TD profits from both sides of the border

TORONTO-DOMINION BANK $79 (Toronto symbol TD; Conservative Growth and Income Portfolios, Finance sector; Shares outstanding: 1.8 billion; Market cap: $142.2 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 4.0; Dividend yield: 3.4%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.td.com) gets 58% of its earnings from its Canadian retail business, which operates 1,108 branches. In… Read More

Fickle shoppers remain a major risk factor

These traditional brick-and-mortar retailers continue to revamp their stores and improve their loyalty plans in response to rising competition from online sellers. Falling U.S. unemployment should also boost customer traffic. However, their shares will likely remain volatile, particularly if their sales fail to meet investor… Read More

These retailers could take a step back

These three traditional brick-and-mortar retailers reported strong sales and earnings growth during the important holiday shopping season. However, they remain vulnerable as more consumers shop online. A slowdown in earnings could also force them to cut their dividends.
MACY’S INC. $31 (New York symbol M, Aggressive Growth… Read More