Takeover Rumor Spurs Gains in Novelis

NOVELIS INC. $44 (Toronto symbol NVL; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; Shares outstanding: 74.0 million; Market cap: $3.3 billion; SI Rating: Average) has struggled since former parent company Alcan Inc. (see page 25) spun it off in early 2005.

Novelis uses aluminum to make… Read More

This Newly Independent Giant is a Buy

NOVELIS INC. $24 (Toronto symbol NVL; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; SI Rating: Average) is the world’s largest maker of rolled aluminum products, including beverage cans, packaging and automotive parts.

The company recently restated its earnings to correct accounting problems related to its spin-off… Read More

It’s Hard to Replace a Winner

Falconbridge Ltd. (formerly Noranda Inc.) will be a hard stock to replace. We first recommended it in our April, 1995 issue. The Resources sector was depressed at the time, but we liked the stock for its high-quality reserves, steady cash flow and secure 5% dividend… Read More

Alcan Inc. $47 – Toronto symbol AL

ALCAN INC. $47 (Toronto symbol AL; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Resources sector; SI Rating: Average) is the world’s second-largest producer of aluminum, after U.S.-based Alcoa Inc. Canada accounts for about half of Alcan’s aluminum production, while the other half comes from operations in 14 other countries.

The… Read More