Carl Icahn

Carl Icahn

Last Update: 07-09-2015

Number of Stocks: 21
Number of New Stocks: 0

Total Value: $32,052 Mil
Q/Q Turnover: 1%

Countries: USA
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Carl Icahn Watch

  • Carl Icahn Warns That It Is 2007 All Over Again

    Carl Icahn (Trades, Portfolio) thinks that there is a reckoning coming, and there are a lot of investors who have no idea how much risk they are exposed to.


    He singles out the high yield bond market where rising interest rates will be the catalyst to create the plunge.

      


  • Carl Icahn vs Larry Fink

    CNBC did its again at Delivering Alpha, putting Carl Icahn (Trades, Portfolio) and Larry Fink on the same stage at the same time together. These two titans of finance have been going at its the last year about various topics but mainly Activist Investing. Both men gave their views on the various topics at the conference. They both went back and forth over everything from the high yield market to activists' effect on the economy. Icahn laid out his case that the economy looks just like 2007; Mr. Fink didn't agree with him and laid out his case that Icahn is wrong about the economic. Both men gave their opinions of what higher interest rates will do to the economy and if the Fed will raise rates this year. Mr. Icahn called Blackrock dangerous because of the ETFs and the high yield markets. Both men are very informed and have far different views of the economy. Every investor should watch their back and forth because there is so much to learn from these titans of finance.


    Icahn vs Fink

      


  • Carl Icahn Reports Increased Stake in Gannett

    Carl Icahn (Trades, Portfolio) on June 29 received shares of Gannett Co. Inc. (NYSE:GCI) as part of the company’s split that he supported, according to Real Time Picks data.


    Icahn effectively has 7,483,683 shares of the new Gannett after the June 29 split, roughly a 6.51% stake. Shareholders received two shares of the new Gannett for every share they held of Gannett, which changed its name to Tegna Inc. (NYSE:TGNA).

      


  • One of Icahn's Favorite Stocks Seems to be Overvalued

    One well-known activist investor, Carl Icahn (Trades, Portfolio), further increased his position in Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE:CHK) through Icahn Capital LP by 10% to $1.03 billion in the company's latest filing, with 73.05 million shares. Chesapeake is Icahn's eighth-largest holding in its $32.05 billion portfolio, and the stake represents 3.2% of Icahn´s portfolio, so we can conclude that the stock´s performance will affect its performance.


    Icahn remains bullish on the company as evidenced by his increased position in the company's shares, so let´s try to find the intrinsic value of the stock based on an absolute valuation model and see if we can have an upside potential in this stock.

      


  • Will Bill Ackman Go After Express Scripts Next?

    Bill Ackman (Trades, Portfolio) of Pershing Square, the second most well known activist investor only after Carl Icahn (Trades, Portfolio), just raised more money by issuing a billion worth of bonds. The NY Post reported that according to a source on an investor's call: Ackman plans to use the debt proceeds to help his $20 billion fund take on a big target. Ackman gets his fair share of headlines, and his targets usually quickly get bumped up a few notches. That makes it both fun and potentially profitable to speculate on his next target. With his fund getting bigger and bigger targets are becoming scarce which helps.


    To try and deduce what company Pershing Square will target, the first thing I did was set up a screen that excludes companies based on Ackman’s likely preferences. My screen excluded companies below $50 billion because he is going after a big target. It also excluded various industries like retail, energy and basic materials that I think he is unlikely to invest in right now based on his historic preferences and public comments he made. In addition I only included companies with a multiyear stable operating cash flow record and finally also excluded companies that analysts are extremely optimistic about because these are not logical targets for an activist. Finally, I expect Ackman will not invest outside the U.S. because of the additional legal issues and because of all the additional travel he and his team would need to do which could hurt the overall portfolio.

      


  • Market Valuations and Expected Returns – June 26, 2015

    The market was up more than 30% in 2013, the best year since the go-go years of 1990s. 2014 was another strong year for the market. The S&P 500 index was up more than 13%. Since the market recovery in 2009, the stock market has been up for 6 consecutive years. Yet in January 2015, the stock market benchmark S&P 500 lost 3.10%. In February, the market regained its strength by increasing 5.49%. Throughout March, the market went down by 1.74%. In April and May, the market was up by 0.85% and 1.05% separately.


    Bernard Baruch once said, “A market without bears would be like a nation without a free press. There would be no one to criticize and restrain the false optimism that always leads to disaster.”

