The Stock Pickers Digest Hotline – Friday, January 29, 2010

TEMPUR-PEDIC, $24.89, symbol TPX on New York, reported sharply higher revenue and earnings in the latest quarter.

In the three months ended December 31, 2009, Tempur-Pedic’s earnings rose 129.1%, to $29.1 million, or $0.38 a share, from $12.7 million, or $0.17 a share, a year earlier… Read More

U.S. focus hurts American Woodmark

AMERICAN WOODMARK $19.77 (Nasdaq symbol AMWD; SI Rating: Speculative) (540-665-9100;www.americanwoodmark.com; Shares outstanding: 14.1 million; Market cap: $279.7 million; Dividend yield: 1.8%) is a U.S.-based maker of cabinets for kitchens and bathrooms. It offers more than 380 cabinet lines in a variety of designs, materials and… Read More

Updating TIM HORTONS, 20-20 TECHNOLOGIES INC. and STANTEC INC.

TIM HORTONS $30.52 (Toronto symbol THI; SI Rating: Average) (905-845-6511; www.timhortons.com; Shares outstanding: 181 million; Market cap: $5.6 billion) has opened a new coffee-and-donut shop at the Fort Knox U.S. Army base in Kentucky. The base is next to the famous gold bullion depository.

This is… Read More

Too soon to buy more

AMERICAN WOODMARK $23.22 (Nasdaq symbol AMWD; SI Rating: Speculative) (540-665-9100;www.americanwoodmark.com; Shares outstanding: 14.1 million; Market cap: $327.7 million) is a U.S.-based maker of cabinets for kitchens and bathrooms. It offers more than 380 cabinet lines in a variety of designs, materials and finishes. The company… Read More

The Stock Pickers Digest Hotline – Friday, May 22, 2009

INTERNATIONAL ROAD DYNAMICS, $0.72, symbol IRD on Toronto, has resumed trading after the Toronto exchange lifted its cease-trading order. International Road has filed its financial statements for its fiscal year, which ended November 30, 2008. It has also filed its statements for the quarter ended… Read More

Updating Masters Energy, Zargon Energy Trust and 20-20 Technologies

MASTERS ENERGY $1.73 (Toronto symbol MSY; SI Rating: Speculative) (403-290-1785; www.mastersenergy.com; Shares outstanding: 15.4 million; Market cap: $26.6 million) jumped over 40% recently after it received a friendly $41.4-million takeover offer from ZARGON ENERGY TRUST $15.05 (Toronto symbol ZAR.UN; SI Rating: Speculative) (403-264-9992; www.zargon.ca; Units… Read More

The Stock Pickers Digest Hotline – Friday, March 20, 2009

ALIMENTATION COUCHE-TARD, $12.15, symbol ATD.B on Toronto, reported strong earnings in the latest quarter due to stronger-than-expected same-store sales (excluding fuel). In Canada, they rose 4.7% and in the United States 0.5%. This helped offset a 6.2% drop in the volume of U.S. gas sold… Read More

The Stock Pickers Digest Hotline – Friday, January 30, 2009

SYMANTEC CORP., $15.33, symbol SYMC on Nasdaq, rose over 13% this week after it reported earnings that exceeded analysts’ consensus estimates. In the three months ended January 2, 2009, Symantec’s earnings, excluding one-time items, rose 20%, to $350.2 million from $291.7 million a year earlier… Read More