Birchcliff has more growth ahead

BIRCHCLIFF ENERGY $4.67 (Toronto symbol BIR; TSINetwork Rating: Speculative) (403-261-6401; www.birchcliffenergy.com; Shares outstanding: 263.0 million; Market cap: $1.3 billion; Dividend yield: 2.1%) explores for, develops and produces oil and gas, mainly in the Peace River Arch area of both Alberta and B.C. About 82% of… Read More

U.S. firms concentrate on their core assets

GENERAL ELECTRIC CO. $14 (New York symbol GE; Manufacturing & Industry sector; Shares outstanding: 8.7 billion; Market cap: $121.8 billion; Dividend yield: 3.4%; Takeover Target Rating: Lowest; www.ge.com) is a leading maker of industrial machinery, including jet engines; power plant equipment; and locomotives. It also makes medical… Read More

Convergys faces activist pressure

CONVERGYS CORP. $24 (New York symbol CVG; Manufacturing & Industry sector; Shares outstanding: 91.5 million; Market cap: $2.2 billion; Dividend yield: 1.8%; Takeover Target Rating: Highest; www.convergys.com) operates 136 call centres for clients in 33 countries. The company was once part of Cincinnati Bell.
The stock has gained… Read More

Special situation: U.S. gaming stocks

The U.S. Supreme Court recently lifted limits on the U.S. sports betting market.
Since 1992, a federal ban has effectively restricted legal sports betting to Nevada. The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) outlawed betting on football, basketball, baseball and other sports across the country… Read More

Tenneco split comes after big purchase

TENNECO INC. $46 (New York symbol TEN; Manufacturing & Industry sector; Shares outstanding: 51.4 million; Market cap: $2.4 billion; Dividend yield: 2.2%; Takeover Target Rating: Medium; www.tenneco.com) is a leading maker of auto parts. Those products include emission and exhaust systems as well as shocks and struts.
The… Read More

The Best Dividend Stocks Share These 3 Characteristics—and More

The Best Dividend Stocks Share These 3 Characteristics—and More

The best dividend stocks have hidden assets, provide both income and capital gains potential, and have these three financial factors in common
We generally feel that most Successful Investors should hold a total of 10 to 20 mainly well-established, dividend-paying stocks, chosen mainly from our average… Read More

These ETFs should rise with energy prices

Higher oil prices continue to spur stock prices for an array of companies in the energy industry. That includes energy services stocks. Those firms assist drillers in setting up oil and gas wells. They also make, fix and maintain the equipment used in oil extraction… Read More

CAE continues to profit from niche markets

CAE INC. $28 (Toronto symbol CAE; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; Shares outstanding: 267.6 million; Market cap: $7.5 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 2.7; Dividend yield: 1.3%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.cae.com) is the world’s largest maker of flight simulators for commercial airlines and military clients. It also… Read More