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Guru Stocks at 52-Week Low: MRK, ABT, LFC, VIP, ETR

January 30, 2011 | About:
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Last week’s top five stocks that reached their 52-week lows were Merck & Co, Abbott Labs, China Life, Vimpelcom, and Entergy. According to GuruFocus updates, these Guru stocks have reached their 52-week lows.

Merck & Co Inc (MRK) Reached the 52-Week Low of $33.07

The prices of Merck & Co Inc (MRK) shares have declined to close to the 52-week low of $33.07, which is 22.4% off the 52-week high of $41.03. Merck & Co Inc is owned by 32 Gurus we are tracking. Among them, 7 have added to their positions during the past quarter. 23 reduced their positions.

Merck & Co., Inc. is a global research-driven pharmaceutical company dedicated to putting patients first. Merck & Co Inc has a market cap of $101.88 billion; its shares were traded at around $33.07 with a P/E ratio of 9.9 and P/S ratio of 3.8. The dividend yield of Merck & Co Inc stocks is 4.6%.

Merck & Co., Inc. recently declared a quarterly dividend of $0.38 per share on the company’s common stock for the first quarter of 2011. Payment will be made on Jan. 7, 2011 to common stockholders of record at the close of business on Dec. 15, 2010.

John Hussman owns 3,000,000 shares as of 09/30/2010, an increase of 50% from the previous quarter. This position accounts for 1.53% of the $7.2 billion portfolio of Hussman Economtrics Advisors, Inc.. George Soros owns 11,000 shares as of 09/30/2010, a decrease of 40.22% of from the previous quarter. This position accounts for 0.01% of the $6.69 billion portfolio of Soros Fund Management LLC. HOTCHKIS & WILEY owns 616,495 shares as of 09/30/2010, a decrease of 72.89% of from the previous quarter. This position accounts for 0.15% of the $14.81 billion portfolio of Hotchkis & Wliey Capital Management LLC.

Abbott Labs (ABT) Reached the 52-Week Low of $45.49

The prices of Abbott Labs (ABT) shares have declined to close to the 52-week low of $45.49, which is 19.1% off the 52-week high of $56.24. Abbott Labs is owned by 25 Gurus we are tracking. Among them, 9 have added to their positions during the past quarter. 13 reduced their positions.

Abbott Laboratories is a global, broad-based health care company devoted to discovering new medicines, new technologies and new ways to manage health. Abbott Labs has a market cap of $70.32 billion; its shares were traded at around $45.49 with a P/E ratio of 11.2 and P/S ratio of 2.3. The dividend yield of Abbott Labs stocks is 3.9%. Abbott Labs had an annual average earning growth of 7.3% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Abbott Labs the business predictability rank of 4.5-star.

ABT recently reported its third quarter results. Diluted earnings per share, excluding specified items, were $1.05, reflecting 14.1 percent growth, at the high end of Abbott's previously issued guidance range of $1.03 to $1.05. Diluted earnings per share under Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) were $0.57, primarily reflecting costs associated with recently announced restructuring actions for the integration of the Solvay Pharmaceuticals acquisition.

Mario Gabelli owns 437,060 shares as of 09/30/2010, which accounts for 0.1% of the $23.32 billion portfolio of GAMCO Investors. Kenneth Fisher owns 15,070 shares as of 12/31/2010, which accounts for less than 0.01% of the $35.88 billion portfolio of Fisher Asset Management, LLC. Robert Bruce owns 80,000 shares as of 09/30/2010, which accounts for 3.7% of the $109 million portfolio of Bruce & Co., Inc..

Buy: Director Phebe N Novakovic bought 500 shares of ABT stock on 12/06/2010 at the average price of 46.85. Phebe N Novakovic owns at least 500 shares after this. The price of the stock has decreased by 2.9% since. Other insiders have decreased their positions in the company.

China Life Ins (LFC) Reached the 52-Week Low of $58.43

The prices of China Life Ins (LFC) shares have declined to close to the 52-week low of $58.43, which is 23.3% off the 52-week high of $74.79. China Life Ins is owned by 6 Gurus we are tracking. Among them, 1 have added to their positions during the past quarter. 4 reduced their positions.

