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Meridian Funds Buys AAP, DENN, SWY, MDP, SBAC, FDO, GMT, HURN

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Meridian Fund is run by renowned investor Richard Aster Jr. The firm invests in both value and growth funds. It makes sense because if you buy good growth company at fair prices, there is not difference between value and growth. Meridian Growth Fund has been doing better than its value fund in the last 5 years. As of Sept. 30, the growth fund averaged 3.89% annually over the last 5 years, while the value fund lost -.81% annually.

As of 09/30/2011, Meridian Fund owns 153 stocks with a total value of $2.7 billion. These are the details of the buys and sells.

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This is the sector weightings of his portfolio:

Industrials 21.3%
Technology 21.1%
Consumer Services 16%
Financials 13.2%
Consumer Goods 12.5%
Health Care 5.4%
Oil & Gas 5.2%
Basic Materials 4.3%
Utilities 0.9%
Not Assigned 0.2%


These are the top 5 holdings of Richard Aster Jr

  1. Willis Group Holdings (WSH) - 2,361,648 shares, 3.0256% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 0.12%
  2. Mattel Inc. (MAT) - 3,067,904 shares, 2.9606% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 1.09%
  3. Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (BBBY) - 1,002,200 shares, 2.1409% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 4.43%
  4. Zebra Technologies Corp. (ZBRA) - 1,841,438 shares, 2.1237% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 2.66%
  5. Waste Connections Inc. (WCN) - 1,661,585 shares, 2.0946% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 19.79%


Added: Sba Communications Corp. (SBAC)

Richard Aster Jr added to his holdings in Sba Communications Corp. by 53.57%. His purchase prices were between $32.82 and $39.88, with an estimated average price of $37.01. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 0.68%. His holdings were 1,517,645 shares as of 09/30/2011.

SBA Communications Corp. is a independent owner and operator of wireless communications infrastructure in the United States. Sba Communications Corp. has a market cap of $4.3 billion; its shares were traded at around $38.63 with and P/S ratio of 6.87. Sba Communications Corp. had an annual average earnings growth of 11.2% over the past 10 years.

Added: Family Dollar Stores Inc. (FDO)

Richard Aster Jr added to his holdings in Family Dollar Stores Inc. by 44.14%. His purchase prices were between $45.14 and $55.14, with an estimated average price of $51.76. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 0.61%. His holdings were 1,056,930 shares as of 09/30/2011.

Family Dollar Stores, Inc. is one of the fastest growing discount store chains in the United States. Family Dollar Stores Inc. has a market cap of $6.98 billion; its shares were traded at around $58.02 with a P/E ratio of 18.54 and P/S ratio of 0.82. The dividend yield of Family Dollar Stores Inc. stocks is 1.24%. Family Dollar Stores Inc. had an annual average earnings growth of 10% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Family Dollar Stores Inc. the business predictability rank of 3.5-star.

Added: Gatx Corp. (GMT)

Richard Aster Jr added to his holdings in Gatx Corp. by 116.25%. His purchase prices were between $30.57 and $39.43, with an estimated average price of $35.2. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 0.28%. His holdings were 449,800 shares as of 09/30/2011.

GATX Corporation is a unique finance and leasing company combining asset knowledge and services, structuring expertise, creative partnering and risk capital to serve customers and partners worldwide. Gatx Corp. has a market cap of $1.83 billion; its shares were traded at around $39.25 with a P/E ratio of 22.82 and P/S ratio of 1.52. The dividend yield of Gatx Corp. stocks is 2.96%. Gatx Corp. had an annual average earnings growth of 2.9% over the past 5 years.

Added: Huron Consulting Group Inc. (HURN)

Richard Aster Jr added to his holdings in Huron Consulting Group Inc. by 81.49%. His purchase prices were between $27.55 and $32.99, with an estimated average price of $30.41. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 0.27%. His holdings were 514,900 shares as of 09/30/2011.

Huron Consulting Group Inc. is the parent company of Huron Consulting Services LLC, an independent provider of financial and operational consulting services. Huron Consulting Group Inc. has a market cap of $822.05 million; its shares were traded at around $36.3 with a P/E ratio of 19.01 and P/S ratio of 1.49.

