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Samsung (XKRX:000830)’s shares were strong in the quarter after the company reported better-than-expected results and a transformative share repurchase plan. Read more...
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Brandes Investment Trust Comments on Cemex Guru stock highlight
Holdings in Mexico hurt returns in the fourth quarter, notably cement company Cemex (NYSE:CX). With the majority of Cemex’s debt denominated in U.S. dollars, concerns about the impact of rising U.S. interest rates have added to investor worries over intensifying competition in the company’s home market. Although leverage remains a key concern for Cemex, it is not, in our opinion, as big of a risk as it was a few years ago. We have been encouraged by the initiatives the company’s management has taken in terming out debt maturities, locking in lower interest rates, successfully negotiating with key creditors, and minimizing shareholder dilution. Moreover, while rising U.S. rates may be a near-term concern, we view Cemex primarily as a U.S.-dollar denominated business and believe the company has the ability to preserve its long-term earnings power by potentially increasing its prices to offset the impact of any foreign-currency devaluations. More...

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Brandes Investment Trust Comments on Adecoagro Guru stock highlight
Another positive contributor to returns was Adecoagro (NYSE:AGRO), a Latin American agricultural company with assets in Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay. Adecoagro’s shares, which performed well throughout 2015, benefited in the fourth quarter from a December announcement by the recently elected Argentinian president, Mauricio Macri, that he would sign a decree to lower export taxes on soybeans, corn and wheat. More...

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Brandes Investment Trust Comments on APR Energy Guru stock highlight
APR (LSE:APR)’s share price increased following the company’s announcement in October that it had agreed to a buyout by a group of investment firms for approximately £175 million. The company supplies interim power plants, mainly in emerging-market countries, and has faced a difficulty in recent years after being forced to exit previously profitable markets. More...

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Brandes Investment Trust Comments on Reliance Infrastructure Guru stock highlight
Reliance Infrastructure (BOM:500390) performed well after announcing a number of divestment initiatives intended to reduce debt, including the sale of a stake in its Mumbai -based power-transmission business. Additionally, the company has short- listed a number of potential buyers for its cement assets and has been in talks to monetize 11 revenue-generating road projects. These moves should allow Reliance Infrastructure to increase its focus on the defense sector. More...

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Donald Yacktman Comments on Hengan Guru stock highlight
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Donald Yacktman Comments on Aggreko Guru stock highlight
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Donald Yacktman Comments on Samsung Guru stock highlight
Samsung (XKRX:000830)’s shares were strong in the quarter after the company reported better-than-expected results and a transformative share repurchase plan. More...

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The Alphabet See-saw Take advantage of the pullback to establish a position  - The Alphabet See-saw
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Invest with a Telescope…Not a Microscope Think long term and invest in good companies  - Invest With A Telescope…Not A Microscope
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Buy Or Die In Phoenix: A Recap Of The 2016 Bank Director's Acquire Or Be Acquired Conference What community banks are doing and thinking  - Buy Or Die In Phoenix: A Recap Of The 2016 Bank Director's Acquire Or Be Acquired Conference
Last week, I was fortunate enough to attend the Bank Director's Acquire or Be Acquired Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. I go to several conferences and investment shows a year and this was one was a completely different duck. This was not the traditional dog and pony "look at me" event, but much more of a hands-on, how-to-get-it-done event. More...

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Baron Funds Comments on CarMax Inc. Guru stock highlight
We significantly reduced our position in CarMax, Inc. (KMZ) during the fourth quarter due to concerns regarding the current highly competitive and promotional environment in the used car retail space. More...

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Baron Funds Comments on Alexion Pharmaceuticals Guru stock highlight
We also sold our Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALXN) position in the third quarter to harvest a tax loss. We rebuilt our position this quarter. Alexion is the premier orphan disease company, whose lead product Soliris is a lifesaving medicine for both Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria (PNH) and atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS). The company has expanded its efforts in orphan diseases (particularly ones with high unmet needs) with the acquisition of Strensiq for Hypophosphatasia (HPP) and Kanuma for Lysosomal Acid Lipase Deficiency (LAL-D), both of which are approved or in the final stages of approval for launch worldwide. More...

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Baron Funds Comments on Cepheid Guru stock highlight
Shares of Cepheid (NASDAQ:CPHD), a provider of equipment for molecular diagnostic tests, were down in the fourth quarter. The company took down full year 2015 guidance by about 1% (excluding the effects of foreign currency), and took down longer-term operating margin guidance in 2016 and 2017. Given these moves, we sold the position. While we believe the company’s technology and reach of its products is unique, we are also mindful that it could take additional time to empirically assess the ultimate success of the expansion strategy. (Randy Gwirtzman) More...

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Baron Funds Comments on Golar LNG Ltd. Guru stock highlight
Golar LNG Ltd. (NASDAQ:GLNG) is a liquefied natural gas (LNG) shipping, regasification and liquefaction company. During 2015, Golar worked on a gas liquefaction project in Cameroon. While we think this project represents a great long-term investment opportunity, declining oil prices made LNG less attractive. In addition, LNG carriers have been trading at day rates that do not cover operational expenses. As a result, Golar’s stock price fell. We have exited our Golar position. (Gilad Shany) More...

