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 »
Pat McKeough responds to many personal questions about specific stocks and other investment topics from the members of his Inner Circle. Every week, his comments and recommendations on the most intriguing questions of the past week go out to all Inner Circle members. And each week, we offer you one of the highlights from these Q&A sessions. While we reserve …read more »