David Einhorn

David Einhorn

Last Update: 01-27-2016

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David Einhorn Watch

  • Exclusive: An Inside Look at David Einhorn's "Big Short"

    Hedge fund manager David Einhorn is taking an even harder line against Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (NASDAQ:GMCR), his big short trade, claiming a recent audit committee review of the accounting issues he flagged is nothing more than a "whitewash."

    In an exclusive interview with Reuters, Einhorn said he still doubts sales figures and spending plans at the company, which saw its stock soar to $110 in August on the rapid growth of its individual coffee servings or K-cups. When Einhorn revealed in October that he had been building a short position in shares of the company for weeks, the stock tanked and it effectively turned things around for his $8 billion Greenlight Capital fund this year.  

  • Microsoft: Value Exposed

    Microsoft seems to be a favorite stock of some of the biggest money managers according to GuruFocus. Seth Klarman, Donald Yacktman and David Einhorn have all been piling up on shares of Microsoft since the second quarter of 2011. What is their attraction?

    Price: Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) is modestly priced at its current range of around $26-27 per share. This would put the P/E at approximately 10 with its fiscal year EPS $2.69. According to an in-house DCF calculation, MSFT has an intrinsic value of approximately $52.34 per share, which would give it over a 50% margin of safety to its current trading price. This calculation is based on a modest 10% growth in revenue, 12% increase in gross profit, and a 15% increase in net income looking out to 2015. This also takes into consideration our projected future cash flows discounted out from 2015, which would give MSFT equity a value of approximately $447,081,450,000 (if you take into consideration less debt and controlling interest and plus cash).  

  • David Einhorn Profiting From a Decline in European Sovereign Debt

    David Einhorn, the hedge-fund manager who compared the Greek bailout to a surrealist painting, recast a bet against sovereign debt in a way that reduces risks posed by government regulators and big banks.

    Greenlight Capital Re Ltd. (GLRE), a publicly traded insurer controlled by Einhorn, held credit default swaps on $667 million of sovereign debt as of June 30. During the third quarter, the company exited about half of those swaps, designed to pay off should a government default, and entered into short sales on non-U.S. sovereign bonds, according to a regulatory filing.  

  • Best Buy (BBY) Frustrates Value Investors

    Several gurus have been battered on ill-timed investments in Best Buy (NYSE:BBY).

    Best Buy has been a favored investment for gurus such as David Einhorn, Joel Greenblatt and Leon Cooperman. However, shares of BBY continue to sink, leaving many to wonder if BBY is a classic value trap.  

  • Banks – Lehman Brothers 2.0 and Earnings Hocus Pocus

    For me, one of the largest red flags in the market has been the continued poor health of financials. The reason, of course, is that they are struggling to shrink their balance sheets, “extend and pretend” on their loan books, and earn their way out of impending Japanization. I’m not sure where I got this little piece of wisdom (and if you can prove it wrong please let me know): "There has never been a bull market in history that hasn’t been led by financial stocks." A sobering thought.

    Banks are, despite all their crimes, still the veins and arteries that pump credit around the body of the economy which acts as a lifeblood to economic activity.  

  • Weekly CEO Buys Highlight: UTHR, SUSS, ONFC, FSC, FBP

    Last week's top five stocks that were bought by their CEOs were UTHR, SUSS, ONFC, FSC, and FBP. According to GuruFocus Insider Data, these are the largest CEO buys during the past week.

    United Therapeutics Corp. (NASDAQ:UTHR): CEO Martine A Rothblatt Bought 38,687 Shares

    CEO of United Therapeutics Corp. (NASDAQ:UTHR) Martine A Rothblatt bought 38,687 shares during the past week at an average price of $42.02. UTD THERAPEUTIC is a biotechnology company focused on combating cardiovascular, inflammatory, and infectious diseases with unique therapeutic products. United Therapeutics Corp. has a market cap of $2.45 billion; its shares were traded at around $42.02 with a P/E ratio of 13.9 and P/S ratio of 4.1.

