Metro’s big acquisition cuts its risk

METRO INC. $48 (Toronto symbol MRU; Aggressive Growth Portfolio, Consumer sector; Shares outstanding: 255.7 million; Market cap: $12.3 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 0.8; Dividend yield: 1.5%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.metro.ca) operates 600 grocery stores and 650 drugstores, in Quebec, Ontario and New Brunswick.
In May 2018, Metro acquired Jean… Read More

Our top ETF for 2019

SPDR S&P 500 ETF $258 (New York symbol SPY) holds the stocks in the S&P 500 Index; they are 500 major U.S. companies chosen based on their market cap, liquidity and industry group.
The highest-weighted stocks for the SPDR S&P 500 ETF are Microsoft, 3.8%; Apple, 3.4%; Amazon.com,… Read More

Five North American ETF buys and one sell

The six ETFs we update below mainly hold high-quality stocks that are widely traded on Canadian and U.S. exchanges. Each fund tracks the performance of a major stock market index. That’s different from ETFs focused on narrower indexes or themes such as cryptocurrencies or biotechnology.
Of… Read More

Selecting the best Canadian funds for your portfolio

Selecting the best Canadian funds for your portfolio

The best Canadian funds are ETFs or specialized mutual funds that aim to equal the performance of a Canadian market index
Canadian funds, specifically, index funds, are among the better financial innovations to come along in the past few decades.

The best Canadian funds do show better long-run… Read More

Purchase adds to uncertain outlook

MCKESSON CORP. $111 (New York symbol MCK; Aggressive Growth Portfolio, Consumer sector; Shares outstanding: 195.4 million; Market cap: $21.7 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 0.1; Dividend yield 1.3%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.mckesson.com) is the largest wholesale drug distributor in the U.S. and Canada. It also operates drugstores in… Read More

Cloud focus fuels Microsoft

Microsoft recently surpassed Apple as the world’s most valuable company (based on market cap). That’s because it continues to expand in the fast-growing field of cloud-computing, which lets users run computer programs over the Internet.
That strategy relies on a subscription model and has cut the… Read More

Q: Hi, Pat. I am a longtime Inner Circle member and I would like your opinion on two Vanguard consumer ETFs—VDC and VCR. Thanks.

A: Vanguard Consumer Discretionary ETF, $159.56, symbol VCR on New York, aims to track the MSCI US IMI Consumer Discretionary 25/50 Index. That index follows U.S. consumer discretionary companies. Those firms, in the manufacturing and service industries, are highly sensitive to economic cycles. The manufacturing… Read More