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Windstream is spinning off some of its real estate assets, while Frontier (see box) recently expanded by acquisition. Both approaches should let these telecoms maintain their above-average dividend yields.

However, their heavy focus on rural areas, plus the rising cost of expanding and upgrading their networks, limits their growth prospects.

WINDSTREAM HOLDINGS INC. $10 (Nasdaq symbol WIN; Income Portfolio, Utilitiesread more »

Stock Market: NASDAQ
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Suitable for: Conservative Investing

FRONTIER COMMUNICATIONS CORP. $7.06 (Nasdaq symbol FTR; Income Portfolio, Utilities sector; Shares outstanding: 1.0 billion; Market cap: $7.1 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 1.5; Dividend yield: 5.7%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.frontier.com) recently paid $2.0 billion for AT&T’s traditional phone business in Connecticut. The company now has 3.0 million residential and business customers in 28 states.

Excluding acquisition-related costs, Frontier earned $47.7 million, …read more »

Stock Market: NASDAQ
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Suitable for: Conservative Investing

DIEBOLD INC. $36 (New York symbol DBD; Aggressive Growth Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; Shares outstanding: 64.6 million; Market cap: $2.3 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 0.8; Dividend yield: 3.2%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www. diebold.com) aims to save a total of $150 million by the end of 2015, mainly through layoffs and plant closures.

In the third quarter of 2014, the company …read more »

Stock Markets: New York, NASDAQ
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BAXTER INTERNATIONAL INC. $72 (New York symbol BAX; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; Shares outstanding: 542.0 million; Market cap: $39.0 billion; Priceto- sales ratio: 2.4; Dividend yield: 2.9%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.baxter.com) earned $1.35 a share in the three months ended September 30, 2014, up 8.9% from $1.24 a year earlier. Sales rose 13.1%, to $4.2 billion from …read more »

Stock Market: New York
Suitable for: Conservative Investing

LEON’S FURNITURE $15.20 (Toronto symbol LNF; TSINetwork Rating: Average) (416- 243-7880; www.leons.ca; Shares outstanding: 71.0 million; Market cap: $1.1 billion; Dividend yield: 2.6%) reported sales of $629.2 million in the three months ended September 30, 2014, up slightly from $628.6 million a year earlier.

Earnings gained 25.4%, to $27.3 million, or $0.38 a share. A year earlier, Leon’s earned $21.8 …read more »

TIM HORTONS $92.84 (Toronto symbol THI; TSINetwork Rating: Average) (905-845-6511; www.timhortons.com; Shares outstanding: 132.6 million; Market cap: $12.3 billion; Div. yield: 1.4%) had sales of $909.2 million in the three months ended September 30, 2014, up 10.2% from $825.4 million a year earlier. Earnings per share fell 2.2%, to $0.74 from $0.75.

The company has accepted a friendly takeover offer from …read more »

Stock Markets: Toronto, New York
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Five years ago, the old EnCana Corp. split itself into two new firms: the new Encana, which focuses on natural gas, and Cenovus Energy, which owns oil sands properties and refineries.

Lower gas prices have cut Encana’s share price by 30% since the split. Due to the recent drop in oil prices, Cenovus’s stock has gained about 9% in the …read more »

Stock Market: Toronto
Suitable for: Conservative Investing

CANADIAN TIRE CORP. $126 (Toronto symbol CTC.A; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Consumer sector; Shares outstanding: 78.1 million; Market cap: $9.8 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 0.8; Dividend yield: 1.7%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.canadiantire.ca) continues to add new locations and renovate older stores. It’s also benefiting from its 2011 purchase of the Forzani Group of sporting goods stores, including the popular Sport Chek …read more »

Stock Market: Toronto
Suitable for: Conservative Investing

Canada’s big five banks will likely report record earnings in 2014, as low interest rates keep fueling loan demand. The improving economy also means the banks are dealing with fewer bad loans, giving them more room for dividend hikes.

Every Canadian investor should own at least two of our banks. For new buying, TD and Bank of Nova Scotia remain …read more »

TELUS CORP. $42 (Toronto symbol T; Conservative Growth and Income Portfolios, Utilities sector; Shares outstanding: 612.0 million; Market cap: $25.7 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 2.2; Dividend yield: 3.8%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.telus.com) added 113,000 new wireless subscribers, net of cancellations, in the three months ended September 30, 2014, up 8.7% from a year earlier. It now has 8.0 million wireless …read more »

Stock Market: Toronto
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Suitable for: Conservative Investing, Income Investing
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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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