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  • 8 Stocks trading below the Peter-Lynch value

    According to the GuruFocus All-in-One Screener, several gurus are focusing on stocks whose Peter Lynch fair values are far above the current price. The following stocks are trading with wide margins of safety and have positive performances over the past 12 months.

    Navigator Holdings Ltd. (NVGS) is trading around $11 per share. The Peter Lynch value gives the stock a fair price of $27.5 so the stock is undervalued with a margin of safety of 59%. Twelve weeks back the stock started its positive upward trend; it now registers a positive performance of 35.8%.


  • Underperforming stocks in gurus' portfolio.

    While gurus hold positions in these companies, the stock price and returns continue to fall. These are the worst-performing stocks over the last three months with a long-term presence in more than four gurus’ portfolios.

    Endo International PLC. (ENDP) had a negative performance of 42.7% over the last six months. Despite this, four mutual funds are holding the stock with a total weight of 2.40% on their portfolios.


  • How Bendon May Build a Powerhouse Brand

    Investors who are attracted to emerging companies are not exactly a rare breed, but, for all intents and purposes, they do share some inherent traits that make them somewhat of a renegade spirit in the investment world.

    Let's face it. These investors aren't easily fazed by turbulent volatility, are willing to look past transgressions and for the most part are willing to undertake a significant risk in order to generate a meaningful reward.


  • Gernstein Fisher: What’s a $20 Trillion Debt Among Friends?

    By Andrew Tanzer, CFA


  • Abbott Laboratories declares quarterly dividend

    Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT) announced a regular quarterly dividend of 26.5 cents per share on Feb. 17.

    The dividend will be paid on May 15 to shareholders of record as of April 14.


  • Longleaf Partners Small-Cap Fund Comments on OCI

    OCI (XAMS:OCI) (-28%, -0.69%), a global fertilizer and chemical producer, was the largest detractor in the Fund for the year, even after a rebound of 18% in the fourth quarter. The two main pressures on the share price were weakness in nitrogen fertilizer prices and the cancellation of the CF Industries merger as a result of the U.S. government crackdown on tax inversions. Despite depressed fertilizer prices, nitrogen remains an essential part of global food production, and global demand is growing by around 2%, which will help deplete the current excess supply by 2018. Given the high cost and long lead time of building a new plant, it is unlikely that new capacity will be built in the medium term. OCI owns the newest and most efficient nitrogen fertilizer plants in the industry, with its large, new Iowa plant now producing. Its Texas Greenfield methanol plant comes online in late 2017. OCI recently initiated a cost savings plan over $100 million, $65 million of which is executed, and the company has completed the majority of its large capital expenditures. We expect significant earnings production in the coming two years, and CEO Nassef Sawiris and his team are working diligently to grow value per share. In early December, the company announced a 25% premium offer to acquire all publicly held shares of OCI Partners in exchange for OCI shares. The acquisition should allow for operating synergies between methanol assets and incremental free cash flow with a positive impact on the combined balance sheet in 2017.

    From Longleaf Partners Small-Cap Fund fourth-quarter 2016 commentary.


  • Longleaf Partners Small-Cap Fund Comments on Level 3 Communications

    Level 3 Communications (NYSE:LVLT) (+4%, +0.19%), a global fiber and integrated communications network company was the primary contributor to the Fund’s fourth quarter return with a 22% gain. The stock rose with the announcement of a merger with CenturyLink, Inc., equating to $66.50 per Level 3 share, a 42% premium to the closing price prior to the announcement. This deal offers numerous benefits for shareholders. The combined company will increase the capacity and reach of CenturyLink’s domestic and Level 3’s global high-bandwidth fiber networks.

    Although CenturyLink has been tainted by the performance of its legacy landline business, its Qwest fiber network is a high quality asset. Projected synergies total $975 million, with $125 million in reduced capital expenditures and the remaining $850 million split in half between operating expense reductions and moving data usage onto the company’s own network. Additionally, Level 3 will get four directors on the new board. CenturyLink CEO Glen Post has announced that the new CFO will be Sunit Patel who has successfully integrated large acquisitions and managed balance sheets well in his tenure at Level 3.


