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Insiders load up on Morgan Stanley, Enterprise Products Partners, Cincinnati Financial and OGE Energy

The largest insider buys this week were in Morgan Stanley (MS), Enterprise Products Partners LP (EPD), Cincinnati Financial Corp. (CINF) and OGE Energy Corp. (OGE).

Morgan Stanley director bought 25,000 shares

Director Hutham S. Olayan bought 25,000 shares of Morgan Stanley on Nov. 12 for an average price of $55.4. The share price has increased by 4.35% since then.

Morgan Stanley is an investment bank and financial services company. The company has offices in more than 42 countries and employs more than 55,000 individuals. The company's clients include corporations, governments, institutions and individuals and is a component of the S&P

96 Views    Shuda Xia    2020-11-22 21:00
They could be bargain opportunities

If you choose U.S. stocks that are trading below the Graham Number, which is an estimation of intrinsic value, you could have a higher likelihood to identify bargains.

The Graham Number is calculated as the square root of "earnings per share x book value per share x 22.5." Below are 3 stocks trading below their Graham Numbers.

UMB Financial Corp

The first stock that makes the cut is UMB Financial Corp (UMBF), a Kansas City, Missouri-based holder of UMB Bank, a regional bank that provides various banking and other financial services to individuals and companies.

The stock traded at

117 Views    Alberto Abaterusso    2020-11-05 16:29
Firm's largest sales of the 3rd quarter

Richard Pzena (Trades, Portfolio)'s Pzena Investment Management sold shares of the following stocks during the third quarter of fiscal 2020, which ended on Sept. 30.

Stanley Black & Decker

The fund reduced its stake in Stanley Black & Decker Inc. (SWK) by 40.52%. The trade had an impact of -0.94% on the portfolio.

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The company, which manufactures hand and power tools, has a market cap of $26.63 billion and an enterprise value of $32.12 billion.

GuruFocus gives the company a profitability and growth rating of 7 out of 10. The return

61 Views    Tiziano Frateschi    2020-11-03 19:31
The bank is proving to be resilient to the current economic downturn

Big banks came under pressure upon the release of third-quarter earnings even though numbers were better than expected. This did not come as a surprise to investors who were paying close attention to this sector as the historically low interest rate environment is making it difficult for banks to attract investors regardless of their commendable efforts to improve the liquidity position. Morgan Stanley (MS), however, has weathered the storm much better than its closest rivals, which warrants a close inspection of its financial statements to ascertain whether the stock is an attractive investment despite the macroeconomic challenges faced by the

176 Views    Dilantha De Silva    2020-10-20 18:45
Nasdaq down 0.47%

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 28,494.20 on Thursday with a loss of 19.80 points or -0.07%. The S&P 500 closed at 3,483.34 for a loss of 5.33 points or -0.15%. The Nasdaq Composite closed at 11,713.87 for a loss of 54.86 points or -0.47%. The VIX Volatility Index was higher at 26.95 with a gain of 0.55 points or 2.08%.

Thursday's market movers

The major U.S. indexes closed lower for a third day. Investors were watching coronavirus cases and resurgence reports with fears of a second wave affecting the economy. Nearly half of U.S. states reported more than

80 Views    Julie Young    2020-10-15 21:36
A look at the company's most recent financials

Shares of Morgan Stanley (MS) are up just slightly for 2020, but all of the company's peers in the financial sector are in the red for the year.

With its focus on wealth and investment management, as opposed to growing its loan book, Morgan Stanley has managed to avoid some of the pitfalls that the other banks have faced.

The New York-based investment bank reported quarterly results on Thursday morning that came in well ahead of what Wall Street analysts had predicted. The company's credit loss provisions declined quarter over quarter and look much more

73 Views    Nathan Parsh    2020-10-15 18:15
S&P 500 gains 0.80%

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 28,425.51 on Thursday with a gain of 122.05 points or 0.43%. The S&P 500 closed at 3,446.83 for a gain of 27.38 points or 0.80%. The Nasdaq Composite closed at 11,420.98 for a gain of 56.38 points or 0.50%. The VIX Volatility Index was lower at 26.36 for a loss of 1.70 points or -6.06%.