    Total revenues for the quarter ended September 30, 2011 were $201.7 million, up from $168.6 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2010. Net income for the quarter ended September 30, 2011 was $84.4 million or $1.45 per basic share, compared to $39.7 million or $0.70 per basic share for the same quarter in 2010.  

  • What Technology Stocks Hedge Fund Gurus Are Buying: MSFT, GOOG, HPQ, AAPL

    In the third quarter, earnings per share in the $3 trillion technology sector grew 31% year over year, and revenue increased 17%. Year to date, the information technology stocks of the S&P 500 returned almost 4%, and 7.6% over the last year. Guru hedge funds’ favorite stocks from this sector are: Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), Google (NASDAQ:GOOG), Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ) and Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL).

    Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT)  

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  • Gurus' Stocks Raising Dividends: YORW, MKC, BDX, CATC, HRL

    This is the group of companies who raised their dividend during the week: York Water Company, McCormick & Co. Inc., Becton Dickinson & Co., Cambridge Bancorp, and Hormel Foods Corp.

    York Water Company (NASDAQ:YORW)  

  • Hedge Fund Greenlight Capital Buys MRVL, CBS, LM, GM, GDX, AAPL

    Renowned hedge fund manager David Einhorn just reported his third quarter portfolio. Einhorn has made his fame for his long term performance and his successful short selling. As of 09/30/2011, his firm Greenlight Capital owns 39 stocks with a total value of $4.7 billion. These are the details of the buys and sells.

    His portfolio is overweight in technology and healthcare, light in industrial and basic materials.  

  • Einhorn Explains Green Mountain Short

    Hedge fund manager David Einhorn of Greenlight Capital elaborated on his short position of Green Mountain Coffee (NASDAQ:GMCR) in his latest investor letter.

    Einhorn specifically singled out the cozy relationship between GMCR and M. Block & Sons.  

  • Hedge Fund Manager David Einhorn Bought CBS, GM, MRVL

    Renowned hedge fund manager David Einhorn released his third quarter letter. He discussed his short position in Green Mountain Coffee (NASDAQ:GMCR) again. He also bought into CBS Corporation (NYSE:CBS), General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) and Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (NASDAQ:MRVL).

    According to the shareholder letter, Greenlight Capital, L.P., Greenlight Capital Qualified, L.P. and Greenlight Capital Offshore (collectively, the "Partnerships") returned (1.2)%, (0.6)% and (0.8)%1 net of fees and expenses, respectively, in the third quarter of 2011, bringing the respective year to date net returns to (6.2)%, (5.6)% and (6.1)%.  

  • Lehman Brothers 2.0 - More Bank Earnings Hocus Pocus?

    For me, one of the largest red flags in the market has been the continued poor health of financials. The reason, of course, is that they are struggling to shrink their balance sheets, “extend and pretend” on their loan books, and earn their way out of impending Japanization. I’m not sure where I got this little piece of wisdom from (and if you can prove it wrong please let me know): There has never been a bull market in history that hasn’t been lead by financial stocks. A sobering thought.

    Banks are, despite all their crimes, still the veins and arteries that pump credit around the body of the economy which acts as a lifeblood to economic activity.  

  • Apple, Potential Growth at Attractive Valuation

    Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), the American multinational corporation designing and marketing computer software, consumer electronics and personal computers has recently suffered from a shortfall although it has exceeded its earnings expectations.

    The shortfall, including a 7% drop in shares from all time highs seems to be driven by hesitancy and a delay in the launch of new products, especially its iPhone 4S. That was the main factor that caused a small miss from analyst expectations.  

