HOTCHKIS & WILEY

HOTCHKIS & WILEY

Last Update: 02-13-2017

Number of Stocks: 177
Number of New Stocks: 8

Total Value: $24,799 Mil
Q/Q Turnover: 7%

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HOTCHKIS & WILEY Watch

  • 6 Low P/E Stocks Gurus Are Buying

    Here are six stocks gurus are buying that are trading with low price-earnings (P/E) ratios. Some of them are great investments; others need a double check, according to the DCF calculator.


    Infosys Ltd. ADR (INFY) with a market cap of $31.86 billion is trading with a P/E ratio of 14.84 and a price-sales (P/S) ratio of 3.14. According to the DCF calculator the stock has a fair value of $21.5 while trading at about $13.94. The price has dropped by 22% during the last 12 months and is now 31.90% below its 52-week high and 1.46% above its 52-week low.

      


  • Stocks With Low P/Es and Margins of Safety

    Here are eight stocks gurus are buying that are trading with a very low price-earnings (P/E) ratio. Most of them are greatly undervalued, according to the DCF calculator.


    Unum Group (UNM) with a market cap of $10.3 billion is trading with a P/E ratio of 11.64 and a price-sales (P/S) ratio of 0.97. The price has risen 47% during the last 12 months and is now 1.68% below its 52-week high and 85.04% above its 52-week low.

      


  • Bernard Horn Gains 2 Holdings, Cuts 3 Others

    Bernard Horn (Trades, Portfolio) of the Polaris Global Value Fund purchased two new holdings and exited three others in the third quarter.


    Horn founded Polaris Capital Management in 1995. The firm invests in discounted but high-quality stocks in developed and emerging markets. All trades are managed on a team basis using a consistent process and approach. The investment philosophy is based on two basic beliefs: country and industry are important factors in price, and global market fluctuations produce mispriced stocks.

      


  • Hotchkis & Wiley Trims Corning, Microsoft, Exits HP

    HOTCHKIS & WILEY was formed in Los Angeles in 1980 and has focused exclusively on finding and owning undervalued companies that have a significant potential for appreciation. During the third quarter the guru’s largest sells were the following:


    The firm reduced its stake in Corning Inc. (GLW) by 31.63% with an impact of -1.24% on the portfolio.

      


  • John Burbank Boosts Alibaba, Exits Yahoo

    John Burbank (Trades, Portfolio) III is the chief investment officer of Passport Capital LLC, the global investment firm he founded in 2000. During the third quarter the guru’s largest trades were the following:


    The guru bought 18,783,715 shares in Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (MRVL) with an impact of 5.21% on the portfolio.

      


  • Mariko Gordon Adds 5 New Holdings to Portfolio

    Daruma Capital Management’s Mariko Gordon (Trades, Portfolio) acquired five new holdings in the third quarter.


    Gordon founded Daruma in 1995 in New York and currently serves as CEO. Gordon runs a concentrated portfolio of small to mid-cap stocks because she believes a concentrated portfolio is crucial to truly active management. She believes the best time to acquire a stock is when it offers good value and the factor that will propel the price higher can be identified.

      


  • Richard Perry Exits AIG, Time Warner

    Richard Perry (Trades, Portfolio) co-founded private investment management firm Perry Capital LLC in 1988. During the third quarter the guru’s largest sells were the following:


    His stake in American International Group Inc. (AIG) was closed with an impact of -13.65% on the portfolio.

      


  • Arnold Schneider's Best-Performing Stocks

    Arnold Schneider is president, chief investment officer and principal of Schneider Capital Management Corp. He manages a portfolio composed of 68 stocks with a value of $534 million. The following are the best performers of his investments.


    Marathon Oil Corp. (MRO) with a market cap of $12.01 billion has gained 17.0% year to date. Schneider's stake represents 0.11% of the company's outstanding shares and 2.66% of his total assets.

      


  • Hotchkis & Wiley Narrows Navistar International Position

    Hotchkis & Wiley Capital Management reduced its stake in Navistar International Corp. (NYSE:NAV) by 27.5% on Sept. 30.


