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The company is uniquely positioned to benefit

Blockchain has emerged as one of the most disruptive forces in the technology sector. However, while several people still prefer to invest via the cryptocurrency market. It is not easy. Some cryptocurrency platforms like NewsCrypto have been created with the aim of making crypto trading easier. But still, traditional investors remain inclined to stocks instead.

Graphics processing unit manufacturer Nvidia Corp. (NVDA) has been the preference for those looking to invest in the massive adoption of blockchain technology. The company's stock has surged nearly 700% over the last three years amid an increase in demand for

376 Views    Nicholas Kitonyi    2020-11-25 20:21
The dangers of an overheated market, and two resources for dealing with it

On Tuesday, Nov. 24, the Dow Jones Industrial Average surpassed the 30,000 mark for the first time.

If anything says Mr. Market has put the blahs of the spring meltdown in his rearview mirror, this might be it.

Or does it?

It all depends on the context. And that context comes from broader economic indexes such as gross domestic product and gross national product. That is roughly how Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) views overall stock valuations: How does the gross market capitalization compare with GDP or GNP?

The Buffett Indicator

It's now easy to

947 Views    Robert Abbott    2020-11-25 19:47
Firm's largest sales of the 3rd quarter

Alan Fournier (Trades, Portfolio)'s Pennant Investors, LP sold shares of the following stocks during the third quarter, which ended on Sept. 30.

Johnson & Johnson

The firm closed its position Johnson & Johnson (JNJ). The trade had an impact of -3.86% on the portfolio.

The healthcare firm has a market cap of $385 billion and an enterprise value of $392 billion.

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GuruFocus gives the company a profitability and growth rating of 9 out of 10. The return on equity of 27.72% and return on assets of 10.65% are underperforming 86%

98 Views    Tiziano Frateschi    2020-11-24 16:36
Tiger Management starts Workday position, boosts 3 other holdings

Julian Robertson (Trades, Portfolio)'s Tiger Management disclosed this month that its top four buys in the third quarter included a new position in Workday Inc. (WDAY) and position boosts to AerCap Holdings NV (AER), Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) and Facebook Inc. (FB).

Considered the "father of hedge funds," Robertson launched Tiger Management in 1980 with approximately $8 million and expanded the firm's assets to over $22 billion during the 1980s and 1990s. The firm reported a 32% compounded rate of return to investors during Robertson's active years.

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Tiger Management invests using long

516 Views    James Li    2020-11-23 20:52
Guru's top trades of the quarter

Stanley Druckenmiller (Trades, Portfolio), CEO and Chairman of Duquesne Capital, has revealed his portfolio for the third quarter. Major changes include cutting the holdings in JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM), PayPal Holdings Inc. (PYPL) and Workday Inc. (WDAY) significantly.

Druckenmiller worked for George Soros (Trades, Portfolio) from 1988 to 2000 as the lead portfolio manager for the Quantum Fund. He founded Duquesne Capital in 1981 and it operated as a hedge fund until 2010, but now operates as a family office. Druckenmiller takes a macroeconomic approach to investing.

Portfolio overview

At the

564 Views    Graham Griffin    2020-11-20 21:38
Firm of Benjamin Graham disciple releases 3rd-quarter portfolio

Brandes Investment Partners disclosed its third-quarter portfolio last week.

Following Benjamin Graham's value investing style, the San Diego-based investment firm, which was founded by the now-retired guru Charles Brandes (Trades, Portfolio), takes positions in out-of-favor securities that have attractive total return potential and holds them until the market recognizes their true worth.

Keeping these criteria in mind, the firm entered eight new positions during the quarter, sold out of 25 investments and added to or trimmed a slew of other existing holdings. Among the most notable trades was a new stake in Fomento Economico Mexicano SAB de

248 Views    Sydnee Gatewood    2020-11-19 17:54
Investor's don't believe that regulators will be able to break up modern monopolies

Over the last several years, the question of breaking up large tech monopolies has been raised a number of times. Politicians from both sides of the aisle have expressed their concerns regarding this matter - Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren and Republican Senator Ted Cruz have both accused companies like Facebook Inc. (FB) and Google parent Alphabet Inc. (GOOG) of behaving in anticompetitive ways.