  • Longleaf Partners Small-Cap Fund Comments on Scripps Networks

    Scripps Networks (NASDAQ:SNI) (+31%,+1.51%), the media company whose three main brands are HGTV, Food Network and Travel Channel, had solid advertising revenue gains during the year, and the stock continued its rise in the fourth quarter, gaining 13%. Ratings were strong overall in 2016, and HGTV ended up as the third most watched U.S. cable channel behind ESPN and Fox News. The company’s advertising has more exposure to stable categories than most competitors and also earns premiums per viewer over the competition. The year did see a decline in distributor fees paid to Scripps, but this was due to one-time items that will be lapped next year. Part of the stock’s discount is related to international expansion which has not yet produced profits but has created startup costs and non-cash amortization. Scripps’ high-profile lifestyle channels could be valuable content for other media and entertainment companies, as evidenced by AT&T’s recent bid for Time Warner at an attractive multiple relative to Scripps’ stock price.

    From Longleaf Partners Small-Cap Fund fourth-quarter 2016 commentary.


  • Longleaf Partners Small-Cap Fund Comments on Wynn Resorts

    Wynn Resorts (NASDAQ:WYNN) (+27%; +1.67%), the luxury gaming and hotel operator with prime real estate in Las Vegas, Macau, and Boston, was another significant contributor during the year despite a slight retreat in the fourth quarter. The total Macau market reported higher gross gaming revenues year-over-year in most months of the second half, indicating stabilization and a return to growth. In August, the company opened the Wynn Palace in Cotai (Macau). The property has ramped up more slowly than some analysts had hoped, but Wynn has a history of careful openings and eventual success. During the fourth quarter, sentiment shifted up and down, as some positive industry level data points were offset by concerns over Chinese policy changes that could potentially impact Macau indirectly. In the U.S., Las Vegas had solid results, and the company received the final licenses necessary to begin construction of Wynn Boston Harbor, which is expected to open in 2019. Wynn also announced plans to develop part of its Las Vegas golf course property into a hotel, restaurants, and other attractions. In December, the company sold 49% of its retail assets in Las Vegas for over twenty times EBITDA, which was accretive to our value and well above where the stock trades. The sale was also further evidence of how our heavily-aligned partner, Steve Wynn, continues to build value per share and pursue value recognition for shareholders.

    From Longleaf Partners Small-Cap Fund fourth-quarter 2016 commentary.


  • Longleaf Partners Small-Cap Fund Comments on Liberty Media Corp

    Liberty Media Corp. (+79%; +3.36%), a holding company for a broad range of entertainment businesses, was an additional large contributor to the Fund’s return in 2016 and rose 11% in the fourth quarter. We initiated the position in the second quarter when “old Liberty Media” spun out three tracking stocks, including Liberty Media Corp. (LMCK). LMCK’s main asset immediately post-spin was 34% of Live Nation Entertainment, the largest ticketing and live entertainment company in the world. Live Nation reported solid results throughout the year. Shortly after our purchase of Liberty Media, the company announced its acquisition of a controlling interest in Formula One Group, which is now LMCK’s most important asset. Formula One adds to LMCK’s properties a global, live sports brand with over 400 million unique viewers, and its worldwide races generate long-term contracted revenue from broadcasting, event fees, and advertising. A key part of the acquisition was the appointment of Chase Carey as Formula One Group Chairman. Southeastern successfully partnered with Carey previously, and we are thrilled to partner with him again, as his experience as one of the smartest people in sports media directly relates to the Formula One opportunity. Upon the anticipated first quarter 2017 closing of the acquisition, Liberty Media Corp. will be renamed Formula One Group. Our past investments with Chairman John Malone and CEO Greg Maffei have been rewarding, and we expect this opportunity to partner with these superior capital allocators to continue to benefit the Fund.

    From Longleaf Partners Small-Cap Fund fourth-quarter 2016 commentary.


