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  • Clipper Fund June 2015 Semi-Annual Report



  • This Correct Is A Lot Like 1997 - Ken Fisher

    Ken Fisher (Trades, Portfolio) thinks it is virtually impossible to time a correction.

    While history doesn't repeat itself it often rhymes and Fisher thinks the current correction is much like the 1997 correction.  


  • Broyhill Asset Management - "Divergent"



  • The Search For the Next Wells Fargo - Vail ValueX 2015 5280 Capital



  • David Winters' Wintergreen Fund Semiannual Report 2015

    Dear Fellow Wintergreen Fund (Trades, Portfolio) Shareholder,


    As we look forward to the second half of 2015, we have been very encouraged by recent news and results. While we try not to emphasize or focus on short-term news flow, it is encouraging to see that a substantial portion of the Wintergreen Fund (Trades, Portfolio) Inc.’s (the “Fund” or “Wintergreen”) holdings have reported favorable trends or positive news — including core long-term Fund holdings in Swatch Group AG (XSWX:UHRN) (“Swatch”), Altria Group Inc. (NYSE:MO), Reynolds American Inc. (NYSE:RAI) and Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOGL).

      


  • EIA and OPEC Reports Help Crude Oil Outlook

    On Monday, WTI crude oil closed for the day up 8.6% at $49.20. The short rally helped it to a monthly gain of 8.7% for August. While crude oil prices opened lower in trading on Tuesday, two reports released on Monday could give the industry the incremental help it needs to begin to edge higher.


    On Monday, the Energy Information Administration released its Petroleum Supply Monthly report. The report stated a daily barrel oil production rate of 9.3 million for June. The report showed a decrease in the daily production rate of 100,000 barrels per day from May. Additionally, in an effort to more accurately report on oil production levels the EIA instituted a new survey system which more directly incorporates data by individual states. The new system overall led to favorable gains for the industry with per day barrel production levels reduced by 40,000 to 130,000 barrels per day for the months of January through May. While the lower production numbers are a result of abandoned or delayed projects, the lower inventory level leads to decreased market supply and helps add incrementally to the price of oil.

      


  • Undervalued Stocks Among Mario Gabelli's Recent Buys

    Mario Gabelli (Trades, Portfolio) is the founder, chairman and CEO of Gabelli Asset Management Company Investors (GAMCO Investors) and at the end of the last quarter, his portfolio was composed of 834 stocks with a total value of $18,456 million.


    According to GuruFocus' All-In-One screener, the following are the companies he recently bought with a wide margin of safety.

      


  • Buy This if Oil Spikes

    If you’re expecting a quick rebound in the price of oil, there may be better and more direct options than by investing through major producers such as Chevron (CVX) or Occidental Petroleum (OXY).


    Here are the top three investment vehicles that will benefit immensely should oil reverse its slide.

      


  • Emerging Markets Decline Leads to Discounted High-Quality Companies

    As emerging market concerns contributed to the global equity-market correction this week, some emerging-market companies appear worth buying at a discounted price, William Blair said in a research note.


    Global markets shuddered this week led by slowing and possibly overestimated growth in China. The Shanghai Composite Index fell 12.5% in August, and on Tuesday the country’s manufacturing purchasing managers index declined to a three-year low.

      


  • A Look at Weyerhaeuser's Intrinsic Value After a 6.9% Dividend Hike

    In this article, let´s take a look at Weyerhaeuser Co. (NYSE:WY), which has raised, in past days, its quarterly dividend to $0.31 from $0.29 a share. This way, the stock yields 4.4% if the share price stays at current levels. The hike reflects Weyerhaeuser´s policy of returning value to shareholders and help to continue with a good dividend growth, the company more than doubled the dividend rate since 2011.


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  • JRW Financial August Commentary

    JRW Financial has released its commentary on August called, "The Business of Investing." The firm discuss value investors in today's market and goes on to discuss Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) and Benjamin Graham. President and Chief Investment Officer Joseph R. Weidenburner discussed the company's portfolio and how he picks investments.


    'The business of investing'

      


  • MPLX LP Insider Buys 1,000 Shares of Company Stock

    Timothy Griffith (Insider Trades), vice president and CFO of MPLX LP (MPLX), bought 1,000 shares of the company on Aug. 28. The average price per share was $50.26, for a total transaction of $50,260. MPLX LP is a United States master limited partnership formed by Marathon Petroleum Corporation in 2012. The company owns, operates, develops and acquires pipelines and other midstream assets related to the transportation and storage of crude oil, refined products and other hydrocarbon-based products. MPLX’s market cap is 3.97 billion, and P/S ratio is 7.14.