  • Stocks to Buy on Dips: BDX

    If you have been priming your portfolio for a significant buying opportunity, this series of articles are targeted at you. In the series, I am going to look at companies with the following characteristics:
    • Companies built to last. This means wide moat, pricing power, and durable competitive advantage. We will not deal with a lot of technical hocus-pocus and will not consider most technology stocks because of the ever-changing playing field.
    • Companies with strong FCF and good history of FCF growth in the last decade, preferably with market cap which is less that 12*FCF. Why 12*FCF? Assuming a 1% growth in FCF forever, with a 10.2% discount rate, gives us the magic number 12*FCF as the terminal value of the stock. What this means is that the market is pricing the company for a less than half of the U.S. economic growth rate (which is around 2%, if seen over a period of larger than 30 years) and a 10% discount rate.
    • Companies with good ROE with little or no debt, or companies with good ROIC. We will try to look at companies which have manageable levels of debt. We will err on the side of safety.
    • Companies with good management practices and good history of shareholder returns. This will look at the share counts, buybacks, dividend along with the management compensation, options and stock awards. Good insider holding/guru holding will be a plus.
    • Companies with very good balance sheet. We don’t want the company to face any major headwinds because of credit crunch in the next year. In particular we would like the company to be well financed with a good current ratio.
    Today, I am going to pitch medical device maker Becton-Dickinson (NYSE:BDX).  

  • David Einhorn Is Betting on Gold-Mining Companies

    Hedge fund manager David Einhorn is betting that gold-mining companies will outperform bullion, reversing the trend from the past six months.

    “A substantial disconnect has developed between the price of gold and the mining companies,” Einhorn said today in a conference call discussing results at Greenlight Capital Re Ltd. (GLRE), the reinsurer where he is chairman.  

  • David Einhorn's Best Stocks: BAGL, WAG

    David Einhorn is Greenlight Capital president. Greenlight Capital is a well known hedge fund founded in 1996. Since then, it has had 27% average in revenues. David Einhorn is always related to short selling, expressly, borrowing stock for a short period of time, selling it and then repurchase such stock at a lower price. In fact, that is his philosophy. He focuses on preserving capital and his goal is to buy stock that will remain strong.

    He always makes research before investing, but what´s curious is that he thinks that “you never really know what will happen”. Despite the uncertainty, the journey is well worth the effort.  

  • Einhorn Probably Regrets Selling MI Developments

    Hedge fund manager David Einhorn probably regrets bailing on his investment in Canadian real estate company MI Developments (MIM.TO).

    MI Developments owns and develops industrial real estate properties in North America and is controlled through a block of super-voting shares by Frank Stronach, its 76-year-old chairman, who is the founder of the auto parts giant Magna International.  

  • The Case for Shorting Green Mountain Coffee – Put in Perspective

    David Einhorn announced last week that he is shorting the stock of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. (NASDAQ:GMCR). He presented a detailed presentation on why he is shorting the stock. The stock declined more than 20% this week even as market went higher.

    Einhorn certainly deserves to be followed with his shorts. His most recent publicized short was St. Joe (NYSE:JOE), the controversial position he held against Bruce Berkowitz. With Bruce Berkowitz in dismal these days, St. Joe stock is moving favorably toward Einhorn.  

  • David Einhron GCMR

    David Einhorn Value Investing Congress Presentation 2011 Greenmountain[url=http://www.valuewalk.com/value-investing-congress-2/david-einhorn-qa/]  

  • Two of David Einhorn’s Largest Positions Now Involve Gold

    Value investing and gold. Do they go together?

    Over the past decade successful investing and gold certainly do. In 10 years gold has increased roughly four times while the stock market has gone virtually nowhere.  

  • Can Best Buy Fend Off Online Compeition?

    Best Buy (NYSE:BBY) is quickly being rendered obsolete by online retailers like Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN). At least that’s what the headlines would have you believe. Best Buy’s recent quarterly results (same store sales declined 2.8%) and lowered guidance seem to lend credence to the “Best Buy is on its way out” line of thinking.

    This negative sentiment has pushed down the share price of BBY and the stock now appears on GuruFocus’ Low P/S Screener. Some gurus also see value in Best Buy. David Einhorn has 4.62% of his fund in BBY and Bill Nygren has 1.94% of his in BBY. Other investors with smaller positions include John Hussman, David Dreman, Joel Greenblatt, Mark Hillman, and Leon Cooperman.  

  • Berkowitz Sold Portion of St. Joe Due to Redemptions

    Bruce Berkowitz reduced 0.57% of his holdings in St. Joe Co. (NYSE:JOE) at the average price of $17.01 on 09/19/2011, as reported in his latest 13D filings. He still owns 26,483,091 shares. The stock price has changed by -2%.

