AT&T ups its dividend

AT&T INC. $30 (New York symbol T; Income Portfolio, Utilities sector; Shares outstanding: 7.3 billion; Market cap: $219.0 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 1.3; Dividend yield: 6.8%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.att.com) is the largest wireless carrier in the U.S. It also offers traditional phone and satellite TV services.
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New businesses enhance these telcos

To cut their reliance on phone services, these U.S. telecom giants continue to expand with new businesses. Those moves should also continue to spur their dividend growth.
AT&T INC. $31 (New York symbol T; Income Portfolio, Utilities sector; Shares o/s: 7.3 billion; Market cap: $226.3 billion; Price-to-sales… Read More

Scotiabank targets key growth areas

Bank of Nova Scotia continues to expand in two main areas: Latin America and wealth management. This includes recent acquisitions of banking operations in Chile and Peru as well as its $950 million all-stock purchase of wealth management firm Jarislowsky Fraser. These additions further diversify… Read More

Stanley’s top brands offset its acquisition risk

STANLEY BLACK & DECKER INC. $140 (New York symbol SWK; Income Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; Shares o/s: 153.0 million; Market cap: $21.4 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 1.6; Divd. yield: 1.9%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.stanleyblackanddecker.com) is one of the world’s largest makers of hand and power tools for… Read More