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ENCANA CORP. $19.59 (Toronto symbol ECA; Shares outstanding: 738.6 million; Market cap: $14.4 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Average; Dividend yield: 4.0%; www.encana.com) has agreed to sell its midstream operations in Colorado’s Piceance basin. These operations mainly consist of pipelines that collect natural gas from nearby wells and transport it to storage and processing facilities. Encana will hang to its gas wells …read more »
CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY LTD. $52.02 (Toronto symbol CP; Shares outstanding: 170.7 million; Market cap: $8.2 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Average; Dividend yield: 2.3%; www.cpr.ca) reports that its operating ratio worsened in the three months ended June 30, 2011, to 81.8% from 77.8% a year earlier. (Operating ratio is calculated by dividing regular operating costs by revenue. The lower the ratio, the …read more »
Loblaw Companies Ltd., Toronto symbol L, continues to expand its private-label business. That’s because the company earns higher profits selling private-label merchandise than national brands.
In October 2011, Loblaw is launching a new line of gourmet foods under the President’s Choice Black Label brand. These foods include mustards, condiments, dressings and sauces, biscuits, crackers, nuts and desserts. Products like these should …read more »
Encana Corp., Toronto symbol ECA, has agreed to sell its midstream operations in Colorado’s Piceance basin. These operations mainly consist of pipelines that collect natural gas from nearby wells and transport it to storage and processing facilities. Encana will hang to its gas wells in this region.
The company will receive $590 million when the deal closes later this year (all …read more »
Transcontinental Inc., Toronto symbol TCL.A, is the largest commercial printer in Canada, and the fourth largest in North America. It also publishes newspapers and magazines, and has over 1,000 web sites.
In the three months ended July 31, 2011, Transcontinental’s revenue rose 2.3%, to $492.6 million from $481.3 million a year earlier. The company has won a number of new printing …read more »
COMPUTER MODELLING GROUP $13.93 (Toronto symbol CMG; TSINetwork Rating: Speculative) (403- 531-1300; www.cmgroup.com;
Shares outstanding: 37.6 million; Market cap: $502.5 million; Dividend yield: 3.2%) reports that its revenue rose 32.2% in the three months ended June 30, 2011, to $15.9 million from $12.1 million a year earlier.
Earnings rose 57.6%, to $6.7 million, or $0.18 a share, from $4.2 million, or $0.12 …read more »
ALIMENTATION COUCHE-TARD $28.34 (Toronto symbol ATD.B: TSINetwork Rating: Extra Risk) (1-800-361-2612; www.couche-tard.com; Shares outstanding: 242.4 million; Market cap: $6.9 billion; Yield: 0.9%) is the largest convenience-store operator in Canada, with over 2,000 outlets. It also has nearly 3,700 U.S. stores.
In the three months ended July 17, 2011, Couche-Tard’s earnings rose 9.9% to $139.5 million, or $0.76 a share. A year …read more »
Bank of Nova Scotia, Toronto symbol BNS, continues to benefit from its growing banking operations in the Caribbean, Latin America, South America and Asia.
Last week, Bank of Nova Scotia agreed to buy 19.99% of the Bank of Guangzhou; the Chinese government owns the remaining 80.01%. This bank is the 29th largest in China, with 84 branches.
Bank of Nova …read more »
Bombardier Inc., Toronto symbols BBD.A $4.56 and BBD.B, recently reported better-than-expected earnings. However, the company may have to cut its regional-jet production, due to slowing demand. That caused the stock to fall.
In the three months ended July 31, 2011, Bombardier’s earnings rose 56.7%, to $210 million, or $0.12 a share (all amounts in U.S. dollars). A year earlier, the company …read more »
MANITOBA TELECOM SERVICES INC. $33 (Toronto symbol MBT; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Utilities sector; Shares outstanding: 65.7 million; Market cap: $2.2 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 1.2; Dividend yield: 5.2%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.mtsallstream.com) has over 1.3 million telephone and wireless customers in Manitoba. This business now accounts for 54% of the company’s revenue. The remaining 46% comes from its Allstream division, which …read more »