John Rogers

Last Update: 02-14-2017

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John Rogers Watch

  • John Rogers Comments on Barrick Gold Corp

    Some of our holdings performed well during the quarter. Gold miner Barrick Gold Corp. (NYSE:ABX) jumped +57.40% as the price of gold continued to rise. Specifically, gold rose from approximately $1,220 to $1,320 over the course of the quarter. The jump proved big for gold miners as their product jumped in price but their costs remained stable. Barrick remains the biggest and, we think, the best gold miner.

    From John Rogers (Trades, Portfolio)' second quarter 2016 market commentary.   


  • John Rogers' Ariel Focus Fund 2nd Quarter Commentary

    For the second quarter in a row, investors will likely remember the harrowing ride better than the end result. That is, domestic stocks posted solid gains and foreign shares had relatively mild losses. In the meantime, however, there was Brexit. On June 23, 2016 the British people shocked the world by voting for the United Kingdom to exit the European Union—an enormously complex and economically risky decision. As you know, the market hates uncertainty. And so in response, foreign stocks plummeted - 10%, small caps dove -7%, and large caps sank -5%. But once investors fully digested the news, stocks jumped back up—nearly erasing their losses in the U.S. Overseas the short-term damage from Brexit still showed; the financial-heavy value indexes significantly lagged the core and growth indexes. In the end, U.S. value fare outpaced growth stocks for the second quarter in a row—definitively ending a very long run of outperformance from the growth side.

      


  • John Rogers Buys MSG Networks

    John Rogers (Trades, Portfolio) of Ariel Investment LLC purchased 1,884,145 shares in MSG Networks Inc. (NYSE:MSGN) for an average price of $16.05 per share on July 31. He now holds 6,268,842 shares.


    Rogers has been involved with the company since the first quarter of 2011. The purchase had an impact of 0.36% on his portfolio.

      


  • John Rogers Discusses Buffett-Inspired Moats in July Commentary

    As you know, Ariel traces its philosophical lineage directly to the world’s greatest investor, Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio). Buffett’s beliefs and teachings have influenced many aspects of our core traditional value strategy, from the importance of staying within a well-defined circle of competence to the topic we will discuss this month: the economic moat1.  


  • John Rogers Comments on Viacom

    During the second quarter, we added media company Viacom, Inc. (NASDAQ:VIAB) to Ariel Fund. While acknowledging investor concerns toward the cable business model stemming from changing media consumption patterns and technology platforms, we view Viacom as an underappreciated security in the market. Also a current holding in Ariel Appreciation Fund, we believe Viacom’s content will provide attractive economics regardless of the distribution medium.

    From John Rogers (Trades, Portfolio)' Ariel Fund second quarter 2016 commentary.   


  • John Rogers Comments on Bristow Group Inc.

    Also, helicopter services company Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE:BRS) returned - 39.41% due to uncertainty in its business. As you know, oil prices increased more than +25% over the course of the quarter—which marginally improves its business in the intermediate term. Yet the market reacted poorly to its quarterly earnings report: it earned $0.13 per share versus the consensus of $0.55. Plus, management declined to give guidance for its oil and gas segment. While earnings are temporarily constrained we think the long-term opportunity remains sound.

    From John Rogers (Trades, Portfolio)' Ariel Fund second quarter 2016 commentary.   


  • John Rogers Comments on Lazard Ltd

    Other holdings experienced a short-term struggle. Asset manager and transaction advisor Lazard Ltd (NYSE:LAZ) fell -22.44% after a weak earnings report. Specifically, the company reported adjusted quarterly earnings of $0.50 per share, short of the consensus $0.65 expectation. Revenues were a bit light, while a higher compensation ratio drove the bulk of the miss. In addition, there were net outflows of $361 million in the quarter. We continue to believe the company has a considerable advantage in the crucial emerging markets investment niche.

    From John Rogers (Trades, Portfolio)' Ariel Fund second quarter 2016 commentary.   


  • John Rogers Comments on Dun & Bradstreet Corp

    In addition, credit specialist Dun & Bradstreet Corp. (NYSE:DNB) rose +18.67% after a strong earnings report. After some disappointing numbers in 2015, Wall Street lost faith that the company would get back to its traditional growth rates. This quarter revenues were strong in the U.S., margins were materially better than expected, and so the adjusted earnings per share hit $1.18 (well above the $0.95 consensus). We think Dun & Bradstreet has a solid plan to keep growing, so we plan to remain patient—as we have been all along.