    Berkowitz’s trimming of St. Joe shares does not signal a sudden bearishness on the stock. Rather, he is being forced to sell due to redemptions at Fairholme Capital Management. From July 25 to September 14, 2011, Berkowitz sold shares of St. Joe out of eight accounts after their management agreements were terminated.  

  • Thursday Value Overview: Costco, BKNY Mellon, and Sprint

    Thursday’s edition praises Costco’s (NASDAQ:COST) Jim Sinegal, looks at David Einhorn’s dealings with the Mets and his Sprint (NYSE:S) investment, reviews market valuations, and follows up on the BKNY Mellon (NYSE:BK) saga. Costco CEO Jim Sinegal will step down from his perch on January 1, 2012. Sinegal is truly a unique leader. I heard him described today as the Steve Jobs of the retail space. He turns 76 on January 1, so he feels like it’s time to step aside. Even so, he’s kept his sense of humor about it.

    [quote]"It'll be an upgrade," Sinegal joked about being replaced as CEO on Jan. 1 by President and Chief Operating Officer Craig Jelinek. "He is well-liked and smart and energetic and all the things that I used to be."  

  • The APPLE of Thy Eye?

    Apple certainly has a nice run from the consolidation low of $100 in late 2009, which more than quadrupled its high in July 2011.


  • David Einhorn Increases Position in CareFusion Corp. by 33%

    David Einhorn increased his position in CareFusion Corp. (NYSE:CFN) by 33% at the average price of $24.76 on 08/15/2011, as reported in the latest 13G filings by David Einhorn. He owns 12,668,724 shares. CareFusion is a global corporation serving the health care industry with products and services that help hospitals measurably improve the safety and quality of care. CareFusion Corp. has a market cap of $5.72 billion; its shares were traded at around $24.76 with a P/E ratio of 15.23 and P/S ratio of 1.62.

    Andreas Halvorsen bought 1,934,612 shares in the quarter that ended on 03/31/2011, which is 0.47% of the $11.95 billion portfolio of Viking Global Investors LP. John Keeley owns 188,290 shares as of 06/30/2011, an increase of 23.69% from the previous quarter. This position accounts for 0.0835% of the $6.13 billion portfolio of Keeley Fund Management. Edward Owens owns 4,284,654 shares as of 06/30/2011, an increase of 20.07% from the previous quarter. This position accounts for 0.5852% of the $19.89 billion portfolio of Vanguard Health Care Fund. George Soros owns 9,200 shares as of 06/30/2011, a decrease of 67.03% of from the previous quarter. This position accounts for 0.0035% of the $7.11 billion portfolio of Soros Fund Management LLC.  

  • David Einhorn Adds to Tech Stocks: Microsoft, Seagate Technology and Apple

    David Einhorn is the president and founder of Greenlight Capital, a value-oriented hedge fund. Unlike other funds, Greenlight does not leverage its positions to increase returns, and the fund does not generate large trading volumes. Nevertheless, since the fund's inception in 1996, Greenlight has generated more than a 25% annualized net return. Einhorn is best known for short-selling positions, most famously Allied Capital and Lehman Brothers, and his aggressive shorts in financials helped Greenlight prosper in its early days. However, he holds mostly long positions, emphasizing intrinsic value to achieve consistent returns and safeguard capital against market conditions. According to his second quarter portfolio update, Einhorn added to his position in Microsoft (MSFT), Seagate Technology (STX), and Apple (AAPL).

    Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT)  

  • Hedge Fund Greenlight Capital Reports Q2 Portfolio

    Renowned hedge fund manager David Einhorn reported his second quarter portfolio. Einhorn made many trades during the second quarter. He added to his positions in out of favor techs such as Microsoft. He exits his position in Yahoo as discussed in his latest shareholder letter. As of 06/30/2011, Greenlight Capital owns 37 stocks with a total value of $4.7 billion. These are the details of the buys and sells.

