’s Weitz Investments oversees $4 billion for clients and has had an excellent year so far. Its value fund returned 17.9% in the first half, outpacing the S&P 500’s 13.8%. While extended QE pumped up the markets further in the second quarter, Weitz hesitated to call a short-term market direction in his second quarter letter. As a result, he avoids taking any extreme positions in his portfolios but held ample cash at quarter-end after it sold shares of companies whose share priced approached his estimates of fair value. “But we still own a group of companies that we believe have excellent long-term prospects,” Weitz said in his letter.
When stocks do get cheap again, he added, “we will follow Warren Buffett
’s advice: ‘When it’s raining gold, go out with a bucket, not a thimble.’” Continue Reading »