Research Articles

Principles of Valuation Part 2: How to Value a Business, And How to Think About Stock Prices

2010-12-10

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In Part 1 of this three-part series we focused on how to value slow and moderately fast growing businesses. In this article, Part 2, we will shift our focus on how to value faster growing companies. Our definition of a fast grower is one that has consistently compounded earnings at 15% per annum or better […]

Buffett’s Burlington Northern Santa Fe Move: Foreshadowing the Growth of American Rail?

2010-12-08

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In late October/early November of 2009, Warren Buffett announced that Berkshire (BRK.A) was purchasing Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad (BNI). At the time, Burlington Northern Santa Fe was trading at just under 15 times earnings and offered a dividend yield of 1.9%. Even so, Warren Buffett received mixed reviews from the media. Some even went […]

Principles of Valuation Part 1: Price Is What You Pay, Value Is What You Get

2010-12-05

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Why have these three stocks historically commanded approximately the same True Worth™ price earnings ratio? SCANA Corp. (SCG), a public utility, has a historical earnings growth rate averaging 3.2% per annum, VF Corp. (VFC), an apparel manufacturer, has a historical earnings growth rate averaging 7.4%, and United Technologies Corp. (UTX), an aerospace and technology conglomerate, […]

Five Fast Growing Dividend Stocks vs. Five Fast Growing Growth Stocks Paying No Dividends

2010-11-25

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This article will review 10 fast growing stocks that we feel are in the sweet spot for investors interested in above average total return. In order to be considered a fast-growing company, the stock has to have demonstrated a consistent rate of change of earnings growth of between 15%-25%. We consider this the sweet spot, […]

10 Super-Fast Growth Stocks With Explosive Returns

2010-11-24

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One of the things that continuously frustrates us about the investment industry is how imprecise it can be with its definitions of important terms. A second frustration that follows muddy labels is the application of statistical analysis based on faulty or inaccurate descriptions of these important terms and concepts. In our opinion, ”value investing versus […]

Six Cyclical Stocks: When to Hold ‘Em, When to Fold ‘Em

2010-11-19

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For any investor considering investing in cyclical stocks, the admonition from Kenny Rogers’ famous song “The Gambler” should be heeded: “You got to know when to hold ’em / Know when to fold ’em / Know when to walk away / And know when to run.“ As the recent great recession has so emphatically reminded […]

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