Updating our Income Portfolio Stocks Royal Bank of Canada, Emera Inc. and TransCanada Corp.

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ROYAL BANK OF CANADA $53 has invested $25 million U.S. for a 30% stake in a new joint venture that will offer asset management services in China. The amount is just 2% of its latest quarterly earnings. But the deal gives Royal a low-risk way to increase its exposure to a fast-growing market. Buy. EMERA INC. $22 earned $0.18 a share in the third quarter of 2006, up 28.6% from $0.14 a year earlier, due to higher electricity rates and profits from the resale of natural gas from the offshore project near Sable Island. Revenue fell 3.1%, to $272.4 million from $281.1 million, due to the temporary shutdown of a large industrial customer. This customer aims to re-start its operations in the fourth quarter. Best Buy. TRANSCANADA CORP. $38 continues to expand its electrical power operations, which have higher growth prospects than its gas pipeline business. Thanks mainly to higher profits at the power unit, earnings before unusual items in the most…

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