Chris Davis

Chris Davis

Last Update: 05-12-2015

Number of Stocks: 181
Number of New Stocks: 15

Total Value: $29,289 Mil
Q/Q Turnover: 5%

Countries: USA
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  • Despite Industry's Risk, I would bet on Tyson Foods

    In this article, let's take a look at Tyson Foods, Inc. (TSN), a $17.6 billion market cap company, which is one of the world's largest suppliers of beef, chicken, pork and prepared foods. The firm operates in the food industry, which is highly competitive and is dominated by HJ Heinz (HJH), Kraft Foods (KRFT), General Mills (GIS), and Kellogg (K).

    Fund´s positions


  • Glenn Greenberg Adds to Familiar Stakes in First Quarter

    Once known as "the next Buffett," Glenn Greenberg (Trades, Portfolio), co-founder of Chieftain Capital Management, takes a deliberate, disciplined approach to his investments. He looks for companies whose growth rate is slow but steady, avoiding riskier investments that offer the possibility of great rewards as well as great losses. In the first quarter, he added to several such existing stakes in his portfolio.

    Greenberg added to his third-most valuable stake, JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM), a banking and financial services holding company based in New York. He bought 655,332 shares for an average price of $59.22 per share. The transaction had a 1.21% impact on Greenberg’s portfolio.  

  • Chris Davis Adds to his Express Scripts Position

    Chris Davis (Trades, Portfolio) is the portfolio manager of Davis Financial Fund. Davis purchases durable, well-managed businesses that can be purchased at value prices and held for the long term. He looks to buy companies when they are out of favor. Express Scripts (ESRX) is one of his top ten holdings. Last quarter, he added to his Express Scripts position by buying 209,712 shares. As of March 31, his fund was holding 13,212,411 shares of the company. The following chart shows his holding history in the company.


  • Chris Davis Ups Stake in JPMorgan Chase, Citizens Financial

    Chris Davis (Trades, Portfolio) leads his family firm Davis Advisors, which manages more than $60 billion across several asset classes. He serves as the portfolio manager for the Davis Financial Fund, and added to his holdings in 62 stocks during the first quarter.

    Over the past 10 years, the Financial Fund had an average annualized return of 5.74%, while the S&P 500 returned 8.01%. However, over the past 15 years, the fund outperformed the index, returning 6.14% compared to 4.15% for the S&P 500.


  • Locust Wood Capital Bet on Top Performer Valeant Pharmaceuticals

    Hedge fund Locust Wood Capital Advisers LLC disclosed an equity portfolio valued at some $792 million as of the end of the first quarter of 2015. The equity portfolio is mainly invested in Finance (29%), Consumer Discretionary (27%) and Health Care (17%) stocks. Two of the three main sectors are the same in which it invests Menta Capital LLC.

    Locust Wood’s last 13F filing showed that the fund raised its exposure towards health care and industrials stocks, but reduced its holdings in the financial sector. The fund replaced with other holdings in a given year, the turnover ratio was at 55.56%. The fund had 11 new purchases and additional purchases of 19 stocks. On the other hand, it sold out 14 stocks while reducing holdings in 13 stocks.


  • Weekly CEO Buys Highlight: APD, OPK, ASPS, ADTN, NSA

    According to GuruFocus Insider Data, these are the largest CEO buys during the past week. The overall trend of CEOs is illustrated in the chart below:

    Air Products & Chemicals Inc: Chairman, Pres. and CEO Seifi Ghasemi bought 20,000 shares


  • American Express: A Bargain at Current Prices?

    It’s one of the financial giants, an iconic brand known worldwide. So why did American Express Credit Corporation (AXP) recently find itself on the Guru Bargains list, and is it a bargain today?

    2015 has not been kind to Amex. As a CNN Money article put it, “AmEx (AXP) is the worst performing stock in the Dow this year, and things don't appear to be getting better anytime soon. The credit card giant reported its first quarter results Thursday afternoon. Investors are treating the stock like a cardholder with an overdue balance. Declined!”


  • You Should Consider this Casino Stock

    In this article, let's take a look at Las Vegas Sands Corp. (LVS), a $43.72 billion market cap company that operates casinos in Las Vegas; Macau, China; Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and Singapore.

    Key market


  • Weekly CEO Buys Highlight: KMI, JMP, CVA, TCO, HTH

    According to GuruFocus Insider Data, these are the largest CEO buys during the past week. The overall trend of CEOs is illustrated in the chart below:

    Kinder Morgan, Inc. (KMI): Chairman and CEO Richard D Kinder Bought 100,000 Shares


  • Essex Property Raises Dividend By 10.8%

    In this article, let's take a look at Essex Property Trust Inc. (ESS), a $14.09 billion market cap company, which operates as a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust in the United States.