Added: Continental Resources Ok (CLR)

Richard Aster Jr added to his holdings in Continental Resources Ok by 25.59%. His purchase prices were between $48.02 and $71.27, with an estimated average price of $58.84. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 0.23%. His holdings were 614,060 shares as of 09/30/2011.

CONTINENTAL RESOURCES is a crude-oil concentrated, independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company with operations in the Rocky Mountain, Mid-Continent and Gulf Coast regions of the United States. Continental Resources Ok has a market cap of $11.46 billion; its shares were traded at around $63.5 with a P/E ratio of 30.83 and P/S ratio of 13.66.

Added: Hospira Inc. (HSP)

Richard Aster Jr added to his holdings in Hospira Inc. by 1019.87%. His purchase prices were between $34.44 and $54.22, with an estimated average price of $46.01. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 0.21%. His holdings were 169,100 shares as of 09/30/2011.

Hospira Inc is a global specialty pharmaceutical and medication delivery company dedicated to Advancing Wellness by developing, manufacturing and marketing products that help improve the safety and efficacy of patient care. Hospira Inc. has a market cap of $5.23 billion; its shares were traded at around $31.71 with a P/E ratio of 9.61 and P/S ratio of 1.33. Hospira Inc. had an annual average earnings growth of 9.7% over the past 5 years.

Added: Jones Lang Lasalle Inc. (JLL)

Richard Aster Jr added to his holdings in Jones Lang Lasalle Inc. by 16.86%. His purchase prices were between $49.77 and $99.26, with an estimated average price of $72.74. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 0.18%. His holdings were 656,645 shares as of 09/30/2011.

Jones Lang Lasalle, Inc. is a full-service real estate firm that provides management services, corporate and financial services and investment management services to corporations and other real estate owners, users and investors worldwide. Jones Lang Lasalle Inc. has a market cap of $3.03 billion; its shares were traded at around $69.87 with a P/E ratio of 17.69 and P/S ratio of 1.04. The dividend yield of Jones Lang Lasalle Inc. stocks is 0.43%. Jones Lang Lasalle Inc. had an annual average earnings growth of 9.3% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Jones Lang Lasalle Inc. the business predictability rank of 2.5-star.

Added: Bally Technologies Inc (BYI)

Richard Aster Jr added to his holdings in Bally Technologies Inc by 61.63%. His purchase prices were between $27.01 and $41.44, with an estimated average price of $33.98. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 0.18%. His holdings were 457,100 shares as of 09/30/2011.

Alliance Gaming Corp. is a diversified, worldwide gaming company that designs, manufactures and distributes gaming machines and computerized monitoring systems for gaming machines, owns and manages a significant installed base of gaming machines, owns and operates casinos and in Germany, is a full-service supplier of wall-mounted gaming machines and amusement games. Bally Technologies Inc has a market cap of $1.65 billion; its shares were traded at around $37.12 with a P/E ratio of 19.74 and P/S ratio of 2.17.

Added: Pall Corp. (PLL)

Richard Aster Jr added to his holdings in Pall Corp. by 11.96%. His purchase prices were between $41.38 and $57.62, with an estimated average price of $48.68. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 0.17%. His holdings were 1,032,870 shares as of 09/30/2011.

Pall Corporation is a supplier of fine filters, principally made by the Company using its proprietary filter media, and other fluid clarification and separations equipment for the removal of solid, liquid and gaseous contaminants from a wide variety of liquids and gases. Pall Corp. has a market cap of $6.05 billion; its shares were traded at around $52.57 with a P/E ratio of 18.98 and P/S ratio of 2.21. The dividend yield of Pall Corp. stocks is 1.33%. Pall Corp. had an annual average earnings growth of 12.8% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Pall Corp. the business predictability rank of 4.5-star.

Added: International Speedway Corp. (ISCA)

Richard Aster Jr added to his holdings in International Speedway Corp. by 86.66%. His purchase prices were between $21.81 and $30.77, with an estimated average price of $25.67. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 0.13%. His holdings were 337,100 shares as of 09/30/2011.