    Hotchkis & Wiley was founded in 1980 in Los Angeles. The firm is interested in undervalued companies with considerable potential for appreciation. The investment team examines a company’s tangible assets, sustainable cash flow and potential for improving performance.

      


  • High Yield Small and Mid Caps Opportunities and Risks - Hotchkis & Wiley

    An overlooked opportunity or undue risk?

      


  • Kahn Brothers Trims Pfizer, Citigroup

    Irving Kahn, along with brothers Alan and Thomas, founded Kahn Brothers (Trades, Portfolio) & Company in 1978. The company has more than $800 million in assets under management. During the second quarter the firm’s largest trades were:


    The guru raised its shares in GlaxoSmithKline PLC ADR (GSK) by 188.24% with an impact of 2.08% on the portfolio.

      


  • Guru Buys Barclays, Office Depot, Morgan Stanley

    HOTCHKIS & WILEY was established in Los Angeles in 1980. In both the first and second quarters the guru bought shares in the following stocks:


    Barclays PLC ADR (BCS)

      


  • Hotchkis & Wiley Sells JPMorgan, Boosts Wells Fargo

    HOTCHKIS & WILEY was formed in Los Angeles in 1980 and has focused exclusively on finding and owning undervalued companies that have a significant potential for appreciation. During the second quarter the company traded the following stocks.


    The company reduced its stake in Great Plains Energy Inc. (GXP) by 76.09% with an impact of -0.77% on the portfolio.

      


  • Hotchkis & Wiley Large Cap Diversified Value

    The S&P 500 Index returned +2.5% during the second quarter of 2016. There was wide performance dispersion across sectors, with the best-performing sector (energy) outperforming the worst-performing sector (technology) by more than 14 percentage points. Despite the partial rebound in energy this quarter, over the last 12 months we have observed a massive flight away from cyclical market segments in favor of non-cyclicals. Pundits have described this trend as “risk off”, “flight to safety”, “low volatility”, “bond proxy” etc., but the reality is that non-cyclical businesses now appear to trade at an unusually high premium to cyclical businesses. Macroeconomic shocks like Brexit have only exacerbated the divergence. True to Benjamin Graham, we view stocks trading at discounts to intrinsic value as having a margin of safety. Ironically, it has become difficult to identify a margin of safety in businesses currently perceived as “safe” because their valuations have become stretched. Accordingly, our modest overweight allocation to cyclicals reflects the risk-adjusted valuation opportunities available and not a macroeconomic outlook. The most attractive individual opportunities reside within financials and energy, though we remain slightly underweight both sectors relative to the Russell 1000 Value as only select segments within the sectors offer compelling risk adjusted valuations—albeit highly compelling. Relative to the Russell 1000 Value Index the portfolio is overweight consumer discretionary and technology, underweight consumer staples, and relatively equal-weight other sectors. We do not know when value dislocations will revert, nor are we certain that these dislocations will not widen further before reverting. We have learned from past experience, however, that these cycles inevitably do normalize and we believe that our portfolio is well-positioned to benefit.


    Interest rates declined during the quarter, largely influenced by investors’ flight to US Treasuries in the aftermath of Brexit. The low rate environment has been a stubbornly persistent macroeconomic headwind for most financials, with banks disproportionately affected because their net interest margins are pressured. From a bottom-up fundamental perspective, however, the strengthening posture of US banks has been quite encouraging. Profitability has been solid and capital ratios are at/near all-time highs. All companies subjected to the Fed’s stress test have passed, which improves the potential for increased returns of capital to shareholders. Buying back shares at/below book value can be highly accretive and this group’s payout yield (dividends + share repurchases) currently stands at 8%1. Financials represent the portfolio’s largest sector, though the weight is about equal to that of the Russell 1000 Value—we are overweight banks and underweight REITs.

      


  • Hotchkis & Wiley's Best Investments Year to Date

    HOTCHKIS & WILEY are value investors focusing on important investment parameters such as a company's tangible assets, sustainable cash flow and potential for improving business performance. It manages a portfolio composed of 173 stocks with total value of $23.763 billion.


    Marathon Oil Corp. (MRO)

      


  • Bed Bath & Beyond Among Companies With Growing EPS

    Companies with growing EPS are often good investments as they can return a good profit to investors. Here is a selection of the most undervalued companies, according to the DCF calculator, that have a five-year growing EPS.


