Following billionaire investor Warren Buffett into stocks he owns has often been a profitable strategy over the past few decades. But reversing the orderbuying a stock before Buffett buys itcan potentially be even more rewarding.
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With that in mind, we went prospecting for companies that Berkshire Hathaway (BRK-B, $137), Buffetts holding company, has been buying recently, and four stocks that Buffett doesnt hold but we think he ought to buy. We looked for the things he favors: com颅panies that are leaders in their industries, that have a strong commitment to sharing profit with investors, and whose stocks sell for relatively low prices compared with earnings and underlying asset value.
A few caveats: First, even Buffett makes mistakes. Second, many of Berkshires picks are now made by Buffetts two investing deputies, Todd Combs and Ted Weschler, not Buffett himself. And third, anyone guessing which stocks might be attractive to Berkshire is doing just thatguessing.
Best Airline Companies To Invest In 2016: National Oilwell Varco, Inc.(NOV)
National Oilwell Varco, Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells equipment and components used in oil and gas drilling, completion, and production; and provides oilfield services to the upstream oil and gas industry worldwide. The companys Rig Systems segment offers land rigs; offshore drilling equipment packages; and drilling rig components. This segment provides substructures, derricks, and masts; cranes; pipe lifting, racking, rotating, and assembly systems; fluid transfer technologies, such as mud pumps; pressure control equipment, such as blowout preventers; power transmission systems, such as drives and generators; and rig instrumentation and control systems. Its Rig Aftermarket segment offers spare parts; and repair and rental services, as well as technical support, field and first well support, field engineering, and customer training services. The companys Wellbore Technologies segment designs, manufactures, rents, a nd sells various equipment and technologies used to perform drilling operations. This segment also provides solids control and waste management equipment and services, drilling fluids, drill pipes, wired pipes, tubular inspection and coating services, instrumentation, downhole tools, and drill bits. Its Completion and Production Solutions segment offers equipment and technologies for hydraulic fracture stimulation, such as pressure pumping trucks and pumps, blenders, sanders, hydration units, injection units, flowlines, manifolds, and wellheads; well intervention, including coiled tubing units, coiled tubing, and wireline units and tools; offshore production, including composite pipe, process equipment, floating production systems, and subsea production technologies; and onshore production, including surface transfer and progressive cavity pumps, positive displacement reciprocating pumps, pressure vessels, and artificial lift systems. The company was founded in 1862 and is h eadquartered in Houston, Texas.
- [By Tony Daltorio]
But the best investment in this sector, according to Moors, is National Oilwell Varco Inc. (NYSE: NOV).
He calls it the “one company that stands to benefit most directly from what is happening in the equipment sector.”
- [By Lauren Pollock]
Among the companies with shares expected to actively trade in Tuesday’s session are Applied Materials Inc.(AMAT), Red Hat Inc.(RHT) and National Oilwell Varco Inc.(NOV)
- [By Shauna O’Brien]
Jefferies reported on Monday that it has lifted its price target on National-Oilwell Varco, Inc. (NOV).
The firm has reaffirmed a “Buy” rating on NOV, and has raised the company’s price target from $84 to $91. This price target suggests a 14% increase from the stock’s current price of $78.24.
Analyst Brad Handler noted that NOV’s weak margin will likely rebound in 2014 and the chances of a dividend increase are high.
Looking forward, the firm has lifted its order estimates for FY2013 from $10.8 billion to $11.3 billion. FY2014 earnings estimates have been raised from $6.40 to $6.50 per share and FY2015 estimates have been increased from $7.65 to $7.95 per share.
National-Oilwell Varco shares were up 76 cents, or 0.97% during pre-market trading Monday. The stock is up 14% YTD.
Best Airline Companies To Invest In 2016: 3M Company(MMM)
3M Company, together with subsidiaries, operates as a diversified technology company worldwide. The company?s Industrial and Transportation segment offers tapes, coated and non-woven abrasives, adhesives, specialty materials, filtration products, energy control products, closure systems for personal hygiene products, acoustic systems products, and components and products that are used in the manufacture, repair, and maintenance of automotive, marine, aircraft, and specialty vehicles. Its Health Care segment provides medical and surgical supplies, skin health and infection prevention products, inhalation and transdermal drug delivery systems, dental and orthodontic products, health information systems, and food safety products. The company?s Display and Graphics offers optical film solutions for LCD electronic displays; computer screen filters; reflective sheeting for transportation safety; commercial graphics sheeting and systems; and mobile interactive solutions, includin g mobile display technology, visual systems products, and computer privacy filters. The company?s Consumer and Office segment provides office supply products, stationery products, construction and home improvement products, home care products, protective material products, certain consumer retail personal safety products, and consumer health care products. Its Safety, Security and Protection Services segment offers personal protection products, safety and security products, cleaning and protection products for commercial establishments, track and trace solutions, and roofing granules for asphalt shingles. The company?s Electro and Communications segment provides packaging and interconnection devices; fluids that are used in the manufacture of computer chips, and for cooling electronics and lubricating computer hard disk drives; high-temperature and display tapes; insulating materials, including tapes and resins; and related items. The company was founded in 1902 and is base d in St. Paul, Minnesota.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Industrial companies like Dover (DOV), Emerson Electric (EMR), Eaton (ETN), 3M (MMM) and Rockwell Automation (ROK) are calling for earnings growth to get better during the second half of the year. Bernstein’s Steven Winoker and team aren’t feeling as confident:
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Oppenheimer’s Ari Wald compare the current market to 1983, and recommend owning top-performing economically sensitive stocks like 3M (MMM), Microsoft (MSFT), and Honeywell International (HON) before the S&P 500 breaks out:
- [By Ben Levisohn]
3M (MMM) has gained 1.8% to $150.50 after announcing that it would keep and reinvest in its health information systems unit. 3M also said it would increase its dividend.
