Updating Canadian National Railway Co., Great-West LifeCo Inc., Gennum Corp., Telus Corp., and Maple Leaf Foods Inc.

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CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAY CO. $54 (Toronto symbol CNR; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; SI Rating: Average) plans to increase capital spending in 2007 by 4% over 2006. About half will go to basic items like replacing tracks and repairing bridges. It will also buy new locomotive and other railcars that will cut its fuel costs and improve safety. CN Rail is a buy. GREAT-WEST LIFECO INC. $34 (Toronto symbol GWO; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Finance sector; SI Rating: Above average) continues to expand its retirement savings and healthcare insurance operations in the United States. In November 2006, it agreed to acquire the retirement plan business of U.S. Bancorp. The company did not reveal the purchase price, but the deal will increase this division’s assets under administration by nearly 10%. The bigger size will also help this business attract more customers, and cut costs. Great-West is a buy. GENNUM CORP. $14 (Toronto symbol GND; Aggressive Growth Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; SI Rating: Above average)…

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