    Earnings per share of Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (BBBY) grew by 10% over the last five years and according to the DCF calculator, the stock at the price of about $45 is undervalued and trading with a margin of safety of 50%.

      


  • Hotchkis & Wiley Boosts Stake in Discovery Communications

    Hotchkis & Wiley, an independent investment firm, increased its position in Discovery Communications Inc. Class A (NASDAQ:DISCA) by 50.02% as the company increased revenues and operating income during the first half of 2016.


    The firm initially purchased 3,888,600 shares of Discovery Communications at an average price of $31.39 during the first quarter of 2015. Throughout 2015, Hotchkis and Wiley raised their position to 9,875,281 shares, finishing the first quarter of 2016 with 10,347,018 shares. As of June 30, the independent firm owned 15,522,485 shares of Discovery Communications after purchasing 5,175,467 shares at an average price of $25.23.

      


  • Hotchkis & Wiley Buys Morgan Stanley, Citigroup, AIG in 1st Quarter

    HOTCHKIS & WILEY was founded in 1980 by John Hotchkis and George Wiley, value investors focusing on important investment parameters such as a company's tangible assets, sustainable cash flow and potential for improving business performance. During the first quarter the firm bought shares in the following stocks:


    The firm increased its stake in Marathon Oil Corp. (MRO) by 44.55% with an impact of 0.8% on the portfolio.

      


  • Companies Fall to 5-Year Lows

    According to GuruFocus' list of five-year lows, these guru stocks have reached their five-year lows: Guess? Inc. (NYSE:GES), Quality Systems Inc. (NASDAQ:QSII), RPX Corp. (NASDAQ:RPXC) and Ruby Tuesday Inc. (NYSE:RT).


    Guess? reaches $15.71

      


  • Valuing Best Buy for Potential Catalyst

    Best Buy (NYSE:BBY) is the largest specialty retailer of consumer electronics in the U.S. As of February, it had 1,037 stores in the U.S., whereas the number of international Best Buy stores stood around 216 with 350 stand-alone Best Buy mobile stores in the U.S. that focus on mobile phones and accessories. Currently the stock is trading at a P/E multiple of 10.30 while comparing it with peers, and it has an upside potential of 30% from the market price of $30.06.


    Company overview

      


  • Growing EPS, Margin of Safety: Herbalife, Viacom

    Companies with growing EPS are often a good investment as they can return a good profit to investors. Here is a selection of the most undervalued companies, according to the DCF calculator, that have a five-year growing EPS.


    Earnings per share of Silicom Ltd. (NASDAQ:SILC) grew by 23% over the last five years and according to the DCF calculator, the stock at Thursday's price of $28.4 is undervalued and trading with a margin of safety of 52%.

      


  • Hotchkis & Wiley Global Value Fund 1st Quarter Commentary

    MARKET COMMENTARY


    The Russell Developed Index had a flat -0.04% return during the first quarter of 2016, though it was anything but a flat trajectory. On February 11th, the index was down by more than 11% for the year before recovering over the quarter’s final seven weeks. This date also represented a turning point in the value/growth cycle. From the beginning of the year through February 11th, Russell Developed Index stocks with the lowest price-to-book ratios (lowest quintile) underperformed the index -20.5% vs. -11.7%. From February 11th through the end of the quarter, however, this lowest valued quintile outperformed the index +16.5% vs. +13.2%. While it is too early to proclaim a new value cycle is upon us, it is noteworthy that such cycles have lasted between 5 and 8 years historically once they have taken hold—this would be a welcomed tailwind for our approach.

      


  • Hotchkis & Wiley Large Cap Value Fund First Quarter Commentary

    MARKET COMMENTARY


    The S&P 500 Index returned +1.35% during the first quarter of 2016, though it was anything but a steady trajectory. On February 11th, the S&P 500 Index was down by more than 10% for the year before recovering over the quarter’s final seven weeks. This date also represented a turning point in the value/growth cycle. From the beginning of the year through February 11th, S&P 500 Index stocks with the lowest price-to-book (P/B) ratios (lowest quintile) underperformed the index -16.1% vs. -10.3%. From February 11th through the end of the quarter, however, this lowest valued quintile outperformed the index +16.2% vs. +13.0%. While it is too early to proclaim a new value cycle is upon us, it is noteworthy that such cycles have lasted between 5 and 8 years historically once they have taken hold—this would be a welcomed tailwind for our approach.