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Baron Funds Comments on FireEye Guru stock highlight
Shares of cybersecurity company FireEye, Inc. (NASDAQ:FEYE) fell on reports of a disappointing third quarter and reduced fourth quarter financial expectations. Several executive departures also led to selling pressure. FireEye is shifting its focus from incident-driven sales to a more holistic risk mitigation approach that we believe will help stabilize results. We believe the trend of increasing cyberattack activity, despite ebbs and flows, is here to stay and that FireEye will be a beneficiary. We think FireEye also enjoys a lead over competition through its incident response service. (Gilad Shany) More...

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Baron Funds Comments on Facebook Guru stock highlight
Shares of Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB), the world’s largest social network, were up in the fourth quarter, driven by improved consumer engagement and monetization. Facebook is a beneficiary of the consumer engagement move to mobile. It is leveraging its leadership position in mobile to offer targeted advertising capabilities at scale. It is in the early stages of monetizing online video and Instagram, both of which hold significant growth potential in our view. We believe WhatsApp and Oculus also offer growth opportunities and possible synergies with the Facebook network. (Ashim Mehra) More...

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Baron Funds Comments on CoStar Group Guru stock highlight
Shares of CoStar Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSGP), a real estate information and marketing services company, contributed to fourth quarter performance. The company’s financial results beat Street expectations, particularly on margin expansion. Bookings growth was strong, with net annualized subscription bookings more than doubling versus the prior year. We believe CoStar is poised to generate accelerating organic revenue growth and significant margin expansion as it leverages the multifamily marketing investments made over the last 18 months. (Neal Rosenberg) More...

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Baron Funds Comments on Guidewire Software Guru stock highlight
Shares of property and casualty insurance software vendor Guidewire Software, Inc. (NYSE:GWRE) rose in the fourth quarter. Guidewire is the gold standard of P&C core systems vendors, as evidenced by near-perfect retention rates, growing installed base, and accelerating adoption of its complete product suite. The company is in the early innings of a core system replacement cycle, and is dramatically expanding its addressable market through persistent innovation. We believe recent deals with six Tier 1 vendors represent a tipping point in demand. (Neal Rosenberg) More...

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Baron Funds Comments on Alphabet Inc. Guru stock highlight
Google Inc.’s new corporate name is Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOGL) With the change, the company instituted a new holdco structure that gives management more direct oversight over its newer businesses such as Google Fiber and Calico. Alphabet’s shares rose on the strength of fourth quarter results that exceeded Street expectations. We believe that even while desktop search becomes a more mature business for the company, the company is well positioned to benefit from substantial growth in mobile and online video advertising. (Ashim Mehra) More...

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Tedol1000@google
ReplyTedol1000@google - 7 months ago
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Mpdowd
ReplyMpdowd - 1 year ago
how can you be so bullish on financials after 2008 financial crisis ? what's to prevent another situation
where contacts were not honored ? In the 70's financials made up 8% of the S&P today it's closer to 29%
with derivatives Wouldn't it make more sense to be long more electric utilities which have underperformed for a long time and shouldn't there be a reversion back to the mean? I've always thought that in order to outperform one has to be right on the "macro picture" first then drill down and buy the best companies or the ones that put the greatest amount of their sales dollars back into R & D.
When you compete on price it's a race to zero. Do you really think that the banks are actually marking their real estate to the market ? After Janet Yellen's comets today don't you think that she's telling the world that we can't stop the buying back treasuries and the taper will continue at 8o Billion plus a month for a long time. You can't win at poker when the rest of the world can see your cards.
Helicopter been left a mess. Janet Yellin has no choice but to continue to print, print, print
while the GLD and CEF continue to print more certificates that actual Gold held in reserve.
Does anyone even think of these things. When Paulson at Goldman holds up the U.S. for a 700 Billion dollar bailout while Blankefeld tells people he's doing God's work while GS is putting together baskets of overpriced mortgage backs and allowing the other side of GS to cherry pick which baskets their preferred clients are allowed to Short ?? How is GS allowed to get away with this deceptive behavior ?
What a mockery of markets. Who was the firm that allowed Greece to to deceive it's creditors with
GS to structure deceptive mortgage backed baskets that were truly weapons of mass destructions.
To be 19 % long financials you're trying to catch a falling knife ? Has that ever worked for you in the past ? Be different think for your self. I thought you were a smart guy. You're just following the herd.
Think outside the box and for yourself. Just because previous metrics tell you something is cheap don't mean it is.. Just like all the fools who took down the muni offering in Puerto Rico this past week.
We need to get people back to work and you should only be looking at things to invest in where there is pricing power. So to be so blunt but I'm surprised you're listening to the majority of talking heads.
Sincerely Yours
Michael D.

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