      


  • Carl Icahn Sells Holding in Netflix

    Carl Icahn (Trades, Portfolio) of Icahn Enterprises (NASDAQ:IEP) did an interview with CNBC on Wednesday were he informed the world that he's no longer a shareholder of Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX). His investment in Netflix is one of the best trades seen in a very long time. Icahn bought his stake in Netflix in 2013 when the company was selling for $54 per share, and over the last two years have returned 1,000% for Icahn. He discusses why he sold out and why he believes that Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is another Netflix. After discussing Netflix and Apple, Icahn went on to discuss why he believes that the market is overvalued and that we are in another bubble like the one that burst in 2008.


    Part One

      


  • Carl Icahn: It's Time To Be Concerned About The Market

    Carl Icahn (Trades, Portfolio) believes it is ridiculous to buy a high yield bond today when you can buy a top quality corporate bond for a yield that is only 2% lower. He says that buyers of high yield debt are taking on a large amount of risk for the slightly better return that they will get if everything goes well.

      


  • Top Micro-Cap Picks From the Gurus

    Much like small-cap stocks, micro caps (generally defined as capitalizations between $50-300 million) offer opportunities for very large growth, but also present significant risk and volatility.


    Over the last year, the Russell Microcap Index returned 11.19%, slightly underperforming the Russell 3000 return of 11.86%. When looking over a three-year period, the Microcap index returned 20.89% compared to Russell 3000’s 19.92%.

      


  • The Fed Needs To Start Raising Rates Immediately – Billionaire Investor Carl Icahn

    Carl Icahn (Trades, Portfolio) thinks that the Federal Reserve should already have started raising rates.


    He isn't anti-Fed as he believes that they saved the country in 2008.

      


  • Marc Faber Sees Colossal Systemic Risks In The Markets Today

    Carl Icahn (Trades, Portfolio) thinks that there is a bubble brewing in the financial markets.


    The reason for this is the unprecedented length of time that interest rates have been held down for.

      


  • 7 Quirky Dividend Stocks

    With bond yields in the gutter for these past six years, investors have grown accustomed to looking in… shall we say… “nonconventional” places for yield. Whether in odd corners of the stock market or in dodgy-looking private placements, anything offering a respectable current income is bound to get at least a little attention.


    It’s easy enough to understand why. The 10-year Treasury yields barely more than 2%, and traditionally high-yielding sectors like utilities and REITs yield less than 4%. Even “high-yield” junk bonds (and yes, you have to write “high-yield” in quotation marks these days) yield only 5.9%, and these come with the not-so-insignificant risk of default.

      


  • Larry Robbins keeps on buying Manitowoc Co Inc.

    After his latest buys of Q1 2015, Guru Larry Robbins (Trades, Portfolio) keeps on increasing his stake in Manitowoc Co Inc (MTW) even in June (Q2), according to GuruFocus real time picks.


    In March he bought the stock for the first time, and now he increased his stake by 11.61% at an average price of $19.3 reaching a total of 9,614,197 shares held. After this buy the Investor is still the second main holder of MTW after Carl Icahn (Trades, Portfolio) who owns 10,582,660 shares.

      


  • Carl Icahn Reflects On His Long Career Of Corporate Raiding

    In 1962 Carl Icahn (Trades, Portfolio) learned a critical lesson.


    The source of the lesson was him losing all of his money.

      


  • Carl Icahn: Part Of His Interview With Wall Street Week

    Carl Icahn did a two-part interview with Wall Street Week. and the second part is out. He discuss his early career on Wall Street, and the option brokerage firm that he started. Icahn also discuss losing all of his money and the lessons he learned from that massive loss. He talked about the casino mentality that runs through the market and how dangerous it is. It's a great interview and anyone wanting to know more about Icahn's early career should watch and also get the book "King Icahn: The Biography of a Renegade Capitalist." The book really tells you how Icahn started is activism and how he won his activist campaigns.


    Part 2

      


  • Apple, SunEdison and Biogen: Hellman, Jordan Management's Top 3 Stocks Outperform the Rise in the S&P 500 Index

    Hedge fund Hellman, Jordan Management Company, Inc disclosed an equity portfolio valued at some $548.6 million as of the end of the first quarter of 2015. The equity portfolio is mainly invested in Technology (32%), Consumer Discretionary (24%) and Health Care (17%) stocks. The fund’s last 13F filing showed that the fund raised its exposure towards consumer discretionary and tech stocks but reduced its holdings in the health care and industrials sector.