      


  • Bed Bath & Beyond Is a Serious Buy Right Now

    The 20% off standard has served the company well over the years, helping it grow from $3 billion in sales in 2002 to over $12 billion today. Just looking through Bed Bath & Beyond’s (NASDAQ:BBBY) 15-year financial record is impressive, but the past does not equal the future.


      


  • Hotchkis & Wiley Diversified Value Fund First Quarter Commentary

    The S&P 500 Index returned +1.35% during the first quarter of 2016, though it was anything but a steady trajectory. On February 11th, the S&P 500 Index was down by more than 10% for the year before recovering over the quarter’s final seven weeks. This date also represented a turning point in the value/growth cycle. From the beginning of the year through February 11th, S&P 500 Index stocks with the lowest price-to-book ratios (lowest quintile) underperformed the index -16.1% vs. -10.3%. From February 11th through the end of the quarter, however, this lowest valued quintile outperformed the index +16.2% vs. +13.0%. While it is too early to proclaim a new value cycle is upon us, it is noteworthy that such cycles have lasted between 5 and 8 years historically once they have taken hold—this would be a welcomed tailwind for our approach.


    In most market environments, some sectors/industries are coveted while others are shunned depending on the market’s disposition at the time. This behavior often results in a market that exhibits a bifurcation in stock valuations. Currently, this dichotomy is quite pronounced. Investors are fearful that the economic woes in China and other emerging economies will spill over into the US and other developed markets. This fear has caused investors to pay 20x earnings or more for the perceived safety of non-cyclicals like consumer staples or real estate and sell cyclicals like energy or industrials at a fraction of the valuation. We believe when “safe” stocks trade at excessive valuations they become risky, not safe, which is the market’s current paradox. Taking the long-term view, we see compelling risk-adjusted valuation opportunities in select market segments that have been shunned. Our bottom-up search for value in today’s market yields a portfolio that trades for 8.3x normal earnings and 1.2x book value, which represents a considerable discount to the Russell 1000 Value Index (13.2x and 1.7x, respectively) and an even larger discount to the S&P 500 Index (15.9x and 2.6x, respectively).

      


  • Hotchkis & Wiley Sells Out of Comstock Resources

    Hotchkis & Wiley sold its 4,669,830-share stake in Comstock Resources Inc. (NYSE:CRK) on March 31.


    Comstock Resources is based in Frisco, Texas, and is engaged in the acquisition, development, production and exploration of oil and natural gas with operations concentrated in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. The company's proven oil and natural gas reserve base is 91% natural gas and 9% oil and was 59% developed as of Dec. 31, 2015.

      


  • Hotchkis & Wiley Sells Stake in Most Heavily Weighted Sector

    Financial Services is the most heavily weighted sector in HOTCHKIS & WILEY’s portfolio, and the guru’s most noteworthy fourth-quarter transaction was in that sector, but it was a divestiture, not an acquisition.


    HOTCHKIS & WILEY sold its 2,466,713-share stake in Chubb Ltd. (NYSE:CB), an insurance and finance company based in Zurich, for an average price of $118.27 per share. The divestiture had a -1.21% impact on the guru’s portfolio.

      


  • Stocks Bring High Dividend Yields to HOTCHKIS & WILEY

    HOTCHKIS & WILEY has focused exclusively on finding and owning undervalued companies that have a significant potential for appreciation. Following are the stocks that have high dividend yields in that portfolio.


    Denbury Resources Inc. (DNR)

      


  • Hotchkis & Wiley Invests in International Paper, Packaging Corp. of America and Eaton

    Hotchkis & Wiley Capital Management LLC made a dozen new buys in the third quarter.


