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This Canadian coffee chain with 270 locations has formed an alliance with an operator of medical cannabis clinics. The deal could see the company tap consumer demand for edibles when the federal government legalizes that profitable segment of the market in the… Read More

Q: Hi, Pat. I am a longtime Inner Circle member and I would like your opinion on two Vanguard consumer ETFs—VDC and VCR. Thanks.

A: Vanguard Consumer Discretionary ETF, $159.56, symbol VCR on New York, aims to track the MSCI US IMI Consumer Discretionary 25/50 Index. That index follows U.S. consumer discretionary companies. Those firms, in the manufacturing and service industries, are highly sensitive to economic cycles. The manufacturing… Read More

Updating Restaurant Brands International, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., and WestJet Airlines

RESTAURANT BRANDS INTERNATIONAL $55.03 (New York symbol QSR; TSINetwork Rating: Average) (905-845-6511; www.rbi.com; Shares outstanding: 478.0 million; Market cap: $26.3 billion; Dividend yield: 3.3%) continues to spur sales at Tim Hortons with new initiatives. Those include remodelling its stores and launching an all-day breakfast menu. All these moves… Read More

Activist investor is a Starbucks fan

STARBUCKS CORP. $59 (Nasdaq symbol SBUX, Shares outstanding: 1.4 billion; Market cap: $82.6 billion; Dividend yield: 2.5%; Takeover Target Rating: Medium; www.starbucks.com) is a leading seller and roaster of specialty coffee.
Activist investor Bill Ackman recently revealed that his Pershing Square hedge fund had made a $900 million investment… Read More