International Speedway Corporation's operations consist principally of racing events at its motorsports facilities, which generate revenue primarily through sales of admissions to racing events, television broadcast rights fees, sponsorship fees, hospitality rentals, royalties from licenses of trademarks and provides catering, souvenir and food concession services at certain facilities. International Speedway Corp. has a market cap of $1.17 billion; its shares were traded at around $24.66 with a P/E ratio of 15.61 and P/S ratio of 1.81. The dividend yield of International Speedway Corp. stocks is 0.73%. International Speedway Corp. had an annual average earnings growth of 1.5% over the past 10 years.

Added: Carmax Inc. (KMX)

Richard Aster Jr added to his holdings in Carmax Inc. by 10.98%. His purchase prices were between $24 and $34.74, with an estimated average price of $28.99. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 0.13%. His holdings were 1,460,495 shares as of 09/30/2011.

CarMax Group is a subsidiary of Circuit City Stores, Inc. Carmax Inc. has a market cap of $6.97 billion; its shares were traded at around $30.81 with a P/E ratio of 17.31 and P/S ratio of 0.78. Carmax Inc. had an annual average earnings growth of 5.4% over the past 10 years.

Added: Dentsply International Inc. (XRAY)

Richard Aster Jr added to his holdings in Dentsply International Inc. by 6.86%. His purchase prices were between $30.86 and $39.555, with an estimated average price of $35.3. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 0.11%. His holdings were 1,475,476 shares as of 09/30/2011.

DENTSPLY International Inc. designs, develops, manufactures and markets products in two principal categories: dental consumable and laboratory products, and dental equipment. Dentsply International Inc. has a market cap of $5.45 billion; its shares were traded at around $38.53 with a P/E ratio of 19.17 and P/S ratio of 2.45. The dividend yield of Dentsply International Inc. stocks is 0.52%. Dentsply International Inc. had an annual average earnings growth of 8.9% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Dentsply International Inc. the business predictability rank of 4-star.

Added: Carnival Corp. (CCL)

Richard Aster Jr added to his holdings in Carnival Corp. by 15.57%. His purchase prices were between $29.42 and $38.33, with an estimated average price of $33.11. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 0.1%. His holdings were 688,200 shares as of 09/30/2011.

Carnival Corporation is one of the world's largest multiple-night cruise companies. Carnival Corp. has a market cap of $21.97 billion; its shares were traded at around $36.12 with a P/E ratio of 14.62 and P/S ratio of 1.52. The dividend yield of Carnival Corp. stocks is 2.77%. Carnival Corp. had an annual average earnings growth of 11.8% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Carnival Corp. the business predictability rank of 2-star.

Added: Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCL)

Richard Aster Jr added to his holdings in Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. by 8.33%. His purchase prices were between $21.99 and $39.15, with an estimated average price of $28.27. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 0.1%. His holdings were 1,637,805 shares as of 09/30/2011.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. is a global cruise vacation company that operates Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, and Royal Celebrity Tours. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has a market cap of $6.6 billion; its shares were traded at around $30.4 with a P/E ratio of 10.7 and P/S ratio of 0.98. The dividend yield of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. stocks is 1.32%. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. had an annual average earnings growth of 4.4% over the past 10 years.

New Purchase: Advance Auto Parts Inc. (AAP)

Richard Aster Jr initiated holdings in Advance Auto Parts Inc.. His purchase prices were between $50.04 and $62.76, with an estimated average price of $57.82. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 1.58%. His holdings were 728,340 shares as of 09/30/2011.

Advance Auto Parts, Inc. is a specialty retailer of automotive parts, accessories and maintenance items to `do-it-yourself` customers. Advance Auto Parts Inc. has a market cap of $5.03 billion; its shares were traded at around $65.67 with a P/E ratio of 14.89 and P/S ratio of 0.85. The dividend yield of Advance Auto Parts Inc. stocks is 0.37%. Advance Auto Parts Inc. had an annual average earnings growth of 16.6% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Advance Auto Parts Inc. the business predictability rank of 4-star.

New Purchase: Denny's Corp. (DENN)

Richard Aster Jr initiated holdings in Denny's Corp.. His purchase prices were between $3.17 and $4.29, with an estimated average price of $3.75. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 0.14%. His holdings were 1,135,700 shares as of 09/30/2011.

