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Investor Jim Rogers Tells Fox Business Agriculture Is “Going to Be One of the Great Industries of Our Time”
Chairman and CEO of Rogers Holdings Jim Rogers spoke with FOX Business Network (FBN) about the United States deficit and the path the nation and individuals need to take in order to prosper. Rogers said that the U.S. economy will not recover until we “accept reality, stop spending money we don’t have, go down to a lower level, and start over.” He went on to say that particularly in such an uncertain economy, “you should invest in only what you know, otherwise keep your money in cash.” Excerpts from the interview are below: Read more...
GuruFocus Interview with Fairfax CEO Prem Watsa
GuruFocus had an opportunity to speak with Prem Watsa, chairman and chief executive of Fairfax Financial Holdings, a $7.7 billion Toronto-based firm, where he has delivered a 5-year cumulative return of 176%, compared to 12.2% of the S&P 500. In 2008, when the market was spiraling to a loss of 37%, he achieved a 21% return for his clients. Read more...
Answers from Tom Gayner's Interview with GuruFocus
Tom Gayner, a renowned valued investor, is president and chief investment officer of Markel Corp and president of Markel Gayner Asset Management, the investment subsidiary of Markel Corp., since 1990. He manages about $2 billion. Read more...
Walter Schloss: The Essence of Value Investing
Here are some notes taken from the life of Walter Schloss, once an office roommate of Warren Buffett. He is still alive and kicking at 95, and is one of the investors who inspires me the most. He had several points in common with Philip Fisher and Philip Carret, some of his contemporary investing legends; they lived very long; invested since very young until late in life; and never looked for extreme fortune or fame. He also led a simple life and, until recent interviews, still invests his personal money. His life incarnates the essential substance of value investing. Read more...
GuruFocus Interview with Investor Arnold Van Den Berg
Arnold Van Den Berg is a value investor with 43 years of industry experience and founder of $2 billion firm Century Management. A short time ago, GuruFocus readers asked him their investing questions. His responses, in which he discusses MDC Holdings Inc. (MDC), Toll Brothers (TOL), Microsoft (MSFT), Dell (DELL), Cisco (CSCO), Applied Materials (AMAT), Walmart (WMT), Wells Fargo (WFC), are below: Read more...
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GuruFocus Real Time Picks of the Week
The following information is a highlight of the real-time guru activity we saw this week. To view more information on these gurus, check out their guru portfolios. The “Real Time Picks” reports the stock purchases and sells that Gurus have made within the prior two weeks. If a Guru makes a purchase or sell of a company in which they own a greater-than 5% stake, SEC regulations require them to report their transaction within two days. This week we saw notable increases and buys in Real Time activity from Bill Ackman (Trades, Portfolio) and Edward Lampert (Trades, Portfolio). More...

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Longleaf Partners Comments on DirecTV
During the quarter we exited DIRECTV (DTV), a highly successful core holding in our U.S. and Global accounts for over a decade. We discuss our DTV experience not to showcase one winner, but because the investment illustrates the process and approach we follow for holdings across all mandates and highlights some of Southeastern's unique research strengths. More...

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GT Advanced Technologies: Bet on This Stock for the Long Run
GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) has delivered impressive results in 2014. GT Advanced Technologies, along with other Apple suppliers, had gained popularity when smartphone growth was at its peak, but then gradually faded away as time passed. However, GT Advanced Technologies is a good buy for many reasons. More...

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Men’s Wearhouse Is a Better Prospect Than Jos. A. Bank
Jos. A. Bank (JOSB) and The Men’s Wearhouse (MW) are two companies that have entered into a battle of one-upmanship through various unilateral proposals of buyout bids thrown at each other. More...

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Dollar General - Superior Position in the Market Makes It a Good Investment
Despite a sluggish economy where most of the consumers are left with very little cash in their hands due to high payroll taxes, dollar store chains are growing at a good speed. They have performed well amid a tough recession and now they are moving forward to acquire more market share. Both Family Dollar (FDO) and Dollar General (DG) are worth watching in this space. More...