Thursday's Market Movers

U.S. indexes posted a second day of closing gains after President Trump retracted comments on fully halting stimulus negotiations. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says efforts are currently targeting aid for the airline sector.

Among biotech

42 Views    Julie Young    2020-10-09 13:07
Rio Tinto tops the list

According to the GuruFocus All-in-One Screener as of Sept. 21, the following guru-held companies have high dividend yields and are trading with low price-earnings ratios.

BHP

BHP Group PLC.'s (BBL) dividend yield is 5.28% and the payout ratio is 0.91. Over the past 52 weeks, the stock price has risen 7.40%. Shares are trading with a price-book ratio of 2.29 and a price-earnings ratio of 14.49. The company's average yield was 4.17% over the past 10 years.

The company, which supplies iron ore, copper, oil, gas and metallurgical coal, has a market cap of $115.28 billion. GuruFocus rated

191 Views    Tiziano Frateschi    2020-09-21 16:05
A look at how major US banks are trying to find new income in a weak economy

On Sept. 16, the U.S. Federal Reserve released its latest monetary policy statements following September's Federal Open Market Committee meeting.

As investors and analysts alike expected, the Fed has decided to keep the base interest rate at 0% to 0.25% to stimulate the weak economy and make borrowing cheaper. Citing continued low economic activity and unemployment compared to recent years, the committee now aims for inflation that will result in a "longer run" average of 2%.

Inflation has often averaged below 2% in recent years. Specifically, since 2010, U.S. dollar inflation averaged below 2% in six years - 2010, 2013,

1762 Views    Margaret Moran    2020-09-16 22:33
The bank's equity research department thinks that the recent pullback is just a bump in the road

Ever since the turmoil earlier this year, the U.S. stocks markets have been on a relentless upward march, with both the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq making new all-time highs.

However, since the start of September, both of these benchmark indices have undergone a considerable pullback, prompting some speculation that the top of the market might have already been reached.

A recent research note from Morgan Stanley's (MS) equity department discussed whether this correction should cause investors to be worried about the state of the market.

Just a bump in the road

Morgan Stanley's

67 Views    Stepan Lavrouk    2020-09-16 16:55
Firm reveals top trades of the 2nd quarter

Investment firm Tweedy Browne (Trades, Portfolio) disclosed its second-quarter portfolio earlier this week.

The New York-based firm, which has been operating for a century, is an investment partnership that is owned and operated by its four managing directors, William H. Browne, John D. Spears, Thomas H. Shrager and Robert Q. Wyckoff Jr. Deriving its investment approach from the work of Benjamin Graham, the firm oversees around $4.5 billion in assets through four unique mutual funds. Each of the portfolios is managed according to the same value principles with an emphasis on seeking undervalued stocks.

In the

212 Views    Sydnee Gatewood    2020-08-12 18:44
What could explain the recent market top?

There are signs that the post-lockdown stock market rally may be running out of steam, with major equity indexes like the S&P 500 failing to breach the highs set last week. To be sure, this might prove to be a temporary halt to this new bull market; however, there are a few reasons to be skeptical of future gains.

For one thing, the ongoing political battle between the Trump administration and Democrats over the reopening of businesses and schools may be introducing doubts for investors hopeful of a V-shaped recovery in the real economy. Furthermore, the commanding

95 Views    Stepan Lavrouk    2020-07-29 18:36
You can get both value and growth in the stock market

The philosopher’s stone was a myth; so was the fountain of youth. But here’s something that sounds unlikely, yet is feasible. You can get both value and growth in the stock market.

Value investors seek bargains. Growth investors seek companies with fast-growing earnings.

There’s an inherent tension there. Bargain-priced stocks are ones with visible problems. Growth stocks are ones enjoying success. But sometimes you can find a little of each, and that’s often a good strategy.

For this discussion, I define a value stock as one selling for 15 times per-share earnings or less. I define a growth stock as

180 Views    John Dorfman    2020-07-27 13:59
After an excellent earnings report, Morgan Stanley appears to be cheap

Morgan Stanley’s (MS) valuation is still too low, in my opinion. Shares are up 7% since I highlighted the stock for its low valuation and high yield earlier this month.