Denny's Corp., formerly Advantica Restaurant Group, Inc. Denny's Corp. has a market cap of $348.42 million; its shares were traded at around $3.58 with a P/E ratio of 11.19 and P/S ratio of 0.64.

New Purchase: Abbott Laboratories (ABT)

Richard Aster Jr initiated holdings in Abbott Laboratories. His purchase prices were between $46.89 and $53.54, with an estimated average price of $51.34. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 0.02%. His holdings were 10,400 shares as of 09/30/2011.

Abbott Laboratories is a global, broad-based health care company devoted to discovering new medicines, new technologies and new ways to manage health. Abbott Laboratories has a market cap of $84.4 billion; its shares were traded at around $54.22 with a P/E ratio of 12.02 and P/S ratio of 2.4. The dividend yield of Abbott Laboratories stocks is 3.54%. Abbott Laboratories had an annual average earnings growth of 7.8% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Abbott Laboratories the business predictability rank of 5-star.

New Purchase: Staples Inc. (SPLS)

Richard Aster Jr initiated holdings in Staples Inc.. His purchase prices were between $12.49 and $16.315, with an estimated average price of $14.6. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 0.02%. His holdings were 32,800 shares as of 09/30/2011.

Staples.com is creating a business-to-business electronic marketplace offering a comprehensive solution for all of the officeneeds of business customers. Staples Inc. has a market cap of $10.52 billion; its shares were traded at around $14.84 with a P/E ratio of 11.42 and P/S ratio of 0.43. The dividend yield of Staples Inc. stocks is 2.7%. Staples Inc. had an annual average earnings growth of 12.2% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Staples Inc. the business predictability rank of 3-star.

New Purchase: Meredith Corp. (MDP)

Richard Aster Jr initiated holdings in Meredith Corp.. His purchase prices were between $21.81 and $31.95, with an estimated average price of $26.32. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 0.02%. His holdings were 20,600 shares as of 09/30/2011.

Meredith Corp. has two business segments: publishing and broadcasting. Meredith Corp. has a market cap of $1.26 billion; its shares were traded at around $27.94 with a P/E ratio of 10.35 and P/S ratio of 0.9. The dividend yield of Meredith Corp. stocks is 3.65%. Meredith Corp. had an annual average earnings growth of 3.7% over the past 10 years.

New Purchase: Safeway Inc. (SWY)

Richard Aster Jr initiated holdings in Safeway Inc.. His purchase prices were between $16.06 and $24.17, with an estimated average price of $19.31. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 0.02%. His holdings were 26,000 shares as of 09/30/2011.

Safeway, Inc. is a food and drug retailer in North America. Safeway Inc. has a market cap of $6.91 billion; its shares were traded at around $19.75 with a P/E ratio of 11.62 and P/S ratio of 0.17. The dividend yield of Safeway Inc. stocks is 2.94%. Safeway Inc. had an annual average earnings growth of 1.5% over the past 5 years.

New Purchase: General Electric Co. (GE)

Richard Aster Jr initiated holdings in General Electric Co.. His purchase prices were between $15.01 and $19.3, with an estimated average price of $16.78. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 0.02%. His holdings were 28,200 shares as of 09/30/2011.

General Electric is one of the largest and most diversified industrial corporations in the world. General Electric Co. has a market cap of $182.86 billion; its shares were traded at around $17.25 with a P/E ratio of 13.17 and P/S ratio of 1.22. The dividend yield of General Electric Co. stocks is 3.48%. General Electric Co. had an annual average earnings growth of 13.1% over the past 10 years.

Reduced: Brown & Brown Inc. (BRO)

Richard Aster Jr reduced to his holdings in Brown & Brown Inc. by 49.45%. His sale prices were between $17.4 and $26.06, with an estimated average price of $20.89. The impact to his portfolio due to this sale was -0.86%. Richard Aster Jr still held 1,166,527 shares as of 09/30/2011.