Hot Healthcare Technology Companies To Watch For 2016: Valhi Inc.(VHI)
Valhi, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates in the chemicals, component products, and waste management businesses. Its Chemicals segment produces and markets titanium dioxide pigment, a white inorganic pigment used to impart whiteness, brightness, and opacity for applications, such as coatings, plastics and paper, inks, food, and cosmetics. It also mines ilmenite in Norway. The company?s Component Products segment manufactures mechanical and electrical cabinet locks and other locking mechanisms, including disc tumbler locks, pin tumbler locking mechanisms, and electronic locks for the postal, transportation, furniture, banking, vending, general cabinetry, and other industries. Its security products are used in various applications, including ignition systems, mailboxes, file cabinets, desk drawers, tool storage cabinets, vending and gaming machines, high security medical cabinetry, electrical circuit panels, storage compartments, gas station security, bank bags, and p arking meters. It also provides furniture components comprising precision ball bearing slides and ergonomic computer support systems for use in applications, such as file cabinets, desk drawers, computer related equipment, home appliances, tool storage cabinets, imaging equipment, and automated teller machines. In addition, this segment manufactures and distributes stainless steel exhaust components, gauges, throttle controls, hardware, and accessories primarily for performance boats. Valhi?s Waste Management segment engages in processing, treating, storing, and disposing hazardous, toxic, and low-level radioactive wastes. This segment serves chemical, aerospace, and electronics businesses, as well as governmental agencies. Valhi also offers insurance brokerage and risk management services; holds marketable securities; provides utility services; and owns and develops properties. The company was founded in 1932 and is based in Dallas, Texas. Valhi, Inc. is a subsidiary of Co ntran Corporation.
- [By Lisa Levin]
In trading on Thursday, basic materials shares slipped by 0.61 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Valhi, Inc. (NYSE: VHI), down 13 percent, and LSB Industries, Inc. (NYSE: LXU), down 7 percent.
Best Airline Companies To Invest In 2016: Marvell Technology Group Ltd.(MRVL)
Marvell Technology Group Ltd. designs, develops, and markets analog, mixed-signal, digital signal processing, and embedded and standalone integrated circuits. It offers mobile and wireless products comprising communications and applications processors; thin modems; and connectivity solutions, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, near field communication, and FM; and mobile computing products, as wain, Sweden, Switzerland, and Taiwan. Marvell Technology Group Ltd. was founded in 1995 aell as silicon solutions and Kinoma software. The company also provides a range of data storage products, such as hard disk drive and solid-state drive controllers. In addition, it offers networking products comprising Ethernet solutions; embedded communication processors; network processors; and Ethernet passive optical network and gigabit passive optical network products. Further, the company provides printer system-on-a-chip products, as well as custom printer ASICs; and smart home products that are designed to enable the next generation of connected consumer platforms, and to enhance the eco-friendly Connected Lifestyle throughout the home, incluidng platforms for set-top boxes, video dongles, and lighting and smart appliances. It operates in the United States, Canada, China, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Spnd is headquartered in Hamilton, Bermuda.
- [By Lisa Levin]
On Wednesday, technology shares climbed by 0.94 percent. Top gainers in the sector included Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (NASDAQ: MRVL) and Medidata Solutions Inc (NASDAQ: MDSO).
- [By Shauna O’Brien]
On Tuesday, JP Morgan announced that it has raised its rating on Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (MRVL) .
The firm has upgraded MRVL from “Neutral” to “Overweight,” and has given the company a $16 price target. This price target suggests a 19% upside from the stock’s current price of $12.91.
Marvell Technology shares were up 37, or 2.94%, during Tuesday morning trading. The stock is up 78% YTD.
Best Airline Companies To Invest In 2016: Concho Resources Inc.(CXO)
Concho Resources Inc., an independent oil and natural gas company, engages in the acquisition, development, exploration, and production of oil and natural gas properties in the Unites States. The companys principal operating areas are located in the Permian Basin of southeast New Mexico and West Texas. As of December 31, 2015, its total estimated proved reserves were 623.5 million barrel of oil equivalent. Concho Resources Inc. was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Midland, Texas.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Lear also sees strong “upside potential” forConcho Resources (CXO), Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD) and Newfield Exploration (NFX) as well performance improves in the Permian/STACK, and also writes positively on Devon Energy (DVN).
Best Airline Companies To Invest In 2016: Moneygram International, Inc.(MGI)
MoneyGram International, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides money transfer and payment services in the United States and internationally. The company operates in two segments, Global Funds Transfer and Financial Paper Products. The Global Funds Transfer segment provides money transfer and bill payment services primarily to unbanked and underbanked consumers. Its bill payment services allow consumers to make bill payments, pay routine bills, or load and reload prepaid debit cards with cash at an agent location, company-operated locations, or through moneygram.com with a credit or debit card, as well as through kiosks, ATMs, prepaid cards, and direct-to-bank account products. The Financial Paper Products segment provides money orders to consumers through its retail agents and financial institutions; and offers official check outsourcing services for financial institutions. This segment sells its money orders under th e MoneyGram brand and on a private label or co-branded basis with retail and financial institution agents. MoneyGram International, Inc. was founded in 1926 and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Moneygram International Inc (NASDAQ: MGI) shares were also up, gaining 21 percent to $5.74 after the company reported upbeat Q4 earnings.
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