    Hotchkis & Wiley was founded in 1980 by John Hotchkis and George Wiley. They shared the belief that discipline and independent analysis are the keys to finding undervalued securities that have the potential for appreciation. For more than 35 years, Hotchkis & Wiley has been managing value portfolios for institutional and individual investors. Following are the stocks that got new positions in the portfolio during the third quarter.

      


  • Tom Gayner Buys Harley-Davidson and JPMorgan in 3rd Quarter

    Tom Gayner (Trades, Portfolio) is the executive vice president and chief investment officer of Markel Corp. (NYSE:MKL) and president of Markel Gayner Asset Management Inc. He thinks stock is part of a business, and the business is worth what the present value of the future cash flows are.


    His portfolio is composed of 122 stocks, and the following are the most heavily weighted trades during the third quarter.

      


  • Hotchkis & Wiley Sells Stake in UnitedHealth Group

    Hotchkis & Wiley was founded in 1980 and is based in Los Angeles. The firm follows a value strategy, focusing on important investment parameters such as a company's tangible assets, sustainable cash flow and potential for improving business performance.


    Hotchkis & Wiley sold the following stocks in the third quarter and had good gains of 83%, 62% and 52% from UnitedHealth Group, Lowe's Companies and Symetra Financial Corp.

      


  • HOTCHKIS & WILEY Buys More Than 7 Million Shares in Oil and Gas Company

    Since its founding in 1980, HOTCHKIS & WILEY has emphasized finding and owning undervalued companies with significant potential for appreciation. Its approach has regularly produced double-digit returns for its clients in recent years.


    HOTCHKIS & WILEY’s most noteworthy third-quarter transaction was its purchase of a 7,683,558-share stake in Hess Corp. (NYSE:HES), a New York-based oil and gas company, for an average price of $57.23 per share. The deal had a 1.54% impact on HOTCHKIS & WILEY’s portfolio.

      


  • 3 Investment Opportunities Both Insiders and Gurus Are Buying

    As I consider myself something of a cratedigger of a value investor, GuruFocus is a valuable source of information. I’m always looking for new ideas and one cool screen GuruFocus has is the Double Buy screen. It allows you to see which stocks have been bought by both gurus and insiders. Separately that is data I am already interested in but screening for both at the same time is beyond good. These are currently the top three stocks that come up on the screen:


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  • Insiders' Trades of the Week: Citizens Financial

    The All-In-One Screener can be used to find insider buys and sales over the last week by clicking on the Insiders tab and changing the settings for All Insider Buying/All Insider Selling to “$1,000,000+” and duration to "November 2015."


    According to the above filters, the following are the recent buys from company insiders in the past week.

      


  • A Look at Recent Insider Trades

    The All-In-One Screener can be used to find insider buys and sales over the last week by clicking on the Insiders tab and changing the settings for All Insider Buying/All Insider Selling to “$1,000,000+” and duration to "October 2015."


    According to the above filters, the following are the recent buys from company insiders in the past week.

      


  • Hotchkis & Wiley Diversified Value Fund Q3 Commentary

    The performance data quoted represents past performance and does not guarantee future results. Current performance may be lower or higher. Investment return and principal value of the fund will fluctuate, and shares may be worth more or less than their original cost when redeemed. Click quarter-end or month-end to obtain the most recent fund performance.


    Manager Commentary

      


  • HOTCHKIS & WILEY Sells Stake in Time Warner Cable

    HOTCHKIS & WILEY looks for undervalued companies with loads of potential in which to invest. “Our ability to deliver long-term performance is the key to our success,” the firm’s website proclaims. That success seems indisputable. The large cap value fund produced returns of nearly 40% year before last.


    HOTCHKIS & WILEY’s most noteworthy deal of the second quarter was its sale of a 2,918,984-share stake in Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE:TWC), a New York City-based cable telecommunications company. HOTCHKIS & WILEY received an average price of $165.41 per share in a transaction that had a -1.52% impact on HOTCHKIS & WILEY’s portfolio.

      


  • Madison Street Partners Buys Citigroup and Morgan Stanley

    Madison Street Partners LLC is a hedge fund based in Colorado founded by Steven Owsley in 2004. Its portfolio reported a total value of its portfolio of $74 million, with a decrease of 24% since the previous quarter. During 2015, Q2, it bought 20 new stocks and increased four of its existing stakes. The following are the most heavily weighted buys during the quarter.



