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  • Family Dollar’s Future Under Wrap

    We should not be expecting the acquisition of Family Dollar Stores (FDO) to go down without a fight, as the second bid by Dollar General (DG) that was declined by the former is currently being assessed by attorney generals. Family Dollar recently announced that certain state attorney generals have notified the company that they would investigate the takeover bid of Dollar General which went hostile after repeated rejections from the deep discount retailer. After being spurned twice, Dollar General has taken the bid to the shareholders of Family Dollar, thus raising several eyebrows. Presently though Family Dollar urges to be taken over by Dollar Tree (DLTR), another rival of Dollar General, the investigation has raised queries on its ultimate future. Also, Family Dollar which is lagging behind its competitors is devising new strategies to maintain it’s pricing as competitive when compared to its immediate rivals. Let’s get to the crux to understand the present scenario for Family Dollar.


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  • The Evolving High Yield Market - Hotchkis & Wiley Q3 Newsletter

    Given the recent volatility in high yield markets, we thought it would be useful to examine how the market has evolved since the 2008 financial crisis. Specifically, we will explore three major developments in the high yield market since the global financial crisis: 1) the role of Exchanged Traded Funds (ETFs), 2) trading/liquidity influences, and 3) the changing high yield investor base.

    I. The Role Of High Yield Exchanged Traded Funds


  • Chuck Royce on 3Q14 - Is Volatility Ushering in a New Market Phase?

    Volatility shook the markets in the last three months, halting the bullish—and placid—pace of returns in a market that has not seen a significant correction since 2011.

    Chief Executive Officer Chuck Royce talks about market events from the third quarter, the growing disparity between small-cap and large-cap performance, the continuing strength of the economy, the prospects for higher interest rates, the current case for small-cap quality, and more.


  • the big drop - FNMA, FMCC, Berkowitz and Ackman

    What do you all think?

    Anyone considering buying FNMA, FMCC or FAIRX on today's big drops?


  • What Doesn't Work

    One of my favorite ideas from Charlie Munger (Trades, Portfolio) is that of observing what works in life and what doesn’t work. Sometimes just observing is not enough, you also have to ask the question why.

    Since most of us are interested in topics related to investing, for the purpose of this article, I will only discuss the application of this idea in the field of value investing.  

  • Chuck Royce Reflects On the Third Quarter of 2014

    From the Royce Funds Third Quarter Q&A with Chuck Royce (Trades, Portfolio).

    Were you surprised by the higher levels of volatility in the market during the third quarter?


  • John Templeton's 22 Maxims For Investors

    John Templeton was one of the greatest mutual fund managers of the 20th century. The Templeton Growth Fund was established in 1954. From then, until Mr. Templeton sold the fund in 1992, a $10,000 investment with dividends and capital gains reinvested would have grown to $2 million.

    Much of what Templeton shared through his writings and interviews found its way into my own approach to portfolio management. He paid very little attention to the markets, concentrating instead on buying companies throughout the world that were bargains. If bargains were not available, he would hold as much as 50% of his portfolio in cash, knowing that opportunities to invest would become available in the near future. He held on to companies for an average of four years. If his analysis was right, he would earn a “double play” profit from both increased earnings and a higher multiple of those earnings.


  • Sure Bets: Slow-Changing Industries for Long-Term Investors

    The biggest risk in investing is that the business goes bankrupt. This is a 100% loss of your investment; the “worst case scenario.” Progress inevitably leads toward changes in the market. Old business models fail, and new models will succeed. The biggest disruptions of the past several decades have been the personal computer and internet revolution. We now live in a time where the cost of storing and transmitting information has dropped to virtually zero. It is interesting to see what businesses have not been disrupted from the rapid changes the world has seen over the last several decades.


  • Guru Ray Dalio Followed His Own Drummer to Success

    "If a man loses pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away." – Henry David Thoreau


  • Big Data: The Game Changer

    The game changing attribute of big data has made a big hit among enterprises across the globe. Big data has opened gates for innovation in every aspect of the corporate world, from recruitment to sales. In short, everyone can have a piece of the big data pie. Let us take a closer look into some practical experiences in the corporate world benefitting from big data.


  • Volkswagen Unveils New Passat

    German automobile manufacturer, Volkswagen (VLKAY), dreams of ruling the globe with its cars being ahead in the race, even with the market honcho, Toyota (TM). To match the management's expectations and to achieve the target of superceding Toyota in the sale count, the company has announced the release of the eighth generation Passat, which is expected to rock the streets in the United Kingdom in January 2015. Let’s delve into further details to understand the new offering,which has been described as “the most successful European business car” when it was officially revealed back in July.


