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ValueAct Capital Trims Microsoft Position, Adds To Alliance Data Systems

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  • Jeff Ubben's activist investment firm ValueAct Capital has filed two separate Form 4's with the SEC regarding their recent activity.
  • Per the filing, ValueAct sold 11 million shares between February 1st through 3rd at prices of $63.72, $63.12, and $63.33.
  • Second, ValueAct has also filed a Form 4 with the SEC regarding their Alliance Data Systems stake.

Senator Investment Group Shows Equity Stakes in Star Bulk Carriers and Noble Corp

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  • Doug Silverman and Alex Klabin's hedge fund firm Senator Investment Group has filed two 13G's with the SEC recently.
  • First, Senator has filed a 13G on Star Bulk Carriers indicating they own 6.83% of the company with over 4.07 million shares.
  • This is a newly disclosed equity position for the firm and the filing was made due to activity on January 23rd. This was part of a private placement of common shares where Oaktree Capital and Senator pruchased at $8.154 per share.

Balyasny Asset Management Adds To Restoration Hardware Holdings

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  • Dmitry Balyasny's hedge fund firm Balyasny Asset Management has filed a 13G with the SEC regarding its stake in Restoration Hardware.
  • Per the filing, Balyasny now owns 5.41% of the company with over 2.2 million shares.
  • This marks an increase in their position size of over 1.85 million shares since the end of the third quarter of 2016.

Valiant Capital Shows Yatra Online Stake

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  • Chris Hansen's hedge fund firm Valiant Capital has filed a 13G with the SEC regarding shares of Yatra Online.
  • Per the filing, Valiant now owns 13.6% of the company with over 4.37 million shares.
  • Chris Hansen founded Valiant Capital in 2008 after previously being a Managing Director at Blue Ridge Capital.

5 Undervalued Dow Components to Research - February 2017

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There are a number of great companies in the market today. By using the ModernGraham Valuation Model, I've selected the five most undervalued Dow Components reviewed by ModernGraham which are suitable for the Defensive Investor or the Enterprising Investor according to the ModernGraham approach. Defensive Investors are defined as investors who are not able or willing to do substantial research into individual investments, and therefore need to select only the companies that present the least amount of risk.

13 Stocks Building Deferred Gratification With Increased Dividends

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Deferred gratification is a principle where one or more people choose to postpone near-term benefits in order to enhance their chances of greater benefits in the future. In our microwave society marked by the ‘I want it now’ attitude, it is unusual to find someone willing to wait. However, deferred gratification is essential for anyone wanting to build wealth and is a key ingredient in a successful dividend investing strategy.

Below are several stocks building future gratification through with the promise of higher cash dividends...

12 Best Stocks for Value Investors This Week - 2/4/17

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I evaluated 39 different companies this week to determine whether they are suitable for Defensive Investors, those unwilling to do substantial research, or Enterprising Investors, those who are willing to do such research. I also put each company through the ModernGraham valuation model based on Benjamin Graham's value investing formulas in order to determine an intrinsic value for each. Out of those 39 companies, only 12 were found to be undervalued or fairly valued and suitable for either Defensive or Enterprising Investors.

10 Low PE Stock Picks for the Enterprising Investor - February 2017

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There are a number of great companies in the market today. By using the ModernGraham Valuation Model, I've selected 10 low PE stocks for the Enterprising Investor. These companies have the lowest PEmg (price / normalized earnings) ratio out of all companies reviewed by ModernGraham. Each company has been determined to be suitable for the Enterprising Investor and undervalued according to the ModernGraham approach.

5 Companies for Enterprising Investors Near 52 Week Lows - February 2017

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There are a number of great companies in the market today. By using the ModernGraham Valuation Model, I've selected the five undervalued companies reviewed by ModernGraham trading closest to their 52 week low. Each of these companies has been determined to be suitable for the Enterprising Investor according to the ModernGraham approach.

3 Dividend Stocks Trading At A Discount

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As the S&P 500 just finished its 8th consecutive year with positive returns, the crash of 2008 has become merely an old souvenir for many.

However per Multpl.com, the S&P 500 P/E ratio hasn’t been that high very often:

Warren Buffett's Interview With Charlie Rose: "Bought $12 Billion of Common Stocks Since Election"

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  • Charlie Rose recently sat down with both Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway as well as Bill Gates of Microsoft.
  • On business, Buffett noted that it's imperative that he be able to know and understand the business and to stay within that sphere of competence.
  • One key takeaway from the interview was that Buffett said,"We've bought $12 billion net of common stocks since the election. have probably bought some too."

Lone Pine Capital Starts Rice Energy Position

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  • Steve Mandel's hedge fund firm Lone Pine Capital has filed a 13G with the SEC regarding shares of Rice Energy.
  • Per the filing, Lone Pine now owns 5.8% of the company with over 11.68 million shares.
  • This is a newly disclosed equity position for the firm and the filing was made due to activity on January 23rd, 2017.

Hedge Fund Links ~ 2/3/17

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  • A hedge fund expects 'hundreds of billions of dollars' in tech deals.
  • Numerai is a crowdsourced hedge fund for machine learning experts [TechCrunch].
  • When your hedge fund managers buys a Ferrari, find a new manager [Bloomberg].

Third Point's Q4 Letter: Bullish on Financials

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  • Dan Loeb's hedge fund Third Point finished 2016 up 6.1%. Third Point's fourth quarter letter outlines their bullish stance on markets, noting that de-regulation and tax decreases under various policies from President Donald Trump should spur US economic activity.
  • Particularly, they like financials and increased exposure to the sector in November and December: "We reallocated half our initial holdings from high-multiple, FCF businesses in payments, ratings, and P&C, to more traditional reflationary exposures in banks, brokers, and geographically, in Japan."

Greenlight Capital's Q4 Letter: Dramatically Increased General Motors Position

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  • Greenlight is long various US value stocks that could benefit from corporate tax cuts, they're long companies that can benefit from repatriation of foreign cash, a position in which they've "Dramatically increased their position."
  • During the quarter, David Einhorn's firm also exited its positions in AECOM, Michael Kors, and Take-Two Interactive Software.
  • At the end of 2016, their largest positions in alphabetical order were: AerCap, Apple, CONSOL Energy, General Motors, and gold.

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