Bill Frels

Last Update: 02-17-2015

Number of Stocks: 193
Number of New Stocks: 9

Total Value: $7,207 Mil
Q/Q Turnover: 2%

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Bill Frels Watch

  • Mairs & Power Growth Fund Q4 2014 Commentary

    Investors could be forgiven if they looked back on 2014 as a year of mixed signals. Concerns about slowing growth in China, a possible recession across Europe and increasing tensions with Russia over their aggressive moves against Ukraine all contributed to market uncertainty. On the other hand, earnings continued to exceed expectations and the rapid decline in energy prices put a tailwind behind the U.S. economy, rewarding investors with the sixth year in a row of positive returns and the longest run since the bull market of the 1990s.


    With crude oil down more than 40 percent for 2014 (and continuing to fall in the first weeks of the New Year), we believe this will be the biggest driver of the U.S. markets and economy over the next several quarters. GDP growth in Q3 was revised upward to a healthy five percent annual rate, even before the stimulus of lower gas prices had fully kicked in, revealing continued momentum to the domestic economy as we enter 2015.

      


  • Mairs & Power Small Cap Fund Comments on Donaldson

    Minneapolis-based Donaldson (DCI) is a long time Mairs and Power holding, familiar to the firm but new to the Small Cap Fund. The manufacturer of filtration systems and replacement parts in a variety of industries was affected by recent weakness in off-highway vehicle (and Donaldson filters) sales creating an attractive opportunity for the Small Cap Fund to initiate a position in the stock.


    From Mairs & Power Small Cap Fund Q4 2014 Commentary.

      


  • Mairs & Power Small Cap Fund Comments on Oasis Petroleum

    Oasis Petroleum (OAS) (oil exploration and production) was the worst performing stock for the year. While the company was able to earn phenomenal returns on wells drilled in North Dakota’s Bakken at $100+/barrel oil prices, the economics significantly degrade when oil is less than $50 a barrel.


    From Mairs & Power Small Cap Fund Q4 2014 Commentary.

      


  • Mairs & Power Small Cap Fund Comments on Gentherm

    Gentherm (THRM) (heating and cooling technology primarily utilized in automobile seats) was also a top performer for the year, though the stock was among the lowest performers in the fourth quarter as some of its business is tied to energy efficiency. Longer term, the company still appears well positioned regardless of what happens with oil prices.


    From Mairs & Power Small Cap Fund Q4 2014 Commentary.

      


  • Mairs & Power Small Cap Fund Comments on Vasco Data Security

    Vasco Data Security (VDSI) (password authentication hardware and software) led Fund performance for both the quarter and the year. While the company derives most of its revenue outside the U.S., headlines of data breaches at major U.S. corporations are driving consumer demand for better protection of their private information, and Vasco’s data security products are helping the company penetrate the U.S. market.


    From Mairs & Power Small Cap Fund Q4 2014 Commentary.

      


  • Mairs & Power Small Cap Fund Q4 2014 Commentary

    Investors could be forgiven if they looked back on 2014 as a year of mixed signals. Concerns about slowing growth in China, a possible recession across Europe and increasing tensions with Russia over their aggressive moves against Ukraine all contributed to market uncertainty. On the other hand, earnings continued to exceed expectations and the rapid decline in energy prices put a tailwind behind the U.S. economy, rewarding investors with the sixth year in a row of positive returns and the longest run since the bull market of the 1990s.


    With crude oil down more than 40 percent for 2014 (and continuing to fall in the first weeks of the New Year), we believe this will be the biggest driver of the U.S. markets and economy over the next several quarters. GDP growth in Q3 was revised upward to a healthy five percent annual rate, even before the stimulus of lower gas prices had fully kicked in, revealing continued momentum to the domestic economy as we enter 2015.

      


  • Mairs & Power Balanced Fund Q4 2014 Commentary

    Investors could be forgiven if they looked back on 2014 as a year of mixed signals. Concerns about slowing growth in China, a possible recession across Europe and increasing tensions with Russia over their aggressive moves against Ukraine all contributed to market uncertainty. On the other hand, earnings continued to exceed expectations and the rapid decline in energy prices put a tailwind behind the U.S. economy, rewarding investors with the sixth year in a row of positive returns and the longest run since the bull market of the 1990s.


    With crude oil down more than 40 percent for 2014 (and continuing to fall in the first weeks of the New Year), we believe this will be the biggest driver of the U.S. markets and economy over the next several quarters. GDP growth in Q3 was revised upward to a healthy five percent annual rate, even before the stimulus of lower gas prices had fully kicked in, revealing continued momentum to the domestic economy as we enter 2015.

      


  • Want to Go in Kimberly-Clark Corporation?

    In this article, let's take a look at Kimberly-Clark Corporation (KMB), a $39.44 billion market cap company, which is best known for brands such as Kleenex, Scott, Huggies and Kotex.


    Extensive Reach

      


  • Costco Is Better Than Competitors

    In this article, let's take a look at Costco Wholesale Corporation (COST), a $65.27 billion market cap company, which operates about 650 membership warehouses in the U.S., and other countries such as Puerto Rico, Canada, the U.K., Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Mexico and Australia.


