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  • Oil Prices Continue to Fall to New Lows

    Oil prices continued to fall for the July 29 week. For the week, WTI crude oil ended at $41.60, down from $42.40 at the beginning of the week. Brent crude oil was also lower, ending the week at $43.53 after beginning the week at $43.76.

    The week’s two leading reports on oil had a significant effect on prices. Wednesday’s Petroleum Status report from the Energy Information Administration showed oil inventories increasing by 1.7 million barrels to a total of 521.1 million barrels. Oil inventories are now up 13.4% from a year ago.


  • Exxon and Chevron at Risk of Cutting Dividend

    Exxon (NYSE:XOM) and Chevron (NYSE:CVX) both reported earnings that missed analysts’ earnings expectations for the second quarter as oil prices continue to remain at extremely low levels. Both companies reported their second quarter earnings on Friday, July 29.

    Exxon Mobil reported second quarter revenue of $57.7 billion, missing analysts’ estimate by $2.53 billion. Earnings per share for the quarter were $0.41, missing analysts’ estimate by $0.23.


  • 10 Undervalued Companies for the Defensive Dividend Stock Investor - July 2016

    defensive dividend investorThere are a number of great companies in the market today. I've selected the highest dividend yields among the undervalued companies for defensive dividend stock investors reviewed by ModernGraham. Each company has been determined to be suitable for the Defensive Investor according to the ModernGraham approach.

    Defensive Investors are defined as investors who are not able or willing to do substantial research into individual investments, and therefore need to select only the companies that present the least amount of risk. Enterprising Investors, on the other hand, are able to do substantial research and can select companies that present a moderate (though still low) amount of risk. Each company suitable for the Defensive Investor is also suitable for Enterprising Investors.


  • Verizon Communications is Speculative But Undervalued

    Benjamin Graham taught that Intelligent Investors must do a thorough fundamental analysis of investment opportunities to determine their intrinsic value and inherent risk. This is best done by utilizing a systematic approach to analysis that will provide investors with a sense of how a specific company compares to another company or by reviewing the 10 Companies Benjamin Graham Would Invest In Today - July 2016. By using the ModernGraham method one can review a company's historical accomplishments and determine an intrinsic value that can be compared across industries. What follows is a stock analysis showing a specific look at how Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE:VZ) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.



  • Why eBay’s Post-Earnings Pop Should Get Investors Excited

    Shares of eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY) are up nearly 17% after the company posted impressive results in the most recent quarter. The company beat analyst expectations on bottom line after announcing earnings per share of $0.43 compared to a consensus estimate of $0.42 per share.

    While eBay missed expectations on revenue after coming short by $60 million, this did not put off investors, who among other positives were buoyed by the company’s announcement of additional $2.5 billion worth of share buybacks.


  • 3M: A Medium-Risk Dividend Play

    Some might say that 3M, formerly known as the Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company is a boring business. It does not excite you the way some of the technology companies might. It’s a industrial supplier, a chemical company and a healthcare supply company as well, and it’s been chugging along for so long that it will be 115 years old next year.

    3M has silently gone about its business for so many years, continually adapting themselves to the ever-changing economy, but it is their $30.27 billion revenue achievement during fiscal 2015 that stands testament to their relevance even today. Let us dig a bit deeper to find out how safe their dividends are, and if it is a good time to onboard them to your portfolio on that strength.


  • Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp (CTSH) CEO Francisco Dsouza Sold $11.5 million of Stocks

  • Tpi Composites Inc (TPIC) President and CEO Steven C Lockard Bought $249,997 of Stocks

  • Dodge & Cox Stock Fund 2nd Quarter Commentary

    M A R K E T C O M M E N TA RY


  • Barrick Releases Second Quarter Report

    Barrick Gold Corporation (NYSE: ABX) released its second quarter 2016 results on July 27, which reported net earnings of $138 million (12 cents per share) and adjusted net earnings of $158 million, 14 cents per share, missing recent analysts' expectations by 0.01 cents.

    A summary of financial results of the gold stock:


  • Ariel Investments' Charlie Bobrinskoy Discusses European Stress Test Results

    European banks released their stress test results Friday, and Ariel Investments, led by John Rogers (Trades, Portfolio), worries about their safety.

    "There's too much risk to be investing in these names," he said. "They just don't represent a good risk-reward trade-off. Clearly the European bank authorities don't want to send a signal that there are real problems in the system. There are real problems in the system, particularly in Italy."   

  • Sometimes It Is Good to Buy the Biggest. But Should You Buy the Biggest Health Care Distribution Business?

    2016 Investor Day presentation, June 29, 2016 

    The McKesson Corp. (NYSE:MCK), which distributes pharma products and medical supplies (and more), is the 11th largest company on the Fortune 500 list. It’s currently a bargain, at least compared to what it used to be.


  • Sam Isaly Swaps 3 Health Care Stocks in Second Quarter

    Samuel Isaly (Trades, Portfolio), manager of the Eaton Vance Worldwide Health Care Fund (ETHSX), invested in three health care companies and eliminated his position in three others during the second quarter of 2016. An active health care investor, Isaly seeks long-term capital growth in health care companies that have potential for high growth and increased market share. The portfolio manager generally has 80% of his assets in health sciences industries, including biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment.