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First Pacific Advisors' First Quarter Top Five Holdings First Pacific Advisors - First Pacific Advisors' First Quarter Top Five Holdings
First Pacific Advisors Capital Fund and the FPA New Income Fund, reported their first quarter portfolio holdings earlier this week. FPA Capital primarily invests in the stocks of smaller companies, and according to his investing philosophy they base their investments on the following criteria: strong balance sheets, free cash flow, an understandable and successful business strategy under capable management and unique business characteristics. More...

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David Rolfe Comments on Mead Johnson Nutrition
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David Rolfe Comments on LKQ Corporation
LKQ Corporation (LKQ) is the world's largest procurer and distributor of alternative and aftermarket collision replacement parts for automobiles and other vehicles. The Company has grown rapidly since its inception in 1998, by executing an expansion strategy that has included aggressive organic and inorganic investments. To date, LKQ's strategy has resulted in a business with unparalleled scale, at over $5 billion in revenues across three continents, compared with aftermarket and salvage parts competitors that routinely post less then $100 million in sales, usually with the largest footprints limited to regional geographies. More...

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David Rolfe Comments on Berkshire Hathaway
Although we view Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A)(BRK.B) to be an exceptional growth and profitability machine, that doesn't mean Mr. Market agrees with us. In other words, despite our expectations for double-­‐digit BVPS growth and value-­‐added advantages, growth could turn out to be "not growth." Essentially, we could be wrong. While this might sound helpless, quite the contrary, we believe it is this admission of potential error that allows us to seek an effective cushion from the very risk of "not growth." If Chapter 20 of the Intelligent Investor just came to mind, then kudos to you! If not, we understand, particularly because Ben Graham's examples of a "margin of safety" are much more draconian than we use. But the concept of preserving capital by not overpaying for the future earnings stream of a business is very much the same. More...

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David Rolfe Comments on Visa
During the quarter, Visa (V) reported strong year-­‐over-­‐year growth with earnings up 14%, as the business continues to operate at a superior level – very much in-­‐line with the past several years. Visa has been a core holding for our clients since October 2008 and rarely has a year gone by without the Company and its partners having to contend with lawsuits and legislation aimed at limiting pricing power and 4 distribution. 2014 is no exception, though most of the news has been favorable, with a ruling for "no change" to Visa's exclusivity for high-­‐value signature transactions. We continue to see Visa's pricing power as being derived from VisaNet's superior value proposition relative to substitutes, particularly paper-­‐ based payments, automated clearinghouse (ACH), and more recently, "cryptocurrencies" (e.g. Bitcoin). While these emerging payment platforms, including PayPal and Square, represent very legitimate substitutes to traditional interchange, in our view they are not quite "good enough," as evidenced by merchant acceptance that is largely sequestered to small businesses. While we have More...

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David Rolfe Comments on Stericycle
Stericycle (SRCL) alone operates globally and generates close to $2 billion in annual revenues. Despite Stericycle's strong business performance during the recently reported quarter, the stock detracted from performance, partially driven by headlines of rumored regulatory action related to one of the Company's incinerators. We believe the issue is not meaningful to results and we would be willing to add to shares on pullbacks related to this. Stericycle's stock trades in the mid to high-­‐teens EBITDA range, but the company routinely purchases smaller competitors for just 3X-­‐6X EBITDA. This accretion is a byproduct of Stericycle's competitive positioning and we believe it paves a multi-­‐year runway for double-­‐digit growth. More...

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David Rolfe Comments on Varian Medical Systems
Varian Medical Systems (VAR) has been a staple in our portfolio since the fall of 2005. The stock has rebounded smartly, up +31% from its April 2013 lows through the first quarter. Varian continues to be the global market share and technological leader in the radiation oncology business. Unfortunately, the incidence of cancer continues its deadly growth. In the U.S. alone, the American Cancer Society projects that some 1.7 million people will be diagnosed with cancer. Expectations of new cancer cases around the world are approaching 25 million over the next three decades. Of these new cases, approximately two-­‐thirds will be treated with some sort of radiation therapy. Varian has been at the forefront of linear particle accelerator since the late 1940's. Today the Company's installed base numbers over 7,300 LINACS across the globe – a 60% market share. As impressive as that may sound, the availability of state-­‐of-­‐the-­‐art radiation therapy (radiosurgery and proton therapy) outside of the U.S. is woefully low. The developed world has access to 35 to 110 LINACS per million people over the age of More...