China Life Insurance Company Limited is the life insurance company in China's life insurance market. China Life Ins has a market cap of $28.99 billion; its shares were traded at around $58.43 with a P/E ratio of 19.9 and P/S ratio of 0.6. The dividend yield of China Life Ins stocks is 2.3%. China Life Ins had an annual average earning growth of 73.6% over the past 5 years.

Chris Davis owns 398,463 shares as of 09/30/2010, which accounts for 0.04% of the $55.71 billion portfolio of Davis Selected Advisers. Kenneth Fisher owns 127,985 shares as of 12/31/2010, which accounts for 0.02% of the $35.88 billion portfolio of Fisher Asset Management, LLC.

Vimpelcom Ltd (VIP) Reached the 52-Week Low of $13.96

The prices of Vimpelcom Ltd (VIP) shares have declined to close to the 52-week low of $13.96, which is 21.6% off the 52-week high of $17.56. Vimpelcom Ltd is owned by 6 Gurus we are tracking. Among them, 3 have added to their positions during the past quarter. 2 reduced their positions.

VimpelCom Ltd. consists of telecommunications operators providing voice and data services through a range of wireless, fixed and broadband technologies. Vimpelcom Ltd has a market cap of $14.32 billion; its shares were traded at around $13.96 with and P/S ratio of 1.7. The dividend yield of Vimpelcom Ltd stocks is 2.7%.

VIP recently reported its third quarter results. Quarterly, net operating revenue increased by $182.8 million or 6.9%, mainly due to $115.4 million growth from Ukraine and $82.4 million revenue growth from Russia and the CIS. Sequential growth in key areas was mainly driven by increases in the active customer base, coupled with growing usage and seasonally higher roaming revenues.

Mario Gabelli owns 2,370,500 shares as of 09/30/2010, an increase of 454.5% from the previous quarter. This position accounts for 0.15% of the $23.32 billion portfolio of GAMCO Investors.

Entergy Corp (ETR) Reached the 52-Week Low of $72.07

The prices of Entergy Corp (ETR) shares have declined to close to the 52-week low of $72.07, which is 17.4% off the 52-week high of $84.07. Entergy Corp is owned by 11 Gurus we are tracking. Among them, 3 have added to their positions during the past quarter. 6 reduced their positions.

Entergy Corporation engages principally in the following businesses: domestic utility operations, power marketing and trading, global power development, and domestic non-utility nuclear operations. Entergy Corp has a market cap of $13.04 billion; its shares were traded at around $72.07 with a P/E ratio of 9.7 and P/S ratio of 1.2. The dividend yield of Entergy Corp stocks is 4.5%. Entergy Corp had an annual average earning growth of 7.1% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Entergy Corp the business predictability rank of 2.5-star.

Entergy recently reported third quarter 2010 as-reported earnings of $492.9 million, or $2.62 per share, compared with $455.2 million, or $2.32 per share, for third quarter 2009. On an operational basis, Entergy’s third quarter 2010 earnings were $518.1 million, or $2.76 per share, compared with $470.7 million, or $2.40 per share, in third quarter 2009.

Brian Rogers owns 3,063,700 shares as of 12/31/2010, an increase of 83.17% from the previous quarter. This position accounts for 1.11% of the $19.57 billion portfolio of T Rowe Price Equity Income Fund. George Soros owns 3,200 shares as of 09/30/2010, a decrease of 79.49% of from the previous quarter. This position accounts for less than 0.01% of the $6.69 billion portfolio of Soros Fund Management LLC.

Sell: Chairman and CEO J Wayne Leonard sold 227,954 shares of ETR stock on 08/10/2010 at the average price of 79.11. J Wayne Leonard owns at least 360,683 shares after this. The price of the stock has decreased by 8.9% since. Other insiders have also decreased their positions in the company.

Rating: 3.8/5 (5 votes)

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