Brown & Brown, Inc. and its subsidiaries offer a broad range of insurance and reinsurance products and services, as well as risk management, third party administration, managed health care, and Medicare set-aside services and programs. Brown & Brown Inc. has a market cap of $3.24 billion; its shares were traded at around $22.64 with a P/E ratio of 20.21 and P/S ratio of 3.32. The dividend yield of Brown & Brown Inc. stocks is 1.41%. Brown & Brown Inc. had an annual average earnings growth of 10.9% over the past 10 years.

Reduced: J.b. Hunt Transport Services Inc. (JBHT)

Richard Aster Jr reduced to his holdings in J.b. Hunt Transport Services Inc. by 33.83%. His sale prices were between $35.6 and $49.1, with an estimated average price of $41.91. The impact to his portfolio due to this sale was -0.58%. Richard Aster Jr still held 821,205 shares as of 09/30/2011.

J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc., together with its wholly-owned subsidiaries, is a diversified transportation services and logistics company. J.b. Hunt Transport Services Inc. has a market cap of $5.25 billion; its shares were traded at around $43.71 with a P/E ratio of 22.3 and P/S ratio of 1.39. The dividend yield of J.b. Hunt Transport Services Inc. stocks is 1.19%. J.b. Hunt Transport Services Inc. had an annual average earnings growth of 13.2% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated J.b. Hunt Transport Services Inc. the business predictability rank of 3-star.

Reduced: Cooper Industries Cl A (CBE)

Richard Aster Jr reduced to his holdings in Cooper Industries Cl A by 34.87%. His sale prices were between $41.72 and $62.58, with an estimated average price of $50.52. The impact to his portfolio due to this sale was -0.53%. Richard Aster Jr still held 565,543 shares as of 09/30/2011.

Cooper Industries Plc, formerly Cooper Industries, Ltd. Cooper Industries Cl A has a market cap of $9.06 billion; its shares were traded at around $54.92 with a P/E ratio of 15.13 and P/S ratio of 1.79. The dividend yield of Cooper Industries Cl A stocks is 2.11%. Cooper Industries Cl A had an annual average earnings growth of 6.9% over the past 10 years.

Reduced: Kohls Corp. (KSS)

Richard Aster Jr reduced to his holdings in Kohls Corp. by 68.14%. His sale prices were between $42.6 and $57, with an estimated average price of $49.48. The impact to his portfolio due to this sale was -0.41%. Richard Aster Jr still held 130,800 shares as of 09/30/2011.

Kohl's Corporation operates family oriented, specialty department stores primarily in the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast areas of the United States that feature quality, national brand merchandise priced to provide exceptional value to customers. Kohls Corp. has a market cap of $14.3 billion; its shares were traded at around $53.07 with a P/E ratio of 12.91 and P/S ratio of 0.78. The dividend yield of Kohls Corp. stocks is 1.88%. Kohls Corp. had an annual average earnings growth of 12% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Kohls Corp. the business predictability rank of 4-star.

Reduced: Micros Systems Inc. (MCRS)

Richard Aster Jr reduced to his holdings in Micros Systems Inc. by 21.62%. His sale prices were between $38.71 and $52.01, with an estimated average price of $46.94. The impact to his portfolio due to this sale was -0.33%. Richard Aster Jr still held 821,092 shares as of 09/30/2011.

MICROS Systems, Inc. provides enterprise applications for the hospitality industry worldwide. Micros Systems Inc. has a market cap of $4.11 billion; its shares were traded at around $50.66 with a P/E ratio of 26.8 and P/S ratio of 4.08. Micros Systems Inc. had an annual average earnings growth of 19.7% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Micros Systems Inc. the business predictability rank of 3.5-star.

Reduced: Core Laboratories N.v. (CLB)

Richard Aster Jr reduced to his holdings in Core Laboratories N.v. by 25.85%. His sale prices were between $92.63 and $116.64, with an estimated average price of $108.12. The impact to his portfolio due to this sale was -0.3%. Richard Aster Jr still held 262,165 shares as of 09/30/2011.

Based in the Netherlands, Core Laboratories provides geological andenvironmental analysis services and manufactures precise measurementequipment. Core Laboratories N.v. has a market cap of $5.25 billion; its shares were traded at around $112.59 with a P/E ratio of 33.11 and P/S ratio of 6.6. The dividend yield of Core Laboratories N.v. stocks is 0.89%. Core Laboratories N.v. had an annual average earnings growth of 28.7% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Core Laboratories N.v. the business predictability rank of 4.5-star.