    Business Model

      


  • Apogee Enterprises Practices an Old Recipe

    In this article, let's take a look at Apogee Enterprises, Inc. (APOG), a $1.25 billion market cap company, which designs and develops glass products, services, and systems. It operates in two segments, Architectural Products and Services, and Large-Scale Optical Technologies.


    Rewarding Shareholders over Time

      


  • Richard Snow's Most Heavily Weighted Stocks

    Richard Snow (Trades, Portfolio) of Snow Capital Management, L.P. now owns 142 stocks, valued at $2,883 Mil after recently adding to his portfolio, according to our Real Time Picks.


    Out the 142 stocks, 25.3% of his portfolio is made up of the financial services sector. 17.9% of his portfolio is made up of the industrial sector and 12.3% is part of the healthcare sector.

      


  • Texas Instruments Continues Trading at its 52-Week High

    In this article, let's take a look at the intrinsic value of Texas Instruments Inc. (TXN), a $54.54 billion market cap company that is one of the world's largest manufacturers of semiconductors. It also produces scientific calculator products and DLP products for TVs and video projectors.


    Key drivers

      


  • MTS Systems: Small Cap with Income and Big Prospects

    In theory, it’s great to talk about emulating the legendary Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) and Charlie Munger (Trades, Portfolio), of Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) (BRK.B) fame. But, how do you do that in practice?


    Many of Buffett and Munger’s top companies are 100% owned by Berkshire Hathaway, and we can’t always find appealing values when looking at the companies in which they have minority positions.

      


  • Betting on a Stock While Digital Payment is Growing

    In this article, let's take a look at Visa Inc. (V), a $133.03 billion market cap company, which is the world's largest retail electronic payments network and leading payments brand, providing services to consumers, businesses and governments globally.


    A Market Leader

      


  • Boeing Has Higher Production Rates

    In this article, let's take a look at The Boeing Company (BA), a $87.15 billion market cap company, which is the largest aircraft manufacturer in the world, and one of the largest aerospace and defense giant that conducts business through three operating segments.


    Boeing Commercial Airplanes (61% of revenues in 2013) and EADS's Airbus division are the world's only makers of 150-plus seat passenger jets.Boeing Defense, Space & Security (38%) is the world's fourth largest military contractor. Boeing CapitalCorp. (1%) primarily finances Boeing aircraft for airlines.

      


  • Mairs & Power Small Cap Fund Comments on Cardiovascular Systems

    During the quarter, the Fund added medical device maker Cardiovascular Systems (CSII), one of the few remaining small public medical device companies based in the Twin Cities. The company has a strong position in treating peripheral arterial disease with its proprietary atherectomy equipment. A recent approval in significantly calcified coronary arteries opens up a substantial new market opportunity that the company is working hard to commercialize.


    From Mairs & Power Small Cap Fund Q3 2014 Commentary.

      


  • Mairs & Power Small Cap Fund Comments on Chart Industries

    Chart Industries (GTLS), which manufactures compressed and liquid natural gas tanks and heat exchangers, has detracted from performance during the third quarter as well as on a year-to-date basis. Longer term, the demand for Chart’s natural gas equipment should increase as significant new natural gas discoveries in the U.S. and overseas will likely keep prices in check relative to oil and diesel alternatives. In the short term, though, the market and infrastructure for these natural gas devices has been slower to develop in the U.S. than hoped. The company’s China-based operations have slowed significantly in keeping with that country’s current economic stumbles.


    From Mairs & Power Small Cap Fund Q3 2014 Commentary.

      


  • Mairs & Power Small Cap Fund Comments on Apogee

    Apogee (APOG), a commercial glass plating and framing company, has been another strong contributor to performance this year. Currently, Apogee looks ready to benefit from increased demand for commercial construction thanks to a more positive employment outlook and reduced interest in off-shoring American jobs.


    From Mairs & Power Small Cap Fund Q3 2014 Commentary.

      


  • Mairs & Power Small Cap Fund Comments on Vasco Data Security

    Vasco Data Security (VDSI), a password authentication hardware and software company, continued to lead performance in the quarter and for the year. Through vigorous promotion of its competitive line of data security products, Vasco is making significant headway into the U.S. market. Well publicized data breaches at a growing list of major U.S. corporations is apparently driving consumers to seek out firms like Vasco in their urgency to find better protection for their private data.


    From Mairs & Power Small Cap Fund Q3 2014 Commentary.

      


  • Mairs & Power Small Cap Fund Q3 2014 Commentary

    With ISIS on the march, the Eurozone’s fits and starts and a potential U.S. confrontation with Russia in the air, third quarter performance could have been expected to take a time-out from this year’s domestic advances. Instead, the Standard & Poor’s Total Return Index rose 1.13% for the third quarter gaining 8.34% year-to-date. Then, defying the consensus of market analysts who thought rates would go up and bond prices would decline, the Barclay’s Government/Credit Index also delivered a slight gain of 0.17% for the period with a 4.12% advance year-to-date.


    While inflation conveniently remained in check for the quarter, the low rate environment continued to bring inexpensive credit – and liquidity – into the market. This contributed to the S&P 500 Index’s extended rise to a near three-fold increase over the span of the last 5 1/2 years.

      


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