Here are three key updates for your portfolio: Briggs & Stratton Corp., Lamb Weston Holdings Inc. and Alliant Energy Corp.

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BRIGGS & STRATTON CORP. $2.28 is still a hold. The company (New York symbol BGG; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; Shares outstanding: 42.5 million; Market cap: $96.9 million; Price-to-sales ratio: 0.1; Dividend suspended in March 2020; TSINetwork Rating: Extra Risk; www.briggsandstratton.com) makes lawnmower engines, portable power generators, pressure washers, and snowblowers and throwers. Under a new strategy to protect investor value, Briggs will focus on making engines for industrial and consumer uses, standby power generators and commercial battery systems. As a result, it will sell most of its consumer products business—a maker of lawnmowers, pressure washers and portable generators. The company will use the proceeds from those sales to cut its long-term debt of $424.8 million (as of December 29, 2019). That’s a high 4.4 times its depressed market cap. It also held cash of $42.2 million. To further conserve funds, the company has now suspended its quarterly dividend payment of $0.05 a share. LAMB WESTON HOLDINGS INC. $56 is still a buy. The company (New…

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