      


  • Weekly CEO Buys Highlight: Shutterstock, Endurance Specialty Holdings, Opko, Air Products, KapStone

    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:


    Shutterstock Inc.: CEO and 10% owner Jonathan Oringer bought 200,000 shares

      


  • Kahn Brothers' Most Weighted Trades in Q2 2015

    Irving Kahn, along with brothers Alan and Thomas, founded Kahn Brothers (Trades, Portfolio) & Company, Inc., in 1978. The firm is a money manager and Registered Investment Advisor. Its principals manage approximately $1 billion of institutional and private funds.


    Its portfolio is composed of 40 stocks and has a total value of $593 million and the following are the most heavily weighted trades the hedge fund closed during the Q2 2015.

      


  • 5-year lows: Rowan Companies, Linn Energy LLC, Greif Inc, and Hatteras Financial Corp

    According to GuruFocus list of 5-year lows, these Guru stocks have reached their 5-year lows: Rowan Companies, Linn Energy LLC, Greif Inc, and Hatteras Financial Corp.


    Rowan Companies PLC (NYSE:RDC) Reached $16.79

      


  • Hotchkis & Wiley Large Cap Diversified Value Q2 2015 Commentary

    The S&P 500 Index returned a modest +0.3% during the second quarter of 2015 and is now up +1.2% since the beginning of the year. Growth and value performed similarly during the quarter but value stocks have lagged considerably over the past 12 months. Typically, such environments present a headwind for our value-focused strategy but we have managed to navigate the past twelve months satisfactorily considering the circumstances. Naturally, however, we would welcome a value tailwind which our experience has taught us should inevitably emerge in due course.


    Hotchkis & Wiley Large Cap Diversified Value

      


  • Hotchkis & Wiley Large Cap Diversified Value Q2 Market Commentary

    The S&P 500 Index returned a modest +0.3% during the second quarter of 2015 and is now up +1.2% since the beginning of the year. Growth and value performed similarly during the quarter but value stocks have lagged considerably over the past 12 months. Typically, such environments present a headwind for our value-focused strategy but we have managed to navigate the past twelve months satisfactorily considering the circumstances. Naturally, however, we would welcome a value tailwind which our experience has taught us should inevitably emerge in due course.


    The economic perils in Greece have reemerged as an important concern that is giving investors pause. The good news is that Greece is small, representing about 2% of the total economic output of all countries that use the euro as their currency. The primary risk for equity investors is that a Greek exit from the Eurozone sets a new precedent, and investors may ponder the possibility that a larger European economy (e.g. Italy, Spain) may share a similar fate if/when stressed, which could trigger economic turmoil throughout the region. Thus far, the market appears to perceive the Greece situation as largely quarantined—government bond spreads for other European periphery countries have remained relatively tight versus the German Bund. Nonetheless, we are monitoring the situation closely and have evaluated in detail each of our positions’ exposure to changes in the value of the dollar; we remain confident that we are not bearing unnecessary risk.

      


  • Five Stocks With Low P/E Gurus Are Buying (Part II)

    With these articles, thanks to the All-In-One screener of GuruFocusI give a selection of stocks that are trading with a very low P/E(ttm) ratio and that are catching the attention of multiple Gurus.


    Discover Financial Services (DFS)

      


  • Hotchkis & Wiley Adds to Banking, Insurance Stakes

    In its 35-year existence, value investor HOTCHKIS & WILEY has built its reputation on identifying undervalued companies that have great growth potential. But in the first quarter, most of its emphasis was on well-established companies, especially those in banking and insurance.


    HOTCHKIS & WILEY‘s most significant new buy in the first quarter was its investment in 2,604,383 shares of Chubb Corp (NYSE:CB), a New Jersey-based property and casualty insurer. HOTCHKIS & WILEY paid an average price of $101.24 per share in a deal that had a 0.92% impact on the portfolio.

