Q: What does TSI think about Martin Marietta Materials (MLM for new investment? Thank you.

A: Martin Marietta Materials Inc., $331.87, symbol MLM on New York (Shares outstanding: 62.4 million; Market cap: $20.9 billion; Manufacturing sector; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.martinmarietta.com), is a leading supplier of building materials. Products include aggregates, cement, ready-mixed concrete and asphalt. The company operates in 26 states, Canada and… Read More

Q: Pat, I have followed your recommendations for years and have built a good portfolio on them. What do you think of Aramark and its prospects? Thank you.

A: Aramark Corporation, $36.39, symbol ARMK on New York (Shares outstanding: 257.7 million; Market cap: $9.4 billion; Manufacturing sector; TSINetwork Rating: Extra Risk; www.aramark.com), operates in two main areas: it’s a leading food-services provider and concessions manager, serving a wide range of customers, including corporations,… Read More

Q: I am looking for your thoughts on whether to buy PPG Industries. I have followed your sound advice for a long time. Thanks.

A: PPG Industries Inc., $127.77, symbol PPG on New York (Shares outstanding: 235.0 million; Market cap: $30.0 billion; Manufacturing sector; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.ppg.com), is the world’s largest producer of coatings and paints for the automotive, aerospace, construction, and industrial markets. Its paint brands include… Read More