    In this article we will look into the top three picks held at the end of Q1. Among 10 largest holdings from Hellman, Jordan’s equity portfolio (which amass 37.07% of the total portfolio value), the three top are: Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), SunEdison, Inc. (NYSE:SUNE) and Biogen Inc. (NASDAQ:BIIB).

      


  • Carl Icahn's Biggest Portfolio Changes

    Activist investor Carl Icahn (Trades, Portfolio) did not buy new stocks in the first quarter but made several other notable moves.


    The investor has spent much of his time in the public eye over the past several months vying for change at Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), a stock that eats 20.48% of his portfolio as his second largest holding. On April 28 he proclaimed the company “still undervalued and misunderstood” on Twitter. He then projected 40% earnings growth for the year and a worth of $240 on its shares, in an open letter dated May 18.

      


  • Should You Invest Like Carl Icahn?

    Brian Rosenblatt of Rosenblatt Securities and Mark Hale of Hale Capital Management were both at CNBC where they debated the pros and cons of investing like Carl Icahn (Trades, Portfolio).


      


  • Apple Wins The Age-Old Legal Bout Against Samsung In The U.S.

    The balance in the high profile smartphone proprietorship litigation case between Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (SSNLF) tilted in the former’s favor with the Washington, D.C., Federal Appeals court, the specialized U.S. establishment for reviewing patent appeals, upholding a majority of the 2012 federal ruling that awarded Apple $930 million in damages. Samsung’s appeal against the excessive monetary fine for using the "basic" design of rectangular with rounded corners flat and touch screen phone and asked for reduction by $382 million was accepted in principle by the court and up to 40% of the unprecedented damage will now be reconsidered.


    In spite of losing its claim of "trade dress," the visual shape of iPhone, Apple is feeling vindicated and calls the highly anticipated ruling that established violations of many patent inventions of Apple IPhone by Samsung and its incorporation in a series of Samsung smartphones to boost sales, a victory for its intellectual property against the shameless copying of its innovative, simple, easy to use and elegant designs that were protected by patents. Following the decisive turn of events, representatives of Samsung chose not to comment on the guilty charges but welcomed the part of ruling favoring them and said they will continue to protect their own designs and patents.

      


  • Activist Investing Guru Carl Icahn – Apple Is A No-Brainer

    Carl Icahn (Trades, Portfolio) believes that Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) shares are worth $240 a piece, a healthy premium to the current share price.


    He considers the company to be a "no-brainer" at this point:

      


  • Hertz To Improve Rental Prices To Boost Bottom Line

    As if the raise in airfares wasn’t giving tough times to consumers, the announcement by Hertz Global Holdings Inc. to increase car rental rates has come as a blow though its good news for the investors of the company. An important thing noted here is the clashing of the price hike by Hertz with the recent announcement of Carl Icahn (Trades, Portfolio)’s $100 million investment in the car sharing company Lyft Inc.


    Florida based American car rental company Hertz Global Holdings Inc. (NYSE:HTZ) shared its decision to raise car rental prices at U.S. airports by $5 a day and $20 a week. Outside the airport, the prices are set to go up by $3 a day and $10 a week. Hertz doesn’t seem to be affected by the recent announcement of investment by Carl Icahn (Trades, Portfolio) in car sharing company Lyft, which might prove as a tough competition for the company. Shares of the company rose 5.3% to close at $20.60.

      


  • Carl Icahn Thinks Apple Is Worth $1 Trillion

    Carl Icahn (Trades, Portfolio)'s Letter to Tim Cook


    Key Assumptions

      


  • In An Open Letter To CEO Tim Cook, Investor Carl Icahn Details His $240 Per Share Value Estimate For Apple

    Dear Tim:


