Toronto symbol L, is Canada's largest grocery store operator, with over 1,000 stores.
TELUS $69.31 (Toronto symbol T; Shares outstanding: 326.0 million; Market cap: $22.6 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; Dividend yield: 3.7%; www.telus.com) will split its common shares on a 2-for-1 basis on April 16, 2013. Following the split, the company will have roughly 653.6 million common shares outstanding. The split will make Telus’s shares more liquid. The lower trading price could …read more »
LOBLAW COMPANIES $40.37 (Toronto symbol L; Shares outstanding: 281.7 million; Market cap: $11.4 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; Dividend yield: 2.2%; www.loblaw.ca) has risen 20% since it announced its plan to hold the bulk of its properties in a real estate investment trust in December 2012. Even so, the stock still trades at a reasonable 16.3 times the $2.47 a …read more »
Both Loblaw and Metro have moved up sharply in the past few months. That’s mainly because they are taking steps to unlock some of their hidden value, including selling real estate and other investments. The companies will likely use the cash from the sales to keep improving their stores and other operations. That will help them compete with U.S. retailer …read more »
CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY $114.75 (Toronto symbol CP; Shares outstanding: 173.4 million; Market cap: $19.9 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Average; Dividend yield: 1.2%; www.cpr.ca) has announced that it will let U.S.-based Phillips 66 (New York symbol PSX) use its tracks to transport crude oil from North Dakota’s Bakken shale region to a refinery in New Jersey. The company did not say how …read more »
ENBRIDGE INC. $43 (Toronto symbol ENB;Conservative Growth Portfolio, Utilities sector;Shares outstanding: 799.9 million; Market cap: $34.4billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 1.4; Dividend yield: 2.9%;TSI Network Rating: Above Average;www.enbridge.com) has bought 50% of the Massifdu Sud wind project in Quebec. This is the company’s second wind power investment in that province.Enbridge paid $170.0 million for its stake in this facility. That’s equal to …read more »
LOBLAW COMPANIES $42(Toronto symbol L; Sharesoutstanding: 281.6 million; Marketcap: $11.8 billion; TSINetworkRating: Above Average; Dividendyield: 2.1%; www.loblaw.ca) is upover 25% since December 6, 2012,when it said that it plans to form areal estate investment trust (REIT) tohold the bulk of its real estate assets.The company currently owns 47million square feet of real estate witha value between $9 billion and $10billion.Loblaw …read more »
LOBLAW COMPANIES $33.47 (Toronto symbol L; Shares outstanding: 281.5 million; Market cap: $9.4 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; Dividend yield: 2.6%; www.loblaw.ca) has signed a new long-term deal with Towers Watson, a private firm that helps Canadian companies manage their employees’ health benefits.
Under the agreement, Loblaw’s in-store pharmacies will offer special discounts to Towers Watson’s clients, which together employ over …read more »
LOBLAW COMPANIES $34.62 (Toronto symbol L; Shares outstanding: 281.4 million; Market cap: $9.7 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; Dividend yield: 2.4%; www.loblaw.ca) is cutting 700 jobs, or about 1% of its overall workforce. Most of these positions are administrative and are not at its 1,000 supermarkets across Canada.
Severance payments and other costs will total $60 million. To put that in …read more »
These two leading supermarket chains continue to expand into new areas. That helps them compete with big U.S. retailers like Wal-Mart and Target, which are aggressively expanding in Canada and selling more groceries.
LOBLAW COMPANIES LTD. $35 (Toronto symbol L; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Consumer sector; Shares outstanding: 281.4 million; Market cap: $9.8 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 0.3; Dividend yield: 2.4%; …read more »
LOBLAW CO. $34.12 (Toronto symbol L; Shares outstanding: 281.4 million; Market cap: $9.6 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; Dividend yield: 2.5%; www.loblaw.ca) continues to invest in new computers as part of a far-reaching plan to improve its efficiency and avoid product shortages in its stores.
In the three months ended June 16, 2012, the company spent $20 million on these initiatives. …read more »