Reduced: Sherwinwilliams Co. (SHW)

Richard Aster Jr reduced to his holdings in Sherwinwilliams Co. by 51.02%. His sale prices were between $69.57 and $85.96, with an estimated average price of $76.66. The impact to his portfolio due to this sale was -0.29%. Richard Aster Jr still held 112,700 shares as of 09/30/2011.

Sherwin-Williams Co. is a manufacturer, distributor and retailer of paint, coatings and related products. Sherwinwilliams Co. has a market cap of $8.95 billion; its shares were traded at around $84.24 with a P/E ratio of 17.85 and P/S ratio of 1.15. The dividend yield of Sherwinwilliams Co. stocks is 1.73%. Sherwinwilliams Co. had an annual average earnings growth of 9.8% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Sherwinwilliams Co. the business predictability rank of 3-star.

Reduced: Sealed Air Corp. (SEE)

Richard Aster Jr reduced to his holdings in Sealed Air Corp. by 38.41%. His sale prices were between $17.02 and $23.85, with an estimated average price of $19.78. The impact to his portfolio due to this sale was -0.26%. Richard Aster Jr still held 586,900 shares as of 09/30/2011.

Sealed Air Corporation is a global leader in performance solutions for food, protective and specialty packaging. Sealed Air Corp. has a market cap of $2.94 billion; its shares were traded at around $18.35 with a P/E ratio of 10.92 and P/S ratio of 0.65. The dividend yield of Sealed Air Corp. stocks is 2.83%. Sealed Air Corp. had an annual average earnings growth of 0.4% over the past 10 years.

Reduced: Uti Worldwide Inc. (UTIW)

Richard Aster Jr reduced to his holdings in Uti Worldwide Inc. by 37.34%. His sale prices were between $12.21 and $19.88, with an estimated average price of $15.01. The impact to his portfolio due to this sale was -0.19%. Richard Aster Jr still held 540,100 shares as of 09/30/2011.

UTI Worldwide Inc. is a global, non-asset based supply chain management business providing supply chain logistics services and planning and optimization solutions. Uti Worldwide Inc. has a market cap of $1.57 billion; its shares were traded at around $15.24 with a P/E ratio of 18.59 and P/S ratio of 0.34. The dividend yield of Uti Worldwide Inc. stocks is 0.39%. Uti Worldwide Inc. had an annual average earnings growth of 13.7% over the past 10 years.

Reduced: Heartland Express Inc. (HTLD)

Richard Aster Jr reduced to his holdings in Heartland Express Inc. by 42.89%. His sale prices were between $13.06 and $17.29, with an estimated average price of $14.82. The impact to his portfolio due to this sale was -0.18%. Richard Aster Jr still held 502,300 shares as of 09/30/2011.

Heartland Express, Inc. is a short-to-medium haul truckload carrier based near Iowa City, Iowa. Heartland Express Inc. has a market cap of $1.24 billion; its shares were traded at around $13.63 with a P/E ratio of 18.17 and P/S ratio of 2.47. The dividend yield of Heartland Express Inc. stocks is 0.59%. Heartland Express Inc. had an annual average earnings growth of 8.8% over the past 10 years.

Reduced: Costco Wholesale Corp. (COST)

Richard Aster Jr reduced to his holdings in Costco Wholesale Corp. by 23.21%. His sale prices were between $70.39 and $85.07, with an estimated average price of $79.47. The impact to his portfolio due to this sale was -0.17%. Richard Aster Jr still held 238,600 shares as of 09/30/2011.

Costco Wholesale Corp. operates membership warehouses based on the concept that offering members very low prices on a limited selection of nationally branded and selected private label products in a wide range of merchandise categories will produce high sales volumes and rapid inventory turnover. Costco Wholesale Corp. has a market cap of $37.18 billion; its shares were traded at around $84.93 with a P/E ratio of 25.13 and P/S ratio of 0.42. The dividend yield of Costco Wholesale Corp. stocks is 1.13%. Costco Wholesale Corp. had an annual average earnings growth of 8.7% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Costco Wholesale Corp. the business predictability rank of 5-star.