But if these businesses are really anticompetitive monopolies, why is nothing being done about it? After all, U.S. antitrust laws have been on the books for more than a century at this point. Shareholders

55 Views    Stepan Lavrouk    2020-11-18 21:30
GMO cuts some big positions, adds to Coca-Cola

Jeremy Grantham (Trades, Portfolio)'s GMO LLC recently released its portfolio updates for the third quarter of 2020, which ended on Sept. 30.

Grantham is a co-founder and a member of the asset allocation team of Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo (GMO) & Co. LLC. The Boston-based asset management firm utilizes various long-term, value-based investment strategies that focus on risk management and diversification. Grantham is known for his success in consistently identifying and avoiding stock market bubbles, including the Japanese market bubble in the late 1980s, tech and internet stocks in the late 1990s and credit markets in 2006.

258 Views    Margaret Moran    2020-11-18 21:09
Guru shuffles major holdings

Daniel Loeb (Trades, Portfolio) has revealed his portfolio for the third quarter. During the quarter, the guru added 20 new holdings, including PG&E Corp. (PCG) and Microsoft Corp. (MSFT). He also sold out of many holdings, including Baxter International Inc. (BAX), Raytheon Technologies Corp. (RTX) and Far Point Acquisition Corp. (FPAC).

Loeb founded Third Point LLC in 1995 and leads the firm's research activities, portfolio and risk management. Loeb and his firm focus on activist investing and follow an event-driven, value-orientated investment style. He looks for situations in which a catalyst will unlock value and pushes for

584 Views    Graham Griffin    2020-11-17 21:47
Microsoft founder's foundation trust boosts Berkshire holding

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust disclosed recently that its top four trades during the third quarter were a position boost in Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio)'s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK.A)(BRK.B), a new holding in Boston Properties Inc. (BXP) and sells of Schrodinger Inc. (SDGR) and Arcos Dorados Holdings Inc. (ARCO).

Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) founder Bill Gates (Trades, Portfolio) and his wife Melinda founded the trust in 2000. According to the website, the Foundation Trust holds the endowment (including the annual installments

921 Views    James Li    2020-11-16 23:13
Guru reveals portfolio for the 3rd quarter

Wedgewood Partners Chief Investment Officer David Rolfe (Trades, Portfolio) disclosed his portfolio for the third quarter of 2020 last week.

The guru's St. Louis-based firm approaches potential investments with the mindset of a business owner, analyzing a handful of undervalued companies that have a dominant product or service, consistent earnings, revenue and dividend growth, are highly profitable and have strong management teams.

In his shareholder letter for the three-month period ended Sept. 30, Rolfe noted "the stock market continues to take its cue from the unprecedented monetary and fiscal stimulus to thwart the pandemic emanating from

274 Views    Sydnee Gatewood    2020-11-16 17:48
Patient investor's firm trims Microsoft and Apple

Muhlenkamp & Co., the firm founded by Ronald Muhlenkamp (Trades, Portfolio), disclosed this week that its top four trades in the third quarter featured reductions in its holdings in Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) and Apple Inc. (AAPL), a position boost in MasTec Inc. (MTZ) and a new buy in Kirby Corp. (KEX).

The Wexford, Pennsylvania-based firm seeks long-term capital appreciation on the belief that stock prices will eventually reflect the values of the underlying businesses. Muhlenkamp looks for companies with strong balance sheets and high returns on equity.

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As of quarter-end, the

479 Views    James Li    2020-11-13 22:45
Strong security and services revenue boosted results

Cisco Systems (CSCO) released its earnings for its first quarter of fiscal 2021 on Nov. 12 after the market closed. Earnings and revenue beat estimates thanks to strong security and services revenue.

The key numbers

The U.S. multinational technology conglomerate posted adjusted earnings per share of 76 cents, down from 84 cents reported the year before. Wall Street had predicted EPS of 70 cents.

Revenue of $11.93 billion was down 9% on a year-over-year basis but beat analyst expectations of $11.85 billion.

CEO and Chairman Chuck Robbins said:

"Cisco is off to a solid start in fiscal 2021 and

107 Views    Mayank Marwah    2020-11-13 14:40
Tech giants fail to take cues from competitor's struggle

Tech giants Sony Corp. (SNE) and Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) have released their competing, next generation consoles into a market where demand far exceeds supply.

With the pandemic limiting the production of movies and television, notably televised professional sports, consumers were forced to shift their focus to other forms of entertainment. The global gaming industry in particular has seen a massive surge during the pandemic as companies have struggled to keep up with new demand.

