Fickle shoppers remain a major risk factor

These traditional brick-and-mortar retailers continue to revamp their stores and improve their loyalty plans in response to rising competition from online sellers. Falling U.S. unemployment should also boost customer traffic. However, their shares will likely remain volatile, particularly if their sales fail to meet investor… Read More

Becton surges with Bard

BECTON DICKINSON & CO. $259 (New York symbol BDX; Conservative Growth Portfolio; Consumer sector; Shares outstanding: 267.6 million; Market cap: $69.3 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 4.7; Dividend yield: 1.2%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.bd.com) is a leading maker of medical devices such as stents, catheters, needles, surgical tools,… Read More

Two buys for fast-food profits

Yum China jumped recently on reports it received a $46-a-share takeover offer—18% above its current price. The stock later moved down after the company rejected the bid.
Since Yum Brands spun it off in November 2016, Yum China has continued to invest in its operations, including… Read More

Two low-priced retailers set for gains

LEON’S FURNITURE LTD. $18.01 (Toronto symbol LNF; TSINetwork Rating: Average) (416-243-7880; www.leons.ca; Shares outstanding: 76.3 million; Market cap: $1.4 billion; Dividend yield: 3.1%) has steadily increased the number of stores under its Leon’s banner from 27 in 2003 to today’s 86.
In March 2013, the company nearly quadrupled in size… Read More

SYMC offers good value

SYMANTEC CORP. $19.70 (Nasdaq symbol SYMC; TSINetwork Rating: Average) (650-527-8000; www.symantec.com; Shares o/s: 621.5 million; Market cap: $12.1 billion; Dividend yield: 1.5%) sells computer-security technology, including antivirus and email-filtering software, to businesses and consumers.
In its fiscal 2019 first quarter, ended June 29, 2018, the company’s revenue fell 1.6%,… Read More

Updating Cameco Corp., Stantec Inc., and Delphi Energy

CAMECO CORP. $13.54 (Toronto symbol CCO; TSINetwork Rating: Extra Risk) (306-956-6200; www.cameco.com; Shares outstanding: 395.8 million; Market cap: $5.3 billion; Dividend yield 0.6%) sells about 30% of its uranium to buyers in the U.S. That’s why it’s closely watching a new United States Department of Commerce (DOC) investigation… Read More

Alamos gets green light wins approval

ALAMOS GOLD $5.84 (Toronto symbol AGI; TSINetwork Rating: Speculative) (604-681-2802; www.alamosgold.com; Shares outstanding: 266.3 million; Market cap: $2.3 billion; Dividend yield: 0.4%) owns the Mulatos and El Chanate mines in Mexico, and the Young-Davidson and Island mines in northern Ontario.
The company has now received the final permit required… Read More

Drilling rebound brightens their outlook

ENERFLEX LTD. $16.30 (Toronto symbol EFX; TSINetwork Rating: Extra Risk) (403-387-6377; www.enerflex.com; Shares outstanding: 88.6 million; Market cap: $1.4 billion; Dividend yield: 2.3%) rents and sells equipment and services for natural gas production. That includes refrigeration gear, power generators and processing plants.
The company’s revenue fell 6.6% in the… Read More