Time to sell these three

We constantly reevaluate our stock picks, to single out those with the best ratio of low risk and strong potential. These three no longer pass this test, and we now see them as sells.

WEYERHAEUSER CO. $28 (New York symbol WY; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Resources sector;… Read More

Three more with a demographic edge

In addition to Pfizer, medical device makers like these three offer another way to profit from aging baby boomers and rising health care spending. However, not all are buys right now.

BAXTER INTERNATIONAL INC. $55 (New York symbol BAX; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector;… Read More

INVACARE CORP. $16 – New York symbol IVC

INVACARE CORP. $16 (New York symbol IVC; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Consumer sector; Shares outstanding: 32.9 million; Market cap: $526.4 million; Price-to-sales ratio: 0.3; Dividend yield: 0.3%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.invacare.com) makes mobility and home-care products, including wheelchairs and motorized scooters.

The stock is down 54% from… Read More

Wall Street Stock Forecaster Hotline – Friday, February 3, 2012

ABB LTD. ADRs, $21.91, New York symbol ABB, has agreed to buy Thomas & Betts Corp. (New York symbol TNB), which makes a range of industrial products, including heating and air conditioning equipment, electrical connectors and transmission towers for power companies.

ABB will pay $3.9 billion… Read More

Wall Street Stock Forecaster Hotline – Friday, December 9, 2011

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORP., $194.56, New York symbol IBM, continues to expand its software business.

This week, it agreed to buy DemandTec Inc. (Nasdaq symbol DMAN), which makes software that retailers and makers of consumer products use to analyze their customers’ spending habits. This information helps… Read More

Updating WESTERN UNION CO., INVACARE CORP. and CANON INC.

WESTERN UNION CO. $16 (New York symbol WU; Aggressive Growth Portfolio, Finance sector; Shares outstanding: 619.1 million; Market cap: $9.9 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 1.9; Dividend yield: 2.0%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.westernunion.com) earned $249.4 million in the three months ended September 30, 2011. That’s up… Read More

Aging population will fuel their gains

Shares of these two medical-device makers fell recently after their latest earnings missed expectations. However, the aging baby-boom generation should spur long-term demand for their products.

C.R. BARD INC. $90 (New York symbol BCR; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Consumer sector; Shares outstanding: 86.6 million; Market cap: $7.8… Read More

INVACARE CORP. $30 – New York symbol IVC

INVACARE CORP. $30 (New York symbol IVC; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Consumer sector; Shares outstanding: 32.4 million; Market cap: $972.0 million; Price-to-sales ratio: 0.6; Dividend yield: 0.2%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.invacare.com) makes home-care and mobility products, including wheelchairs and motorized scooters.

Many of Invacare’s customers rely… Read More

Cashing in on Obamacare

These four suppliers of medical devices and services will face higher costs as new U.S. health-care reforms are put in place. However, all four should continue to benefit as health spending grows and the population ages. Demand for their products is also rising overseas.

MCKESSON CORP… Read More

Updating INVACARE CORP., MICROSOFT CORP. and CANON INC. ADRs

INVACARE CORP. $27 (New York symbol IVC; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Consumer sector; Shares outstanding: 32.4 million; Market cap: $874.8 million; Price-to-sales ratio: 0.5; Dividend yield: 0.2%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.invacare.com) makes wheelchairs, motorized scooters and other mobility and home-care products. The company is using a.. Read More