The Successful Investor Hotline – Friday, February 12, 2010

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CANADIAN TIRE CORP., $52.29, Toronto symbol CTC.A, fell 3% this week after the company reported lower-than-expected 2009 earnings. During the year, Canadian Tire earned $348.0 million, or $4.26 a share. That’s down 12.2% from $396.4 million, or $4.86 a share, in the prior year. These figures exclude several one-time items, including gains and losses on sales of securities by Canadian Tire’s finance division. The company also paid a penalty for redeeming debentures before their expiry date. That will let it take advantage of the improvement in the credit markets to issue new bonds at lower interest rates. Without these one-time items, analysts were expecting Canadian Tire to earn $4.34 a share. Revenue fell 4.8%, to $8.7 billion from $9.1 billion. Overall sales at the company’s main retail division, which consists of its Canadian Tire stores and the PartSource auto-parts chain, fell 2.8%, while same-store sales were 4.2% lower. Weak sales of electronics offset stronger sales of household-cleaning, kitchen and pet-care goods…

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