On October 1, 2012, the old Kraft Foods Inc. (old Nasdaq symbol KFT) broke itself into two publicly traded companies: Mondelez International and Kraft Foods Group.
Kraft shareholders received one share of the new Kraft Foods Group for every three shares they held. This was a tax-free transaction: shareholders will not have to pay capital gains taxes until they sell …read more »
NVIDIA CORP. $12 (Nasdaq symbol NVDA; Aggressive Growth Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; Shares outstanding: 624.9 million; Market cap: $7.5 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 1.7; Dividend yield: 2.5%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.nvidia .com) is down 20% in the past year. That’s mainly because slowing sales of traditional computers are hurting demand for its graphic chips, which make computer video run more …read more »
Like Kraft (see page 111), Sara Lee Corp. recently split into two separate companies: U.S.-based Hillshire Brands and Holland-based D.E. Master Blenders.
Both stocks have stayed in a narrow range sincethe split in June 2012. That’s partly because investors often dump new shares they didn’t want. As well, few brokers cover these new companies.
However, spinoffs tend to pay off for …read more »
DUN & BRADSTREET CORP. $76 (New York symbol DNB; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Finance sector; Shares outstanding: 44.6 million; Market cap: $3.4 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 2.0; Dividend yield: 2.0%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.dnb.com) shot up to around $84 in August 2012 on speculation that the company may sell itself. However, reports that it has stopped looking for a buyer caused the …read more »
ALCOA INC. $8.27 (New York symbol AA; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Resources sector; Shares outstanding: 1.1 billion; Market cap: $9.1 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 0.4; Dividend yield: 1.5%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.alcoa.com) has completed the sale of its Tapoco hydroelectric dams in Tennessee and North Carolina. These facilities supply power to Alcoa’s nearby aluminum smelter. The company recently shut down parts of …read more »
SONY CORP. ADRs $10 (New York symbol SNE; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; ADRs outstanding: 1.0 billion; Market cap: $10.0 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 0.1; Dividend yield: 3.1%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.sony.com) has agreed to buy 11% of distressed Japanese camera maker Olympus for $640 million. In addition, the companies will work together on new medical-imaging equipment that includes …read more »
Even when stock markets are in an upward trend, they are still subject to sharp setbacks, such as the one triggered by the re-election of Barack Obama as president last week. Many investors seek to protect their profits against such reverses though the use of stop-loss orders.
Before you try this approach, you should keep in mind that stop-loss …read more »
Encana, a long-time favourite of ours, was a pioneer in the development of unconventional gas reserves (also called “tight gas”). This is natural gas that is trapped in rock formations. However, as the technology to extract tight gas improved, gas production ballooned. This rise in gas production, along with warmer-than-normal winter weather, pushed down gas prices. This in turn depressed …read more »
RIOCAN REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT TRUST $27 (Toronto symbol REI.UN; Aggressive Growth Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; Units outstanding: 298.6 million; Market cap: $8.1 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 5.0; Dividend yield: 5.1%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.riocan.com) has completed its deal to buy full control of 21 shopping malls in the U.S. from Cedar Shopping Centers, Inc. (New York symbol CDR).Previously, RioCan had …read more »
TRANSCANADA CORP. $45 (Toronto symbol TRP; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Utilities sector; Shares outstanding: 705.0 million; Market cap: $31.7 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 3.6; Dividend yield: 3.9%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.transcanada.com) has won contracts to build and operate two pipelines that will supply natural gas to government-owned power plants in Mexico.
These lines will cost $1.4 billion U.S., and should begin operating …read more »