Updating Sherwin-Williams Co., Restaurant Brands International Inc., and Dun & Bradstreet Corp.

SHERWIN-WILLIAMS CO. $373 (New York symbol SHW; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Consumer sector; Shares outstanding: 93.6 million; Market cap: $34.9 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 2.3; Dividend yield: 0.9%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.sherwin-williams.com) completed its all-cash acquisition of rival paint maker Valspar Corp. on June 1, 2017. The combined… Read More

Norway looks to ease its energy dependence

An abundance of oil and natural gas resources has made Norway one of the wealthiest countries in the world. However, efforts are underway to diversify its economy beyond natural resources, and there are early signs of success.
Time will tell how complete or successful that transition… Read More

Three more Finance stocks to buy

In addition to Visa and American Express (see pages 111 and 112), we also recommend these three stocks to investors looking to broaden their Finance holdings beyond the big banks.

All three picks are leaders in their niche fields. That helps shield them from fintech… Read More

Acquisition spurs Dun & Bradstreet

DUN & BRADSTREET CORP. $109 (New York symbol DNB; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Finance sector; Shares o/s: 37.0 million; Market cap: $4.0 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 2.4; Dividend yield: 1.8%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.dnb.com) is the world’s largest provider of credit reports on individual companies. Businesses use… Read More

Five buys to enhance your Finance holdings

Higher interest rates, and plans by the U.S. Federal Reserve to further raise them, have spurred big gains for U.S. bank stocks. They’ve also lifted the outlook for other Finance-sector companies.
We continue to recommend investors buy non-bank stocks as a part of their Finance-sector holdings… Read More