Q: Hi, Pat. Thank you for your wealth of investment knowledge over the years it has helped my family build a good financial foundation for the present and future. Please, tell us more about Real Matters Inc. (REAL) on Toronto. Look forward to your reply. Thanks.

A: Real Matters Inc., $11.85, symbol REAL on Toronto (Shares outstanding: 84.9 million; Market cap: $957.7 million; www.realmatters.com), provides technology and network management solutions to the mortgage lending and insurance industries in Canada and the U.S. The company is based in Markham, Ontario. Its clients… Read More

Q: Pat, may I have your thoughts on Dream Industrial REIT? This warehouse REIT appears to be a great way to gain exposure to the online shopping phenomenon.

A: Dream Industrial REIT, $7.98, symbol DIR.UN on Toronto (Units outstanding: 152.2 million; Market cap: $1.2 billion; www.dreamindustrialreit.ca), offers investors a  portfolio of industrial properties in North America and Europe.

The REIT, originally named Dundee Industrial REIT, first sold units to the public and began trading… Read More

eBay Inc. could soon offer something special

eBay Inc. could soon offer something special

Improved active user numbers weren’t enough to stem a 1.9% revenue dip during the most-recent quarter.

However, the company is looking to sell non-core assets, which could create a lucrative spinoff situation for shareholders.

The stock trades at 9.6 times the company’s 2020 earnings forecast.


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Q: Pat, may I have your view of the ALPS Sector Dividend Dogs ETF? If one were considering a “Dogs of the Dow” approach, would this be an alternative? Thanks.

A: The ALPS Sector Dividend Dogs ETF, $31.17, symbol SDOG on New York (Units outstanding: 34.5 million; Market cap: $1.1 billion; www.alpssectordividenddogs.com), is an ETF that applies the “Dogs of the Dow” theory on a sector-by-sector basis using the stocks in the S&P 500. The… Read More

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, $158.23, symbol ITW on NYSE (Shares outstanding: 318.9 million; Market cap: $49.3 billion; www.itw.com),is a multi-industry manufacturing company operating in 53 countries. Known as ITW, it has roughly 45,000 employees.

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