    This is the portfolio chart of David Einhorn. You can click on the legend of the chart to show/hide buys, sells, or holdings. Each ball on the chart represents a position in the portfolio. You can move your mouse on the balls to see the details of each position and click to see the details of all guru trades with this position.  

  • Does poker help to improve one’s investing skills?

    Warning: This article may not be suitable for value investors, nevertheless no harm in keeping an open mind.

    I believe in addition to this absolute passion for investing, playing poker does in fact help to improve one’s investing skills. Successful investing is a complex blend between valuation skills and ability to read the market sentiment. Thus, to be successful in poker, the same set of skills in reading people’s behavior (sentiment) applies. See, Notable Hedge Fund Managers Started Investing When They Were in Their Teens http://www.gurufocus.com/news/139170/notable-hedge-fund-managers-started-investing-when-they-were-in-their-teens for more.  

  • Thursday Value Overview: BRK.B, KFT, DNDN, F, GM, MS, ESV, WMT, BK

    Today was as bad a day we’ve had in a long time. The Dow is now down 10.5% over the past 10 days. Once I turn CNBC off, all I see is deals. Today I’ve got the Kraft (KFT) break-up, a Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.B) story about no analyst buy recommendations for the stock, no safety in Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS), Ford (NYSE:F), GM (NYSE:GM), Walmart (NYSE:WMT), and of course not in Dendreon (DNDN). I’ve also got a link to some John Paulson results and, finally, Bank of New York Mellon’s (NYSE:BK) decision to charge customers to hold cash. In an otherwise bleak day, Kraft shares are up after announcing plans to break in two. After Warren Buffett’s criticism for the Cadbury purchase, Kraft was careful to get his approval for this plan. Kraft will break into a snacks company and a groceries company. It’s probably a good plan, though I haven’t followed the company too closely. They also got the approval from Nelson Peltz, who is an activist investor often promotes break-ups like this.

    Hat tip to Ravi at The Rational Walk for this entertaining Bloomberg piece about Berkshire Hathaway. We’ve spoke over the last few months about how cheap Berkshire shares are trading. They got even cheaper today. Bloomberg talks about how none of the sell-side analysts they track recommend Berkshire’s stock as a buy. Some of them make comments about succession, some talk about the insurance exposure. Some even shrug at the valuation of 1.14 times book. Even Munger and Buffett talking about the stock being undervalued doesn’t move the price.  

  • What Gurus Are Saying About the Debt Ceiling Crisis

    The U.S. Treasury has told congress that they must come to an agreement on raising the debt ceiling by August 2 in order to prevent government debt defaults, a downgrade of the nation's AAA rating, a declining dollar and increased interest rates. With the deadline less than a week away, both parties in congress are still in a deadlock. The situation, which could have major implications for the stock market and economy, has spurred many of the world’s leading money managers to voice their views on whether the debt ceiling should be raised. Some have written letters or given interviews criticizing government leaders, proposing solutions, and arguing for who or what they believe is to blame. Many of them disagree. Here’s a collection of what Gurus are saying:

    Bruce Berkowitz  

  • David Einhorn Initiates Position in Huntington Ingalls Industries

    David Einhorn is the president and founder of Greenlight Capital, a value-oriented hedge fund. Unlike other funds, Greenlight does not leverage its positions to increase returns, and the fund does not generate large trading volumes. Nevertheless, since the fund's inception in 1996, Greenlight has generated more than a 25% annualized net return. Einhorn is best known for short selling positions, most famously Allied Capital and Lehman Brothers, and his aggressive shorts in financials helped Greenlight prosper in its early days. However, he holds mostly long positions, emphasizing intrinsic value to achieve consistent returns and safeguard capital against market conditions. According to his latest 13G filings, Einhorn entered into a new holding in Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) with 2,510,000 shares at an average price of $34.28.

    Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII)  

  • Friday Value Overview

    Ending the week we have David Einhorn’s quarterly letter, talking about Yahoo (NASDAQ:YHOO), Warren Buffett on Bloomberg alluding to Berkshire Hathaway’s (BRK.B, BRK.A) Mastercard (NYSE:MA) position, a note about the terrible jobs report, and the bubble in online couponing.

