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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.

Technology Stocks

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SYMANTEC CORP. (Nasdaq symbol SYMC; www.symantec.com) sells computer-security technology, including anti-virus and email-filtering software, to businesses and consumers. It also offers data-archiving software.

In Symantec’s fiscal 2014 third quarter, which ended December 27, 2013, its earnings per share rose 13.3%, to $0.51 from $0.45 a year earlier. The gains were mainly due to savings from a new restructuring plan that includes …read more »

AGILENT TECHNOLOGIES INC. (New York symbol A) plans to break itself into two publicly traded companies. One of these businesses will keep the Agilent name and focus on testing equipment for medical-research labs.

The second company will make testing systems for improving electronics, such as cellphones and computer equipment.

In the parent company’s 2013 fiscal year, which ended October 31, 2013, the …read more »

MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS INC. $66 (New York symbol MSI; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; Shares outstanding: 258.7 million; Market cap: $17.1 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 2.1; Dividend yield: 1.9%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.motorolasolutions.com) makes bar-code scanners and radios for police and fire vehicles.

In the third quarter of 2013, overall sales fell 1.9%, to $2.11 billion from $2.15 billion a year …read more »

Sales of automated teller machines (ATMs) have slowed in developed markets like North America and Europe, as banks in these regions continue to cut their spending in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. However, the long-term outlook for these ATM makers is bright, because ATMs help banks cut their operating costs. As well, rising prosperity is prompting banks in …read more »

PASON SYSTEMS (Toronto symbol PSI; www.pason.com) rents equipment for monitoring and managing oil and gas rigs. It also sells communication technology, such as its satellite system, which companies use to remotely collect data from their drilling operations.

Pason serves oil and gas producers and drilling contractors throughout Canada, the U.S., Mexico, Argentina and Australia.

In the three months ended June 30, …read more »

GOOGLE INC. $742 (Nasdaq symbol GOOG; Aggressive Growth Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; Shares outstanding: 328.6 million; Market cap: $243.8 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 4.6; No dividends paid; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.google.com) is the world’s top Internet search engine, with about two-thirds of this market. The company makes money by selling advertising on its websites. Google gets 96% of its …read more »

A month ago, we examined one of the energy stocks we cover in our newsletter for aggressive investing, Stock Pickers Digest. Zargon Oil and Gas (Toronto symbol ZAR) has trimmed its commitment to natural gas due to the slump in prices (view the article here). Today, in the wake of a recent rally in oil prices, we look at the …read more »

ADOBE SYSTEMS $37.88 (Nasdaq symbol ADBE; TSINetwork Rating: Average) (408-536- 6000; www.adobe.com; Shares outstanding: 495.1 million; Market cap: $18.8 billion; No dividends paid) reports that in the fourth quarter of its 2012 fiscal year, which ended November 30, 2012, its earnings fell 7.4%, to $307.9 million from $332.6 million a year earlier. Before one-time items, earnings per share declined 9.0%, …read more »

These two technology stocks have dropped sharply in the past year. RIM is facing strong competition from other smartphone makers, while Nordion is having trouble lining up new medical isotope supplies. Still, their strong balance sheets make them worthwhile holds.

RESEARCH IN MOTION LTD. $12 (Toronto symbol RIM; Aggressive Growth Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; Shares outstanding: 516.4 million; Market cap:read more »

TECK RESOURCES LTD. $34 (Toronto symbol TCK.B; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Resources sector; Shares outstanding: 586.0 million; Market cap: $19.9 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 1.8; Dividend yield: 2.6%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.teck.com) produced 6.3 million tonnes of metallurgical coal in the third quarter of 2012, up 6.2% from 6.0 million tonnes a year earlier. Copper production jumped 28.6%, to 99,000 tonnes from …read more »

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