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Tiziano Frateschi
Tiziano Frateschi
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Kahn Brothers Adds to BlackBerry, Bank of America Positions

The firm's largest purchases of the 4th quarter

Investment firm Kahn Brothers (Trades, Portfolio) Group added to its positions in the following stocks during the fourth quarter.

The firm's Assured Guaranty Ltd. (NYSE:AGO) holding was increased by 17.95%. The transaction had an impact of 0.86% on the portfolio.

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The financial guaranty insurance company has a market cap of $4.32 billion and an enterprise value of $4.59 billion.

GuruFocus gives the company a profitability and growth rating of 6 out of 10. The return on equity (ROE) of 13.10% and return on assets (ROA) 6.01% are outperforming 89% of companies in the Global Insurance - Specialty industry. Its financial strength is rated 5 out of 10. The cash-debt ratio of 0.06 is below the industry median of 5.79.

Another notable shareholder among the gurus is Arnold Schneider (Trades, Portfolio) with 1.42% of outstanding shares, followed by Chuck Royce (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.39%, Jim Simons (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.3% and Jeremy Grantham (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.13%.

The firm increased its position in GlaxoSmithKline PLC (NYSE:GSK) by 11.56%, impacting the portfolio by 0.66%.

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The pharmaceutical company has a market cap of $94.1 billion and an enterprise value of $111.74 billion.

GuruFocus gives the company a profitability and growth rating of 6 out of 10. While the ROE of 229.78% is outperforming the sector, the ROA of 3.97% is underperforming 52% of companies in the Global Drug Manufacturers - Major industry. Its financial strength is rated 4 out of 10. The cash-debt ratio of 0.25 is below the industry median of 2.89.

Dodge & Cox is the company's largest shareholder among the gurus with 0.6% of outstanding shares, followed by Simons with 0.38% and Hotchkis & Wiley with 0.34%.

The firm boosted its Patterson-UTI Energy Inc. (NASDAQ:PTEN) position by 8.17%. The transaction had an impact of 0.38% on the portfolio.

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The land rig drilling contractor has a market cap of $5.47 billion and an enterprise value of $6.17 billion.

GuruFocus gives the company a profitability and growth rating of 4 out of 10. The ROA of -9.26% and ROA of -5.88% are underperforming 65% of companies in the Global Oil and Gas Drilling industry. Its financial strength is rated 5 out of 10. The cash-debt ratio of 0.05 is below the industry median of 0.37.

First Pacific Advisors (Trades, Portfolio) is the company's largest guru shareholder with 0.81% of outstanding shares, followed by Pioneer Investments (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.67% and Steven Cohen (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.67%.

The firm added 5.85% to its MBIA Inc. (NYSE:MBI) holding, expanding the portfolio by 0.29%.

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The insurance company has a market cap of $691.09 million and an enterprise value of $3.11 billion.

GuruFocus gives the company a profitability and growth rating of 4 out of 10. The ROE of -66.65% and ROA of -17.21% are underperforming 99% of companies in the Global Insurance - Property and Casualty industry. Its financial strength is rated 3 out of 10. The cash-debt ratio of 0.05 is below the industry median of 3.15.

The company's largest guru shareholder is Kahn Brothers with 5% of outstanding shares, followed by Royce with 4.22%, Cohen with 1.74% and Francis Chou (Trades, Portfolio) with 1.18%.

The firm added 2.45% to its stake in BlackBerry Ltd. (NYSE:BB). The trade had an impact of 0.19% on the portfolio.

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The Canadian software company has a market cap of $7.02 billion and an enterprise value of $5.33 billion.

GuruFocus gives the company a profitability and growth rating of 4 out of 10. The ROE of 16.48% and ROA of 10.76% are outperforming 88% of companies in the Global Communication Equipment industry. Its financial strength is rated 6 out of 10. The cash-debt ratio of 2.97 is above the industry median of 2.24.

With 14.05% of outstanding shares, PRIMECAP Management (Trades, Portfolio) is the company's largest guru shareholder, followed by Prem Watsa (Trades, Portfolio) with 8.83% and Simons with 2%.

The firm's IDT Corp. (NYSE:IDT) position was increased by 18.51%, expanding the portfolio by 0.17%.

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The telecommunication services provider has a market cap of $278.96 million and an enterprise value of $180.66 million.

GuruFocus gives the company a profitability and growth rating of 3 out of 10. The ROE of -11.25% and ROA of -3.27% are outperforming 75% of companies in the Global Telecom Services industry. Its financial strength is rated 8 out of 10 with no debt.

The company's largest shareholder among the gurus is Simons with 5.08% of outstanding shares.

The firm's Bank of America Corp. (NYSE:BAC) holding was boosted by 36.14%, expanding the portfolio by 0.03%.

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The bank has a market cap of $331.25 billion and an enterprise value of $433.05 billion.

GuruFocus gives the company a profitability and growth rating of 3 out of 10. The ROE of 6.12% and ROA of 0.80% are underperforming 66% of companies in the Global Banks - Global industry. Its financial strength is rated 4 out of 10. The cash-debt ratio of 0.65 is below the industry median 2.05.

Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) is the company's largest guru shareholder with 6.6% of outstanding shares, followed by Dodge & Cox with 1.65% and Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney & Strauss with 0.59%.

The firm increased its stake in Voxx International Corp. (NASDAQ:VOXX) by 0.72%, expanding the portfolio by 0.02%.

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The auto parts manufacturer has a market cap of $159.72 million and an enterprise value of $135.31 million.

GuruFocus gives the company a profitability and growth rating of 4 out of 10. The ROE of 5.52% and ROA of 3.49% are underperforming 80% of companies in the Global Auto Parts industry. Its financial strength is rated 6 out of 10. The cash-debt ratio of 2.20 is above the industry median of 0.74.

Another notable guru shareholder is Royce with 6.8% of outstanding shares, followed by Simons with 1.25%.

Disclosure: I do not own any stocks mentioned in this article.

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