Murray Stahl

Murray Stahl

Last Update: 2014-11-13

Number of Stocks: 509
Number of New Stocks: 12

Total Value: $7,757 Mil
Q/Q Turnover: 4%

Countries: USA
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Murray Stahl' s Profile & Performance

Profile

Murray is the Chairman of Horizon Asset Management, Inc. He is also Director of Research and Co-Portfolio Manager of the Small Cap Opportunities Fund and the Paradigm Fund.

Web Page:http://www.horizonkinetics.com/

Investing Philosophy

Value, Special situations

Total Holding History

Performance of Horizon Asset - Core Value

YearReturn (%)S&P500 (%)Excess Gain (%)
20133631.554.5
20122715.411.6
2011-11.22.08-13.3
3-Year Cumulative53.4 (15.3%/year)55 (15.7%/year)-1.6 (-0.4%/year)
201012.915.06-2.2
200928.526.462.0
5-Year Cumulative122.5 (17.3%/year)125.5 (17.7%/year)-3 (-0.4%/year)
2008-56.5-37-19.5
200728.75.6123.1
200628.515.7912.7
20059.94.915.0
200419.6127.6
10-Year Cumulative110.4 (7.7%/year)104.1 (7.4%/year)6.3 (0.3%/year)
200333.528.74.8
2002-4.6-22.117.5
20013.9-11.915.8
200020.2-9.129.3
19994.121-16.9
15-Year Cumulative248.4 (8.7%/year)98.3 (4.7%/year)150.1 (4%/year)
199834.128.65.5
199735.133.41.7
199616.523-6.5

Top Ranked Articles

Horizon Asset Management Q1 Commentary
In recent reviews we have commented on what we believe to be increasingly obvious risks in the equity markets. One of those appears to be in technology stocks, once again the largest sector of the S&P 500 Index, yet now seeming subject to a new round of disruptive technology (the transition from P.C. to tablet computers). Read more...
Murray Stahl's Horizon Kinetics on Sears Canada
It can take weeks or even months to qualify a security or sector for purchase in our portfolios. Recently, it required not so many days, perhaps a Horizon Kinetics record, and it couldn’t have been done without the assistance of the press. This is the article that caught my eye some weeks ago. Note the decisive, emotive terminology. From the headline itself: “Sears Canada…In Bid to Survive”, and from the 2nd sentence in its own standalone paragraph: “…lightens its ballast in a bid to stay afloat.” Read more...
Murray Stahl’s $6.4 Billion Horizon Kinetics Sells Out Six Companies in First Quarter
The New York-based mutual fund company Horizon Kinetics is dedicated to the pursuit of independent, creative thought and its application to investing. In the recent portfolio update of Horizon Kinetics, led by chairman, CIO and co-founder Murray Stahl, GuruFocus research shows 442 stocks, 62 of them new, with a total value of $6.4 billion and a quarter-over-quarter turnover of 9%. The Horizon Kinetics portfolio is weighted with top sectors consumer cyclical at 32.5%, real estate at 20.4% and ETF, options, and preferred at 14.8%. Read more...
JZ Capital Partners – $1.00 for Sale at $0.40?
Price – 350p Read more...
Murray Stahl Adds Howard Hughes, Leucadia National and CBOE Holdings
Murray Stahl is the Co-founder, chairman, and chief envestment officer of Horizon Asset Management Inc. Horizon's investment philosophy places heavy emphasis on the mitigation of risk, assessing risk in terms of the probability of real capital loss. It then selects securities with "asymmetric return properties" where the reward potential exceeds downside risk in magnitude and probability, creating a margin of safety. Horizon also targets companies with strong fundamentals that have fallen out of favor with market consensus. It seeks opportunities when negative news creates an overreaction by analysts and subsequently results in favorable price inefficiencies. Finally, Horizon places a higher emphasis on a qualitative approach rather than a quantitative approach, using quantitative analysis to enhance fundamental research. Read more...
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Commentaries and Stories

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Murray Stahl’s Horizon Kinetics Comments on Royal Gold Inc
An idiosyncratic security with benefits – a diversifier More...

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Murray Stahl’s Horizon Kinetics 3Q 2014 Commentary
This year’s commentaries review some of the surprising ways in which scientific-seeming or rule-based approaches to investing, which are now the norm and implemented via exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and index-based mutual funds, are foiled in practice by the social science reality of the fluid marketplace. A formulaic approach can work for a while, until a sufficient number of additional investors apply it. Their aggregate actions impact the supply/demand balance, valuations change, and the formula can no longer work. In reviewing some popular building blocks of the asset allocation model of investing, we have, hopefully, demonstrated: More...

