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

Brookfield Infrastructure Partners


  Feb. 6, 2015 close: $56.10
  up $2.55 or 4.8% over week

Which of the following cash-generating assets does Brookfield Infrastructure NOT own:

a) utilities;
b) toll highways and railways;
c) pipelines;
d) coin-operated mechanical pony rides in shopping malls.

Answer: d.

The shares went for a thrilling ride of their own after the company reported higher fourth-quarter cash flow and raised its distribution by a bigger-than-expected 10 per cent.

Crude oil

WTI Crude futures

  Feb. 6, 2015 settle: $51.69 (U.S.)/barrel
  up $3.45 or 7.1% over week

Crude oil is falling? That’s so last month. With major energy producers slashing capital spending and pulling a record number of rigs out of service after crude’s recent belly-flop, the price of oil rebounded for a second week, helped by violence roiling Libya and short-covering by bearish traders. One thing is for sure: Oil has bottomed – unless it hasn’t.



  Feb. 6, 2015 close: $48.01
  up $10.48 or 27.9% over week

There once was a business called Twitter
Whose shareholders used to feel bitter
But when fourth-quarter profit
Took off like a rocket
The stock price regained its lost glitter.

iShares S&P/TSX Financials ETF


  Feb. 6, 2015 close: $30.82
  up $1.66 or 5.7% over week

Things you should never bet against:

1) The New England Patriots;
2) The guy on the corner inviting you to a game of three-card Monte;
3) Canadian banks.

After plunging on fears that lower oil prices will push Canada into recession, bank stocks made a comeback when investors decided that the selling had been overdone. Bank shareholders, you’re richer than you think – or at least richer than you were last week.


EXPE (Nasdaq)

  Feb. 6, 2015 close: $77.87 (U.S.)
  down $8.06 or 9.4% over week

Expedia’s travel websites make it easy to plan a vacation. But after the stock’s sharp selloff this week, shareholders might not be going anywhere for a while. The owner of Expedia,, Hotwire and Travelocity posted solid growth in bookings but its earnings fell, hit by a strong U.S. dollar and a drop in revenue per room night. Oh well. The kids would have just stayed in the hotel room playing on their iPads, anyway.