John Reese, editor of Validea, analyzes the investment strategies of a “legendary” investor. For his latest Guru Spotlight, he turns to the father of value investing, Benjamin Graham.
Today, many investors look to Warren Buffett for advice about the stock market and economy. But before he became one of the world’s richest men and greatest investors, there was someone whose investment advice Buffett himself cherished: Ben Graham.
And Buffett was far from alone. Known as “The Father of Value Investing,” Graham inspired a number of famous “sons”—Mario Gabelli, John Neff, and John Templeton—are Graham disciples who went on to their own stock market greatness.
Graham built his reputation—and fortune—by using an extremely conservative, low-risk approach to investing. To him, preserving one’s original capital was every bit as important as netting big gains.
In terms of specifics, Graham’s “Defensive Investor” approach limited risk in a number of ways, and my Graham-based model lays out several of those methods.
Top 5 Dow Dividend Companies To Invest In 2014: Dollar/Yen (YY)
YY Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates an online social platform in the Peoples Republic of China. It provides YY Client, a personal computer based user software that offers real-time access to user-created online social activities groups. The company also offers Web-based YY that enables users to conduct real-time interactions on the Web without any downloads or installations; and Mobile YY, a smartphone application. In addition, it operates Duowan.com, a game media Website that provides information on online games and other resources for users and online game players. The company was founded in 2005 and is based in Guangzhou, the Peoples Republic of China.
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YY (NASDAQ: YY) shares dropped 1.89% to $79.95 in pre-market trading after the company announced a proposed offering of $400 million convertible senior notes.
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So what are the overlooked social stocks to take a look at? Here are the top three:
Based in China, YY (YY) operates a social media platform that allows users to communicate in real-time via voice, text and video. Some of the activities include karaoke, online games, music concerts and even e-learning.
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Just look at what happened with YY Inc. (ADR) (Nasdaq: YY). The firm went public in December 2012, and KWEB got on board.
In fact, the fund has invested 3.4% of its assets in YY, which despite the market’s recent weakness is up nearly 450% since the stock began trading in the U.S.
Top 5 Dow Dividend Companies To Invest In 2014: BreitBurn Energy Partners L.P.(BBEP)
BreitBurn Energy Partners L.P. engages in the acquisition, exploitation, and development of oil and gas properties in the United States. The company?s properties include natural gas, oil, and midstream assets comprising fields in the Antrim Shale in Michigan, and the New Albany Shale in Indiana and Kentucky; and fields in the Evanston and Green River basins in southwestern Wyoming, the Wind river and Big Horn basins in central Wyoming, the Powder River basin in eastern Wyoming, the Los Angeles basin in California, and fields in Florida?s Sunniland Trend. As of December 31, 2011, its total estimated proved reserves were 151.1 million barrels of oil equivalent. BreitBurn GP, LLC serves as the general partner to the company. BreitBurn Energy Partners L.P. was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Los Angeles, California.
- [By Robert Rapier]
In our September chat, I was asked about Memorial Production Partners (Nasdaq: MEMP), another upstream MLP like BreitBurn Energy Partners (Nasdaq: BBEP). I addressed this question in the September article Upstream Turbulence Yields Bargains, writing that Breitburn looked attractive as a cheaper alternative to MEMP. Since that time, MEMP is down 0.6 percent and BBEP is up 6.4 percent. So the discount has narrowed somewhat since September.
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Among its peers in the MLP and LLC space, LINN by far hedges the most production. BreitBurn Energy Partners (NASDAQ: BBEP ) , for example, has hedged roughly 75% of its production through 2015, whereas LINN is 100% hedged through 2016. BreitBurn almost exclusively uses swaps as its hedge of choice. It’s a similar story at Vanguard Natural Resources (NASDAQ: VNR ) , which also uses swaps to almost exclusively hedge natural gas while using three-way collars to hedge about a third of its oil production. While LINN could get more creative, one thing I’d be surprised to hear is that it’s going to join these two peers and leave some of its production unhedged.
- [By Matt DiLallo]
Its success has not gone unnoticed by its peers which is why a strategy shift might not be limited to just Vanguard. I’m interested to hear what BreitBurn’s (NASDAQ: BBEP ) management has to say when it reports earnings on May 3. The company has already declared its first-quarter distribution so a switch to monthly payouts probably isn’t on the table just yet. However, given its ramp-up in growth spending last year, I wouldn’t be surprised to hear mention of a possible BreitCo.