  • Stock Screen: Stocks With Strong Dividend Growth

    By: Robert M. Greene, CFA

    In this screen, we turned our attention to low-Beta stocks that have good records for dividend growth. We began our search with equities whose dividends have advanced at a compound annual rate of at least 7% over the last five years. Next, we narrowed the list to equities with Beta coefficients below 0.7, which signals that the equity tends to be less volatile than the market as a whole. We also set a minimum dividend yield of 3.2%, which is 110 basis points (100 basis points is equivalent to one percentage point) higher than the current median for all dividend-paying stocks under our review.


  • Ebola Diagnosis in U.S. Raises Pharmaceutical Stock by 20%

    Shares of Tekmira Pharmaceuticals (TKMR), which currently has an Ebola treatment in the early stages, soared more than 20% after the first case of Ebola in the U.S. was diagnosed in Dallas on Sept. 30.

    Tekmira’s stock price has increased more than 250% since the beginning of the year and is currently trading at $25.59. The trading volume was more than 13 million, far higher than Tekmira's average trading volume of about 133,000.


  • David Tepper on the Bond Market, the U.S. Stock Market, and Bill Gross

    David Tepper (Trades, Portfolio), co-founder of Appaloosa Management, spoke with Bloomberg TV's Stephanie Ruhle and Erik Schatzker on "Market Makers" today about a wide variety of subjects, including the bond market, the U.S. stock market, Bill Gross' departure from PIMCO and Roger Goodell. Appearing alongside Tepper for the interview was David Saltzman, executive director of the Robin Hood Foundation.

    Tepper said that price-to-earnings ratios for U.S. stocks aren't high and that junk bonds are at the mid-point of fair value: "The U.S. economy is pretty good, stocks are not at high multiples right now." He also said: "I wish I didn't have any investment" in Fannie (FNMA) and Freddie (FMCC).

    On how Bill Gross' departure from PIMCO will affect the bond market, Tepper said: "Nothing. Who cares?...You saw it the other day. The little bit that was done with the corporate markets…It's not going to mean that much…The market is the market. It's bigger than anybody."  

  • Top Reasons to Invest in Dun & Bradstreet

    In this article, let's take a look at Dun & Bradstreet Corp. (DNB), a $4.29 billion market cap company, which is a worldwide provider of business information and related decision support services and commercial receivables management services.

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  • Running on Fumes: The Future of Ethanol as a Fuel Source

    Ethanol fuel, also known as ethyl alcohol, has an interesting history and an intriguing future. At one point, proponents believed ethanol would provide the path to energy independence from Middle Eastern oil. Fast forward many years and this once promising idea has yet to pan out in the way that its early supporters envisioned. New technologies, however, have arisen since then so investors should not give up on this potentially high-growth area.

    Although ethanol has not replaced petroleum as the primary fuel source in the world, it has a widespread reach nonetheless. Here in the United States., most gasoline blends contain 10% ethanol. This E10 fuel came into popularity thanks to The Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990. Due to its low amounts of ethanol, E10 is not considered an alternative fuel. Even so, the sheer volume of domestic gasoline consumption has easily made the U.S. the top producer of ethanol. Companies such as Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), Valero (VLO), and Green Plains (GPRE) account for a substantial portion of this production.


  • Dividend Aristocrats In Focus Part 8 of 54: Hormel Foods

    In Part 8 of the 54 Part Dividend Aristocrats in Focus series, we will look into meat and consumer food business Hormel (HRL). Hormel is the maker of various food products that are sold under recognizable brands like Skippy, Muscle Milk, Jenny-O, Hormel and Spam. To say the company has had a long run of success is putting it mildly; Hormel has increased its dividend each year for 48 consecutive years.


  • T. Rowe Price Group Inc.: A Strong Contender Within Its Industry

    Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of T. Rowe Price Group Inc. (TROW). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

    Company Description: T. Rowe Price Group Inc. (formerly T. Rowe Price Associates) operates one of the largest no-load mutual fund and life cycle fund complexes in the United States.


  • Will The Russian Media Ownership Law Sink CTC Media?

    Shares of CTC Media (CTCM) have dropped precipitously over the past few weeks, from over $9 to under $7, as a new law surrounding ownership of mass media companies in Russia has quickly gained steam.

    If passed, this law will have significant consequences for non-Russian shareholders of CTC stock - that's us.


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