Cedar Fair expands winter offerings

CEDAR FAIR L.P. $65 (New York symbol FUN; Income Portfolio, Consumer sector; Units outstanding: 56.4 million; Market cap: $3.7 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 2.8; Dividend yield: 5.5%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.cedarfair.com) owns 11 amusement parks, three water parks (one indoor) and four hotels.
In the first quarter ended March… Read More

Molson is the better choice for new buying

The shares of PepsiCo and Molson Coors have dropped recently, partly because consumers continue to shift to more-healthful drinks. However, companies should benefit from their cost-cutting plans and lower taxes.
PEPSICO INC. $100 (New York symbol PEP; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Consumer sector; Shares outstanding: 1.4 billion; Market… Read More

Franchise shift boosts McDonald’s

MCDONALD’S CORP. $162 (New York symbol MCD; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Consumer sector, Shares outstanding: 785.2 million; Market cap: $127.2 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 5.6; Dividend yield: 2.5%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.mcdonalds.com) is the world’s largest operator of fast-food restaurants, with 37,286 outlets in 120 countries. It serves… Read More

Online subscribers spur these software stocks

These three leading software makers continue to profit from their growing number of subscription sales over the Internet. That has steadied their income from product upgrades.
We like the outlook for all three, but recommend just two of them for new buying.
MICROSOFT CORP. $99 (Nasdaq symbol MSFT;… Read More

This new buy is primed for growth

Starbucks’s decision to begin paying a dividend in 2010 only supported our high opinion of the company. However, we continued to resist recommending it to our readers mainly because the stock was trading at an expensive 40 or more times its earnings.
With a current p/e… Read More

Updating Finning International Inc.

FINNING INTERNATIONAL INC. $32 (Toronto symbol FTT; Cyclical-Growth Payer Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; Shares outstanding: 168.4 million; Market cap: $5.4 billion; Dividend yield: 2.5%; Dividend Sustainability Rating: Above Average; www.finning.com) sells and services Caterpillar-brand heavy equipment in Canada, South America and the U.K. Its main customers are… Read More

Savvy acquisitions continue to spur dividends

ALGONQUIN POWER & UTILITIES CORP. $13 (Toronto symbol AQN; High-Growth Dividend Payer Portfolio, Utilities sector; Shares outstanding: 472.1 million; Market cap: $6.1 billion; Dividend yield: 5.1%; Dividend Sustainability Rating: Above Average; www.algonquinpower.com) operates through two main businesses: The Generation Group produces and sells electricity from 35 clean energy… Read More

Dividend increase: T. Rowe Price

T. ROWE PRICE GROUP INC. $122 (Nasdaq symbol TROW; High-Growth Dividend Payer Portfolio, Finance sector; Shares outstanding: 242.1 million; Market cap: $29.5 billion; Dividend yield: 2.3%; Dividend Sustainability Rating: Highest; www.troweprice.com) sells mutual funds and wealth management services.
With the March 2018 payment, the company raised its quarterly… Read More

Updating General Electric Co., Leon’s Furniture Ltd. and WestJet Airlines Ltd.

GENERAL ELECTRIC CO. $14 (New York symbol GE; Income-Growth Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; Shares outstanding: 8.7 billion; Market cap: $121.8 billion; Dividend yield: 3.4%; Dividend Sustainability Rating: Average; www.ge.com) is a leading maker of industrial machinery, including jet engines, power plant equipment and locomotives.
To conserve cash as… Read More

Two tech leaders with reliable dividends

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INC. $111 (Nasdaq symbol TXN; High-Growth Dividend Payer Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; Shares outstanding: 981.7 million; Market cap: $109.0 billion; Dividend yield: 2.2%; Dividend Sustainability Rating: Above Average; www.ti.com) is a leading maker of analog computer chips. They convert inputs, such as touch, sound and… Read More