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W.W. Grainger Should Be a Profitable Investment Jeremy Grantham,Murray Stahl - W.W. Grainger Should Be A Profitable Investment
In this article, let's take a look at W.W. Grainger, Inc (GWW), a $16.92 billion market cap company, which is the largest global distributor of industrial and commercial supplies, such as hand tools, electric motors, light bulbs and janitorial items. More...

revenue, stock, industrial supplies


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Expedia Has Made Astute Acquisitions
In this article, let's take a look at Expedia Inc. (EXPE), a $10.89 billion market cap company tha is one of the world's largest online travel services companies. Businesses include Expedia, Hotels.com and Hotwire. In December 2011, Expedia spun off TripAdvisor as a publicly traded company. More...

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General Motors Reinstated Dividend Payment
In this article, let´s consider General Motors Company (GM), a $49.36 billion market cap that is the world's second-largest producer of cars and trucks. It has a trailing P/E ratio that indicates that the stock is relatively overvalued (PE 50.9x vs Industry Median 15.8x). More...

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Murray Stahl on Icahn Enterprises
Murray Stahl (Trades, Portfolio): My favorite stock at the moment is Icahn Enterprises, which is something we have owned for, I think, 14 years, and it is our third-largest holding. As you know, it is comprised of an assortment of assets. It owns Apple (AAPL) and other securities. It owns two assets that trade more or less at their stated net asset value, but I think they are undervalued. One of them is the Fontainebleau Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, which owns an 80% completed building. All around that casino there is building activity going on and then there is this hulk. It cost about $3 billion to construct that structure to be 80% complete. To construct it today would cost even more. That is an asset that could be monetized and could be worth a lot of money. We should mention that Icahn Enterprises bought the Fontainebleau Hotel and Casino for 10 cents on the dollar in 2008 or 2009. That $2 billion is not on the balance sheet; More...

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FRMO Corporation's 2014 Annual Meeting of Shareholders Transcript
Murray Stahl (Trades, Portfolio): Thank you, Therese, and thanks, everybody, for coming today. More...

MURRAY STAHL


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Genuine Parts Co. is the Largest Independent Distributor of Automotive Parts
In this article, let's take a look at Genuine Parts Co (GPC), a $13.75 billion market cap company, which is a leading wholesale distributor of automotive replacement parts, industrial parts and supplies and office products. More...

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BNY Mellon: Despite Some Weaknesses Is Still Attractive
In this article, let's take a look at The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (BK), a $44.66 billion market cap company, which is a leader in securities processing and also provides a range of banking, asset management and other financial services. More...

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Boeing Focuses on the Upside and the Downside
In this article, let's take a look at The Boeing Company (BA), ), a $88.78 billion market cap company, which is the largest aircraft manufacturer in the world, and one of the largest aerospace and defense giant that conducts business through three operating segments. More...

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Murray Stahl’s Horizon Kinetics Comments on TRI Pointe Homes
TRI Pointe Homes (TPH) is a recent addition to some of our portfolios. It was founded in the depths of the Credit Crisis in 2009 by former homebuilding industry executives. Their objective was to acquire land lots in distressed regions, particularly in California and Colorado, which could be utilized for future home construction. TRI Pointe was certainly not alone. A number of companies led by astute investors acquired enormous amounts of land in heavily distressed areas such as California, Arizona, and Nevada. More...

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Horizon Kinetics Second Quarter 2014 Commentary
The Shaky Foundations of Asset Allocation Practices, Continued More...

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Murray Stahl’s Horizon Kinetics Comments on Platform Specialty Products
A recent purchase in certain strategies is Platform Specialty Products (PAH). Like Wendy’s (WEN), this stock does not trade at a presently low price-to-earnings, or P/E ratio; in fact, it’s somewhat high. However, the company incorporates many predictive attributes that are suggestive that its revenues and earnings several years from now will be far higher than they are today. As a U.S. company, PAH is new, having been listed on the NYSE only since this past January. Its operating business, though, has been around for over 90 years, and PAH was trading on the London Stock Exchange when it was acquired this past October for $1.8 billion by what is known as a blank-check company. The current stock market value is $2.4 billion. A blank check company raises equity capital in order to acquire a target, often within a specified window of time, and this particular one was organized by three well- known parties: Nicolas Beggruen, through his investment company Beggruen Holdings; Bill Ackman, through his hedge fund Pershing More...

