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SHERRITT INTERNATIONAL $6.36 (Toronto symbol S; TSINetwork Rating: Speculative) (1-800-704-6698; www.sherritt.com; Shares outstanding: 296.4 million; Market cap: $1.9 billion; Dividend yield: 2.4%) is a diversified natural-resource company that produces nickel, cobalt, thermal coal, oil and gas. It also manages 376 megawatts of power-generation capacity in Cuba. Sherritt is a major nickel producer, with operations in Cuba and Canada. It is also close to finishing a mine at its 40%-owned Ambatovy project on the island nation of Madagascar, off Africa’s east coast. As well, Sherritt produces oil and gas in Cuba, Spain and Pakistan. It is also Canada’s largest thermal coal producer. In the three months ended September 30, 2011, Sherritt’s earnings jumped 102.2%, to $45.5 million, or $0.15 a share. A year earlier, it earned $22.5 million, or $0.07 a share. Revenue rose 13.0%, to $466.4 million from $412.7 million. Higher coal and oil prices were the main reasons for the improved results. Sherritt’s long-term debt of $1.6 billion is equal to 84.2%…

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