the quarter ended March 31, 2014, earnings per share rose 9.3%, to $0.59 from $0.54 a year earlier. Great-West has $805.9 billion of assets under administration.

Earnings …read more »

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TRANSCANADA CORP. $51.93 (Toronto symbol TRP; Shares outstanding: 708.0 million; Market cap: $36.3 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; Dividend yield: 3.7%; www.transcanada.com) has agreed to build a $1.9-billion, 260-kilometre pipeline that would pump natural gas from northeastern B.C.’s Dawson Creek area to a proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant at Kitimat, on the
province’s coast.

The plant is a joint venture between …read more »

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NEWMONT MINING $25.53 (New York symbol NEM; Shares outstanding: 498.5 million; Market cap: $12.9 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Average; Dividend yield: 0.4%; www.newmont.com) has completed the sale of its Jundee gold mine in Australia for $91 million.

This deal is part of the company’s plan to unload less important assets and invest the proceeds in operations with better long-term prospects. Including the …read more »

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GE’s shares dropped from $42 in 2007 to under $6 in 2009, as the financial crisis caused big losses at its banking division. In response, the company decided to shrink this business’s assets to half of what they were before the recession. It expects to complete these cuts by the end of 2014.

Meanwhile, GE is expanding its industrial operations, mainly …read more »

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AT&T INC. $35 (New York symbol T; Conservative Growth and Income Portfolios, Utilities sector; Shares outstanding: 5.2 billion; Market cap: $182.0 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 1.4; Dividend yield: 5.3%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.att.com) is buying satellite TV provider DirecTV (Nasdaq symbol DTV) for $48.5 billion (70% stock and 30% cash).

Satellite TV demand has slowed in the past few years as consumers …read more »

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INTEL CORP. $31 (Nasdaq symbol INTC; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; Shares outstanding: 5.0 billion; Market cap: $155.0 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 2.9; Dividend yield: 2.9%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.intel.com) now expects $13.7 billion of revenue in the second quarter of 2014, up from its earlier forecast of $13.0 billion. That’s because businesses are replacing their older computers …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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