AGT adds a port

AGT FOOD & INGREDIENTS $22.35 (Toronto symbol AGT; TSINetwork Rating: Extra Risk) (604-231-1100; www.agtfoods.com; Shares outstanding: 24.2 million; Market cap: $541.7 million; Dividend yield: 2.7%) has signed an agreement that will give it increased flexibility in shipping its products to Asian markets.

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These retailers sell into tough markets

BMTC GROUP $17.93 (Toronto symbol GBT; TSINetwork Rating: Extra Risk) (514-648-5757; No website; Shares outstanding: 35.5 million; Market cap: $630.5 million; Dividend yield: 1.3%) has 38 outlets and is one of Quebec’s biggest retailers of furniture, electronics and appliances. The company mainly sells these items… Read More

WestJet & Delta team up

WESTJET AIRLINES $25.34 (Toronto symbol WJA; TSINetwork Rating: Extra Risk) (1-877- 493-7853; www.westjet.com; Shares outstanding: 123.3 million; Market cap: $2.9 billion; Dividend yield: 2.2%) has expanded its partnership with Delta Airlines (symbol DAL on New York).

Under a more-comprehensive transborder joint venture, the two aim to… Read More

Buy Goodyear, hold on to ATN

GOODYEAR TIRE & RUBBER CO. $34.37 (Nasdaq symbol GT; TSINetwork Rating: Average) (330-796-2122; www.goodyear.com; Shares outstanding: 246.3 million; Market cap: $8.5 billion; Dividend yield: 1.6%) is one of the world’s largest tire makers. It has 47 production plants in 21 countries worldwide.

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Hecla will bounce back

HECLA MINING $4.36 (New York symbol HL; TSINetwork Rating: Extra Risk) (208-769-4100; www.hecla-mining.com; Shares o/s: 399.0 million; Market cap: $1.7 billion; Dividend yield: 0.2%) explores for, mines and processes both silver and gold in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

In the three months ended December 31,… Read More

Here are our top picks for 2018

We have lots of attractive long-term buys among the stocks we cover, and we’re positive about the long-term outlook for stocks. We feel just as strongly about the need to diversify.

That’s why we’ve chosen three top picks for 2018 from our Stock Pickers Digest recommendations… Read More

Upcoming spinoffs & other opportunities

NOVARTIS AG (ADR) $87 (New York symbol NVS; Manufacturing & Industry sector; ADRs outstanding: 2.3 billion; Market cap: $200.1 billion; Takeover Target Rating: Lowest; Dividend yield: 3.1%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.novartis.com) is a Swiss-based company that researches, develops, manufactures, and markets a range of… Read More

These big U.S. firms are pondering spinoffs

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORP. $134 (New York symbol UTX; Manufacturing & Industry sector; Shares o/s: 798.6 million; Market cap: $107.0 billion; Takeover Target Rating: Lowest; Dividend yield: 2.1%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.utc.com) has four main businesses: Climate, Controls & Security makes Carrier heating and air-conditioning… Read More

Peltz wins seat on Procter’s board

PROCTER & GAMBLE CO. $91 (New York symbol PG; Consumer sector; Shares outstanding: 2.6 billion; Market cap: $236.6 billion; Takeover Target Rating: Lowest; Dividend yield: 3.0%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.pg.com) is one of the world’s largest makers of household and personal-care goods.

Activist investor Nelson… Read More

Activists target these two industrials

TENNANT CO. $73 (New York symbol TNC; Manufacturing & Industry sector; Shares outstanding: 17.9 million; Market cap: $1.3 billion; Takeover Target Rating: Highest; Dividend yield: 1.2%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www. tennantco.com) makes industrial floor and street-cleaning equipment, including scrubbers, sweepers and polishers. The stock is… Read More