Reduced: W.w. Grainger Inc. (GWW)

Richard Aster Jr reduced to his holdings in W.w. Grainger Inc. by 26.78%. His sale prices were between $126.11 and $161.63, with an estimated average price of $150.21. The impact to his portfolio due to this sale was -0.17%. Richard Aster Jr still held 103,600 shares as of 09/30/2011.

Grainger offers a breadth of MRO solutions by combining products, services, and information. W.w. Grainger Inc. has a market cap of $12.16 billion; its shares were traded at around $174.01 with a P/E ratio of 20 and P/S ratio of 1.69. The dividend yield of W.w. Grainger Inc. stocks is 1.52%. W.w. Grainger Inc. had an annual average earnings growth of 13.9% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated W.w. Grainger Inc. the business predictability rank of 3.5-star.

Reduced: Waste Management Inc. (WM)

Richard Aster Jr reduced to his holdings in Waste Management Inc. by 36.54%. His sale prices were between $28.17 and $38, with an estimated average price of $32.82. The impact to his portfolio due to this sale was -0.15%. Richard Aster Jr still held 239,690 shares as of 09/30/2011.

Waste Management Inc. provides integrated waste management services in North America and internationally. Waste Management Inc. has a market cap of $15.92 billion; its shares were traded at around $33.72 with a P/E ratio of 15.83 and P/S ratio of 1.27. The dividend yield of Waste Management Inc. stocks is 4.03%. Waste Management Inc. had an annual average earnings growth of 5% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Waste Management Inc. the business predictability rank of 3.5-star.

Reduced: Polaris Industries Inc. (PII)

Richard Aster Jr reduced to his holdings in Polaris Industries Inc. by 22.03%. His sale prices were between $45.985 and $61.125, with an estimated average price of $54.45. The impact to his portfolio due to this sale was -0.11%. Richard Aster Jr still held 241,050 shares as of 09/30/2011.

Polaris Industries Inc. designs, engineers and manufactures snowmobiles, all terrain vehicles, motorcycles and personal watercraft and markets them,together with related replacement parts, garments and accessories through dealers and distributors. Polaris Industries Inc. has a market cap of $4.34 billion; its shares were traded at around $62.71 with a P/E ratio of 20.36 and P/S ratio of 2.18. The dividend yield of Polaris Industries Inc. stocks is 1.44%. Polaris Industries Inc. had an annual average earnings growth of 7.9% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Polaris Industries Inc. the business predictability rank of 4.5-star.

Sold Out: Lumber Liquidators Holdings (LL)

Richard Aster Jr sold out his holdings in Lumber Liquidators Holdings. His sale prices were between $13.87 and $25.77, with an estimated average price of $16.12.

Lumber Liquidators, Inc. is a specialty retailer of hardwood flooring. Lumber Liquidators Holdings has a market cap of $425.48 million; its shares were traded at around $15.33 with a P/E ratio of 18.25 and P/S ratio of 0.69.

Sold Out: Netscout Systems Inc. (NTCT)

Richard Aster Jr sold out his holdings in Netscout Systems Inc.. His sale prices were between $11.54 and $17.14, with an estimated average price of $13.76.

NetScout Systems designs, develops, manufactures, markets and supports afamily of integrated products that enable optimization of the performance and cost management of complex, high-speed networks, including their ability to deliver critical business applications and content to end-users efficiently. Netscout Systems Inc. has a market cap of $740.87 million; its shares were traded at around $17.33 with a P/E ratio of 20.88 and P/S ratio of 2.55.

Sold Out: Nalco Holding Co. (NLC)

Richard Aster Jr sold out his holdings in Nalco Holding Co.. His sale prices were between $28.55 and $37.01, with an estimated average price of $33.82.

During the past century, Nalco Holding Company has grown from a fledgling water treatment business to a provider of integrated water treatment and process improvement services, chemicals and equipment programs for industrial and institutional applications. Nalco Holding Co. has a market cap of $5.32 billion; its shares were traded at around $38.32 with a P/E ratio of 22.41 and P/S ratio of 1.25. The dividend yield of Nalco Holding Co. stocks is 0.37%. Nalco Holding Co. had an annual average earnings growth of 4.6% over the past 5 years.