Earlier this year, as pandemic lockdowns reached full effect, Nintendo Co. Ltd. (TSE:7974)(NTDOF) was the first company to be targeted by consumers. Within weeks of the

214 Views    Graham Griffin    2020-11-12 21:20
Ariel Fund adds to position in magazine publisher

John Rogers (Trades, Portfolio), leader of Ariel Investments, disclosed earlier this week his firm upped its stake in Meredith Corp. (MDP) by 39.05%.

The guru's Chicago-based firm invests in undervalued small and mid-cap companies that have sustainable competitive advantages, high barriers to entry and predictable fundamentals that allow for double-digit earnings growth. Rogers emphasizes that patience, independent thinking and a long-term outlook are necessary for generating good returns.

According to GuruFocus Real-Time Picks, a Premium feature, the firm invested in 1.29 million shares of the Des Moines, Iowa-based media conglomerate on Oct. 31, expanding the equity

255 Views    Sydnee Gatewood    2020-11-11 16:47
We came up with a theory many years ago to address how important psychology is to owning common stocks

We came up with a theory many years ago to address how important psychology is to owning common stocks. We found that the risks go up in a stock market, or in an individual stock, when a "well-known fact" (WKF) was acted on in the extreme. It is a leading cause of stock market failure for professional and individual investors alike. In our world, a well-known fact is a body of economic information which is known to everyone, has been acted on by everyone and has attracted the most speculative investors (i.e., investors using borrowed money or options).

The Covid-19

862 Views    Smead Capital Management    2020-11-10 20:08
Guru stock highlight

Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)

Microsoft hit all-time highs in August before a market correction in tech took hold in September. While it slightly trailed the market in the third quarter, Microsoft has thrived through the work-from-home movement brought on by COVID-19 and has maintained consistent revenue and earnings growth through the pandemic. Daily active users on their Teams collaboration software has more than tripled since the beginning of the year. Quarterly revenue growth for their Azure cloud has remained over 40% due to strong demand as more businesses transition to digital operations. It has invested heavily in gaming with its Xbox

85 Views    Sydnee Gatewood    2020-11-09 17:49
Firm still has significant stakes in both companies

Media-shy investment firm PRIMECAP Management (Trades, Portfolio) revealed late last week it curbed its stakes in Whirlpool Corp. (WHR) and United Airlines Holdings Inc. (UAL).

The California-based firm, which was founded in 1983, manages the Odyssey Funds. It seeks to provide long-term capital appreciation by investing in companies with stronger growth potential than their valuations suggest and that trade at reasonable prices.

According to GuruFocus Real-Time Picks, a Premium feature, Primecap reduced its Whirlpool stake by 12.49% and its United Airlines position by 4.75% on Oct. 31.

Whirlpool

The firm sold 867,850 shares of Whirlpool, impacting

204 Views    Sydnee Gatewood    2020-11-09 17:17
These companies are more profitable than most of the competitors

When a company's return on equity (ROE) ratio outperforms the majority of its competitors, it usually implies that the company has been better than others in producing net profits.

Thus, investors may want to have a look at the following stocks, as they are outperforming most of their peer companies in terms of a higher ROE ratio.

Microsoft Corp

The first stock investors may want to have a look at is Microsoft Corp (MSFT), a Redmond, Washington-based developer, manufacturer, licensor and seller of computer software, personal computers and consumer electronics.

Microsoft Corp has a ROE ratio of 40.2%, outperforming

155 Views    Alberto Abaterusso    2020-11-06 16:04
A look at valuations of major tech companies using GuruFocus' own valuation method

On Friday, several major technology companies like Apple Inc. (AAPL), Facebook Inc. (FB), Microsoft Corp. (MSFT), Twitter Inc. (TWTR) and Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL)(GOOG) remain overvalued going into November according to the GF Value Line, a GuruFocus-exclusive way to measure a stock's intrinsic value.

The GF Value extends Peter Lynch's earnings line concept by considering three key factors: historical price multiples, an internal adjustment for past returns and future estimates of earnings growth. Based on the comparison between a company's stock price and intrinsic value, GuruFocus labels a stock from significantly undervalued to significantly overvalued. Also, if

1127 Views    James Li    2020-10-30 20:40

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