Limited Brands: Skincare, Lingerie and More

Founded in 1963, Limited Brands (NYSE: LTD) is a US based company which owns many brands, including Victoria’s Secret, La Senza (Canadian stores only), Henri Bendel and Bath & Bodyworks.  Limited Brands has previously owned other predominantly mall-based stores, including Abercrombie & Fitch, The Limited/Limited Too and Lane Bryant, a store which targets plus-sized women. […]

Amazon – Your Online General Store

Chances are, you have shopped on Amazon.com (NYSE: AMZN), the online shopping experience founded in 1994.  One of the pioneers in e-commerce, Amazon.com, originally an online bookstore, eventually expanded to music and movies and now sells electronics, food, furniture, toys and more.   In addition, it powers several e-commerce sites, including the Bebe, Target and Benefit cosmetics.  […]

Tiffany and Co: Not Just Diamonds

As Valentine’s Day is Saturday, our public company profile is Tiffany & Co (NYSE: TIF).  Perhaps best known as the shop where Audrey Hepburn’s Holly Golightly stops by early morning, clutching a cup of coffee and danish, Tiffany’s as it’s commonly called, opened under the name Tiffany, Young and Ellis close to 175 years ago […]

Tim Hortons: Coffee and Canadiana

For many Canadians, when it comes to affordable store-bought coffee, it’s all about the Tims (also known as Timmys).  Tim Hortons (TSX: THI.TO; NYSE: THI), that is.  Opened in 1964, the company was founded by late Toronto Maple Leaf player, Tim Horton, selling doughnuts, coffee and other treats.  Three years later, Horton’s investor, Ron Joyce took […]

Motorola: High No Longer

Illinois-based telecommunications company, Motorola has been around for nearly 80 years.  A pioneer in many areas (including FM radio and cell phones), the company has seen its share of success and failures.  More recently, when one mentions Motorola to the younger crowd, they automatically think of cell phones, especially the RAZR  However, older people might […]

Toyota: Down but not Out

The automotive industry has not had a good year.  American brands are near bankruptcy and even Japanese cars, which have had success over the years have seen a dip in sales.  Toyota (NYSE: TM) is no exception.  In 2008, Toyota saw red for the first time in decades. However, this isn’t to say that Toyota […]

Rogers: More Than a Triple Threat in Canadian Media

Rogers Communications (TSX: RCI.A, TSX: RCI.B, NYSE: RCI) is one of Canada’s largest communications companies, owner of television, radio and print publications as well as providing service to Internet, cable and phones.  Early concepts of the company started in the 1930s when Edward S. Rogers, Sr. was given an early television licence, but the company did […]

Whole Foods: Whole, Natural Lifestyle

Whole Foods Markets (NASDAQ:WFMI) is an international supermarket chain known for its organic products, located in the US, Canada and the United Kingdom. The chain first opened its doors in 1980 when SaferWay merged with Clarksville Natural Grocery. Its first store was in Texas, then expanded to other parts of the United States, and eventually […]

Torstar Corporation: More Than Just a Newspaper

Everyone in the Greater Toronto Area has heard of the Toronto Star, whether they like the paper or not (many find it a little left-leaning). However, many might not realize that the Toronto Star is just many companies under the Torstar Corporation (TSX: TS.B).  There are several divisions under the company, including Star Media Group which […]

Adobe Systems Incorporated

Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ: ADBE) is actually over 25 years old.  Founded in 1982 as a company which produced and sold the PostScript page description language (which Apple licensed for its LaserWriter printers), it is today most well known for its free PDF reader and PhotoShop. Since its launch, Adobe Systems has expanded far beyond what […]