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Loblaw

Toronto symbol L, is Canada's largest grocery store operator, with over 1,000 stores.

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LOBLAW COMPANIES $36.84 (Toronto symbol L; Shares outstanding: 277.9 million; Market cap: $10.4 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; Dividend yield: 2.3%; www.loblaw.ca) continues to face strong price competition from other grocery chains and general retailers, such as Wal-Mart, which continue to expand their food offerings.

As a result, Loblaw’s revenue rose just 0.1% in the three months ended June 18, 2011, …read more »

Loblaw and Metro have cut their costs and upgraded their inventory-management systems. The resulting savings are helping increase their profits, even with higher food costs and rising competition. Loblaw has a higher p/e ratio than Metro, but that reflects its wider geographic reach and expansion into non-food businesses, like clothing. Metro’s subordinate-voting shares also weigh on its p/e.

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Every Wednesday, we publish our “Investor Toolkit” series on TSI Network. Whether you’re a beginning or experienced investor, these weekly updates are designed to give you specific advice on how to make winning stock picks. Each Investor Toolkit update gives you a fundamental piece of investing strategy, and shows you how you can put it into practice right away.

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TORSTAR CORP. $12.35 (Toronto symbol TS.B; Shares outstanding: 78.9 million; Market cap: $974.4 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; Dividend yield: 2.7%; target=”_blank”>www.torstar.com) continues to expand its Internet businesses. That’s helping it offset slowing advertising and circulation revenue at its newspapers. However, these investments cut its earnings by 7.0% in the three months ended March 31, 2011, to $15.4 …read more »

LOBLAW COMPANIES $38.93 (Toronto symbol L; Shares outstanding: 278.4 million; Market cap: $10.8 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; Dividend yield: 2.2%; www.loblaw.ca) faces rising competition from non-food retailers, like Shoppers Drug Mart, that now sell groceries.

As well, Wal-Mart plans to open 40 new Supercenters in Canada this year. The Supercenter format offers a full range of groceries. Rising food costs …read more »

LOBLAW COMPANIES LTD. $39 (Toronto symbol L; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Consumer sector; 280.6 million; Market cap: $10.9 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 0.4; Dividend yield: 2.2%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.loblaw.ca) aims to open 20 stand-alone “Joe Fresh” clothing and accessories stores over the next few years. It already has one store in Vancouver, and plans to open five more outlets in …read more »

TORSTAR CORP. $14 (Toronto symbol TS.B; Shares outstanding: 78.9 million; Market cap: $1.1 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; Dividend yield: 2.6%; www.torstar.com) continues to benefit from the deep cost cuts it made over the past few years in response to slowing advertising and circulation revenue at its newspapers.

As a result, Torstar’s earnings rose 70.9% in 2010, to $60.9 million, …read more »

LOBLAW COMPANIES $39.36 (Toronto symbol L; Shares outstanding: 278.4 million; Market cap: $11.0 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; Dividend yield: 2.1%; www.loblaw.ca) started selling its popular “Joe Fresh” brand clothing and accessories in its supermarkets in 2006. Joe Fresh has helped Loblaw compete with general retailers, such as Wal-Mart, which have expanded into groceries.

In October 2010, Loblaw opened its first …read more »

CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY LTD. $66.56 (Toronto symbol CP; Shares outstanding: 169.1 million; Market cap: $11.3 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Average; Dividend yield: 1.6%; www.cpr.ca) reports that its earnings rose 18.3% in 2010, to $650.7 million from $550.0 million in 2009. Earnings per share rose 16.7%, to $3.85 from $3.30, on more shares outstanding.

If you exclude unusual items, such as foreign-exchange …read more »

LOBLAW COMPANIES $39.72 (Toronto symbol L; Shares o/s: 278.4 million; Market cap: $11.1 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; Dividend yield: 2.1%; www.loblaw.ca) is Canada’s largest food retailer. It now has around 1,000 company-owned and franchised stores. George Weston Ltd. owns 62% of Loblaw’s shares.

In the three months ended October 9, 2010, Loblaw’s earnings per share rose 11.6%, to $0.77 from …read more »

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