Q: Hi, Pat. What do you think of Illinois Tool Works (ITW on NYSE). It seems to be a very consistent and reliable dividend payer. Thanks.

A: Illinois Tool Works, $132.35, symbol ITW on NYSE (Shares outstanding: 331.8 million; Market cap: $43.4 billion; www.itw.com), is a multi-industry manufacturing company operating in 56 countries. Known as ITW, it has roughly 50,000 employees.

The company’s diversified range of industrial products includes aerospace technology, bridges,… Read More

Q: Pat: What do you think of Open Text? Thanks.

A: Open Text, $45.13, symbol OTEX on Toronto (Shares outstanding: 263.1 million; Market cap: $12.3 billion; www.opentext.com), develops, markets, licenses and supports collaboration and enterprise-information-management software for corporate clients. That software stores, finds, and distributes information across corporate intranet and extranet networks as well as… Read More

Efficient chipmaker continues to raise dividend

Efficient chipmaker continues to raise dividend

This chipmaker continues to benefit from increased efficiencies and productive research spending.

The company is a leader in analog chips. Investments in equipment upgrades have helped boost earnings, which jumped 22% in the most recent quarter. A strong balance sheet supports its research as well… Read More

Fintech Stock Picks: What Investors Need to Know Before Buying

Fintech Stock Picks: What Investors Need to Know Before Buying

A fintech stock typically offers financial services, or services to the financial industry, with a focus on using technology to gain efficiencies. Here’s how to spot the best ones.
A financial technology or “fintech” stock typically offers financial services, or services to the financial industry, with… Read More