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C.R. Bard Inc, symbol BCR on New York, makes medical devices in four main areas: vascular products (28% of sales) such as stents and catheters; oncology products (27%) that detect and treat various types of cancer; urology products (26%) such as drainage and incontinence devices; and surgical tools (16%). Other medical products supply the remaining 3%.
We analyze C.R. Bard in …read more »
Chances are that the May 2 election results will lead to a period of investor-friendly legislation in Canada, with growth in the economy and a healthy stock-market atmosphere. Just one example: With a Conservative majority in Parliament, we may soon see higher contribution limits for both RRSPs and Tax-Free Savings Accounts.
My view is that there’s a beneficial but widely overlooked …read more »
Western Union, symbol WU on New York, provides money-transfer and foreign-exchange services in over 200 countries and territories.
You can get our full stock market trading advice on Western Union in our Wall Street Stock Forecaster newsletter.
In the 2011 first quarter, Western Union reported revenue of $1.3 billion. That’s up 4.1% from $1.2 billion in the comparable 2010 period.
The company …read more »
We downplay market-timing and stock-price predictions in our advice. Instead, we focus on investment quality. But we adjust our recommendations to reflect our view of current market risk.
When risk seems high, we lean toward “hold” instead of “buy”, or “sell” instead of “hold”.
In June 2006, we advised selling a dozen former buys. We weren’t trying to pinpoint a …read more »
Reitmans (Canada) Ltd., symbol RET.A on Toronto, owns 968 women’s clothing stores across Canada.
We analyze Reitmans in Stock Pickers Digest, our newsletter for aggressive investing in today’s stock market.
These include 364 Reitmans, 161 Penningtons, 158 Smart Set, 121 Addition Elle, 75 Thyme Maternity, 67 RW & Co. and 22 Cassis stores. Reitmans continues to actively monitor its regional markets, and …read more »
When a company splits its shares, it is simply cutting itself up into a different number of pieces, without changing its fundamental value. It simply wants its stock to trade in a price-per-share range that seems reasonable to investors.
Stock market trading: How a share split works
If a stock’s price rises much beyond $50 a share in Canada (or $100 a …read more »
We’ve long relied on these 4 tips when picking stocks to recommend in our investment newsletters and services. We think they can help you pick winners in today’s stock market, too.
Macy’s Inc., symbol M on New York, operates 850 Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s department stores in 45 states, as well as in District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam. It also sells goods over the Internet.
Macy’s is one of the U.S. stock market investments we analyze in our Wall Street Stock Forecaster newsletter.
Macy’s makes a point of tailoring its lines …read more »
Over the years, we’ve met a number of investors who favour a stock market strategy of buying stocks only when economic and financial conditions seem good, if not ideal. If these investors hear talk of rising oil prices or interest rates, for example, they are inclined to stay out of the market, or get out if they’re in.
In contrast, when …read more »
Arkansas Best Corp. (symbol ABFS on Nasdaq) specializes in “less-than-truckload” shipping, which involves loading freight from a number of customers onto a single truck.
In 2010, Arkansas Best’s revenue rose 12.6%, to $1.7 billion from $1.5 billion on 2009. The company lost $32.7 million, or $1.30 per share, in 2010. However, that was a big improvement on the $127.5 million, …read more »
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