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CANADIAN TIRE CORP. $134 (www.canadiantire.ca) has opened a new store in Edmonton that’s three times the size of its typical outlet. The company plans to use this location to test new features, such as a car simulator that lets customers test drive tires in different weather conditions. Other innovations include interactive display screens, and a drive-through area that makes it …read more »
Imperial Oil continues to face low oil prices, and Alberta’s new NDP government could increase royalties or impose new environmental regulations. However, Imperial plans to keep expanding Kearl and Cold Lake, its two main oil sands properties in Alberta. These projects will prosper when oil prices recover, and they should last for decades.
IMPERIAL OIL $49.32 (Toronto symbol IMO; Shares …read more »
CRESCENT POINT ENERGY CORP. $28.03 (Toronto symbol CPG; Shares outstanding: 449.5 million; Market cap: $12.9 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Extra Risk; Dividend yield: 9.9%; www.crescentpointenergy.com) produces oil and natural gas in Western Canada, with a focus on its Bakken light oil development in southeastern Saskatchewan.
The company is now buying heavily indebted Legacy Oil + Gas (Toronto symbol LEG) for $563 …read more »
PENGROWTH ENERGY $3.26 (Toronto symbol PGF; Shares outstanding: 534.6 million; Market cap: $1.8 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Average; Dividend: 7.4%; www.pengrowth.com) has started up its Lindbergh oil sands project in Alberta, which should produce 16,000 barrels a day by the end of 2015. Excluding Lindbergh, Pengrowth produced 69,334 barrels of oil equivalent a day in the first quarter of 2015.
As …read more »
We think conservative investors could hold up to 10% of their portfolios in foreign stocks. One way to do that is to buy carefully chosen exchange traded funds (ETFs) that have an overseas focus.
The best ETFs offer very low management fees and well-diversified, tax-efficient portfolios of highquality stocks.
Here’s a look at six international ETFs:
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LOBLAW COMPANIES $64.10 (Toronto symbol L; Shares outstanding: 412.6 million; Market cap: $26.0 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; Dividend yield: 1.6%; www.loblaw.ca) saw its sales jump 37.8% in the three months ended March 28, 2015, to $10.0 billion from $7.3 billion a year earlier.
Shoppers Drug Mart contributed $2.6 billion to the latest quarterly sales. Even so, same-store sales at …read more »
ISHARES MSCI AUSTRALIA ETF $22.29 (New York symbol EWA; buy or sell through brokers) is an ETF that holds the 71 largest Australian stocks. Its MER is 0.48%.
The fund’s top holdings include Commonwealth Bank of Australia, 11.1%; Westpac Banking Corp., 8.4%; BHP Billiton, 7.6%; Australia and New Zealand Banking Group, 7.4%; National Australia Bank, 7.1%; Wesfarmers, 3.9%; CSL Ltd., …read more »
TORSTAR $6.12 (Toronto symbol TS.B; Shares outstanding: 79.9 million; Market cap: $492.2 million; TSINetwork Rating: Average; Dividend yield: 8.6%; www.torstar.com) reported revenue of $192.3 million in the three months ended March 31, 2015. That was down 9.0% from $211.3 million a year earlier, mainly due to to lower ad revenue across its newspapers.
However, cost cutting, including layoffs, kept its …read more »
TD BANK $54.90 (Toronto symbol TD; Shares outstanding: 1.8 billion; Market cap: $100.5 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; Dividend yield: 3.7%; www.td.com) is Canada’s largest bank, with $1.03 trillion of assets. It also operates more branches in the U.S. than Canada (1,302 vs. 1,165) and owns 40.72% of TD Ameritrade (New York symbol AMTD), a leading online brokerage.
Excluding one-time …read more »
CENOVUS ENERGY $20.58 (Toronto symbol CVE; Shares outstanding: 824.6 million; Market cap: $17.4 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Average; Dividend yield: 5.2%; www.cenovus.com) has temporarily shut down its Foster Creek oil sands project in northern Alberta because forest fires in the area are hindering traffic on the main road to the site.
Cenovus own 50% of Foster Creek, while U.S.-based ConocoPhillips (New …read more »
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