Q: Hello Pat: I see promise in Trimble (TRMB) and its precision agriculture business. I’m curious as to what you think. Thanks.

A: Trimble Inc., $31.20, symbol TRMB on Nasdaq (Shares outstanding: 250.6 million; Market cap: $7.9 billion; www.trimble.com), mainly provides advanced GPS positioning systems to commercial and government users in several areas. They include surveying, construction, agriculture, urban and resource management, and military.
The company has a.. Read More

ETFs offer broad access to U.S. blue chips

ETFs offer broad access to U.S. blue chips

These ETFs, like mutual funds, track major stock market indexes, but their low management fees set them apart.

SPDR S&P 500 ETF (New York symbol SPY; buy or sell through brokers; www.spdrs.com) holds the stocks in the S&P 500 Index; they consist of 500… Read More