Visa’s fast growth justifies its high valuation

VISA INC. $147 (New York symbol V; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Finance sector; Shares outstanding: 2.3 billion; Market cap: $338.1 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 16.3; Dividend yield: 0.6%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.visa.com) operates the world’s largest electronic payments network to process credit, debit, prepaid and commercial transactions in… Read More

Big acquisition looks promising

INTERNATIONAL FLAVORS & FRAGRANCES INC. $130 (New York symbol IFF; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Consumer sector; Shares outstanding: 79.0 million; Market cap: $10.3 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 2.9; Dividend yield: 2.2%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.iff.com) makes over 38,000 compounds that improve the taste of food and the smell… Read More

Updating Teradata Corp., Restaurant Brands International Inc., and Sherwin-Williams Co.

TERADATA CORP. $41 (New York symbol TDC; Aggressive Growth Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; Shares outstanding: 120.9 million; Market cap: $5.0 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 2.2; No dividends paid; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.teradata.com) makes computers and software to capture and store large amounts of data for individual businesses—its… Read More

Shift to software cuts risk for NCR

NCR CORP. $29 (New York symbol NCR; Aggressive Growth Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; Shares outstanding: 118.6 million; Market cap: $3.4 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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Exercise caution when buying MLPs

U.S. master limited partnerships (MLPs) tend to offer much higher yields than other stocks. However, Canadian investors are subject to a U.S. withholding tax of roughly 35% on income from MLPs. (Note: investors can usually claim a Canadian tax credit to offset at least part… Read More

Higher spending spurs Amex

AMERICAN EXPRESS CO. $107 (New York symbol AXP, Conservative Growth Portfolio, Finance sector; Shares outstanding: 860.1 million; Market cap: $92.0 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 2.9; Dividend yield: 1.3%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.americanexpress.com) issued 2.9 million new charge and credit cards during the quarter ended June 30, 2018; there… Read More

These high-yielding automakers are still buys

TOYOTA MOTOR CO. ADRs $127 (New York symbol TM; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; ADRs outstanding: 1.5 billion; Market cap: $190.5 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 0.7; Dividend yield: 3.1%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.toyota. com) sold 2.24 million vehicles in its fiscal 2016 first quarter, ended June… Read More

McKesson writes down U.K. business

MCKESSON CORP. $130 (New York symbol MCK; Aggressive Growth Portfolio, Consumer sector; Shares outstanding: 206.3 million; Market cap: $26.8 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 0.1; Dividend yield 1.2%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.mckesson.com) is the largest wholesale drug distributor in the U.S. and Canada. It also operates drugstores in… Read More

GE’s dividend still looks safe

GENERAL ELECTRIC CO. $13 (New York symbol GE; Income Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; Shares outstanding: 8.7 billion; Market cap: $113.1 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 0.9; Dividend yield: 3.7%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.ge.com) plans to narrow its focus to three main businesses: electrical power equipment; renewable power equipment;… Read More