Three key updates to boost your returns

SNAP-ON INC. $147 is still a hold. The company (New York symbol SNA; Conservative-Growth Dividend Payer Portfolio, Manufacturing sector; Shares outstanding: 54.9 million; Market cap: $8.1 billion; Dividend yield: 2.9%; Dividend Sustainability Rating: Above Average; www.snapon.com) makes tools for auto mechanics and sells them through a fleet of franchised… Read More

Q: Pat, can I have your opinion of Stamps.com? Thanks.

A: Stamps.com Inc., $282.62, symbol STMP on Nasdaq (Shares outstanding: 17.1 million; Market cap: $4.8 billion; www.stamps.com), offers online postage and shipping solutions under several brand names: Stamps.com, Endicia, ShipStation, ShippingEasy, ShipWorks, and MetaPack.

The company lets users print official USPS stamps and shipping labels for… Read More

Shopify links up with Walmart

SHOPIFY INC. $1,282.40 (Toronto symbol SHOP; TSINetwork Rating: Extra Risk) (www.shopify.ca; Shares outstanding: 116.8 million; Market cap: $150.2 billion; No dividends paid) recently announced a partnership with Walmart. Merchants across the U.S. on Shopify’s e-commerce platform can now apply to sell through Walmart.com. If approved, they’ll be able… Read More

These ETF strategies aim to cut risk

When selecting ETFs, you should look at the stocks they hold but also the methods they use to choose them. All funds use strategies aimed at boosting returns and cutting risk. The two ETFs below (and that in the column to the right) use unique… Read More

Leon’s profit rose despite COVID-19

Leon’s profit rose despite COVID-19

Cost controls, including staff layoffs, helped this company generate a 33.3% earnings increase in the latest quarter.

The firm continues to grow its e-commerce revenue to compensate for brick-and-mortar store closures due to COVID-19.

LEON’S FURNITURE LTD. (Toronto symbol LNF; www.leons.ca) had to shut down most of… Read More