    From John Rogers (Trades, Portfolio)' Ariel Fund second quarter 2016 commentary.   


  • John Rogers Comments on Silica Holdings

    Some of our holdings performed well during the quarter. High-quality industrial sand producer U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:SLCA) surged +52.01% as oil prices recovered.


    Specifically, the price of crude oil moved fromapproximately $35 to $52 before settling back. This move gave investors confidence that oil and gas producers, U.S. Silica’s core customer base, will remain big customers of the firm. We continue to see Silica as having a significant logistical advantage over peers in its crucial niche.

      


  • John Rogers' Ariel Fund 2nd Quarter Commentary

    Quarter Ended June 30, 2016

      


  • Ariel Investments' Charlie Bobrinskoy Discusses European Stress Test Results

    European banks released their stress test results Friday, and Ariel Investments, led by John Rogers (Trades, Portfolio), worries about their safety.

    "There's too much risk to be investing in these names," he said. "They just don't represent a good risk-reward trade-off. Clearly the European bank authorities don't want to send a signal that there are real problems in the system. There are real problems in the system, particularly in Italy."   


  • John Rogers' Ariel Fund June Commentary

    Obviously, the Brexit vote was the big event this month, and what a short, strange trip it has been. On June 23rd, the United Kingdom’s citizens voted whether to Remain a part of the European Union (Bremain) or to Leave it (Brexit). This referendum was born in 2013, when Prime Minister David Cameron promised there would be a stay/go vote if he were re-elected. At the time, low rumblings came from some who were dissatisfied with the E.U.; Cameron firmly believed in the Union. He considered the referendum low risk—he was wrong. Leading up to the vote, the British political betting markets showed an 88% chance Bremain would win; public opinion polls leaned that way but less firmly. In the end, more than 30 million voters (greater than 70% of eligible voters) voted to leave the E.U. by a 52% to 48% margin. Experts were stunned, the media scrambled, and the British pound fell -10.67% (versus the dollar) in just two days. Cameron announced he would resign.

      


  • John Rogers Continues to Buy Morgan Stanley, Ansys

    John Rogers (Trades, Portfolio) is the founder of Ariel Investment LLC, which he started in 1983. In both fourth quarter 2015 and first quarter 2016 the guru bought shares in the following stocks:


    HSBC Holdings PLC (HSBC)

      


  • John Rogers Buys DeVry, American Express

    John Rogers (Trades, Portfolio) is the founder of Ariel Investment LLC, which he started in 1983. During the first quarter he bought shares in the following stocks:


    The guru increased his stake in Northern Trust Corp. (NTRS) by 59.09% with an impact of 0.74% on the portfolio.

      


  • John Rogers Exits Blount International in 1st Quarter

    The largest first-quarter transactions made by John Rogers (Trades, Portfolio), founder of Ariel Investment LLC, were not acquisitions but sales of stakes and portions of stakes in his portfolio. Here is a rundown of some of his largest deals.


    Rogers sold his 7,536,792-share stake in Blount International Inc. (NYSE:BLT), a Portland, Oregon-based maker of replacement parts, equipment and accessories for chain saws and other outdoor products, for an average price of $9.59 per share. The divestiture had a -0.89% impact on Rogers’ portfolio.

      


  • John Rogers Commentary for Month Ended May 31, 2016

    We traditionally examine domestic market leadership near the midpoint of the year. At this point last year, growth stocks were crushing value equities as optimism dominated. This year the mood has shifted significantly, highlighted by value stocks’ leadership. Here are the 12 Russell indexes we use to assess this sentiment:


    Eleven of these indexes are up in 2016; only the Russell 2000 Growth Index is down. Value stocks have turned the table and are outperforming growth stocks. The four top returns all come from value indexes; the four worst returns come from growth benchmarks. Turning to market cap differences, small caps are mainly lagging large caps.

      


  • Stocks Fall to 5-Year Lows

    According to GuruFocus' list, these guru stocks have reached their five-year lows: Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (NASDAQ:BBBY), Nordstrom Inc. (NYSE:JWN), Fossil Group Inc. (NASDAQ:FOSL) and DeVry Education Group Inc. (NYSE:DV).


    Bed Bath & Beyond reaches $45.57

      


  • Jim Chanos Acquires Stake in KKR & Co.

    Guru Jim Chanos (Trades, Portfolio) purchased a 326,958-share stake in KKR & Co. LP (NYSE:KKR) in the first quarter.