Top 5 Dow Dividend Companies To Invest In 2014: Herman Miller Inc.(MLHR)
Herman Miller, Inc. engages in the research, design, manufacture, and distribution of interior furniture systems, products, and related services worldwide. It also provides modular systems under the Action Office, Canvas Office Landscape, Ethospace, Resolve, My Studio Environments, and Vivo Interiors brand names; seating products under the Embody, Aeron, Mirra, Setu, Celle, Equa, and Ergon brand names; and storage products under the Meridian and Tu brand names. In addition, the company offers wooden casegoods under the Geiger brand name; freestanding furniture products under the Abak, Intent, Sense, and Envelop brand name; and ergonomic solutions. It markets its products for office, healthcare, industrial, educational, and residential settings through its sales staff, own dealer network, independent dealers and retailers, and independent contract office furniture dealers, as well as through Internet. The company was founded in 1905 and is based in Zeeland, Michigan.
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Herman Miller Inc.(MLHR) said its fiscal third-quarter earnings rose 18% on broad sales growth and stronger margins. The office-furniture company projected fiscal-fourth-quarter results that were mostly higher than expectations. Shares rose 6.2% to $30.50 premarket.
- [By Jake L’Ecuyer]
Shares of Herman Miller (NASDAQ: MLHR) got a boost, shooting up 11.96 percent to $32.14 after the company reported in-line FQ3 adjusted earnings. The company expected Q4 earnings of $0.43 to $0.47 per share on revenue of $485 million to $505 million. However, analysts were projecting earnings of $0.43 per share on revenue of $487.5 million.
Top 5 Dow Dividend Companies To Invest In 2014: Northwest Bancshares Inc.(NWBI)
Northwest Bancshares, Inc. operates as the holding company for Northwest Savings Bank that offers various banking and consumer finance services. The company offers consumer and commercial deposits, such as checking accounts, savings accounts, money market deposit accounts, term certificate accounts, and individual retirement accounts. Its loan portfolio comprises one- to four-family residential real estate loans, multifamily residential and commercial real estate loans, home equity loans and lines of credit, and commercial business loans, as well as consumer loans, including automobile loans, sales finance loans, unsecured personal loans, credit card loans, and loans secured by deposit accounts. It also offers trust, investment management, actuarial and benefit plan administration, brokerage services, title insurance, and municipal bonds, as well as involves in the ownership and operation of properties. As of December 31, 2009, the company operated 171 community-banking of fices in northwest, southwest, and central Pennsylvania; western New York; eastern Ohio; Maryland; and southeastern Florida. It also operated 51 consumer finance offices in Pennsylvania. The company was founded in 1896 and is headquartered in Warren, Pennsylvania.
- [By Tim Melvin]
The financial crisis bought an end to the takeover activity, but as the industry has recovered and valuations have stabilized we should once again see the former thrifts become too tempting for growth-starved larger banks to ignore. It is a worthwhile exercise to look at some older thrift conversions that may be beyond their “sell by” dates.
Northwest Bancshares (NWBI)
Northwest Bancshares (NWBI) did its conversion offering back in 2009, right near the bottom of the financial crisis. The bank has 65 community banking offices in central and western Pennsylvania, western New York, eastern Ohio, and Maryland as well as 52 consumer finance offices in Pennsylvania. The bank has an above-average equity-to-assets ratio of 13.42, and nonperforming assets are just 1.59% of total assets. That puts NWBI in solid financial shape.
- [By Rich Duprey]
Northwest Bancshares (NASDAQ: NWBI ) announced today that it will be paying a special dividend of $0.12 per share in May to supplement the regular dividend for the first quarter of 2013, which it prepaid back in December in a bid to accelerate the distribution of cash to help shareholders offset some of the risk of higher taxes.
Top 5 Dow Dividend Companies To Invest In 2014: Cerus Corporation(CERS)
Cerus Corporation, a biomedical products company, engages in the development and commercialization of the INTERCEPT Blood System. The company?s INTERCEPT system is designed to inactivate blood-borne pathogens in donated blood components intended for transfusion. It markets the INTERCEPT system for platelets and plasma primarily in Europe, the Russian Federation, and the Middle East. The company is also developing INTERCEPT Blood System for red blood cells or red blood cell system, which is designed to inactivate blood-borne pathogens in donated red blood cells for transfusion. Cerus Corporation has collaboration agreements with Baxter International, Inc.; and BioOne Corporation, as well as the United States Armed Forces. The company was founded in 1991 and is based in Concord, California.
- [By Seth Jayson]
Cerus (Nasdaq: CERS ) is expected to report Q1 earnings on April 30. Here’s what Wall Street wants to see:
The 10-second takeaway
Comparing the upcoming quarter to the prior-year quarter, average analyst estimates predict Cerus’s revenues will expand 15.0% and EPS will remain in the red.