    One of my favorite gurus, David Einhorn, released his Q2 letter today. Not surprisingly, he dropped Yahoo (NASDAQ:YHOO), which he had bought into in the first quarter believing the sum of the parts were worth significantly more than the stock price. As we now know, you can't trust the sum when one or more of the parts are Chinese. Einhorn also made comments on the Greek crisis, detailing how the game is rigged among rating agencies, the government, and European banks. Credit default swaps were like gasoline thrown on fire for the 2008 crisis. He is intimating that swaps on Greek and other struggling European countries have the potential to create another crisis. I've long thought credit default swaps should simply be banned, at least in the U.S. What's the economic benefit to them other than a distortion to the markets? While we're on common sense policies that will never be implemented, I also think we should implement an 80% capital gains tax rate on securities held less than a day. Call it the really short term capital gains rate.  

  • David Einhorn Buys Seagate and Drops Yahoo in Q2

    David Einhorn manages Greenlight Capital, a hedge fund with over $6 billion in assets. From inception to August 2006, Einhorn achieved 29% annual returns. He looks at companies intrinsic values which he believes will safeguard them regardless of market conditions. In his recently reported second-quarter investor letter, he announced that he bought one company, Seagate Technology (NASDAQ:STX), and made a surprising exit out of Yahoo! (NASDAQ:YHOO).

    Seagate Technology (NASDAQ:STX)  

  • David Einhorn's Q2 Investor Letter

    David Einhorn of Greenlight Capital released his second quarter investor letter on Wednesday, which is full of musings and surprises. Einhorn opines about the Greek crisis, the US debt ceiling, credit ratings agencies and other pressing financial matters. Following is an overview of the Partnerships’ investing movements for the quarter, including details on their one new buy and their prompt exit from Yahoo (NASDAQ:YHOO).

    The full letter is here.  

  • Why Third Point Capital's Daniel Loeb Is Beating John Paulson and David Einhorn

    On Wednesday, Reuters reported that hedge funds overall have lost an average of 2% over the first half of the year, while the S&P gained around 6%. Below the average are unexpected names like John Paulson (flagship fund down 15%), David Einhorn (Greenlight Capital down 5%), and Bill Ackman (Pershing Square Capital down 2.27%).

    Yet at least one manager has outshone them – Daniel Loeb. He is the founder of the $7.1 billion hedge fund Third Point LLC, which has had an annualized return of 19% since inception in 1996. Year to date, his fund has gained 6.3%, after losing 2.9% in June. His portfolio has climbed because he took a slightly different tack this year than other top investors. For example, only 7.6% of his fund is invested in battered financials, down from about 14% in the fourth quarter. He completely sold out his shares of Citigroup (NYSE:C) in the first quarter of 2011.  

  • Who is Management Really Listening To?

    One of the most noticeable areas of difference between the first and fourth edition of Benjamin Graham’s “The Intelligent Investor” is that the chapter regarding management is much smaller in the final version. Graham writes in the final edition:

    Ever since 1934, we have argued in our writings for a more intelligent and energetic attitude by shareholders toward their management….Shareholders are justified in raising questions as to the competence of the management when the results (1) are unsatisfactory in themselves, (2) are poorer than those obtained by other companies that appear similarly situated, and (3) have resulted in an unsatisfactory market price of long duration.  

  • Fifth Street Finance CEO Buys 30,000 Shares

    CEO of Fifth Street Finance Corp. (NASDAQ:FSC) Leonard M. Tannenbaum bought 30,000 shares on 06/21/2011 at an average price of $11.58. The total transaction amount is $347,400. Fifth Street Finance Corp. is a specialty finance company that lends to and invests in small and mid-sized companies in connection with an investment by private equity sponsors. The company has a market cap of $758.3 million; its shares were traded at around $11.65 with a P/E ratio of 11.7 and P/S ratio of 10.8. The dividend yield of Fifth Street Finance Corp. stocks is 11.2%.