    The ETHSX portfolio manager made three new buys during the second quarter: Biomarin Pharmaceutical Inc. (NASDAQ:BMRN), UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE:UNH) and Medivation Inc. (NASDAQ:MDVN). Among these three stocks, Isaly made the largest investment in Biomarin: during the second quarter, the manager purchased 370,500 shares at an average price of $85.12. Additionally, Isaly purchased 292,900 shares of Medivation at an average price of $49.98 and 177,300 shares of UnitedHealth at an average price of $129.10.


  • U.S. Market Indexes Flat After Lower than Expected GDP Data

    U.S. market indexes were flat on Friday. For the day, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 18432.24 for a loss of -24.11 or -0.13%. The S&P 500 was higher, closing at 2173.60 for a gain of 3.54 points or 0.16%. The Nasdaq Composite closed higher at 5162.13 for a gain of 7.15 points or 0.14%. The VIX Volatility Index was lower at 11.99 for a loss of -0.73 points or -5.74%.

    In the Dow Jones Industrial Average, stocks leading losses for the day included the following:


  • How Are We Doing?: A Second Look at Conn's

    A key skill in improving our investment process is the ability to look a mistake squarely in the face and figure out what went wrong. We will start with the ugly, Conn’s (NASDAQ:CONN). CONN is down 55% since we wrote about it. At Punch Card, if we get something wrong, we go back into the data and we figure out why what happened happened, and why we got it wrong.



  • Matthews China Fund Made 6 New Buys in 2nd Quarter

    The Matthews China Fund (Trades, Portfolio) made six new buys during the second quarter. Five had impacts of 1% or greater on the fund’s portfolio.

    The largest new buy was the purchase of a 2,396,000-share stake in China Mobile Ltd. (HKSE:00941), a telecommunications company based in Beijing, for an average price of 87.35 Hong Kong dollars ($11.26 in U.S. currency) per share. The acquisition had a 4.83% impact on the guru’s portfolio.


  • Alphabet Inc (GOOG) CEO Lawrence Page Sold $25 million of Stocks

  • The Carlyle Group Is a Screaming Buy

    The Carlyle Group (NAS:CG) is one of the largest alternative asset managers (mostly private equity) with more than $170 billion of assets under management (AUM) across 125 funds and 164 fund of funds vehicles. Founded in 1987 in Washington, DC, Carlyle has grown into one of the world’s largest and most successful investment companies, with more than 1,650 professionals in 36 offices worldwide.

    In my opinion, merger and acquisition activity will be heating up due to the volatility in Europe over Brexit as well as the coming bear market here in the U.S. Carlyle and peers like Apollo (NYSE:APO) and Blackstone (BGB) will all be vying for assets, but what really interests me about Carlyle is the projected 15% dividend yield the company will be paying out in the next year.


  • What UPS Earnings Tell Us About This Logistics Behemoth

    United Parcel Service (NYSE:UPS) is one of my favorite stocks. Not because of the way the company latched itself onto explosive e-commerce growth, but mainly because it operates in one of the most capital-intensive industries in the world, yet remains extremely profitable as a company.



  • Linear Technology: We Hardly Knew 'Ya - Part Two

    For the second time in three weeks, a stock in the Nintai Charitable Trust has been acquired. Analog Devices (NASDAQ:ADI) announced on July 26, that it was acquiring Linear Technology (NASDAQ:LLTC) for $60 per share in a cash/stock deal. The sale price was approximately a 29% premium to the closing price on July 26th. LLTC had been a holding in the Nintai Charitable Trust.

    We first purchased LLTC in August 2015. Since then (and including the rise in price after ADI’s offer), the stock has returned 65% including dividends. We will be selling the entire position over the next few days. With this sale, the Nintai Charitable Trust’s cash position will be roughly 13%.


  • Twitter's Not Getting My Money...Yet

    The one number I wanted to see at Twitter’s (NYSE:TWTR) second quarter earnings was how many subscribers they had added. Twitter ended the first quarter of this year adding five million monthly active users to their base, taking their tally to 310 million users, surprising many as the company had added only 17 million users in 2015.



  • Amazon on Fire

    Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) is the biggest Internet-based retailer in the United States and world by aggregate deals and market capitalization. Amazon began as an online book shop, later expanding to offer DVDs, blu-ray discs, CDs, video downloads, MP3 downloads, e-book downloads, programming, computer games, gadgets, clothing, furniture, sustenance, toys and games. The organization likewise creates purchaser gadgets— Amazon Kindle tablets, Fire tablets and Fire TV — and is the world’s largest supplier of cloud base administrations (IaaS). 

    The organization was established in 1994, impelled by what Amazon author Jeff Bezos called his “misgiving minimization system,” which depicted his endeavors to battle off any second thoughts for not taking an interest sooner in the Internet business blast that was occurring.


  • Value Investing Ends Losing Streak, Beats Growth This Year

    After eating the dust of growth stocks for a decade, the value investing strategy has come out ahead this year.

    Some of the growth stocks that led last year’s returns either experienced altitude sickness or slowed. Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL) shed 2% year to date after gaining 46% in 2015. Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) gained 19% after a 32% year. Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) is up 11% compared to 123%. Mostly notably, Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) has caved 20% after starring as the best performing stock last year, gaining 140%. The S&P 500 so far this year has gained 6.6%.


  • Re Re How Intel and Microsoft Dealt Differently With the Same Problem

  • FPA Capital Fund Continues to Buy Western Digital, Veeco

    FPA Capital Fund (Trades, Portfolio) has a concentrated portfolio and invests primarily in undervalued small- to mid-cap companies. In both the first and second quarters, the guru bought shares in the following stocks:

    Veeco Instruments Inc. (VECO)


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