High-quality clientele give Amex an edge

AMERICAN EXPRESS CO. $100 (New York symbol AXP, Conservative Growth Portfolio, Finance sector; Shares outstanding: 847.0 million; Market cap: $84.7 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 2.3; Dividend yield: 1.4%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.americanexpress.com) is one of the world’s largest issuers of payment cards. As of December 31, 2018, it… Read More

Slower sales weigh on General Mills

GENERAL MILLS INC. $44 (New York symbol GIS; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Consumer sector; Shares outstanding: 596.8 million; Market cap: $26.3 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 1.6; Dividend yield: 4.6%; www.generalmills.com) is one of the world’s largest food makers. Its top brands include Big G (cereal), Green Giant (canned and… Read More

Updating Idexx Laboratories Inc., Philips Electronics N.V. ADRs, and Diebold Nixdorf Inc.

IDEXX LABORATORIES INC. $202 (Nasdaq symbol IDXX; Aggressive Growth Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; Shares outstanding: 86.2 million; Market cap: $17.4 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 8.0; No dividends paid; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.idexx.com) makes equipment that veterinarians use to detect diseases in pets and farm animals.
Thanks to strong… Read More

Software shift cuts NCR’s risk

NCR CORP. $26 (New York symbol NCR; Aggressive Growth Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; Shares outstanding: 118.2 million; Market cap: $3.1 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 0.5; No dividends paid; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.ncr.com) makes automated teller machines (ATMs), cash registers, self-serve checkouts and kiosks for theatres and arenas.
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Cost-cutting is set to boost their earnings

These two makers of medical devices face several challenges in 2019. They include higher costs for certain raw materials and tariffs on goods they sell in China. However, their current cost-savings plans should continue to expand their earnings.
BAXTER INTERNATIONAL INC. $70 (New York symbol BAX; Conservative… Read More

Its plan will close the gap in Brazil

RESTAURANT BRANDS INTERNATIONAL INC. $63 (New York symbol QSR; Aggressive Growth Portfolio, Consumer sector; Shares outstanding: 467.6 million; Market cap: $29.5 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 5.6; Dividend yield: 3.2%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.rbi.com) continues to rapidly expand its Burger King outlets in Brazil.
On average, the chain opens a.. Read More

Expanding earnings justify these high P/Es

The share price for each of these fast-food leaders may seem expensive in relation to its earnings. However, we feel both p/e’s are reasonable given operational investments that should spur their earnings for years to come.
MCDONALD’S CORP. $186 (New York symbol MCD; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Consumer… Read More

Diageo keeps the best of its best

DIAGEO PLC ADR $144 (New York symbol DEO; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Consumer sector; ADRs outstanding: 615.4 million; Market cap: $88.6 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 5.3; Dividend yield: 3.0%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.diageo.com) is a leading maker of premium alcoholic beverages. Its main brands include Guinness beer,… Read More

Adobe makes a smart acquisition

ADOBE SYSTEMS INC. $245 (Nasdaq symbol ADBE; Aggressive Growth Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; Shares outstanding: 488.1 million; Market cap: $119.6 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 13.2; No dividends paid since June 2005; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.adobe.com) continues to benefit from its switch to selling its software as ongoing… Read More