Q: Hi, all. May I have TSI’s opinion on Stryker Corp.?

A: Stryker Corporation, $206.97, symbol SYK on New York (Shares outstanding: 373.1 million; Market cap: $76.8 billion; www.stryker.com), is one of the world’s leading medical technology companies. The firm is based in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Stryker’s investors benefit from its three business segments:

The Orthopaedics segment (37% of total revenue)… Read More

Q: Pat, can I get your opinion on Crescita Therapeutics Inc. (CTX)? Based on its recent quarterly financial performance, I am interested in getting your insights. Also, what do you think of its recent cannabis deal? Thank you.

A: Crescita Therapeutics, $0.96, symbol CTX on Toronto (Shares outstanding: 21.0 million; Market cap: $20.1 million; www.crescitatherapeutics.com), is a dermatology company with manufacturing capabilities, a portfolio of non-prescription skincare products for the treatment and care of skin conditions and diseases, and prescription drug products for… Read More

Q: Hi, all. I wonder what your thoughts are on Carnival Corporation. We only own 100 shares, but as we spend about a month a year with Princess, owning 100 shares gets us about $500 U.S. in spending credits on their cruises as a shareholder benefit. Plus, it has a nice, decent dividend. Thanks.

A: Carnival Corp., $44.68, symbol CCL on New York (Shares outstanding: 718.6 million; Market cap: $31.7 billion; www.carnival.com), operates a fleet of 104 cruise ships worldwide and is based in Doral, Florida.

Carnival’s portfolio of cruise line brands includes Carnival Cruise Line, Fathom, Holland America Line, Princess… Read More

Six exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that track the major indexes

Six exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that track the major indexes

More and more, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are finding their way into the portfolios of investors.
That’s because, unlike many other financial innovations, they don’t load you up with heavy management fees, or tie you down with high redemption charges if you decide to get out of them… Read More