    Returning Value to Shareholders


  • Weekly CEO Buys Highlight: APD, MDAS, PNNT, MDU, SRV

    According to GuruFocus Insider Data, these are the largest CEO buys during the past week. The overall trend of CEOs is illustrated in the chart below:

    Air Products & Chemicals Inc (APD): Chairman, President and CEO Seifi Ghasemi bought 27,000 shares


  • Chris Davis Comments on Lafarge SA

    An example of an out-of-the-spotlight company in the Portfolio is Lafarge (XPAR:LG), a global cement, concrete and aggregates producer with operations throughout North America, Western Europe and emerging markets. Emerging markets account for about two-thirds of the company’s earnings and may be a key driver of long-term growth. While Lafarge does business around the globe, its operations in specific local markets often enjoy a significant barrier to competition. Transporting its products over long distances is costly and impractical and, as a result, competition is limited to firms that operate in a specific region. From a financial perspective Lafarge in our view is still earning below its potential largely as a result of the recent recession, which may make the company’s stock even less expensive than it appears. Key to our investment is that some 35% of its shares are controlled by Groupe Bruxelles Lambert and the investor Nassef Sawiris, which we view as a significant long-term advantage. Lafarge recently announced its intention to merge with the Swiss-based cement company Holcim (XSWX:HOLN). If the merger is completed, the combined entity will be the largest cement company in the world and well positioned to benefit from global growth for decades to come.

    From Chris Davis (Trades, Portfolio)’ Davis International Fund 2015 Annual Review.  

  • Chris Davis Comments on Heineken Holding NV

    The final example of a global market leader is Heineken (XAMS:HEIO), one of the world’s top beer brewers. Founded in Amsterdam in 1864 the company today operates globally selling beer in more than 70 countries and has more than 200 brands including Amstel, Dos Equis, Kingfisher, and Newcastle as well as its namesake. Although headquartered in a relatively small country, Heineken became a leading exporter of beer to other countries starting as early as the 1920s, and today the company’s reach is truly global. For example, Heineken sells more beer in Africa than it does in the United States. As beer sales growth has been flat in most developed economies over the past decade, we believe Heineken’s established position in developing and frontier markets may be a key to the company’s continued success.

    From Chris Davis (Trades, Portfolio)’ Davis International Fund 2015 Annual Review.  

  • Chris Davis Comments on Nestle SA

    Another example of a global market leader is Swiss-based Nestlé (XSWX:NESN, NSRGY). Its portfolio of brands, mostly serving the global food and beverage market segments, include Gerber baby food products, Poland Spring water and Purina pet food, among many others. Nestlé sales show broad geographic diversification with revenues spread almost evenly among the United States, Europe and emerging economies. The company has a long history of disciplined capital allocation and regularly returns cash to shareholders through share buybacks and annual dividends.

    From Chris Davis (Trades, Portfolio)’ Davis International Fund 2015 Annual Review.  

  • Chris Davis Comments on Diageo PLC

    An example of a global market leader in the Portfolio is Diageo (LSE:DGE, DEO), the world’s leading premium alcoholic beverage company. Based in Great Britain, Diageo is a truly global business operating in more than 180 countries with only about a third of its sales in North America and ample exposure throughout the developing world. The company owns an array of strong brands in the spirits, wine and beer categories including Smirnoff, Ketel One, Johnnie Walker, Captain Morgan, Baileys, and Guinness. Solely focused on the alcoholic beverage business and capably managed, Diageo has returned capital to shareholders both through share buybacks and dividends.

    From Chris Davis (Trades, Portfolio)’ Davis International Fund 2015 Annual Review.  

  • George Soros' Top New Holdings

    George Soros (Trades, Portfolio) founded Soros Fund Management in 1969, which was formerly structured as a hedge fund but today runs as a privately owned family office.

    Soros arguably set the standard for hedge fund managers — during the fund’s 26-year history, Soros had a cumulative 32% annual return. Just $1,000 invested in the Quantum Fund in 1969 would have grown to $4 million in 2000.


  • Davis International Fund 2015 Annual Review

    Davis Advisors’ approach to international investing


  • Chris Davis' Top 5 New Buys in Q4

    Chris Davis (Trades, Portfolio) leads Davis Advisors, an employee-owned investment firm founded in 1969. The firm takes a long-term investing approach, paying careful attention to valuations.

    According to Davis Advisors’ website, the firm’s roots trace back to Shelby Cullum Davis, who took an initial investment of $100,000 in the 1940s, and ended his career in the 1990s with more than $800 million.  

  • Chris Davis’ Davis New York Venture Fund Annual Review 2015


    • For the most recent 1, 5, 10, and 20 year periods, Davis New York Venture Fund built shareholder wealth. Over these periods, a $10,000 investment grew to $10,655, $17,253, $18,277, and $70,333, respectively.

  • UNH: A Strong Candidate for Income and Capital Appreciation

    American health care is a turbulent space these days, with the Affordable Care Act, budget restraints, aging Baby Boomers, and a whole lot more.

    Yet this company seems to sail through it all reasonably comfortably, with strong revenue and earnings growth since the financial crisis of the last decade.


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