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Weekly Top Insider Buys: H&R Block Inc., NII Holdings Inc., Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Checkpoint Systems Inc.

March 26, 2008 | About:

This is the highlight of top insider buys. Related Companies: H&R Block Inc. (HRB), NII Holdings Inc (NIHD), Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT), Checkpoint Systems Inc. (CKP)

H&R Block Inc. (HRB): Director Richard C. Breeden Bought 2,435,000 Shares

The financial services company H&R Block, Inc. (HRB) narrowed their third quarter loss to $47.4 million or $0.14 a share compared to a loss of $60.3 million or $0.18 a share from 2006. HRB earned $9.3 million or $0.03 a share compared to $21.9 million in 2006. H&R Block cut costs by discontinuing its Option One Mortgage Corporation; however, write-downs from sub-prime mortgages and 3.5% decline in tax clients played down on the profits.

Jean-Marie Eveillard, Brian Rogers, Chris Davis, Bill Nygren, John Rogers, and Charles Brandes own HRB shares as of 2007.

Director Richard C. Breeden bought 2,435,000 shares of HRB stock on 3/20/08 at $19.64. Director Thomas M. Bloch sold a total of 3,600 shares since October between $19.37 and $21.63.

H&R Block Inc. provides tax, investment, mortgage, and accounting and business consulting services and products. It operates in three segments: Tax Services, Business Services, and Consumer Financial Services. H&R Block Inc. has a market cap of $7.12 billion; its shares were traded at around $21.93 with P/S ratio of 1.73. The dividend yield of H&R Block Inc. stocks is 2.7%.

NII Holdings Inc (NIHD): President, Nextel Peru Miguel A. Rivera Bought 12,700 Shares

Digital wireless communication services provider in Latin America NII Holdings, Inc. (NIHD) widened their profits 19% as higher subscriptions kicked up revenue. NIHD’s income climbed to $128.5 million or $0.71 from $107.9 million or $0.60 from a year ago.

Since the prior quarter, George Soros, Bill Miller, and Ron Baron bought shares of NIHD.

As of October of 2007, insider buys were made between $29.64 and $62.57: CEO, Director Steven P. Dussek bought 24,800; President, Nextel Peru Miguel A Rivera bought 12,700 shares; President Nextel Mexico Peter A Foyo bought 10,000 shares; President and COO Lo Van Gemert bought 6,000 shares; VP Alan Strauss bought 3,000 shares; Director John W Risner and VP John Mcmahon each bought 2,000 shares; Director John Donovan bought 1,155 shares; and finally, Director Carolyn Katz bought 1,000 shares.

NII Holdings Inc has a market cap of $5.44 billion; its shares were traded at around $32.76 with a P/E ratio of 15.17 and P/S ratio of 1.69.

WalMart Stores Inc. (WMT): Director James Breyer Bought 5,000 Shares

The retail giant Wal-Mart Stores, Inc (WMT)’s fourth quarter profits rose 13% as revenue from holiday increased 8.6%. Walmart’s income increased to $3.6 billion or $0.86 compared to $3.2 billion or $0.75. For the fiscal year ended in January, Walmart’s income increased 9.4% to $11.2 billion or $2.68 a share.

George Soros and Kenneth Fisher bought Walmart shares in the last quarter. Warren Buffett kept his 19,944,300 shares about the same as did other gurus: Tom Gayner, Bill Nygren, Ronald Muhlenkamp, Richard Snow, Dodge & Cox, Brian Rogers, Tweedy Browne, Ruane Cunniff, Arnold Van Den Berg, Chris Davis, Richard Pzena, and Mark Hillman. Robert Olstein sold out of his Walmart holdings, as HOTCHKIS & WILEY, Joel Greenblatt, Wallace Weitz, and Jean-Marie Eveillard reduced their shares.

Director James Breyer bought 5,000 shares on 3/20/08 at $50.98; since November, James Breyer bought a total of 15,000 shares between $46.35 and $50.98. Also, Executive Vice President Wright Eduardo Castro sold 9,231 shares on 3/12/08 at $50.30.

WalMart Stores Inc. has a market cap of $211.78 billion; its shares were traded at around $53.63 with a P/E ratio of 16.97 and P/S ratio of 0.57. The dividend yield of WalMart Stores Inc. stocks is 1.8%.

Checkpoint Systems Inc. (CKP): Director William S. Antle III Bought 9,072 Shares; CEO Der Merwe Robert P. Van bought 50,000 shares.

Checkpoint Systems, Inc. (CKP) manufactures and markets identification, tracking, security, and merchandising solutions for the retail industry. CKP’s quarterly profits were boosted 36% by higher product sales. The company earned $24.4 million or $0.59 per share compared with profit of $18 million or $0.45 per share in the fourth quarter of 2006. Revenue rose 21% to $262.7 million from $216.3 million.

Kenneth Fisher bought 116,000 shares in the quarter that ended on 12/31/07.

Director of Checkpoint Systems Inc. William S. Antle III bought 9,072 shares during the past week at $27.95; and President and CEO Der Merwe Robert P. Van bought 50,000 shares on 12/29/08 at $24.06. Insider sells were made by Directors Alan R. Hirisg, who sold 10,000 shares on 3/19/08 at $28.11, and Sally Pearson, who sold 5,000 shares on 3/12/08 at $25.79.

Checkpoint Systems Inc. has a market cap of $1.1 billion; its shares were traded at around $27.95 with a P/E ratio of 19.18 and P/S ratio of 1.34.

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