    KKR & Co. has a market cap of $5.66 billion, an enterprise value of $29.72 billion, a P/B ratio of 1.08 and a dividend yield of 8.62.

      


  • John Rogers Comments on STRATTEC Security Corp

    STRATTEC Security Corp. (NASDAQ:STRT) designs, manufactures and sells automotive access control products. It has a clean balance sheet and trades near tangible book value. Additionally, advancement in automated cars should provide a tailwind, driving demand for STRATTEC products. Lastly, West Marine, Inc. (WMAR) operates retail stores for boating supplies and accessories. The company trades at a sizable discount to book value despite being profitable, and has a clean balance sheet with no debt and excess cash. West Marine is positioned to take advantage of an ongoing recovery in the boating industry.

    From John Rogers (Trades, Portfolio)' first quarter 2016 Ariel Discovery Fund Commentary.   


  • John Rogers Comments on Real Industry Inc.

    Real Industry Inc. (NASDAQ:RELY) is a holding company based in Southern California backed by notable investors, including Sam Zell. With over $800 million in federal net operating losses (NOLs), management plans to acquire cash generating, stand-alone businesses that can utilize the NOL asset. Its first major purchase was Real Alloy, an aluminum recycling company. We believe the value of Real Alloy alone is more than the current market capitalization of Real Industry.

    From John Rogers (Trades, Portfolio)' first quarter 2016 Ariel Discovery Fund Commentary.   


  • John Rogers Comments on Rentech Inc.

    Also, clean energy solutions provider Rentech, Inc. (NASDAQ:RTK) dropped -36.93% amidst disappointing short-term earnings. Specifically, the company posted a loss of $0.48 after analysts predicted a loss of $0.08. As long-term owners of the stock, we know the business can be relatively lumpy and are comfortable with it. We continue to believe the market misunderstands the company, it structure and its promise.

    From John Rogers (Trades, Portfolio)' first quarter 2016 Ariel Discovery Fund Commentary.   


  • John Rogers Comments on Century Casinos Inc.

    Other holdings slid in the short term. Gaming firm Century Casinos, Inc. (NASDAQ:CNTY) slid -20.82% after a weak earnings report. Specifically, the company reported $0.03 in earnings per share, missing consensus estimates of $0.11—largely due to soft revenues. We continue to think the stock trades at a deep discount to its intrinsic worth and believe its long-term trajectory will surpass Wall Street expectations.

    From John Rogers (Trades, Portfolio)' first quarter 2016 Ariel Discovery Fund Commentary.   


  • John Rogers Comments on Contango Oil & Gas Co.

    In addition, natural resources exploration and production company Contango Oil & Gas Co. (MCF) gained +83.93% as the price of oil recovered during the quarter. There was no other significant news beyond oil’s rebound—which was good news enough for Contango. Crude oil started 2016 at close to $37 per barrel, sank to a low of $26 in mid-February, then marched back above $40 before settling back a bit. Although the commodity essentially was flat, the rebound showed its year-and-a-half long slide has perhaps found a floor. We continue to think Contango has unrecognized value.

    From John Rogers (Trades, Portfolio)' first quarter 2016 Ariel Discovery Fund Commentary.   


  • John Rogers Comments on ORBCOMM Inc.

    Machine-to-machine communications company ORBCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:ORBC) continued the nice run it began in late 2015, rising +39.92%. There was not much news in 2016, but as we mentioned in late 2015, the unfolding story was only starting to take hold and should have long legs in our view. With its full satellite “constellation” launched and operational, the company’s once-considerable capital expenditures will dwindle and profits can now fall to the bottom line. We have been selling into strength but still own the stock.

    From John Rogers (Trades, Portfolio)' first quarter 2016 Ariel Discovery Fund Commentary.   


  • John Rogers' 1st Quarter 2016 Ariel Discovery Fund Commentary

    The first quarter of 2016 was flat in some places and down slightly in others, but we doubt most investors remember it that way. The carnage in January was harsh, and daily volatility has been high, so many likely think of it as a rough three months. Yet the last half of the quarter largely recouped the losses from the first half. Among the three broad indexes tracking our asset classes, one was up a small amount and the other two were down. U.S. large caps were up a small amount. On the other hand, domestic small caps slipped a bit and foreign stocks were down. When U.S. large caps are up while U.S. small caps and foreign stocks retreat, we generally think it says more about sentiment than economics. That is, U.S. large caps are seen as providing stability whereas small caps and foreign stocks are seen as more risky. The discrepancy between domestic value and growth indexes says the same. That is, growth indexes from the large-, mid-, and small- cap universe ranged from less than +1% up to down nearly -5%, while the value counterparts were up more than +1% to +4%. For more than a year investor sentiment has gone up and down without a strong trend.