Sold Out: Curtisswright Corp. (CW)

Richard Aster Jr sold out his holdings in Curtisswright Corp.. His sale prices were between $26.16 and $32.96, with an estimated average price of $29.84.

CURTISS-WRIGHT CORP. produces precision components for the aerospace, industrial and marine companies. Curtisswright Corp. has a market cap of $1.56 billion; its shares were traded at around $33.47 with a P/E ratio of 12.31 and P/S ratio of 0.82. The dividend yield of Curtisswright Corp. stocks is 0.96%. Curtisswright Corp. had an annual average earnings growth of 15.7% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Curtisswright Corp. the business predictability rank of 2-star.

Sold Out: Hudson City Bancorp Inc. (HCBK)

Richard Aster Jr sold out his holdings in Hudson City Bancorp Inc.. His sale prices were between $5.46 and $8.53, with an estimated average price of $6.83.

HUDSON CITY BANCCORP is a bank holding company. Through its subsidiary, Hudson City Savings, they are a community and customer-oriented savings bank that provides financial services primarily to individuals and families. Hudson City Bancorp Inc. has a market cap of $3.32 billion; its shares were traded at around $6.29 with and P/S ratio of 1.13. The dividend yield of Hudson City Bancorp Inc. stocks is 5.09%. Hudson City Bancorp Inc. had an annual average earnings growth of 28.7% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Hudson City Bancorp Inc. the business predictability rank of 5-star.

Sold Out: Mcgrawhill Cos. (MHP)

Richard Aster Jr sold out his holdings in Mcgrawhill Cos.. His sale prices were between $35.35 and $45.44, with an estimated average price of $41.83.

McGraw-Hill Companies Inc. serves business, professional andeducational markets around the world with information products and services. Mcgrawhill Cos. has a market cap of $13.06 billion; its shares were traded at around $43.36 with a P/E ratio of 15.32 and P/S ratio of 2.12. The dividend yield of Mcgrawhill Cos. stocks is 2.31%. Mcgrawhill Cos. had an annual average earnings growth of 8.6% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Mcgrawhill Cos. the business predictability rank of 3.5-star.

Sold Out: 3m Co. (MMM)

Richard Aster Jr sold out his holdings in 3m Co.. His sale prices were between $72.9 and $97.97, with an estimated average price of $84.37.

3M Company is a diversified technology company with positions in consumer and office; display and graphics; electronics and telecommunications; health care; industrial; safety, security and protection services; transportation and other businesses. 3m Co. has a market cap of $57.47 billion; its shares were traded at around $81 with a P/E ratio of 13.78 and P/S ratio of 2.16. The dividend yield of 3m Co. stocks is 2.72%. 3m Co. had an annual average earnings growth of 10.5% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated 3m Co. the business predictability rank of 3.5-star.

Sold Out: Baxter International Inc. (BAX)

Richard Aster Jr sold out his holdings in Baxter International Inc.. His sale prices were between $50.31 and $62.41, with an estimated average price of $56.38.

Baxter engages in the worldwide development, manufacture and distribution of a diversified line of products, systems and services used primarily in the health-care field. Baxter International Inc. has a market cap of $31.35 billion; its shares were traded at around $55.17 with a P/E ratio of 12.98 and P/S ratio of 2.44. The dividend yield of Baxter International Inc. stocks is 2.25%. Baxter International Inc. had an annual average earnings growth of 6.3% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Baxter International Inc. the business predictability rank of 1-star.

Sold Out: Harsco Corp. (HSC)

Richard Aster Jr sold out his holdings in Harsco Corp.. His sale prices were between $19.44 and $33.76, with an estimated average price of $25.05.

Harsco Corporation is a services and engineered products company. Harsco Corp. has a market cap of $1.95 billion; its shares were traded at around $24.18 with a P/E ratio of 20.67 and P/S ratio of 0.64. The dividend yield of Harsco Corp. stocks is 3.39%. Harsco Corp. had an annual average earnings growth of 0.2% over the past 10 years.

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