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What it's like working for Warren Buffett: 'It's literally just reading about 12 hours a day'

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  • As Berkshire Hathaway's annual meeting approaches next week, Warren Buffett shared how hiring his two investment managers was "One of the best decisions" he ever made.
  • Buffett hired Combs in 2010 and Weschler in 2011 to manage some of the company's funds.
  • Hiring the two is "One of the best decisions that Charlie and I have ever made," Buffett added.

Third Point's Q1 Letter: Thesis on Honeywell, UniCredit, E.On

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  • Dan Loeb's hedge fund firm Third Point returned 5.9% in the first quarter of 2017.
  • Their Q1 letter to investors was just released and outlines their thesis on stocks such as Honeywell, UniCredit, and E.On.
  • Third Point sees the first quarter as a 'turning point' for European financials as they've traded at lower valuations and UniCredit recently raised 13 billion Euros in capital in March.

ValueAct Capital Takes KKR Stake

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  • Jeff Ubben's activist firm ValueAct Capital has taken around a $750 million stake in private equity firm KKR. Partner Mason Morfit talked about the position at 13D Monitor's Active-Passive Investor Summit in New York, according to Business Insider.
  • At the presentation, Morfit called KKR a "50 cent dollar" and thinks that big firms will get even larger.
  • ValueAct recently returned a chunk of capital to investors as they were having trouble finding ideas in a market with stretched valuations.

Hedge Fund Links ~ 4/28/17

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Altria is more expensive that you think

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I usually run a screen using my entry criteria over the list of dividend champions regularly. I do this in order to find attractively companies for further research, which could then be added to my portfolio. I ran the screen a few weeks ago for the dividend champions list, which identified approximately fourteen companies for further research. One reader asked me why I hadn’t included Altria (MO) in the list. Check my latest analysis of Altria for more information about the company.

This was a very good question. So good, I decided to write a short post about it.

My Top 3 Investing Mistakes

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There are only few things in life that I consider myself an expert in, but when it comes to making investing mistakes I have earned several PhDs. We all have regrets when it comes to investing. If there were a place to go to get a do-over, we would all go there. However, there are some mistakes I never made because I saw others live the mistake before I made it. Here are three mistakes I have made, that maybe someone else can learn from...

Stagecoach

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  • So it's always the same few companies bidding, which keeps pricing rational and profitable.
  • Some cities may change how they set up these contracts, in effect keeping the revenue and paying SGC rather than what SGC normally does which is collect the revenue itself.
  • While the company seeks to deploy its earnings, it has ended up growing revenue but with lower margins.

Duke Energy (DUK) Dividend Stock Analysis

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Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Duke Energy (DUK). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

Company Description: Duke Energy Corp. merged with Progress Energy in mid-2012, and is the largest electric power holding company in the U.S., serving more than 7 million customers in six states...

What We're Reading ~ 4/26/17

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Berkshire Hathaway Buys More Liberty SiriusXM

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  • Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway has submitted a couple of Form 4's with the SEC regarding its position in Liberty Sirius XM. Per the filings, Berkshire was out buying both the Series C stock and the Series A stock.
  • Berkshire now owns 27.23 million shares of LSXMK. They also bought over 2.47 million LSXMA shares in total across the same dates at weighted average prices between $38.6046 and $40.795.
  • They now own over 13.15 million LSXMA shares.

Foxhaven Boosts Trivago Stake

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  • Michael Pausic's hedge fund firm Foxhaven Asset Management has filed a 13G with the SEC regarding its position in Trivago.
  • Per the filing, Foxhaven now owns 11.4% of Trivago with over 3.42 million shares.
  • The latest filing was made due to activity on April 20th. About Foxhaven Asset Management.

Seven Companies Giving Their Owners A Raise

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I look at the list of dividend increases every week, as part of my monitoring process. I then narrow the scope by focusing on companies that have increased dividends for at least a decade. I do this in order to focus on companies that have managed to raise dividends throughout a full economic cycle or two. I also focused my attention on the companies which have managed to grow dividends by more than a token amount. My next step involves reviewing trends in fundamentals over the preceding decade, in order to determine if the business is growing.

6 Stocks Currently Trading Below their Fair Value

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Over the last 12-18 months, there have been several prognosticators saying dividend stocks are extremely over valued. In many cases, I would tend to agree. This has been reflected in my weekly stock analyses. If so, what's an investor to do? When is the right time to start investing? ...

Boyar Research Reports on Hanesbrands, Legg Mason, and Liberty Global

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  • Boyar was kind enough to provide our readers with this report as well as additional reports on Legg Mason and Liberty Global.
  • Boyar Research takes a private equity approach to public market investing by identifying securities trading at a substantial discount to their estimate of intrinsic or private market value.
  • Liberty Global shares have de-rated to ~9x EV/OCF, below their longer-term average of ~10x-offering a bargain, in our view, for a high-margin, recession-resistant business best positioned to capitalize on the secular growth in internet data usage.

Coca-Cola's profit plunges 20 percent on bottling refranchising costs

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  • The company reported a 20 percent drop in quarterly profit, which was driven lower because of higher costs related to its refranchising efforts in Coca-Cola's North America bottling operations.
  • Coke now expects 2017 earnings per share on an adjusted basis to fall between 1 percent and 3 percent from the $1.91 a share it earned in 2016.
  • Case volume dropped 3 percent in Latin America, driven by double-digit declines in both Coca-Cola's Brazil and Latin Center business units amid "Persistent macroeconomic challenges in those markets," the company said.

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