    We again applaud you and the rest of management for Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) impressive operational performance and growth. It is truly impressive that, despite severe foreign exchange headwinds and massive growth in investment (in both R&D and SG&A), the company will still grow earnings by 40% this year, according to our forecast. After reflecting upon Apple’s tremendous success, we now believe Apple shares are worth $240 today. Apple is poised to enter and, in our view, dominate two new categories (the television next year and the automobile by 2020) with a combined addressable market of $2.2 trillion, a view investors don’t appear to factor into their valuation at all. We believe this may lead to a de facto short squeeze, as underweight actively managed mutual funds and hedge funds correct their misguided positions. To arrive at the value of $240 per share, we forecast FY2016 EPS of $12.00 (excluding net interest income), apply a P/E multiple of 18x, and then add $24.44 of net cash per share. Considering our forecast for 30% EPS growth in FY 2017 and our belief Apple will soon enter two new markets (Television and the Automobile) with a combined addressable market size of $2.2 trillion, we think a multiple of 18x is a very conservative premium to that of the overall market. Considering the massive scope of its growth opportunities and track record of dominating new categories, we actually think 18x will ultimately prove to be too conservative, especially since we view the market in general as having much lower growth prospects.

      


  • Buy Manitowoc Cheaper Than Carl Icahn Did

    The Manitowoc Company (NYSE:MTW) is one of the recent activist target of legendary hedge fund manager Carl Icahn (Trades, Portfolio). Icahn initiated a position in the stock in Q4 2014 by buying 4,492,631 shares at an average price of $20.03. He added 6,090,029 more shares to his portfolio at an average price of $20.69 in Q1 2015. The following chart shows his holding history in the company.



      



  • Manitowoc: Buy Into The Weakness

    Manitowoc Company (NYSE:MTW) recently reported weak 1QFY2015 results, with issues like reduced CapEx spending by large restaurant chains and underperformance of KitchenCare business hurting the company's Foodservice equipment business. Management also lowered its guidance for Foodservice equipment business. The company is now expecting flat year-over-year revenues versus earlier expecations of mid single digit revenue growth. However, I believe investors should look beyond the current weakness and buy the company's shares as Manitowoc remains on track to separate its Cranes and Foodservice businesses which will act as a catalyst for the stock.


    In a recent report, Credit Suisse analysts maintained their outperform rating on the stock. Commenting on the results they said,

      


  • Carl Icahn: New Interview

    Legendary Activist investor Carl Ichan of Icahn Enterrpises (IEP) did a new interview with Wall Street Week. During the 28 min. interview Icahn talked about his investments, his childhood, how he is hedging for a market correction and his activist investing. During the interview he also talked about Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and President Obama. The interview is very do and the best part is when Carl Icahn (Trades, Portfolio) talks about how he its hedging the market.

      


  • Activist Investing Legend Carl Icahn Reveals How He Is Hedging Stock Market Exposure Today

    For sheer entertainment value, there aren't many billionaire investors more interesting to follow than the original corporate raider Carl Icahn (Trades, Portfolio).


    In the video below, Icahn reflects on his childhood, his start to investing, and how he is hedging stock market exposure today.

      


  • 7 High-Conviction Stock Picks Held By The Masters of the Universe

    People love heroes. We instinctively look up to professional athletes, rock stars, and — against our better judgment — even politicians at times.


    The world of investments is no different. We mortals fawn over billionaire hedge fund managers as if they truly were the masters of the universe. Frankly, given the returns that some of these gentlemen generate, I’m not so sure they don’t deserve it.

      


  • Analyzing Joel Greenblatt's Holdings

    Joel Greenblatt (Trades, Portfolio) is founder and managing partner of Gotham Asset Management, LLC. He is known for the invention of Magic Formula Investing. He is the author of two investment books, including Joel Greenblatt: The Little Book that Beats the Marketir?t=gurufocuscom-20&l=ur2&o=1. He is also an adjunct professor with Columbia Business School.


    Greenblatt tries to find cheap and good companies. He looks for value with a catalyst. Greenblatt likes special situations and thinks that they are simply different places to find cheap stocks. In his own hedge fund, Greenblatt uses the basic principles in the Magic Formula: Look for high ROC and high earnings yield. He tries to figure out what "normalized earnings" will be 3-4 years into the future. Greenblatt makes sure the stock is very cheap based on normalized earnings. According to the latest disclosure, he was holding 1,797,124 shares of The Manitowoc Company, Inc. (MTW).

      


  • Thoughts on Portfolio Concentration And Position Weightings

    Recently, fellow GuruFocus contributor Canadian Value posted the transcript from Stanley Druckenmiller’s speech to the Lost Tree Club from earlier in the year (link).