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David Rolfe Comments on Schlumberger
Schlumberger (SLB) was a top performer during the quarter, continuing its strong performance since the summer of 2012. Since late June 2012 (6/22) through mid-­‐ April 2014, the stock (a holding since late September 2011) is up approximately 60% -­‐ nearly double the S&P 500 Index's gain of 36%. Schlumberger continues to do what it does best – dominate their respective industry and generate industry-­‐ leading growth and cash flow generation. The Company is a leading global provider of oil services. At the risk of repeating an oil service industry cliché, "the easy oil has been found." The technological development being brought to bear to the extremes and complexities in the exploration and development of hydrocarbon energy is relentless. The Company's depth and breadth of their integrated products and services has been at the forefront of the unceasing progress of energy services for decades. Indeed, according to the Company, over the past decade, total E&P capital expenditures have increased by 400%, yet global oil production is up only a scant 15%. Furthermore, in just the last three years, More...

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David Rolfe's Wedgewood Partners Q1 2014 Investor Letter
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Conscious Justification - Do We Have Free Will or Free Not?  - Conscious Justification - Do We Have Free Will Or Free Not?
There has been a rigorous debate for the last 2000 years dating back to the Platonic ages pertaining to free will, consciousness and decision-making. Have you ever asked yourself when making decisions, what are the influences of the decisions? Do I have free will? Is the outcome already determined? More...

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Warren Buffett Rediscovered Warren Buffett - Warren Buffett Rediscovered
One of my favorite videos of all time was a speech Alice Schroeder gave at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business during 2008. The reason I like the video so much is because Ms. Schroeder did a fantastic job revealing a few facts that were relatively unknown, or misunderstood about the Oracle of Omaha. More...

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The Greatest Growth Stock You've Probably Never Heard Of  - The Greatest Growth Stock You've Probably Never Heard Of
Better than Berkshire? The numbers say yes. More...

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Amid Recall Crisis, GM Could Be Up for 50% or Greater Upside  - Amid Recall Crisis, GM Could Be Up For 50% Or Greater Upside
The shares of General Motors (GM) have struggled as the company deals with its recall crisis. The auto giant has estimated $1.3 billion as the recall cost, which does not account for its tarnished reputation. Long-term investors, however, might consider this as a buying opportunity. More...

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Wal-Mart Faces Uncertainty Over India
World’s largest retailer Wal-Mart (WMT) were among the first retail players to have bet big on the huge prospect of the Indian retail Industry. India’s retail industry is still largely unorganized and mostly comprised of small mom-and-pop stores. So, after the present government in India allowed 51% foreign ownership in supermarkets, Wal-Mart should have enjoyed the first mover advantage. However, it hasn’t quite turned out that way for the Arkansas-based retail giant. More...

RETAIL,INDIA,FDI,CASH AND CARRY,B2B,E-COMMERCE


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After Apple and Samsung, BlackBerry Also Focusing on Health
Lately we have seen a lot of discussion regarding Apple (AAPL) and Samsung (SSNLF) focusing on health apps. It’s rumored that the next iPhone that will run on iOS 8, Apple will include Healthbook – an app focused on monitoring and recording health-related issues of its users. Even the Korean smartphone major is working on S-Health. However, these two may not be the only players stressing on health. BlackBerry’s (BBRY) latest announcement clearly suggests that the company is thinking about stepping into the area. More...

TECHNOLOGY, SMARTPHONE, HEALTHCARE, NANTHEALTH, NANTWORKS, JOHN CHEN, PATRICK SOON-SHIONG


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