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Murray Stahl’s Horizon Kinetics Comments on Wendy’s Company
As the investing world continues to embrace indexation, it assists us in sourcing truly attractive investments in areas that are structurally overlooked (or created) by the mainstream. Wendy’s, a relatively recent purchase and significant holding, is one example. More...

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Urban’s Expansion Plans Look Attractive
Urban Outfitters Inc. (URBN) is a leading lifestyle specialty retail company that operates Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Free People, Terrain and BHLDN brands. The company operates in two segments: retail and wholesale apparel. The company’s retail segment consists of its Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Free People, Terrain and BHLDN brands, whose merchandise is sold to customers through its stores, websites, mobile applications, catalogs and customer contract centers. More...

LONG, RETAIL, SPECIALTY, LIFESTYLE, URBAN OUTFITTERS, ANTHROPOLOGIE, FREE PEOPLE, TERRAIN


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Another Stock Dropped by Technology Renaissance
After a troubled end of 2013 and a very successful 2014 beginning, Imperial Oil (IMO) may be reaching a growth ceiling. Overall, 2013 resulted in declining revenues and net income, aggravated by a great debt increment and reduced cash flow. Most importantly, operating margin saw a reduction to 2010 levels through the loss of 5 points. Two gurus who anticipated the slower performance were Steven Cohen (Trades, Portfolio) and Jim Simons’ Technology Renaissance. Both gurus sold out the investments made since 2009, transactions which were timely confirmed by the stock’s poor January performance. Fortunately for other investors, the stock's face value recovered through February and exceeded last December’s value. However, given the company’s cyclical performance, doubts concerning future growth remain. More...

ENERGY, OIL, GAS, CANADA


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Tennessee Whiskey: The Ultimate Profit Machine
It’s known that American brown spirits are provided throughout the world by very few companies, such as Diageo Plc (ADR) (DEO) and BEAM Inc. (BEAM). However, while these firms focus on Scotch and Bourbon, Brown-Forman Corporation (BF.B) holds the leading market share of Tennessee Whiskey via its famous Jack Daniel’s brand. Despite a distribution scale six times smaller than Diageo, this beverage manufacturer has the most solid balance sheet in the industry, and the longest market presence with its 142 years of family owned business experience. Thus, investment gurus like Steven Cohen (Trades, Portfolio) and Murray Stahl (Trades, Portfolio) recently added more of this company’s shares to their More...

BEVERAGES,ALCOHOLIC DRINKS,SCOTCH,BOURBON,WHISKEY,TENNESSEE,JACK DANIEL'S,LIQUOR


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Murray Stahl on Ascent Capital
In the case of Ascent, again, it's really not the purpose of this call to talk about investments of that type, but just understand that the strategic thrust is to put together a string of acquisitions in burglar alarms, because the whole idea is that burglar alarms are very similar to the cable business, and you know who orchestrates the big mergers in the cable business. It really isn't that different, and with the rise of technology there are all sorts of services that are possible to provide over the conventional burglar alarm wire, and we're in the first inning of seeing those advances happen. And, of course, if you follow Ascent, you'll know it's a small cap company that doesn't have a lot of float, and it's a volatile stock.... It goes up a lot, it goes down a lot and I guess that's the nature of the beast. More...

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Murray Stahl on Sears Hometown
Suffice it to say this much: in the case of Sears Hometown (SHOS) I have some stock. I'm not selling mine. It's a big factor in appliances. There are 22 million shares outstanding and you know what appliances are tied to. Appliances are basically tied to two things—home sales and home renovations. So it's a nice balance sheet. It certainly doesn't have any major liabilities. If and when —maybe I should say when and not if—home sales and home renovation activity in this country return to normal, there's a lot of operating leverage for Sears Hometown. If they don't, well then the share price reflects it. More...

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A Look at the Profitability of a Boston Brewer
The domestic beer market is characterized by vast competition, as much as consumer preferences. While imported AB InBev and MillerCoors concentrate 80% of the overall market, Boston Beer Company Inc. (SAM) is most popular along the East Coast. In fact, not only is this craft brewer the fourth-largest in the U.S., but it’s also the largest publicly traded brewer nationwide. Under its flagship brand, Samuel Adams, the firm has achieved large scale, having sold 3.4 million barrels of beer in 2013 alone. More...

LONG, BEVERAGES, BREWERS, BEER, BOSTON


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