    Let’s start with why you should care what he has to say: According to Sam Reeves, who introduced the speaker, Mr. Druckenmiller generated after tax returns for his shareholders of nearly 21% per annum over his 30 years managing outside funds (through 2010); at that rate, each $1,000 managed by Mr. Druckenmiller at Duquesne Capital was worth roughly $300,000 three decades later (fees aren’t mentioned in the transcript). And for the kicker, Mr. Druckenmiller never reported a down year over that period.

      


  • Exxon Mobil, Apple and Wells Fargo Are CrestPoint Capital Management’s Top Q1 Holdings

    CrestPoint Capital Management is a professional money management firm that specializes in the management of common stock portfolios. It disclosed an equity portfolio valued at around $192.36 million as of March 2015, representing a 4.4% increase from the previous quarter. The equity portfolio is mainly invested in Technology (17%), Finance (16%), and Consumer Discretionary (14%) stocks.


    The three largest holdings are represented by large-cap companies. These companies are Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM), Apple Inc. (AAPL) and Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC).

      


  • Risk and Reward in Carl Icahn's Bargain Stock Transocean

    I like Carl Icahn (Trades, Portfolio). I like him more than Warren Buffett even, because I don’t think he’s trying hard to impress you. And, let’s face it, he’s been an investor his whole life with no underlying profit generator to fall back on. Every decision he makes is binary - win or lose - and he’s been on the right side most of the time. That’s why he's worth $22 billion.


    A bargain stock that Carl has been interested in for a while is Transocean (NYSE:RIG).

      


  • Time To Call In The Shorts On Lumber Liquidators

    Here’s an interesting company that some consider the Walmart of flooring, selling really low quality (and cheap) hardwood floors. The company has a network of around 318 Lumber Liquidators stores located throughout the United States and Canada.


      


  • A Look at Which Stocks Carl Icahn Continues to Buy

    Carl Icahn (Trades, Portfolio) made a name for himself as the vulture capitalist in the 1980's because he took positions in public corporations and demanded an initial makeover in management and corporate leadership.


    Now, he is known as a shareholder activist and is known for causing shareholder prices to increase when he begins to purchase shares of a company. This has been dubbed the "Icahn lift."

      


  • What to Expect From Apple's Dividend Hike?

    A recent article published by CNBC discussed the excess cash Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has in the balance sheet and predicted the next dividend hike.


    Several opinions

      


  • Carl Icahn Increases Two of His Largest Stakes

    In the closing days of March, guru Carl Icahn (Trades, Portfolio) shored up two of his largest stakes. One, in fact – Federal-Mogul Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:FDML) – is the largest in his portfolio.


    On March 26, Icahn purchased more than 17 million shares of Federal-Mogul Holdings, a Michigan-based manufacturer and supplier of powertrain (the components that generate power) elements and safety products for vehicles, for an average price of $12.88 per share.

      


  • Insiders New Buys: CHK and COCP

    The All-In-One Guru Screener,can be used to find the most insider buys over the past week by clicking on the Insiders tab and changing the settings for All Insider Buying to "1,000,000+ shares at $5,000,000" and Duration to "over the past 14 days."


    Over the last 7 days, the most bought companies are Chesapeake Energy Corp (CHK) and Cocrystal Pharma Inc (COCP).

      


  • Carl Icahn Increases Stake in a Small Cap Which Has Experienced a Steep Decline in EPS

    Undoubtedly Carl Icahn is one of the best investors in the world and one of my favorite hedge fund gurus. He founded Icahn Capital LP, which had $31.89 billion under management at Dec. 31, 2014. The investor reported increasing his stake in Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ:FDML), a $2.01 billion market cap, according to GuruFocus Real Time Picks.


    Icahn's move

      


  • Carl Icahn Increases Stake in One of the Worst Year-to-Date Performers of the S&P 500

    Undoubtedly Carl Icahn (Trades, Portfolio) is one of the best investors in the world. He founded Icahn Capital LP, which had $31.89 billion under management at Dec. 31, 2014. The investor reported increasing his stake in Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE:CHK), a $9.33 billion market cap, according to GuruFocus Real Time Picks.


    The filing

      


  • Carl Icahn Increases Stake in Struggling Chesapeake Energy Corp.

    Carl Icahn, billionaire activist investor, increased his stake in Chesapeake Energy Corp. (CHK) for the first time in two years. The natural gas and oil company has been struggling due to falling oil prices, and many investors have turned bearish on the stock.


