Stock Pickers Digest Hotline – Friday, December 10, 2010

MAJOR DRILLING, $41.95, symbol MDI on Toronto, jumped 18% this week after the company reported sharply higher results in the latest quarter.

In the three months ended October 31, 2010, Major’s revenue jumped 69.2%, to $127.8 million from $75.5 million a year earlier. The company… Read More

VERIGY LTD. $8.84 – Nasdaq symbol VRGY

VERIGY LTD. $8.84 (Nasdaq symbol VRGY; Aggressive Growth Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; Shares outstanding: 60.0 million; Market cap: $530.4 million; Price-to-sales ratio: 1.1; No dividends paid; TSINetwork Rating: Extra Risk; www.verigy.com) designs and makes test systems that are used in the production of computer… Read More

Market dominance cuts their risk

These four companies dominate their niche markets. That gives them protection from new competitors, and helps them stay profitable during economic downturns. Still, only three are buys right now.

AGILENT TECHNOLOGIES INC. $36 (New York symbol A; Aggressive Growth Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; Shares outstanding:… Read More

Stock Pickers Digest Hotline – Friday, November 19, 2010

LEON’S FURNITURE LTD. $13.45, symbol LNF on Toronto, reported that its sales fell 4.2% in the three months ended September 30, 2010, to $179.5 million from $187.4 million a year earlier. Earnings per share rose 18.2%, to $0.26 from $0.22.

The stronger Canadian dollar was… Read More

Updating CANALASKA URANIUM, DOMINO’S PIZZA and VERIGY LTD.

CANALASKA URANIUM $0.10 (Toronto symbol CVV; SI Rating: Start-up) (1-800-667-1870; www.canalaska.com; Shares outstanding: 171.6 million; Market cap: $16.3 million; No dividends paid) plans to consolidate its shares on a 1-for-10 basis. That will lower its shares outstanding from about 171.6 million to 17.2 million.

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Stock Pickers Digest Hotline – Friday, August 27, 2010

AMERICAN WOODMARK $15.67, symbol AMWD on Nasdaq, is a major U.S. maker of cabinets for kitchens and bathrooms. It sells its cabinets under the American Woodmark, Timberlake and Shenandoah brands.

In the three months ended July 31, 2010, American Woodmark lost $3.4 million, or $0.24… Read More

Wall Street Stock Forecaster Hotline – Friday, August 27, 2010

HEWLETT-PACKARD CO., $38.00, New York symbol HPQ, wants to buy California-based 3PAR Inc. (New York symbol PAR), which makes data-storage systems for large corporations and government agencies.

Hewlett is offering $30.00 a share, or a total of $1.9 billion, for 3PAR. That tops an earlier offer… Read More