    Leonard Tannenbaum is the CEO of Fifth Street Finance, and has been since October 2007. He is also chairman of the board. Mr. Tannenbuam founded a number of private investment firms, including Fifth Street Finance. Before that, he worked as an equity analyst for Merill Lynch. He resigned from his position as president of Fifth Street Finance in early 2010 at a board of directors meeting.  

  • Tuesday Value Overview

    Today I’ll talk about RIM (RIMM)’s prospects with Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Dell (NASDAQ:DELL), Best Buy’s (NYSE:BBY) recent announcements, the Sino-Forrest (SNOFF.PK) fiasco, and Barnes & Noble’s (NYSE:BKS) results. The day started out with a fake press release purported to be from the SEC, announcing charges against Muddy Waters and Carson Block. The hoax was quickly found out and debunked. The SEC should be issuing a press release thanking Block for all of the investigative work he's done. Agree or disagree: Has Muddy Waters research regulated the market more efficiently than the SEC?

    If you haven't already heard, John Paulson jumped ship from Sino-Forrest (SNOFF.PK) for a loss in the $800 million range. The stake had made up about 1.5% of his total holdings.  

  • 3 Retail Stocks Trading Near 10 Year P/S Lows: Walmart, BestBuy, and CVS

    Ken Fisher, founder of Fisher Investments and son of Phil Fisher, pioneered the idea of buying stocks at a low price to sales (P/S) ratio for outsized gains. His 1984 book, Super Stocks, detailed the idea and its application. In later years he’s said that since the approach is so well-known now, it’s not as effective as it used to be.

    I like to take Fisher’s approach and alter it slightly. Using GuruFocus’s P/S screen, I look for companies that are trading near the low of the company’s historical P/S ratio. The idea is there will be some normalization to more traditional ratios for the company. Keep in mind, though, that this is an idea generator. It should be the first step before looking deeper as to why the stock is so cheap on this metric. It could be that something has changed dramatically within the company and their sales aren’t translating into higher earnings and won’t return to the past level of profitability in the future. However, it could also mean that the stock has been unduly punished for a short-term problem.  

  • Book Review: Fooling Some of the People All of the Time

    For the most part, David Einhorn seems to enjoy his privacy; you don’t hear much about Greenlight Capital in the press, and rarely hear from him in interviews. However, there is one event that has consistently been the scene where Mr. Einhorn has opened up and piqued the interest of investors: the Ira Sohn Conference. At last month’s event, he talked about Microsoft and CEO Steve Ballmer, saying his “presence is the biggest overhang on Microsoft's stock”. In the weeks since, this already hot topic that has been fueled even further by Mr. Einhorn’s speech and even sparked rumors that Ballmer may step down after the launch of Windows 8.

    In 2008, Einhorn grabbed headlines yet again with his short thesis for Lehman Brothers. A few weeks later, the company posted a surprising $2.8 billion quarterly loss; less than six months later, Lehman no longer existed.  

  • Monday's Daily Value Overview

    Today's edition touches on the buyout of M&F Worldwide (MFW), the merger between Allied World (NYSE:AWH) and Transatlantic Re (TRH), a little bit of Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.A)(NYSE:BRK.B), and the Pfizer (NYSE:PFE) and Teva (NYSE:TEVA) dust-up.

    I've got to start with what the Dallas Mavericks did to the Miami Heat though. It's basically what the bears have been doing to the bulls for the last six weeks. The legend of LeBron James grew even bigger, just not for what he'd like to be known for. His play over the last three games was a bit like the high school student who consistently gets Cs telling himself he could easily get an A if only he would have studied. LeBron can tell himself he didn't actually lose... because his noticeable lack of effort meant he didn't try.  

  • Einhorn Creates His Own Fort Knox

    Several prominent investors have invested in physical gold in recent years. Most prominent is David Einhorn of Greenlight Capital.

    Einhorn gained fame from shorting Lehman Brothers prior to the financial crisis. He obviously has a deep understanding of the financial system. So why is Einhorn creating his own private version of Fort Knox?  