    On March 11, Icahn purchased 6.6 million shares of CHK for $14.15 between High River LP, Icahn Partners LP and Icahn Partners Master Fund LP. This transaction increases Icahn’s stake in the energy company from just shy of 10% to 11%. He is the second-largest shareholder with 73.1 million shares behind Southeastern Asset Management Inc. with 76 million shares. The transactions were filed with SEC on March 23.

      


  • Should You follow Carl Icahn and Larry Robbins and Buy Manitowoc?

    Larry Robbins (Trades, Portfolio) of Glenview Capital Management has recently initiated a long position in Manitowoc (NYSE:MTW) by buying over 8.6 mn shares of the company. Last quarter, another noted investor Carl Icahn (Trades, Portfolio) bought Manitowoc's shares with intention to force management to spin-off the company's Food Service equipment business. Icahn also added more shares to his position in January and currently holds 10,582,660 shares of Manitowoc.


    The Manitowoc Company, Inc. is a multi-industry, capital goods manufacturer operating in two principal markets: Cranes and Related Products (Crane) and Foodservice Equipment (Foodservice). The company's Crane segment is recognized as one of the world’s leading providers of engineered lifting equipment for the global construction industry, including lattice-boom cranes, tower cranes, mobile telescopic cranes and boom trucks. It accounts for ~62% of the company's top line. Manitowoc's Foodservice segment is one of the world’s leading innovators and manufacturers of commercial food-service equipment serving the ice, beverage, refrigeration, food-preparation, holding and cooking needs of restaurants, convenience stores, hotels, healthcare and institutional applications. It accounts for ~38% of the company's revenues.

      


  • Bill Ackman: Carl Icahn Is Stuck with Herbalife

    Pershing Capital Management Founder and CEO Bill Ackman (Trades, Portfolio) spoke with FOX Business Network’s (FBN) Deirdre Bolton regarding the recent report that federal prosecutors and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are probing potential market manipulation of Herbalife. On whether Herbalife can clean up their act, Ackman said, “there is no future for Herbalife as a legal company,” and, “I have a lot of confidence in the Department of Justice.” Ackman goes on to say, “we are totally open to full and fair look into details,” and that the senior management at Herbalife “knows they are running a pyramid scheme.” On Carl Icahn (Trades, Portfolio)’s relationship with Herbalife Ackman said, “I think Carl Icahn (Trades, Portfolio) at this point is actually stuck,” and, “If Carl wanted to sell the shares he’d have to get off the board.” On the direction of the investigation Ackman said, “I don’t think we will be here two years from now,” and, “either the business will have imploded or the government will have shut it down.” In regards to the average retailer Ackman said, “I get an enormous number of thank you notes, emails from your average retail investor who have followed us.”

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  • A Look at Carl Icahn's Investment in Navistar

    Billionaire investor Carl Icahn (Trades, Portfolio) is known for his activist campaigns. Navistar (NYSE:NAV) is one of his activist targets. He started building a position in the company in late 2011 and has been slowly increasing his stake. Last quarter, he purchased 1.94 million shares of the company. He currently holds 16.27 million shares of Navistar. Here's a look at the company's business in detail.


    Business Overview

      


  • Navistar Might Be Worth Watching For Investors

    There are some fairly pervasive concerns for investors in 2015. China has been slowing so the effects and extent of government stimulus are being scrutinized. There is also difficulty in Europe, which has recently launched its own version of quantitative easing. Further, the United States dollar has been rapidly strengthening against virtually all other currencies making the products of the biggest companies more expensive to their consumers. With all these things in mind, success could potentially be found in a corporation with little exposure to the specified issues.


    Meanwhile, the domestic economy is doing well by several measures. We have improving employment data and a net benefit from lower fuel prices. A widely quoted survey from the National Association of Business Economics forecasts 3.1% economic expansion in 2015, literally powering the rest of the world. Also, while there has been an ongoing expectation of an interest rate hike from the Federal Reserve, any such action appears to have been delayed. Hence there is reason to believe that some cyclical businesses are poised to do well.

      


  • A Look at Carl Icahn's investment in Manitowoc

    Billionaire investor Carl Icahn (Trades, Portfolio) is known for his activist campaigns. Last quarter, he bought Manitowoc's (NYSE:MTW) shares with intention to force management to spin-off the company's Food Service equipment business. He also added more shares to his position in January and currently holds 10,582,660 shares of Manitowoc. The company recently agreed to his demand to split the company. Here's a look at the company's business in detail.


