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Patrick McKeough is one of Canada’s top safe-money advisors. The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and The Hulbert Financial Digest have all recognized his ability to find stocks with hidden value. He is editor and publisher of The Successful Investor, Stock Pickers Digest, Wall Street Stock Forecaster and Canadian Wealth Advisor; inventor of the Quick Profit/Value System and the ValuVesting System™. A best-selling Canadian author, he wrote Riding the Bull, the book that predicted the 1990s stock-market boom.


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PRECISION DRILLING TRUST, $5.84 (Toronto symbol PD.UN; Aggressive Growth Portfolio, Resources sector; Units outstanding: 241.2 million; Market cap: $1.4 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 0.7; SI Rating: Extra Risk) provides contract-drilling services in Canada and the United States through a fleet of 380 rigs.

Precision is raising cash to pay down debt related to last December’s $2-billion purchase Grey Wolf Inc., which operates …read more »

SHAWCOR LTD. $21 (Toronto symbol SCL.A; Aggressive Growth Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; Shares outstanding: 71.3 million; Market cap: $1.5 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 1.1; SI Rating: Average) will pay a special dividend of $0.26 on May 29, 2009. It has also increased its regular quarterly dividend by 7.7%, to $0.07 a share from $0.065. The new annual rate of $0.28 …read more »

TORSTAR CORP. $5.32 (Toronto symbol TS.B; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Consumer sector; Shares outstanding: 78.9 million; Market cap: $419.7 million; Price-to-sales ratio: 0.3; SI Rating: Above Average) reported a first-quarter loss of $21.4 million, or $0.27 a share. However, that was largely caused by a $0.23-a-share charge related to employee layoffs and a change in Torstar’s senior management. The company lost …read more »

TELUS INC. (Toronto symbols T $30 and T.A $29; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Utilities sector; Shares outstanding: 318 million; Market cap: $9.5 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 1.0; SI Rating: Above Average) hopes to improve its sales by bundling its phone and Internet services with satellite TV.

Under a new deal with BCE INC. $24 (Toronto symbol BCE; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Utilities sector; …read more »

METRO INC. $37 (Toronto symbol MRU.A; Aggressive Growth Portfolio, Consumer sector; Shares outstanding: 111.4 million; Market cap: $4.1 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 0.4; SI Rating: Average) operates roughly 660 grocery stores in Quebec and Ontario. Metro, Super C and Food Basics are some of its major banners. Metro also operates or supplies 270 drugstores, and owns about 23% of Quebec-based convenience-store …read more »

PENGROWTH ENERGY TRUST $8.64 (Toronto symbol PGF.UN) reported that its cash flow for the first quarter of 2009 fell 57.5%, to $0.37 a unit from $0.87 a year earlier. Higher interest expenses, performance bonuses and royalties were the main reasons for the drop. Still, its $1.20 distribution rate seems secure, and yields 13.9%. Buy.

IMPERIAL OIL LTD. $41 (Toronto symbol IMO) …read more »

Recently some readers have asked what we think of U.S. newsletters that predict a total collapse in stock prices. The short answer is that I disagree with these publishers. But the best answer has to include some industry background, and point out that I also disagree with their approach to the newsletter business.

We aim to publish balanced, realistic investment advice …read more »

We still think high-quality mutual funds with a long-term focus will beat stock-market indexes over time. If funds invest as we advise — sticking with well-established companies and spreading their assets across the five main economic sectors — they will likely lose a lot less than the indexes during a significant market downturn.

That’s because big market slides are particularly hard …read more »

RIOCAN REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT TRUST $13.51 (Toronto symbol REI.UN; Units outstanding: 222.1 million; Market cap: $3.0 billion; SI Rating: Average) is Canada’s largest real estate investment trust (REIT).

RioCan has issued $180 million worth of new bonds. The trust will use the proceeds to retire $55 million of bonds that are due this year. That will leave it with $125 million, …read more »

GUARDIAN MONTHLY HIGH INCOME II FUND $9.16 (CWA Rating: Income) (BMO Guardian Group of Funds, Commerce Court West, Suite 4100, P.O. Box 201, Toronto, Ontario M5L 1E8. 1-800-668-5613; Web site: www.bmoguardianfunds.com. Available from brokers) is a fund we rate as Income. It invests in royalty and income trusts and real estate investment trusts (REITs). With assets of $479.5 million, this …read more »

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