  • Daily Value Overview: June 7, 2011

    I don’t worry too much about the daily gyrations of the stock market: The ups, the downs, and everything in between. Mr. Market is manic-depressive, probably now more than ever. I do, however, find a great deal of useful news flowing throughout the day. Most of the news is noise, but the internet also provides a unique way to filter, to follow, and to focus. With that in mind I thought it would be useful to write a daily recap of market and stock news that I’m following and that I think is relevant to value investors. I can’t promise I’ll get something up at the end of every day, but I’m going to try. I also can’t promise that all of it will all be of interest to you but, again, I’m going to try. Here’s the kickoff. I hope you enjoy.

    Jamie Dimon (NYSE:JPM) smacked down Ben Bernanke after Bernanke admitted the economy was slowing, telling him that higher capital requirements and regulations are causing banks to limit their ability to carry out their primary function: Lending. Dimon fears that in the future a book may be written about how the recovery was weak because of regulatory overreach. See the video on CNBC here.  

  • The Dividend Stocks of David Einhorn: PFE, ESV, TRV, MSFT, CAH

    David Einhorn is the president of Greenlight Capital, which he founded in 1996 with less than $1 million. The fund has generated an annualized net return of greater than 22% since its inception and now manages assets totaling nearly $8 billion

    Einhorn is known by most as a notorious short-seller (he literally “wrote the book” about the grueling process when he penned "Fooling Some of the People All of the Time") thanks to the high profile positions he’s taken against companies like Allied Capital, Lehman Brothers and The St. Joe Company. But his fund is, by its own definition, a “long-short value-oriented hedge fund.”  

  • Is David Einhorn Looking to Oust Steve Ballmer at Microsoft?

    Has David Einhorn taken a page out of Bill Ackman's style of shareholder activism?

    Einhorn gave a presentation at the Ira Sohn conference where he recommended that Microsoft replace Steve Ballmer with another executive.  

  • The Winning Stock Idea from the Ira Sohn Conference

    This year the first Ira Sohn Investment Contest took place at the Ira Sohn Convention. Here are some details:

    · Participants submitted their best idea (long or short).  

  • Ira Sohn Conference: David Einhorn on Microsoft and Delta Lloyd

    David Einhorn is president of Greenlight Capital Inc., which he co-founded in January 1996. Greenlight Capital is a value-oriented investment advisor whose goal is to achieve high absolute rates of return while minimizing the risk of capital loss. Greenlight’s investment philosophy is to combine the analytical discipline of determining fair value with a practical understanding of markets. David is Chairman of the Board of Greenlight Capital Re Ltd. (GLRE) and a Director of BioFuel Energy Corp. (BIOF). He is the author of "Fooling Some of the People All of the Time," published in May 2008. David graduated with a B.A. summa cum laude from Cornell University.

    (Einhorn spoke very quickly about Delta. It was hard to get down all the notes. If I can get a copy of the slide show I will provide more information.)  

  • Bruce Berkowitz Beating Hedge Fund Managers at Their Own Game

    Every once in a while, there’s a saga on Wall Street that captures everyone’s attention. The fight over Florida real estate development company St. Joe (NYSE:JOE) earlier this year was that kind of saga.

    On one side was Bruce Berkowitz, founder of Miami-based mutual fund manager Fairholme Capital Management, St. Joe’s largest shareholder, with a nearly 30 percent stake, who believed that the company’s future would be bright once the real estate market recovered and poor management was out of the way. On the other was David Einhorn of Greenlight Capital, a New York–based hedge fund manager who had presciently shorted Lehman Brothers Holdings before it collapsed and was equally outspoken in betting against St. Joe.  

  • Weekly CEO Buys Highlight: RNN, IIG, FSC, GEO, DAN

    Last week’s top five stocks that were bought by their CEOs were RNN, IIG, FSC, GEO, and DAN. According to GuruFocus Insider Data, these are the largest CEO buys during the past week.

    REXAHN PHARMACEUTICALS INC. (RNN): Chairman & CEO, 10% Owner Chang Ho Ahn Bought 1,008,078 Shares  

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