    Business overview

      


  • Carl Icahn Raises Stakes in HTZ, IEP and New Buy MTW

    Carl Icahn (Trades, Portfolio) of Icahn Capital Management LP recently increased his stakes in three positions, while also adding a new position to his portfolio of 27 stocks, valued at $31.89 billion and a quarter over quarter turnover rate of 2%.


    Here's a look at his latest additions:

      


  • Herbalife's Faceoff Against Financial Market Coup

    Globally known MLM based healthcare product maker Herbalife (NYSE:HLF) has some major players in finance betting against the company due to its controversial practices. Ever since the US dollar had been gaining in strength since November 2014 versus other major currencies, and also the news of pending probes against the company coming to light, the stock seems to be going downhill. After Herbalife had posted its below-expected earning of Q3 2014, analysts like Timothy Ramey of Pivotal Research Group, has come down heavily to cut down on estimates of the stock price, from $110 to $75. The EPS estimates have been cropped as well, going from $1.34 to $1.22, alongside the 2015 full-year estimates, going down from $5.50 to $5.00. The net income from Q3 2014 went down by as much as 92%, owing to the pre-tax charges it faces from the reassessment of audit of assets and liabilities in the Venezuelan Bolivar. In short, there are problems all around.


      


  • A Publicly Traded Unicorn Maker: Spectral Capital Corp (OTCMKTS:FCCN)

    A "unicorn" in venture capital parlance is a $1 billion company, and a publicly-traded incubator that hopes to grow the next unicorn is Spectral Capital Corp (OTCMKTS:FCCN). Spectral Capital is a startup incubator that invests in fast-growth technology companies, similar to famous venture capital firms like Andreessen Horowitz, Sequoia, Venrock, Accel and Greylock. Spectral Capital invests in founders and helps them rapidly test, deploy and refine their services while "incubating" under its care. Incubators provide capital and services to their incubating companies, often handling recruitment, technology, accounting and legal to jump-start their growth. Because shares of Spectral Capital are public (stock symbol "FCCN"), anyone is able to buy a portion of this incubator and benefit from its performance.


    Unicorns often achieve a $1 billion valuation within one year, e.g. Instagram, Uber, Slack and Twitch. Indeed, almost all modern unicorns are therefore born as private – not public – companies. This is a major change since the days of Google (NASDAQ:GOOG), Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) and AOL (NYSE:AOL) – all of which became unicorns after going public.

      


  • Carl Icahn Comments on Apple, Sees Its Market Cap North of $1 Trillion

    On February 11, 2015 legendary investor Carl Icahn released a letter to his twitter followers discussing Apple, Inc.'s (AAPL) prospects. Apple is one of the biggest postitions in Carl Icahn (Trades, Portfolio)'s portfolio and Icahn has been a vocal activist shareholder of the company in the recent years. In yesterday's letter, Icahn has argued that the company's stock price could gain 84% from the current levels. His adjusted EPS forecast for FY2015 is $9.70. Since Apple is growing at a faster rate than S&P 500, he believes Apple should get higher P/E multiple than the broader markets. S&P 500 is trading at a P/E of 17x. According to Icahn, if one gives Apple's core business a P/E of 20x and adds back $22 cash per share, he/she will get a target price of $216 per share.


    Carl Icahn's detailed forecast for Apple's earnings can found here and here. Below is his complete letter (Source: Shareholder's square table).

      


  • Carl Icahn Writes Letter To His Twitter Followers Concerning Apple

    Dear Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) Followers:


    We were pleased to hear Tim Cook yesterday state publicly: “By and large, my view is, for cash that we don’t need – with some level of buffer – we want to give it back [to shareholders]. It may come across that we are, but we’re not hoarders.” This position with respect to excess cash is great news for shareholders, and we look forward to the capital return program update in April, anticipating it will include a large increase to share repurchases.

      


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User Comments

Bashe
ReplyBashe - 1 year ago
you got Icahn going from 6 million to 104 million you guys charge us for information you got to get the numbers right. does anyone there read the stuff you post?
Robertbradf@google
ReplyRobertbradf@google - 1 year ago
Icahn is known for acquiring large stakes in companies with the intent of changing their corporate strategies.http://bit.ly/19cSEv3
Tnguye48
ReplyTnguye48 - 1 year ago
Is APPLE missing in this portfolio?



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