    This quarter, Ariel Discovery Fund rose +2.20%, ahead of the Russell 2000 Value Index’s +1.70% gain, as well as the +1.35% rise of the S&P 500 Index.

      


  • John Rogers Comments on Bristow Group Inc.

    Also, helicopter operator Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE:BRS) fell -26.60% on two pieces of news: a helicopter crash and a dividend cut. Helicopter crashes are quite rare and very unfortunate, but they do occur. Turning to the dividend cut, some saw it as cause for worry, but we thought it represented prudent balance sheet management. Wall Street fears that oil companies will not only cut exploration but also production—which would hurt Bristow. While exploration cuts are realistic possibilities; we think production cuts are quite unlikely. The stock’s volatility has created buying opportunities.

      


  • John Rogers Comments on JLL

    Other holdings slid in the short term. Real estate expert JLL (NYSE:JLL) drifted -26.61% after a soft earnings report. The company reported adjusted earnings per share of $4.53, below the consensus estimate of $4.78. Currency had the biggest negative impact, although revenues were soft even though they were up year-over-year. Management delivered a steady outlook and said leasing volumes are improving. We are quite content to own this powerhouse through the ups and downs of the business cycle.

      


  • John Rogers Comments on Mattel Inc.

    In addition, toymaker Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAT) jumped +25.27% on news of its merger discussions with Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS). Nothing has happened to date, and nothing may happen. We find the news encouraging because it shows strategic flexibility. We think the company will thrive with or without a merger, and that it can continue to adapt as the digital entertainment world grows.

      


  • John Rogers Comments on Brady Corp

    Some of our holdings had strong returns for the quarter. Identification solutions specialist Brady Corp. (NYSE:BRC) surged +17.87% after a very strong earnings report. The company posted earnings per share of $ 0.30, well above the $0.23 consensus. Revenues were up slightly before currency effects, with operating margins improving a great deal. Moreover, management increased earnings guidance by roughly 10%. The company continues to focus on its growing circle of competence, a strategy we applaud.

      


  • John Rogers' 1st Quarter 2016 Ariel Fund Commentary

    The first quarter of 2016 was flat in some places and down slightly in others, but we doubt most investors remember it that way. The carnage in January was harsh, and daily volatility has been high, so many likely think of it as a rough three months. Yet the last half of the quarter largely recouped the losses from the first half. Among the three broad indexes tracking our asset classes, one was up a small amount and the other two were down. U.S. large caps were up a small amount. On the other hand, domestic small caps slipped a bit and foreign stocks were down. When U.S. large caps are up while U.S. small caps and foreign stocks retreat, we generally think it says more about sentiment than economics. That is, U.S. large caps are seen as providing stability whereas small caps and foreign stocks are seen as more risky. The discrepancy between domestic value and growth indexes says the same. That is, growth indexes from the large-, mid-, and small- cap universe ranged from less than +1% up to down nearly -5%, while the value counterparts were up more than +1% to +4%. For more than a year investor sentiment has gone up and down without a strong trend.

      


  • Gilead, Fossil Among Stocks Trading Below Lynch Earnings Line

    Former Magellan fund manager Peter Lynch devised a method of determining whether stocks are over or undervalued by equating $1 in earnings with $15 in stock price. The earnings line was introduced in his best-selling book “One Up on Wall Street.”


    A graph comparing the Peter Lynch earnings line with the actual stock price can be found on the summary pages of each stock on GuruFocus. The Peter Lynch Screen is also available to automatically search for high-performing undervalued stocks. Five of these picks are listed below.

      


  • Ariel Investments Discusses Banks

    Charles Bobrinskoy of Ariel Investments likes banks because they seem inexpensive and had only short-term problems. He thinks Citigroup (NYSE:C) is too difficult to analyze, but JPMorgan (NYSE:JPM) is attractive.
      


  • John Rogers' Ariel Investments March Commentary

    As we examined the results of our three traditional value mutual funds this quarter, there was one common detrimental thread— the lack of utilities stocks. The sector has been on a tear, meaning that our avoidance of the area hurt short-term returns broadly. This commentary will address the performance issue, explain why people seem to gravitate toward this sector, and why we generally avoid utilities companies.