  • Longleaf Partners Small-Cap Fund Comments on CONSOL Energy

    CONSOL Energy (NYSE:CNX) (+131%; +3.55%), the natural gas and Appalachian coal company also contributed large gains over the year. CEO Nick Deluliis, management, and the board, led by Chairman Will Thorndike, monetized assets and continued to cut costs in the pursuit of separating the coal and gas businesses which is expected to happen in 2017. Following the disposition of its metallurgical coal assets in the first half of the year, CONSOL sold its high cost Miller Creek and Fola thermal coal mines to a private buyer at a price above our appraisal. The company also delivered positive free cash flow (FCF) for the year, which many thought very unlikely at the start of 2016. In the fourth quarter, CONSOL announced the unwinding of a joint venture with Noble Energy in which the company received $205 million in cash from Noble while maintaining ownership of valuable earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) producing properties. Recent transactions involving other companies’ gas assets in Appalachia, as well as CONSOL’s own midstream master limited partnerships’ (MLP) prices, support our appraisal of CONSOL which is much higher than the stock price.

    From Longleaf Partners Small-Cap Fund fourth-quarter 2016 commentary.


  • Longleaf Partners Small-Cap Fund Comments on Dreamworks Animation

    DreamWorks Animation (NASDAQ:DWA) (+55%, 5.06%), the film studio and multimedia company, was the Fund’s largest contributor for the year. We sold the position in the second quarter after Comcast announced an all cash acquisition for $41 per share. We started buying DreamWorks in the third quarter of 2014 at $19 per share following disappointing new movie releases. Our appraisal hinged on the valuable film library and DreamWorks’ growing success in TV and web content, as well as licensing. We partnered with a strong board led by Chairman Mellody Hobson and owner-operator CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, who built the company’s brands, developed a presence in China, managed costs, and ultimately monetized the company at full value with a 104% return for the Fund during our two year holding period.

    From Longleaf Partners Small-Cap Fund fourth-quarter 2016 commentary.


  • Longleaf Partners Small-Cap Fund 4th Quarter Commentary

    Longleaf Partners Small-Cap Fund delivered a substantial return of 20.48% in 2016, following a 3.88% gain in the fourth quarter. The Fund far outpaced the Russell 2000 Index throughout the year until the November presidential election sent the index soaring over 13%, catching up with the Small-Cap Fund to deliver 8.83% in the fourth quarter and 21.31% for the year. Our 2016 risk adjusted absolute and relative returns were impressive given that our cash balance averaged 23% throughout the year. The Fund’s longer-term results have materially outpaced the index.


  • Risk Reward with Urban Outfitters

    There has been ten years of ups and downs in Urban Outfitters’s stock price, while its financials continued to rise. Revenue increased 181% from $1.2 billion to over $3.5 billion in the last decade, while net income almost doubled, going from $116 to $227 million. This coincided with a 51 million share buyback, boosting the EPS by 175%. All in all, it’s been an amazing run.

    The company owns and operates the Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Free People, Terrain and Bhldn brands. It also operates a Wholesale segment under the Free People brand. In the fourth quarter, the company reported flat comparable retail sales with revenue increasing 2.0% at Urban Outfitters and 1.2% at Free People, while falling 2.9% at Anthropologie Group and 1.0% in its wholesale segment during the quarter.


  • Waste Management Stocks Have Investors Cleaning Up

    Really take a look as some of the historic charts of some of the biggest companies in the market right now. What sectors come to mind? Maybe tech, biotechnology, maybe online retail are some that you think about but did you consider garbage? Come to find out, waste management has become one of the biggest businesses on the planet and is projected to grow to over $1.4 trillion by 2019 in annual revenue.

    Of course there are municipal services and private sector firms but some of the largest companies within the arena are publicly traded. A look at some of the chart patterns has not only raised my eyebrows but many investors as well.


  • This Airline Stock Is A Good Value Investment

    Investment Highlights

    • Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte, S.A.B. de C.V. (NASDAQ:OMAB) has a diversified business model which would contribute to its earnings

  • Newmont Mining Corporation released the results for Q4 2016 and whole year 2016

    Newmont Mining Corporation (NYSE:NEM) released the operating and financial results for the last quarter of 2016 and whole year of 2016, yesterday, Feb. 21.

