Chris Davis

Chris Davis

Last Update: 02-11-2015

Number of Stocks: 188
Number of New Stocks: 14

Total Value: $30,906 Mil
Q/Q Turnover: 6%

Countries: USA
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Chris Davis Watch

  • 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.


  • Growth Will Come From Emerging Markets

    In this article, let's take a look at Praxair Inc. (PX), a $37.84 billion market cap company, which is the largest producer of industrial gases in North and South America. It also provides ceramic and metallic coatings.



  • A Freeport-McMoRan Buy Recommendation Is a Matter of Time

    In this article, let's take a look at Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (FCX), a $30.43 billion market cap company that deals in the mining of copper, gold and molybdenum.



  • AES Corporation with Significant Earnings Per Share Improvement

    In this article, let's take a look at The AES Corporation (AES), a $9.93 billion market cap company that is the world's largest independent power producer.



  • Guru Stocks at 52-Week Lows: IBM, BBL, SAN, ABEV, RIO

    According to GuruFocus list of 52-week lows, these Guru stocks have reached their 52-week lows.

    International Business Machines Corp (IBM) reached the 52-week low of $164.16


  • Whole Foods' Earnings Exceed Expectations

    In recent years, American consumers have shown a preference for healthier food options, whether they eat at home or elsewhere. Austin, Texas-based Whole Foods Market (WFM) has been striving to serve the segment of the market that wants to eat natural organic foods at home, but, in these trying economic times, price has continued to be a barrier for many.

    Lower-priced competitors – Sprouts Farmers Market (SFM), The Fresh Market (TFM) and privately held Trader Joe’s – helped hold Whole Foods’ comparable stores sales increase to under 4% in the quarter that ended in July. Indirect competitors – Kroger (KR), Walmart (WMT) and Target (TGT) – have been expanding their organic offerings as well.


  • Why You Should Look at Nike?

    In this article, let's take a look at Nike, Inc. (NKE), a $78.31 billion market cap company, whichis the world's leading designer and marketer of high-quality athleticfootwear, athletic apparel and accessories.

    Dominant Player


  • Chris Davis New York Venture Fund Fall Review 2014

    Key Takeaways

    Our confidence in the coming decade is driven by the durability, growth potential and attractive valuations of our businesses. Significant co-investment, experience, patience, a willingness to look different, and research rigor can result in successful active management. Davis has more than $2 billion invested alongside its shareholders. Nearly 50% of funds have zero. Only 12% have more than $1 million.1 Since 1969, Davis New York Venture Fund outperformed the market in 71% of all rolling five year periods and 94% of all rolling 10 year periods versus 41% and 37% for all large cap funds respectively.2


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