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A humorous look at the companies that caught our eye, for better or worse, this week



Potash Corp.









There once was a business called Potash For which BHP offered some big cash Until 'Stonewall' Clement Said "I cannot consent" 'Cause his Tory MPs would get whiplash













Whole Foods

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Pop quiz! Shares of Whole Foods soared this week because: a) At $39.99 a pound, the artisanal cheese was impossible to resist. b) McDonald's launched a hostile takeover of the natural foods retailer; c) The company posted a big jump in quarterly profit and raised its forecast. Answer: c. You may not be able to afford the cheese, but after this week, shareholders can.

























S&P/TSX Composite Index













Good news: The stock market finally clawed its way back to its level before Lehman Brothers collapsed in September, 2008. Bad news: Canada's benchmark index still has more than 2,000 points to go before it gets back to its record high of 15,073.13 reached in June of that year. With "Helicopter" Ben Bernanke dropping bags of money on Wall Street, it may not be long.





















Zumiez













"Dude, did you, like, see Zumiez stock?" "You mean, like, the store where we buy all of our skateboarding and snowboarding gear?" "Yeah, dude. They had, like, awesome October sales." "Really? … uh, what were we just talking about?" "I don't remember, dude."





















SodaStream











The problem with America is it's just too hard to find a can of pop. But now there's SodaStream , a machine that makes delicious carbonated beverages right in your own kitchen. No more driving to the store for a case of cola, which means you'll have more time and energy for the important things in life - like drinking more pop. SodaStream's IPO sure had plenty of fizz.























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Investment Reporter and Columnist

John Heinzl has been writing about business and investing since 1990. A native of Hamilton, he earned a master's degree from the University of Western Ontario's Graduate School of Journalism and completed the Canadian Securities Course with honours. More

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