      


  • John Rogers Ups Stake in Anixter International

    Guru John Rogers (Trades, Portfolio) got into investing in middle school. When Rogers was just 12 years old, his father began to purchase securities for his son's Christmas and birthday presents. This is when Rogers began to gain an interest in reading about the stock market. Rogers attended Princeton University where he majored in economics, and he continued his ambitious approach to learning after his graduation.


    Rogers began working as a stockbroker shortly after his graduation at William Blair & Co. before he founded Ariel Investments in 1983. Ariel Investments began as a small and mid-cap value manager, and evolved strategically looking for companies that have attractive intrinsic value through extensive research. Ariel Investments currently has 88 employees with $10 billion in assets under management.

      


  • John Rogers Invests in Bristow Group, Kindred Biosciences

    John Rogers (Trades, Portfolio), founder of Ariel Investment LLC, added to two stakes in his portfolio – Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE:BRS) and Kindred Biosciences Inc. (NASDAQ:KIN) – on March 31.


    The guru raised his stake in Bristow Group, a British helicopter services provider, nearly 24% with the acquisition of 1,895,773 shares for $18.92 per share. The deal had a 0.43% impact on Rogers’ portfolio.

      


  • John Rogers' Recent Trades

    John Rogers (Trades, Portfolio) is the founder of Ariel Investment LLC, which he started in 1983. As of 2008, the firm had over $15.5 billion in assets under management. The following are his first trades during the first quarter:


    His stake in Cowen Group Inc. (COWN) has been raised by 53.76%. The deal had an impact of 0.16% on the portfolio.

      


  • Low PS Stocks That Are Still Expensive

    According to GuruFocus' All-in-One Screener, the following are companies with a market cap above $5 billion that are trading with a very low P/S ratio.


    Progressive Corp. (PGR) is trading at about $35.48 with a P/S ratio of 1.00 and an estimated P/E multiple of 16.40. The company has a market cap of $20.73 billion and over the last 10 years, the stock has risen by 37%. During the last 52 weeks, the price has been as high as $35.50 and as low as $26.44.

      


  • John Rogers Adds to Stake in Cowen Group

    John Rogers (Trades, Portfolio) began his passion for investing at the ripe age of 12, when his father began buying him securities for Christmas and his birthday. As Rogers grew older, his passion for investing grew with him. Rogers attended Princeton University, where he majored in economics, and his thirst for learning about equities continued to grow. He then founded Ariel Investments in 1983.


    In the first quarter of 2016, Rogers added 3,957,480 shares of Cowen Group Inc. (NASDAQ:COWN).

      


  • Stocks Fall to 5-Year Lows

    According to GuruFocus, these guru stocks have reached their five-year lows: Rosetta Stone Inc. (NYSE:RST), Aegerion Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:AEGR), JMP Group LLC (NYSE:JMP) and Five Star Quality Care Inc. (NASDAQ:FVE).


    Rosetta Stone reached $6.85

      


  • John Rogers' Ariel Investments Commentary on February

    Lately people have been talking a lot about volatility in the stock market. Oftentimes when volatility is being discussed, the market is falling rather than rising. Strictly speaking, volatility addresses the “dispersion of returns,” or how much prices bounce around— whether up or down. It may surprise some that when standard monthly measurements are used, the broad markets have actually moved from a low level of volatility to a more normal level as returns have shifted to flat or down in recent months. The discussion of volatility does have merit—when using other measurements one can see why people are talking about it.

      


  • Tilson Explains New Short in Lumber Liquidators in 1 Word: Cancer

    Whitney Tilson (Trades, Portfolio), founder of Kase Capital Management, released a presentation Tuesday regarding his new short position in Lumber Liquidators (NYSE:LL), outlining six main reasons that may lead to a 50-50 chance of the company reaching bankruptcy.


    Tilson first announced a short position in the flooring company in November 2013 on allegations that Lumber Liquidators was selling Chinese-made flooring tainted with formaldehyde, putting customers at risk for cancer. He then covered the short this past December on a tip that company management was unaware that it was selling toxic flooring. With no “smoking gun,” Tilson wrote in the presentation that “the company was sloppy and naïve, but not evil.”

      


  • Viacom, AutoNation Among Undervalued Guru Stocks

    According to GuruFocus' All-in-One Screener, several gurus are focusing on stocks whose Peter Lynch fair value is far above the current price. The following stocks are trading with a wide margin of safety and at least five gurus are shareholders.