    There were no insider sells of the company since its start in 2012. However, there were 13 insider buys totaling 210,250 shares of MPLX in 2012. The number and volume of MPLX insider buys decreased in 2013 to 1 transaction of 3,000 shares, but increased in the years following; There were 2 transactions totaling 12,300 shares of the company in 2014, and four transactions totaling 22,450 shares from January to the end of August alone. 1441049646725.png 1441049654985.png The earliest insider buys of $22 per share made in 2012 increased by over 100% since purchase. Griffith bought 7,000 shares of the company in 3 transactions since 2012; his first trade of 5,000 shares increased over 100% in price since the purchase in October 2012. Gary Heminger (Insider Trades), CEO of MPLX, bought 17,450 shares of the company on Aug. 27. The average price per share was $48.72 at that time. Heminger made one other transaction with the company in December 2014, buying 9,300 shares of the company at an average per share price of $61.40. For more information about insider transactions with MPLX LP, click here.

      


  • The Earbud Stock Market

    The earbud is nothing new, but it seems to be everywhere. The first implication of wearing earbuds is the solitary nature it creates. People signal through earbuds that they want to be left alone. Second, earbuds represent a willingness to disengage from the moment — a willful nonparticipation in society. This seems true in a world that is tied at the hip to technology and dominated by the largest population group between 20 and 36 years of age. This seems even truer for the markets, which greatly matters to long-duration stock owners like us.


    The big winners of the past two years have been the companies which make money from those with ears plugged. You can pay Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) to hear music from a download on a device Apple made. You can buy things from Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) online without ever interacting with a human. Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) will let you order online and all you have to do is call out your name when you get to the store. You don’t even need to take out your ear plugs to do any of these activities. Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) will let you watch a movie or TV show without mixing with others at the theater or tuning in at the time of the original broadcast. Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), Tinder and others help those who wear earbuds find dates, because they operate in solitude much of the time. Stocks which benefit from the earbud mentality have soared in value the last two years.

      


  • Sheets Smith Wealth Management Buys Companies With no Debts

    Sheets Smith Wealth Management is a hedge fund based in North Carolina that, on its last quarterly 13F, reported a total value of its portfolio of $365 million, with an increase of 1.02% since the previous quarter. During Q2 2015 the investment professional bought 19 new stocks and increased 84 of its existing stakes. The following are the most heavily weighted buys during the quarter.


    It bought shares of Allergan PLC (AGN) with an impact of 2.48% on its portfolio. The Investor, as well as other hedge funds such as Moody Lynn & Lieberson, Lawrence W. Kelly & Associates and M&R Capital Management, have found the company attractive, that is engaged in development, manufacturing, marketing, sale and distribution of generic, branded generic, brand name, biosimilar and over-the-counter pharmaceutical products. It also develops and out-licenses generic pharmaceutical products in Europe through its Medis third-party business. It operates in three segments, Pharma, Specialty Brands and Anda Distribution.

      


  • What’s Going On With Chevron?

    With the stock down 40% off its highs of $133 a share last July, Chevron (CVX) stock is uncharacteristically volatile for an integrated oil/gas major. Other integrated oil majors for example haven't suffered the same fate as Chevron over the last 12 months. Exxon (XOM) is down 25% and Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A)(RDS.B) only 35%.


    What’s going on?

      


  • Mohamed El-Erian on Oil - More Volatility Ahead for Markets

    Allianz Chief Economic Advisor discussed on CNBC how two un-anchored markets -- currency and oil -- will affect markets going forward:
      


  • My Personal Holdings: Dover Corporation – September 2015 Update

    I am often asked if I utilize the methods I teach here on ModernGraham, and the answer is yes. I fully believe that Benjamin Graham's methodology can be used in the market today, especially after taking time to analyze each one of his ideas and modernize it as needed. The ModernGraham method can be a great way to narrow down investment opportunities to the strongest companies, and then a little bit of further research can help one determine in which companies to invest.


    This series of posts looks at each of my personal holdings, putting them through a full ModernGraham valuation and adding a level of further research to provide rationale as to why I selected the company for my portfolio. Here's a page with more information about my portfolio, including my thoughts and goals on asset allocation and an overview of my current holdings.

      


  • Chinese Yuan Revolution – Merk Insights

    Once you think of China as a teenager in her "awkward stage," it may become easier to understand the unfolding dynamics. When it comes to foreign exchange, China's latest move may be best explained by her desire to play with the grown-ups. This may have implications that go far beyond the U.S. dollar and China’s yuan ("CNY" or also the renminbi or "RMB").


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  • Why Valuation Is Just a Small Part of any Buy Decision

    Many readers must undoubtedly be familiar with Investment checklists. Famed investors such as Charlie Munger and Mohnish Pabrai have used them to structure their buy decisions. This article will explain my checklist structure so that the readers can apply the underlying mental model to their buy decisions.


    In trying to come up with the structure, I faced a challenge of deciding what are the most important checklist items. After years of refining I am currently at a point where I have just seven checklist items – not too many and yet just enough for me to help decide whether I should buy a stock or NOT. I call this my 7FC (7 Factor Checklist) model of investing that has helped me beat the market in six out of the last eight years.

      


  • Nevada Exploration Inc. Closes Financing and Completes Reorganization


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