The Successful Investor Hotline – Friday, December 4, 2009

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TORONTO-DOMINION BANK, $65.33, Toronto symbol TD, had to set aside more funds to cover bad loans in its latest fiscal year. However, the bank still reported higher earnings, as low interest rates spurred strong demand for new loans. TD earned $4.7 billion in the year ended October 31, 2009. That’s up 23.7% from $3.8 billion in the prior year. Earnings per share rose 9.6%, to $5.35 from $4.88, on more shares outstanding. These figures exclude several unusual items, including writedowns of securities the bank holds, and costs to integrate U.S.-based Commerce Bancorp, which TD bought last year. On that basis, the latest earnings beat the $5.07 a share that analysts were expecting. Loan-loss provisions jumped 133.3%, to $2.5 billion from $1.1 billion. Revenue rose 21.8%, to $17.9 billion from $14.7 billion. Despite the improved earnings, TD did not increase its quarterly dividend of $0.61 a share, which yields 3.7% on an annualized basis. That’s because Canadian and international banking regulators are working on…

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