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What To Expect From an Investment in Illinois Tool Works

Despite missing analysts' expected earnings and revenues this quarter, Illinois Tool Works (NYSE: ITW) surpassed everyone's expectations by recently announcing the authorization of a $6 billion buyback plan and a 10% increase in the quarterly dividend. Based on today's market cap, $6 billion is good for 20% of the company and a major catalyst for future returns.  

Below, I have provided a review of the company's cash more »

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  • Buy Biosensors

    By Victor Yeong - September 3, 2013

     Initiating coverage on Biosensors (SGX : B20)

    Biosensors International Limited is a biotechnology company which develops, manufactures and commercializes medical devices used in cardiology. It has been beaten down in recent days due to its dismay 1Q 14 results, and lack of faith shown by key stakeholders.

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    I know it’s fun and perhaps even fascinating to talk about the Syria oil crisis. But to me, there may be an even bigger crisis lurking underneath the fastest growing economy. China has expanded relentlessly, and as a result, the cost to the environment has been devastating. So, not so surprisingly, the Chinese government has come up with a 180 billion dollar plan, in order to tackle the issue more »

  • Preferred Stock Investors Now More Risk Tolerant with Bank Preferreds

    By Doug K. Le Du - September 2, 2013 | Tickers: C

    Rating agencies and preferred stock investors, while using different methods, usually judge the investment risk of a preferred stock with very little disparity. Where agency ratings come in the form of a quantitative rating on a scale [1], investor conclusions about risk are reflected in today's market price (and hence yield).

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  • Is Canadian National’s track record of success coming to an end?

    By Justin Lacey - September 2, 2013 | Tickers: CNI, CP

    A crown corporation reborn

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  • Five Things To Watch For In Five Below's Upcoming Quarterly Report

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