Morgan Stanley has returned more than 16% over the last year compared to a return of less than 9% for the S&P 500. The company’s business is performing well, and I think it is still poised to offer double-digit returns from the current share price.

Quarterly highlights

Morgan Stanley reported its second quarter earnings results on July 16, and it outperformed Wall Street’s expectations.

Net revenues increased almost 31%

40 Views    Nathan Parsh    2020-07-23 14:07
Their share prices are below the projected free cash flow

In order to have a higher chance to come across bargains, investors can screen the market for stocks that are likely trading at discount to their intrinsic value. In this article, I have used the projected free cash flow (FCF) valuation model.

Unlike the discounted cash flow or discounted earnings valuation model, the projected FCF model can apply to companies whose history of revenue and earnings is not consistent. The projected FCF uses normalized free cash flow and book value.

Thus, the investors may want to consider the following stocks, as they are undervalued according to the projected FCF model

159 Views    Alberto Abaterusso    2020-07-13 15:40
Nasdaq gains 1.44%

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 26,067.28 on Wednesday with a gain of 177.10 points or 0.68%. The S&P 500 closed at 3,169.94 for a gain of 24.62 points or 0.78%. The Nasdaq Composite closed at 10,492.50 for a gain of 148.61 points or 1.44%. The VIX Volatility Index was lower at 28.11 for a loss of 1.32 points or -4.49%.

Wednesday’s market movers

U.S. stocks closed higher Wednesday. Recovery buying helped the day’s gains. Investors continued to digest both good and bad coronavirus news headlines.

A bullish stock market editorial in the China Securities Journal earlier in the

139 Views    Julie Young    2020-07-08 21:15
The S&P 500 has a valuation above 22 times earnings and yields just 1.9%. These 3 stocks can top the index in both valuation and income

The S&P 500 has an average price-earnings ratio of 22.4 and an average yield of just 1.9% as of the most recent close. Investors looking for a better value for their investment dollar that brings a higher level of income may wish to consider purchasing the following stocks, all of which happen to be from the financial sector. Each name trades with a price-earnings ratio in the low-teens range and has a dividend yield above 2.0%.

M&T Bank

M&T Bank Corp. (MTB) is a regional bank that has more than 800 branches spread out across New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland and

270 Views    Nathan Parsh    2020-07-05 20:28
Pressure mounts on the financial services sector to abandon shareholder distributions

Dividends play a major role in the performance of an investment portfolio. For this reason, many value investors tend to prefer dividend-paying companies in the hopes of generating a reliable source of income in the current period in addition to the expected capital gains in the future. The big banks in the United States have a history of returning billions of dollars to shareholders, so, for this reason, are adored by income-seeking investors. According to data from Eikon, the financial services sector yields 3.36% as of June 29, ranking fourth in the highest-yielding list. There is, however, an unpleasant reality

1155 Views    Dilantha De Silva    2020-06-30 16:39
Dow Jones gains 1.18%

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 25,745.60 on Thursday with a gain of 299.66 points or 1.18%. The S&P 500 closed at 3,083.76 for a gain of 33.43 points or 1.10%. The Nasdaq Composite closed at 10,017.00 for a gain of 107.84 points or 1.09%. The VIX Volatility Index was lower at 32.05 for a loss of 1.79 points or -5.29%.

Thursday’s market movers

U.S. stocks regained some ground Thursday after states took some retracting steps in their coronavirus plan. Texas says it will temporarily pause its reopening, and in Florida, Apple (AAPL) has re-closed 14 stores.

Investors were

44 Views    Julie Young    2020-06-25 21:24
A recent research note from the investment bank

Morgan Stanley (MS) Chief Investment Strategist Mike Wilson made headlines back during the March selloff when he claimed that the market crash was actually the end of a multiyear secular bear market, and that he expected things to pick up significantly. At the time, this idea was dismissed by many, but since then there is at least an argument that he may have been right. In a recent research note, Wilson explained why so many people still disagree with him and what the implications of that are.

The end of the cycle?

Wilson says that his clients mostly

169 Views    Stepan Lavrouk    2020-06-23 19:16

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