Fertilizer stocks: 1 buy & 1 hold

Bad weather and increasing production have hurt fertilizer prices. As a result, Potash Corp. and Agrium have cut their 2016 earnings forecasts. We still like both companies, but Agrium’s expanding retail business makes it the better choice.

POTASH CORP. OF SASKATCHEWAN $21 (Toronto symbol POT;… Read More

Hi: Just wondering about Ag Growth. As the world population grows, I see the farming service industry as highly important. Ag Growth offers an interesting investment opportunity as it is focused on grain storage and handling solutions in markets (Canada and the U.S.) where demand for planting acreage is growing. Thanks.

A: Ag Growth International Inc., $39.56, symbol AFN on Toronto (Shares outstanding: 14.7 million; Market cap: $586.2 million; www.aggrowth.com), is a leading maker of portable and stationary grain-handling, storage and processing equipment.

Based in Winnipeg, the company sells its products through dealers and distributors in Canada… Read More

How to profit in renewable energy stocks

How to profit in renewable energy stocks

Renewable energy stocks offer investors a lot of conceptual or emotional appeal—but you need to know all the risks.

Renewable energy stocks have gained in popularity with investors over the past few years as concern over the environment has grown. However, many of these… Read More

The Successful Investor Hotline – Thursday, May 6, 2016

SUNCOR ENERGY INC., $33.84, Toronto symbol SU, has had to reduce production at its main oil sands operations about 25 kilometres north of Fort McMurray, Alberta, due to severe wildfires.

In the quarter ended March 31, 2016, these operations accounted for 95% of Suncor’s bitumen… Read More

Mining Stocks: New mine, low gas prices lift Agrium

Low natural gas prices boosted profit for fertilizer maker Agrium Inc., despite a drop in sales. Reduced crop prices and the high U.S. dollar contributed to its revenue decline.

AGRIUM INC. (Toronto symbol AGU; www.agrium.com) continues to shift away from making… Read More

AGRIUM INC. $114

AGRIUM INC. $114 (Toronto symbol AGU; Aggressive Growth Portfolio, Resources sector; Shares outstanding: 138.2 million; Market cap: $15.8 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 1.1; Dividend yield: 4.3%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.agrium.com) continues to benefit from its shift away from making fertilizers to selling them, along with seeds… Read More