    Viacom Inc. (VIAB) is trading at the price of $38, but the Peter Lynch earnings line gives the company a fair price of $69.91, giving the stock a margin of safety of 45%. It is trading with a PE ratio of 9.29 that is ranked lower than 85% of its competitors in the Global Media – Diversified industry. It is currently 47.20% below its 52-week high and 28.93% above its 52-week low.

      


  • Guru Stocks With High, Growing Dividend Yields

    The following are companies with high and growing dividend yields that gurus are buying according to GuruFocus' All-in-One Screener.


    The Western Union Co. (WU) has a trailing dividend yield of 3.44% with a three-year growth rate of 13.40% and a five-year growth rate of 19.20%. The stock is now trading with a trailing 12-month P/E multiple of 11.10 and an estimated forward P/E multiple of 10.29. During the last 12 months, the stock price has dropped by 7%.

      


  • John Rogers Trims Stake in Newell Rubbermaid

    John Rogers (Trades, Portfolio), founder of Ariel Investment, bought a dozen new stakes and sold a handful in the fourth quarter, but most were comparatively small. By far his largest and most numerous trades were additions or reductions to existing stakes in his portfolio.


    Rogers’ most significant fourth-quarter transaction was the reduction of his stake in Newell Rubbermaid Inc. (NYSE:NWL), an Atlanta-based consumer goods company, by nearly 60%. Rogers sold 1,966,048 shares for an average price of $43.83 per share. The deal had a -0.97% impact on Rogers’ portfolio.

      


  • John Rogers' Ariel Investments Monthly Commentary - January

    This January there have been two hot news topics: the volatile and declining stock market and the 2016 Presidential race. As for the market headlines, some report it as the worst open to a stock market year ever, but it certainly is not the worst January return in history. In politics, both primary races are more heavily contested than one would have imagined at first blush. Here, we have no desire to be partisan or to predict any outcome. Our point is simply to emphasize that while the stock market and the political arena might sizzle in the short term, only the long term really matters.

      


  • John Rogers Comments on Nordstrom Inc.

    Upscale department store Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE:JWN) declined -25.11% after missing earnings. Broad-based weakness, largely driven by slow traffic, caused the company to earn $0.57 per share during the quarter—well short of the expected $0.72. Nordstrom slashed prices to clear inventory, which was painful short term but now puts it in shape to succeed from this point forward.

    From John Rogers (Trades, Portfolio)' Ariel Appreciation Fund 4th quarter 2015 commentary.  


  • John Rogers Comments on Mattel

    Toy-maker Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAT) returned +31.09% after naysayers started turning positive. For some time this company and the whole industry have been in the doghouse. But consultants and analysts have become more positive on the toy business and, at Mattel, on key brands Barbie and Fisher Price. As often happens with broad predictions of immense change, we think the notion that children will suddenly stop playing with Barbie dolls and switch wholesale to digital entertainment goes way too far.

    From John Rogers (Trades, Portfolio)' Ariel Appreciation Fund 4th quarter 2015 commentary.  


  • 10 Fund Managers Are Totally Wrong on GlaxoSmithKline

    There are four big positions by guru investors in GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)  starting with Ken Fisher (Trades, Portfolio) who owns 11.5 million shares, John Rogers (Trades, Portfolio) taking 1.4 million shares, Charles Brandes (Trades, Portfolio) with 4.6 million shares and ending with HOTCHKIS & WILEY at 12.4 million shares.


      


  • The Latest Chuck Royce Investment You’ve Never Heard Of

    When I saw the Real-Time Pick from Chuck Royce (Trades, Portfolio), as tracked by GuruFocus, in Perceptron (NASDAQ:PRCP), I was sceptical. Come on, a company called Perceptron? That sounds too much like the Transformers. I never forgot Peter Lynch's advice to always go for the companies with boring names. Don’t go for the -trons, but the Pep Boys & Mannies (PBY) of the world. Even so, I dutifully decided to check it out, and what I found was remarkably interesting.


    Royce Investments is a small cap specialist boutique targeting mainly companies with market caps of up to $5 billion. They are very much a value-oriented fund, so this pick is a little bit surprising.

      


  • John Rogers Comments on China Mobile Ltd.

    Chinese telecommunications giant China Mobile Ltd. (NYSE:CHL) slipped -4.91%1 amidst broad weakness in Chinese equites and due to concerns over its own slowing customer growth. We think the company’s fundamentals remain solid, so we have been adding to our position.

    From John Rogers (Trades, Portfolio)' fourth quarter 2015 Ariel Global Fund Commentary.  


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