The Successful Investor Hotline – Friday, April 24, 2009

PRECISION DRILLING TRUST, $5.70, Toronto symbol PD.UN, announced this week that it has issued $175 million in new long-term notes to the Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo). AIMCo is a crown corporation that manages Alberta’s public-sector pension plans and other special funds. Precision is making… Read More

The Successful Investor Hotline – Friday, April 17, 2009

GENNUM CORP., $4.80, Toronto symbol GND, fell 9% on Friday after it increased its friendly takeover bid for Ottawa-based Tundra Semiconductor Corp. (Toronto symbol TUN).

Like Gennum, Tundra makes chips and components for computer networking hardware, like modems and routers. Gennum’s products also let… Read More

Commodity Investments: Trade Commodities or Buy Commodity Stocks?

Commodity prices are down lately along with fears of lower demand due to a slowing global economy. That makes them a tempting investment for some investors bracing for a rebound.

We like the long-term prospects for commodity investments, including metals and minerals, fertilizers and agricultural products… Read More

The Successful Investor Hotline – Friday, March 27, 2009

PETRO-CANADA, $34.68, Toronto symbol PCA, jumped 17% this week after it accepted a friendly takeover offer from Suncor Energy Inc. ($29.36, Toronto symbol SU). (Suncor is not related to Philadelphia-based refiner Sunoco Inc., New York symbol SUN.)

Under the terms of the deal, Petro-Canada shareholders will… Read More


CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY LTD. $36 (Toronto symbol CP; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; Shares outstanding: 167.7 million; Market cap: $6 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 1.2; SI Rating: Above Average) ships freight over a 25,000-kilometre rail network between Montreal and Vancouver. In the United States,… Read More

CP is the year’s top bargain

CP’s shares soared to a high of $90 in July 2007. They have since fallen 60%, to $36. The stock was probably overpriced at $90 and 21 times earnings. But it now trades at 9.1 times this year’s forecast earnings, and it yields 2.8%.

This well-established… Read More

Low-debt BHP Has Special Appeal

BHP BILLITON LTD. ADRs $37 (New York symbol BHP; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Resources sector; ADRs outstanding: 2.8 billion; Market cap: $103.6 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 1.7; WSSF Rating: Average) is the world’s largest mining company. It has major operations in Australia, Chile, South Africa and the… Read More

The Successful Investor Hotline – Friday, February 20, 2009

ENCANA CORP., $48.27, Toronto symbol ECA, has agreed to sell the gas from its Deep Panuke offshore development near Nova Scotia to Repsol YPF SA, a Spanish oil-and-gas firm. The Deep Panuke project, worth $550-million (all amounts except share price in U.S. dollars), should begin… Read More