    In the last quarter of 2016, the largest U.S. gold producer generated adjusted EPS of 25 cents, a 525% increase from the same quarter of 2015, and missed analysts’ expectations on EPS by 8 cents, generating a negative surprise of 24.20%.


  • Wal-Mart Is a Great Investment Option

    It was a great year for Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE:WMT) in 2016 as the stock was up nearly 13%. Moreover, the stock is off to a decent start this year as it is up approximately 4% year to date.

    Over the past few years, the retailer has relished substantial competitive benefits on the back of its enormous scale.Things are gradually changing with the rise of e-commerce sales, however, where Wal-Mart lags behind Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN).


  • GasLog Will Remain a Value Creator

    Investment Overview

    In the last year, several midsize companies that have done exceedingly well and have the potential to become long-term value creators. For investors seeking growth stocks, GasLog Ltd. (NYSE:GLOG) is a stock worth holding, even after 92% returns in the last 12 months.


  • Avoiding Cognitive Biases in Trading

    On top of rampant emotions and a dire need to “fit in,” our biological evolution had another side effect. It made us lazy.

    Back in the day, we were faced with an endless cycle of feast and famine. We would have short periods of feeding followed by long periods of living on minimal sustenance. So naturally, we evolved to conserve our energy as much as possible.


  • How Resilient Is Wal-Mart's Retail Model Against Amazon's Encroachment?

    Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) reported strong fourth-quarter results, beating the market forecast on the earnings front while missing revenue expectations. The world’s largest retailer posted adjusted earnings per share of $1.30 with revenues of $130.94 billion for the quarter. The market was expecting $1.29 adjusted EPS and $131.22 billion in revenues.

    Comparable store sales increased 1.8%, representing the tenth straight quarter of comps increase for Wal-Mart. The company made massive changes to its strategy during this period, shutting down its smaller format express stores, expanding its neighborhood market stores, buying e-commerce company and proritizing capital expenses toward e-commerce, increasing the minimum wage and so on.


  • Will 2017 be a Tough Nut for Home Depot to Crack?

    Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement store, scaled all-time highs after the company reported fourth quarter results that beat market expectations on the revenue as well as earnings fronts. Wall Street was expecting Home Depot to post $21.8 billion in revenues with adjusted EPS of $1.34 but the company went past both numbers, posting $22.21 billion in revenues with adjusted earnings per share coming in at $1.44 per share.

    Earnings in the retail sector has been a mixed bag during the recent quarter, with some doing better than expected and some doing really poorly. Starbucks, Target and Under Armour saw the market softening, while Costco, Home Depot, Walmart and Amazon did really well.


  • Naloxone and Naltrexone: Anti-Drug Addiction Stocks to Watch

    With the drug addiction treatment market being about $35 billion a year in the U.S. alone, it is easy to understand why the industry is rapidly becoming a popular space.

    Big pharmaceutical companies, like Insys Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ:INSY), Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE), Amphastar Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:AMPH), Mylan N.V. (NASDAQ:MYL), Opiant Technologies Inc. (OPNT), Adapt Pharma Ltd., Kaleo Pharmaceuticals, Alkermes (NASDAQ:ALKS), and newcomer BioCorRx, Inc. (BICX) are all jockeying for position to get a bigger slice of the market.


  • Foothills Exploration, Inc. Announces Two Wells Brought Into Production

  • BenjiLock®: CES 2017 Honoree Receives TWICE Picks Award

  • PharmaCyte Biotech Discusses Patient Enrollment and TD2’s Role in Upcoming Clinical Trial

  • Latest PIC® MCU Family Brings Ease of Design with More Core Independent Peripherals

  • eRAD Announces New RIS Features

  • Orion Group Holdings, Inc. Schedules Announcement of Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2016 Results and Conference Call

  • JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology Manuscript Featuring BioSig’s PURE EP System in Top Five Most Influential of 2016

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