McDonald’s keeps up with changing tastes

MCDONALD’S CORP. $166 (New York symbol MCD; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Consumer sector, Shares outstanding: 775.8 million; Market cap: $128.8 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 6.0; Dividend yield: 2.8%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.mcdonalds.com) is the world’s largest operator of fast-food restaurants, with over 37,000 outlets in 120 countries. It… Read More

Updating Ameren Corp., Idexx Laboratories Inc., and Tegna Inc.

AMEREN CORP. $62 (New York symbol AEE; Income Portfolio, Utilities sector; Shares outstanding: 242.6 million; Market cap: $15.0 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 2.5; Dividend yield: 2.9%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.ameren.com) provides power and natural gas to 3.3 million clients in Illinois and Missouri.
Thanks to warmer-than-normal weather in Missouri,… Read More

Newmont is the better Resource buy

NEWMONT MINING CORP. $30 (New York symbol NEM; Aggressive Growth Portfolio, Resources sector; Shares outstanding: 533.4 million; Market cap: $16.0 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 2.2; Dividend yield: 1.8%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.newmont.com) is one of the world’s largest gold and copper producers. The company’s mines are in North… Read More

PepsiCo taps healthy-food demand

PEPSICO INC. $112 (Nasdaq symbol PEP; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Consumer sector; Shares o/s: 1.4 billion; Market cap: $156.8 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 2.5; Dividend yield: 3.3%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.pepsico.com) will now buy SodaStream International Inc. (Nasdaq symbol SODA) for $3.2 billion. Based in Israel, that firm… Read More

Alcohol beverage makers: 1 buy & 1 hold

DIAGEO PLC ADR $142 (New York symbol DEO; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Consumer sector; ADRs outstanding: 615.4 million; Market cap: $87.4 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 5.3; Dividend yield: 2.4%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.diageo.com) is a leading maker of premium alcoholic beverages. Its main brands include Guinness beer, Smirnoff… Read More

Research spending keeps these techs on top

These three tech leaders continue to hit new highs. Those gains are mainly due to high research spending, which helps them develop new products and fuel their future growth. While that spending hurts their current earnings, recent acquisitions further enhance their long-term prospects. We see… Read More

Mondelez bucks the trend

MONDELEZ INTERNATIONAL INC. $43 (Nasdaq symbol MDLZ; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Consumer sector; Shares outstanding: 1.5 billion; Market cap: $64.5 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 2.4; Dividend yield: 2.4%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.mondelezinternational.com) makes cookies and crackers (Oreo, Ritz), chocolate bars (Cadbury, Toblerone), gum and candy (Trident, Dentyne) and… Read More