These three stocks are now sells

Long-time readers know that we are constantly reevaluating our stock picks. Below are three stocks we think you should sell.

Two of these companies face problems that will weigh on them for the foreseeable future. The third is a thin-trading stock that has moved up recently… Read More

Stock Pickers Digest Hotline – Friday, May 21, 2010

The Greek bailout and the poor financial state of major countries rattled the market again this week. Everybody agrees that high government debt and deficit spending are serious problems that must be fixed, but opinions differ about urgency.

The biggest pessimists see government debt-and-deficits as… Read More

Debt still a drag on Compton

COMPTON PETROLEUM $1.02 (Toronto symbol CMT; SI Rating: Speculative) (403-237-9400; www.comptonpetroleum.com; Shares outstanding: 263.6 million; Market cap: $268.9 million; No dividends paid) explores for oil and natural gas in western Canada. About 83% of its production is natural gas.

In the three months ended December 31,… Read More

COMPTON PETROLEUM $1.24 – Toronto symbol CMT

COMPTON PETROLEUM $1.24 (Toronto symbol CMT; SI Rating: Speculative) (403-237-9400; www.comptonpetroleum.com; Shares outstanding: 263.6 million; Market cap: $326.8 million) explores for oil and natural gas in western Canada. About 83% of its production is natural gas.

In the three months ended June 30, 2009, Compton’s cash… Read More

Gas-weighted juniors: One buy, one hold

Focusing on natural gas production is riskier than diversifying between gas and oil, because gas can stay depressed for much longer. However, gas has begun rising lately. If that trend continues, it could pay off hugely for gas-focused stocks like these two.

DELPHI ENERGY $1.68 (Toronto… Read More

The Stock Pickers Digest Hotline – Friday, October 2, 2009

ATLANTIC TELE-NETWORK, $50.19, symbol ATNI on Nasdaq, has raised its quarterly dividend by 11.1%, to $0.20 a share from $0.18. The shares now yield 1.6%. This was the company’s eleventh consecutive annual dividend increase.

In June, Atlantic agreed to buy more than 800,000 wireless accounts from… Read More

Dear Mr. McKeough: My broker is advising me to invest some money in Man AHL Diversified Fund. This is a closed-end fund and it will only be available until May 27, 2009. Please advise me if it is a good investment. I always appreciate your valuable advice. Thanks.

Man AHL Diversified (Canada) Fund gives accredited Canadian investors exposure to the “AHL Diversified Program,” an offshore managed-futures program that started up in 1987.

In general, accredited Canadian investors must have at least $1 million in investable assets after debt (this excludes money owed on… Read More

Two speculatives to hold, two to sell

COMPTON PETROLEUM $0.80 (Toronto symbol CMT; SI Rating: Speculative) (403-237-9400; www.comptonpetroleum.com; Shares outstanding: 125.6 million; Market cap: $100.5 million) explores for oil and natural gas in western Canada. Its $829.3-million debt is over eight times its $100.5-million market cap. However, most of its debt is… Read More

The Stock Pickers Digest Hotline – For Friday, March 27, 2009

PULSE DATA $1.17, symbol PSD on Toronto, fell over 15% this week after it announced that it was temporarily suspending its $0.05 quarterly dividend. The move was spurred by lower oil and gas prices, which pushed down exploration spending.

Lower exploration spending hurts Calgary-based Pulse… Read More

Updating Compton Petroleum, Breakwater Resources and Stornoway Diamond Corp.

COMPTON PETROLEUM $1.25 (Toronto symbol CMT; SI Rating: Speculative) (403-237-9400; www.comptonpetroleum.com; Shares outstanding: 130 million; Market cap: $162.5 million) has dropped its plan to sell the company. In February, 2008, Compton initiated a strategic review in response to repeated requests from its largest shareholder, New… Read More