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Tiziano Frateschi
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Tom Gayner Expands Multiple Positions in 3rd Quarter

Guru adds to Progressive, Scotts Miracle Gro

Tom Gayner (Trades, Portfolio), Markel Corp.’s co-CEO, increased his holdings of the following stocks during the third quarter.

The guru increased his position in Progressive Corp. (NYSE:PGR) by 34.76%, impacting the portfolio by 0.13%.

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The insurance company has a market cap of $42.21 billion and an enterprise value of $41.3 billion.

GuruFocus gives the company a profitability and growth rating of 4 out of 10. The return on equity of 28.13% and return on assets of 7.04% are outperforming 84% of companies in the Global Insurance - Property and Casualty industry. Its financial strength is rated 4 out of 10. The cash-debt ratio of 0.03 is below the industry median of 2.82.

The largest shareholder among the gurus is Jim Simons (Trades, Portfolio)' Renaissance Technologies with 1.22% of outstanding shares, followed by PRIMECAP Management (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.74%.

The investor's position in The Scotts Miracle Gro Co. (NYSE:SMG) was boosted by 128.38%. The trade had an impact of 0.12% on the portfolio.

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The company, which sells lawn and garden supplies, has a market cap of $4.13 billion and an enterprise value of $6.4 billion.

GuruFocus gives the company a profitability and growth rating of 5 out of 10. The return on equity of 30.54% and return on assets of 5.48% are outperforming 79% of companies in the Global Agricultural Inputs industry. Its financial strength is rated of 4 out of 10. The cash-debt ratio of 0.01 is below the industry median of 0.62.

First Eagle Investment (Trades, Portfolio) is the largest guru shareholder of the company with 4.1% of outstanding shares, followed by Ken Fisher (Trades, Portfolio) with 2.65%, Gayner with 0.3% and Mario Gabelli (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.19%.

Gayner added 37.91% to his position in Starbucks Corp. (NASDAQ:SBUX). The trade had an impact of 0.11% on the portfolio.

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The roaster, marketer and retailer of specialty coffee has a market cap of $84.2 billion and an enterprise value of $84.71 billion.

GuruFocus gives the company a profitability and growth rating of 8 out of 10. The return on equity of 107.21% and return on assets of 24.62% are outperforming 98% of companies in the Global Restaurants industry. Its financial strength is rated 6 out of 10. The cash-debt ratio of 0.95 is below the industry median of 0.68.

Frank Sands (Trades, Portfolio) is the company's largest shareholder among the gurus with 0.8% of outstanding shares, followed by Pioneer Investments (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.23%.

The guru added 28.28% to his Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE:GS) holding, expanding the portfolio 0.10%.

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The company operates as investment bank. It has a market cap of $85.06 billion and an enterprise value of $275 billion.

GuruFocus gives the company a profitability and growth rating of 4 out of 10. The return on equity of 6.34% and return on assets of 0.63% are underperforming 69% of companies in the Global Capital Markets industry. Its financial strength is rated 3 out of 10. The cash-debt ratio of 0.40 is below the industry median of 5.11.

The largest guru shareholder of the company is Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) with 3.51% of outstanding shares, followed by Simons with 0.21% and Pioneer Investments with 0.09%.

The investor increased his holding of Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) by 3.91%, impacting the portfolio by 0.09%.

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The search engine has a market cap of $740.4 billion and an enterprise value of $637.97 billion.

GuruFocus gives the company a profitability and growth rating of 8 out of 10. The return on equity of 11.70% and return on assets of 9.14% are outperforming 56% of companies in the Global Internet Content and Information industry. Its financial strength is rated 8 out of 10 with a cash-debt ratio of 26.70.

Pioneer Investments is the largest shareholder of the company among the gurus with 0.13% of outstanding shares, followed by First Pacific Advisors (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.05% and Mairs and Power (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.03%.

Gayner added 15.84% to his United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) position, expanding the portfolio by 0.07%.

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The company, which sells aerospace and building components and systems, has a market cap of $102.07 billion and an enterprise value of $130.36 billion.

GuruFocus gives the company a profitability and growth rating of 7 out of 10. The return on equity of 16.22% and return on assets of 4.90% are outperforming 64% of companies in the Global Aerospace and Defense industry. Its financial strength is rated 5 out of 10 with a cash-debt ratio of 0.35.

Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney & Strauss is the largest guru shareholder of the company with 1.37% of outstanding shares, followed by First Pacific with 0.53% and Diamond Hill Capital (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.43%.

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

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