Six international ETFs: 4 buys, 2 holds

We think conservative investors can hold up to 10% of their portfolios in foreign stocks. One way to do that is to buy carefully chosen exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that have an overseas focus.
The best ETFs continue to offer very low management fees and well-diversified, tax-efficient… Read More

These REITs offer stable high payouts

H&R REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT TRUST $21 (Toronto symbol HR.UN; Cyclical-Growth Dividend Payer Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; Units o/S: 283.9 million; Market cap: $6.0 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 5.4; Dividend Sustainability Rating: Above Average; Dividend yield: 6.6%; www.hr-reit.com) owns or has a stake in 515 office… Read More

BHP BILLITON LTD. ADRs $28

BHP BILLITON LTD. ADRs $28 (New York symbol BHP; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Resources sector; ADRs outstanding: 2.7 billion; Market cap: $75.6 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 2.1; Dividend yield: 2.3%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www. bhpbilliton.com) is a leading producer of iron ore (35% of revenue), oil and… Read More

Top producers await price revival

In response to lower prices for oil, minerals and other commodities, these three industry leaders have aggressively cut their operating costs. They’re also unloading less-important properties.

These actions have put the companies in a strong position to spur their long-term earnings when commodity prices recover… Read More

Alcan Inc. $48 – Toronto symbol AL

Canada’s Alcan Inc. was acquired in 2007 by Rio Tinto for $38.1 billion in what was then the biggest metals and mining transaction in history. Here’s a look back at TSI’s analysis of Alcan.

ALCAN INC. $48 (Toronto symbol AL; SI Rating: Average) is the world’s… Read More

ISHARES MSCI AUSTRALIA ETF $22.29 – New York symbol EWA

ISHARES MSCI AUSTRALIA ETF $22.29 (New York symbol EWA; buy or sell through brokers) is an ETF that holds the 71 largest Australian stocks. Its MER is 0.48%.

The fund’s top holdings include Commonwealth Bank of Australia, 11.1%; Westpac Banking Corp., 8.4%; BHP Billiton, 7.6%; Australia… Read More

Wall Street Stock Forecaster Hotline – Friday, March 4, 2016

MONSANTO CO., $85.89, New York symbol MON, develops and sells technology-based agricultural products, such as genetically modified seeds, to farmers, grain processors and food companies. It also sells weed- and pest-control products.
The stock fell 5% this week after the company cut its earnings forecast for… Read More