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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.

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LOBLAW COS. $46.81 (Toronto symbol L; Shares outstanding: 282.3 million; Market cap: $13.2 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; Dividend yield: 2.0%; www.loblaw.ca) continues to expand its Joe Fresh business, which makes casual clothing, shoes and accessories. Loblaw mainly sells these goods in over 300 of its supermarkets and through 22 stand-alone stores in the U.S. and Canada. The company plans …read more »

IMPERIAL OIL $51.60 (Toronto symbol IMO; Shares outstanding: 847.6 million; Market cap: $44.0 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Average; Div. yield: 1.0%; www.imperialoil.ca) is selling some of its conventional oil and natural gas properties in Alberta and B.C. to Whitecap Resources. These assets produce 15,000 barrels a day, which is equal to 5.1% of the 295,000 barrels a day that Imperial produced …read more »

TELUS $39.14 (Toronto symbol T; Shares outstanding: 623.4 million; Market cap: $24.6 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; Dividend yield: 3.7%; www.telus.com) has paid an undisclosed sum for Groupe Enode Inc., a privately held Quebec firm whose software protects databases from online intruders. Enode’s expertise should help Telus attract more government and corporate clients and make its cloud computing services more …read more »

McDonald’s shares have moved sideways in the past few months, mainly because strong competition in the U.S. has hurt the company’s sales there. However, McDonald’s has overcome many challenges in its long history. It faces constant attacks from health, environmental and labour activists. Bad publicity from Super Size Me, a 2004 documentary in which the filmmaker ate nothing but McDonald’s …read more »

These four small-cap Manufacturing & Industry picks are riskier than most of our large-cap selections in that sector. However, they’re all market leaders with strong reputations, which makes it harder for new competitors to steal their customers. Moreover, all four are using their strong balance sheets to invest in new products and make acquisitions. That will keep them ahead of …read more »

PHILIPS ELECTRONICS N.V. ADRs $34 (New York symbol PHG; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; ADRs outstanding: 913.3 million; Market cap: $31.1 billion; Priceto- sales ratio: 1.0; Dividend yield: 2.9%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.philips.com) has agreed to merge its LED (light emitting diode) lighting product business in Saudi Arabia with local firm General Lighting. As part of the deal, …read more »

CINTAS CORP. $59 (Nasdaq symbol CTAS; Aggressive Growth Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; Shares outstanding: 120.1 million; Market cap: $7.1 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 1.6; Dividend yield: 1.3%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.cintas .com) is selling its document-shredding operations to Toronto-based Shred-it International. In exchange, Cintas will receive 42% of the combined company, which will use the Shred-it brand, plus $180 million …read more »

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 »

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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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