Jim Bates

Jim is an associate editor at TSI Network. He is the lead reporter and analyst for The Successful Investor and Wall Street Stock Forecaster and a member of the Investment Planning Committee. Jim has held the Chartered Financial Analyst designation since 1992. Jim worked at the Financial Post DataGroup from 1988 to 2000 before joining TSI Network. He has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto.

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The cloud keeps taking this software titan higher

The cloud keeps taking this software titan higher

This household-name software provider recently surpassed Apple as the world’s most valuable company based on market cap. It continues to expand in the fast-growing field of cloud-computing with a lucrative subscription model featuring high renewal rates.

Although the stock has gained over 20% in the past… Read More

This big bank taps cannabis industry growth

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While some of Canada’s banks were initially reluctant to participate in cannabis company financing, this institution has actively helped to facilitate large industry deals. At the same time, a key U.S. acquisition lets the bank benefit from the strong U.S. economy. In… Read More

Production cuts should spur its future growth

Production cuts should spur its future growth

This oil sands leader suffered a loss in the recent quarter, but its stronger production and integrated operations—including U.S. refineries—position it for strong growth as Canadian oil prices recover.

For now, the company continues to pay down its debt and waits for an Alberta-mandated production cut… Read More

This dividend is up for the 16th time since 2011

This dividend is up for the 16th time since 2011

Significant investments in its high-speed networks continue to help Canada’s third largest wireless carrier attract new customers while hanging onto old ones. They’ve also helped support earnings and revenue growth and have boosted cash flow.

The company has just raised its dividend—the 16th time since 2011—and… Read More

Online shopping spurs this global shipper

Online shopping spurs this global shipper

This ground-and-air packaging delivery giant recently completed a big acquisition. So far, the new business fits nicely with existing operations and has helped expand overall profit; earnings up 24.1% in the most recent quarter.

 The company also continues to spend significantly to upgrade its sorting facilities… Read More

Coffee chain well-placed to tap key market

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This Canadian coffee chain with 270 locations has formed an alliance with an operator of medical cannabis clinics. The deal could see the company tap consumer demand for edibles when the federal government legalizes that profitable segment of the market in the… Read More

Spinoff spurs Canadian retail giant

Spinoff spurs Canadian retail giant

This company recently transferred its majority stake in Canada’s leading REIT to its parent company. As a result of that reorganization, it can now focus exclusively on expanding profits for its main retailing operations.

For example, the company recently launched a new enhanced delivery program modelled… Read More