      


  • Hotchkis & Wiley Large Cap Value Fund Q1 2015 Commentary

    Following six years of positive returns, the S&P 500 Index opened 2015 with a modest +1.0% return in the first quarter. The unprecedented corporate cost-cutting measures and general economic recovery following the financial crisis has fueled impressive earnings growth. Over the last six years, the S&P 500 is up +194% cumulatively. While such a rampant appreciation of market prices would normally give us pause, equity valuations are scarcely higher than historical averages due to these robust earnings.


    After six years of zero interest rate policy, investors are acutely focused on the Federal Reserve’s plan to taper its lax monetary policy. Equity investors are not fully insulated from such actions, however, we believe the effect on equities should be more subdued than many investors expect. Firstly, increasing interest rates are often correlated with positive economic developments, which is good for corporate cash flows. Secondly, long bond rates are a component of the cost of capital used to discount corporate cash flows. Fed tapering should impact short term interest rates disproportionately to long term rates, which already reflect expectations of a less intrusive Fed. Finally, the premium equity investors require above treasuries is considerably higher than historical averages. If interest rates rise, we may see a reversion of the equity premium back to normal levels, resulting in equity prices remaining stable despite higher interest rates.

      


  • Hotchkis & Wiley Keeps Buying Navistar

    Since its inception in Los Angeles in 1980, Hotchkis & Wiley (Trade, Portfolio) has focused exclusively on finding and owning undervalued companies that have a significant potential for appreciation. Hotchkis & Wiley are value investors focusing on important investment parameters such as a company's tangible assets, sustainable cash flow, and potential for improving business performance.


    Last quarter, Hotchkis & Wiley increased its position in Navistar (NYSE:NAV) by buying 1,305,300 shares. In the previous quarters also, the investment firm was seen buying Navistar's shares. The following chart shows its holding history in the company.

      


  • Hotchkis & Wiley First Quarter 2015 Large Cap Diversified Value Commentary

    Following six years of positive returns, the S&P 500 Index opened 2015 with a modest +1.0% return in the first quarter. The unprecedented corporate cost-cutting measures and general economic recovery following the financial crisis has fueled impressive earnings growth. Over the last six years, the S&P 500 is up +194% cumulatively. While such a rampant appreciation of market prices would normally give us pause, equity valuations are scarcely higher than historical averages due to these robust earnings.


    After six years of zero interest rate policy, investors are acutely focused on the Federal Reserve’s plan to taper its lax monetary policy. Equity investors are not fully insulated from such actions, however, we believe the effect on equities should be more subdued than many investors expect. Firstly, increasing interest rates are often correlated with positive economic developments, which is good for corporate cash flows. Secondly, long bond rates are a component of the cost of capital used to discount corporate cash flows. Fed tapering should impact short term interest rates disproportionately to long term rates, which already reflect expectations of a less intrusive Fed. Finally, the premium equity investors require above treasuries is considerably higher than historical averages. If interest rates rise, we may see a reversion of the equity premium back to normal levels, resulting in equity prices remaining stable despite higher interest rates.

      


  • 5-year lows: Extreme Networks Inc, Dynamic Materials Corp, Electro Scientific Industries, and LMI Aerospace Inc.

    According to GuruFocus list of 5-year lows, these Guru stocks have reached their 5-year lows: Extreme Networks Inc, Dynamic Materials Corp, Electro Scientific Industries, and LMI Aerospace Inc.


    Extreme Networks Inc (NASDAQ:EXTR) reached $2.42

      


  • Hotchkis & Wiley Commentary - Active vs. Passive Equity Investing

    The debate over active versus passive investing has spurred numerous studies, which in turn, have produced many thoughtprovoking theories on the subject. Despite countless data, sophisticated statistical techniques, and brilliant researchers tackling the issue, there are few palpable and universal conclusions one can draw from these studies. This is somewhat predictable given that these studies use unique data sources, evaluate different periods, and employ diverse statistical methods—not to mention are subject to human biases. As such, we are not brash enough to claim that we could conduct a better study as we would be subject to these same shortcomings, including our own biases. Rather than recreate analysis that has been recreated many times over already, we are going to focus on the few common findings from these studies that appear to be largely undisputed. We will first describe these conclusions, illustrate why they exist, and then explain why we believe markets are inefficient and why active management can add value net of fees.


    I. The Three Findings

      


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