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RESTAURANT BRANDS INTERNATIONAL $38.99 (New York symbol QSR; TSINetwork Rating: Average) (212-333-3810; www.rbi.com; Shares outstanding: 467.0 million; Market cap: $18.2 billion; Dividend yield: 0.2%) is testing a new premium coffee blend, called Three Peaks Colombian, at five of its Tim Hortons outlets in Ontario, New Brunswick and Quebec.
This coffee comes from Colombia’s Cauca mountain region, where volcanic ash in …read more »
These three information providers face a challenge from free online news and other data. However, all three are well-established leaders, which helps them hang on to their clients. They’re also keeping their costs under control, which gives them more room to maintain or raise their dividends.
THOMSON REUTERS CORP. $52 (Toronto symbol TRI; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Consumer sector; Shares …read more »
SUNCOR ENERGY INC. $39 (Toronto symbol SU; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Resources sector; Shares outstanding: 1.5 billion; Market cap: $58.5 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 1.8; Dividend yield: 2.9%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.suncor.com) produced 598,000 barrels a day in the first quarter of 2015, up 9.7% from 545,300 barrels a year earlier. The increase came from both its oil sands and conventional properties.
The …read more »
FORTIS INC. $39 (Toronto symbol FTS; Conservative Growth and Income Portfolios, Utilities sector; Shares outstanding: 276.3 million; Market cap: $10.8 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 2.5; Dividend yield 3.5%; 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 »
Low oil and natural gas prices continue to hurt cash flow at Cenovus and Encana (see box). In response, both have issued shares to fund new projects and cut debt.
The extra shares diluted existing investors’ holdings. However, they strengthened both companies’ balance sheets and put them in a better position to profit when oil and gas prices recover.
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ENCANA CORP. $15 (Toronto symbol ECA; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Resources sector; Shares outstanding: 839.6 million; Market cap: $12.6 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 1.4; Dividend yield: 2.3%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.encana.com) recently sold 98.5 million shares for $14.60 (Canadian) each, increasing the number outstanding by 13%. (All amounts except share price and market cap in U.S. dollars.)
As well, Encana has …read more »
MOLSON COORS CANADA INC. (Toronto symbols TPX.A $94 and TPX.B $99; Conservative Growth and Income Portfolios, Consumer sector; Shares outstanding: 185.9 million; Market cap: $18.4 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 3.5; Dividend yield: 2.1%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.molson coors.com) has paid an undisclosed sum for Mount Shivalik Breweries, which operates two breweries in India. As a result, Molson now has three breweries …read more »
CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY LTD. $232 (Toronto symbol CP; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; Shares outstanding: 164.2 million; Market cap: $38.1 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 7.1; Dividend yield: 0.6%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.cpr.ca) transports freight over a 22,000-kilometre rail network between Montreal and Vancouver, as well as hubs in the U.S. Midwest and Northeast. The U.S. supplies 40% of …read more »
Pembina Pipeline and Veresen both trade at high multiples to their per-share cash flow, but both have strong growth prospects and high dividend yields. We think they have gains ahead.
PEMBINA PIPELINE $40.02 (Toronto symbol PPL; Shares outstanding: 336.0 million; Market cap: $13.5 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Average; Dividend yield: 4.4%; www.pembina.com) owns pipelines that carry half of Alberta’s conventional oil, …read more »
Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are set up to mirror the performance of a stock market index or sub-index. They hold a more or less fixed selection of securities that represent the holdings that go into the calculation of the index or sub-index.
ETFs trade on stock exchanges, just like stocks. That’s different from mutual funds, which you can only buy …read more »
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