Q: Hi, Pat. Can I please get an analysis on British American Tobacco (BTI)? What is the outlook for the stock, and is the dividend safe? Thanks.

A: British American Tobacco plc (ADR), $40.20, symbol BTI on New York (ADRs outstanding: 2.3 billion; Market cap: $91.9 billion; www.bat.com), is one of the world’s leading consumer goods firms. The London, U.K.-based company manufactures, distributes and sells tobacco products, primarily cigarettes. It also produces… Read More

Their activists spur positive changes

ABB LTD. (ADR) $19 (New York symbol ABB; Manufacturing & Industry sector; ADRs outstanding: 2.1 billion; Market cap: $39.9 billion; Dividend yield: 4.2%; Takeover Target Rating: Low; www.abb.com) makes transformers, transmission systems and circuit breakers for electrical utilities. It also produces automation systems and robotics for industrial clients.
For… Read More

Updating Symantec Corp., Nissan Motor (ADR), and Stuart Olson Inc.

SYMANTEC CORP. $20.72 (Nasdaq symbol SYMC; TSINetwork Rating: Average) (650-527-8000; www.symantec.com; Shares outstanding: 638.9 million; Market cap: $13.2 billion; Dividend yield: 1.5%) sells computer-security technology, including antivirus and email-filtering software, to businesses and consumers.
The company has now formed a partnership with Fortinet, symbol FTNT on Nasdaq. Both companies… Read More