Keep holding them for your future gains: Boeing Co., Nordstrom Inc. and Idexx Laboratories Inc.

BOEING CO. $306 remains a hold for investors. The aircraft maker (New York symbol BA; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; Shares o/s: 563.2 million; Market cap: $172.3 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 2.3; Dividend yield: 2.6%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.boeing.com) recently told investors that it would suspend… Read More

Patience should reward these retailers’ investors

Traditional department stores face strong competition in two areas. The popularity of online shopping continues to hurt customer traffic, while cost-conscious shoppers prefer discount chains. In response, Macy’s and Nordstrom are aggressively cutting costs and selling some of their sizable real estate holdings. These moves… Read More

Walmart’s online expansion is further ahead

The shift to online shopping has spurred traditional “brick-and-mortar” retailers to aggressively expand their own e-commerce websites. They—including the three we analyze below—feel letting customers place online orders and pick up their purchases in store gives them an edge over pure Internet sellers like Amazon.com.
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U.S. expansion pays off for TD Bank

TORONTO-DOMINION BANK $78 (Toronto symbol TD; Income-Growth Payer Portfolio; Finance sector; Shares outstanding: 1.83 billion; Market cap: $142.7 billion; Dividend yield: 3.8%; Dividend Sustainability Rating: Highest; www.td.com) is Canada’s second-largest bank after Royal Bank, with total assets of $1.32 trillion.
TD gets 55% of its earnings from its Canadian… Read More