Updating Symantec Corp., Snap-on Inc., and North West Co.

SYMANTEC CORP. $23 (Nasdaq symbol SYMC; High Growth Dividend Payer Portfolio, Manufacturing sector; Shares outstanding: 638.9 million; Market cap: $14.7 billion; Dividend yield: 1.3%; Dividend Sustainability Rating: Average; www.symantec.com) sells computer-security technology, including antivirus and email-filtering software, to both businesses and consumers.
The company pays a quarterly dividend of… Read More

Auto-related stocks: 1 buy & 1 hold

A good way to profit from slowing sales of new cars is with companies that help drivers extend the lives of their older vehicles. Right now, we see Genuine Parts as a better choice over Snap-On.
GENUINE PARTS CO. $100 (New York symbol GPC; Income Portfolio, Manufacturing… Read More

Auto-related stocks report higher earnings

GENUINE PARTS CO. $97 (New York symbol GPC; Income-Growth Payer Portfolio, Manufacturing & Indus try sector; Shares outstanding: 146.8 million; Market cap: $14.2 billion; Dividend yield: 3.0%; Dividend Sustainability Rating: Above Average; www.genpt.com) sells replacement auto parts through 1,100 outlets under the NAPA banner; and the company’s distribution… Read More

Updating ABB Ltd. ADRs, Fair Isaac Corp. and Snap-On Inc.

ABB LTD. ADRs $22 (New York symbol ABB; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; ADRs outstanding: 2.1 billion; Market cap: $46.2 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 1.4; Dividend yield: 3.8%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.abb.com) makes transformers, transmission systems and circuit breakers for electrical utilities. It also produces… Read More

Rising interest rates add to its risk

SNAP-ON INC. $158 (New York symbol SNA; Income Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; Shares outstanding: 56.7 million; Market cap: $9.0 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 2.2; Dividend yield: 2.1%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.snapon.com) makes tools for auto mechanics and sells them through a fleet of franchised vans… Read More