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  • Organic Does Taste Better

    By Marshall Hargrave - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: IMKTA, TFM, WFM

    The organic food craze has been great for investors over the years. Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFM) is one of the biggest benefactors. The stock has been a four bagger over the past five years, having returned an annualized 38% over this time. 

    Whole Foods owns and operates the largest U.S. chain of natural- and organic- foods supermarkets. The news of late has been great, with the company posting more »

  • A Rock-Solid Investment

    By Marshall Hargrave - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: MLM, TXI, VMC

    The aggregate industry, i.e. crushed rock and stone, has no doubt been hit hard by the slowing economy and weak housing market--but have we finally hit an inflection point?

    The industry has had a number of setbacks of late due a wetter-than-expected spring season and the threat of rising interest rates, which have led to concerns surrounding a possible slowdown in the real estate market. But the recent pullbacks more »
  • This Stock Is Cleaning Up Nicely

    By Marshall Hargrave - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: CHD, CL, CLX

    One of the less-talked about consumer-stable stocks is Clorox (NYSE: CLX), however it could easily be the best. This $11-billion market cap producer of household cleaning and specialty food products is mostly overshadowed by the likes of Procter & Gamble and Colgate-Palmolive (NYSE: CL), both with market caps in excess of $50 billion.  

    But the beauty about Clorox is that it pays one of the highest dividend yields in the industry more »

  • This Industry Is Overheating

    By Marshall Hargrave - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: DHI, F, GM, PHM

    After the American Dream of owning a home started falling apart during the financial  crisis, there was a new American Dream that took shape, owning a car.

    But it appears that the U.S. auto industry could now be getting a bit toppy. Ford (NYSE: F) and General Motors (NYSE: GM) are the leaders in the U.S. car- manufacturing market. And these stocks have been the biggest benefactors of more »

  • There's Still Money to Be Made in Forgotten Activism

    By Marshall Hargrave - August 6, 2013 | Tickers: ADBE, ADSK, CTXS

    ValueACT recently started a new activist campaign over at Microsoft, but I believe there's still inherent value to be found in the hedge fund's other major stake in tech. In late 2011, ValueACT took a 5% stake in Adobe Systems (NASDAQ: ADBE) and since then the stock has outperformed the broader market by 100%. 

    ValueACT Capital has a 31.3 million share position in the stock, which makes more »

  • Is a Turnaround in Tech Possible?

    By Marshall Hargrave - August 6, 2013 | Tickers: HPQ, INTC, IBM

    All the talk about turnaround tech is concentrated on the Dell saga, but Dell's major peer is in just as bad shape. Even still, Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ) has some big-time backing from activist hedge funds.

    The most notable is Relational Investors. HP is the fund's largest investment, with Relational owning some 34.5 million shares -- making up 15.8% of the hedge fund's public equity portfolio. 

    Meanwhile more »
  • Billionaire Agricultural Activism Afoot

    By Marshall Hargrave - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: AGU, CF, MOS

    Famed activist investor Dan Loeb of the Third Point hedge fund is known for his successful activist campaign over at Yahoo!, but he's now trading in his tech stock holding for a crack at the agricultural industry.

    Per his recent investor letter, Loeb is amassing a stake in North America's largest nitrogen fertilizer manufacturer, CF Industries (NYSE: CF). The stock popped nearly 12% on the news. 

    What does more »

  • Billion-Dollar Fund Gets Offensive

    By Marshall Hargrave - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: XOM, ORCL, PG

    Yacktman Asset Management's suite of funds manages some $20 billion, and per its recent 13F filing with the SEC, which reveals the funds' public equity holdings, it's making a big bet on a tech giant. 
    Donald Yacktman, founder of Yacktman Asset Management, prides himself on being stock-picker, one that keeps his emotions at bay and uses the Internet for researching companies, purposely avoiding any contact with management to more »
  • From a Sprint to a Walk?

    By Marshall Hargrave - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: T, DISH, S

    Billionaire Bill Einhorn of Greenlight capital has recognized the slowdown in Sprint Nextel's (NYSE: S) rise to fame. The stock is up over 60% during the past two years. Per his recently released 2Q investor letter, Einhorn announced that his hedge fund was exiting its long position in Sprint. At the end of 1Q, Einhorn's Greenlight owned 21.5 million shares. 

    Einhorn notes that...

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    Worth noting, there are more »

  • Is It Finally Time to Buy Sports Retail?

    By Marshall Hargrave - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: CAB, DKS, HIBB

    Billionaire David Einhorn didn't explicitly say "yes, now is the time to buy sports retailers." Nonetheless, an industry leader got a big positive last week when Einhorn's Greenlight Capital hedge fund announced it was closing out its short position on this stock. 

    Dick's Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS) is the sports and fitness specialty retailer that offers a range of sporting-goods equipment, apparel and footwear. Dick's also more »

  • Playing the Demise of the American Dream

    By Marshall Hargrave - August 4, 2013 | Tickers: AIV, BRE, EQR

    For the longest time, the American Dream included owning a home, but since the financial crisis, this mentality is changing. More and more individuals and families are turning to renting, in part, because of tight lending standards but also because it's becoming a favored choice. 

    Members of Generation Y and young adults are proving to be content with renting, versus buying. The U.S. Census Bureau believes the population more »

  • Entertaining Your Portfolio

    By Marshall Hargrave - August 4, 2013 | Tickers: ATVI, RGC, SIX, FOX

    What's the best way to invest in entertainment? I've found a couple of interesting choices that are great ways to play the rebound in discretionary spending. As the economy rebounds, employment should pick up, which means spending on entertainment will rise. Outlined below are some entertainment stocks that are sure to entertain your portfolio over the long term.

    Amusement parks are a way great to entertain yourself more »
  • Same Story, Different Decade for This Tech Giant

    By Marshall Hargrave - August 4, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, IBM, MSFT

    Billionaire David Einhorn is apparently making an exit from Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) at just the same time that Jeffrey Ubben's ValueACT Capital is betting  big on the tech giant. At the end of 1Q, Einhorn and his billion-dollar hedge fund, Greenlight Capital, owned just over 6 million Microsoft shares. 

    Einhorn notes that he and Greenlight took the boost in stock price that Microsoft got from the ValueACT news to more »

  • Making Paper for Your Portfolio

    By Marshall Hargrave - August 2, 2013 | Tickers: IP, MWV, PKG

    International Paper (NYSE: IP) is one of those large-cap stocks you buy and put away for the long term. That is, until an activist investor gets involved. I like investing in stocks with catalysts, and as a result, I found International Paper compelling back in May, when Loeb laid out his thesis for IP.

    The company is the world's largest paper- and forest-products company, with the leading market share more »

  • Banking On, Well, Banking

    By Marshall Hargrave - August 2, 2013 | Tickers: C, JPM, WFC

    One of the great turnaround stories that's still taking shape is Citigroup (NYSE: C). With all the talk surrounding the mixed results of the housing market and the auto industry in full-fledged rebound mode, much of the spotlight has been taken off the financials. I plan to re-aim this spotlight.  

    Before the financial crisis, Citi traded at a premium to both JPMorgan Chase (NYSE: JPM) and Bank of America more »

  • Here's How to Mine for Value

    By Marshall Hargrave - August 2, 2013 | Tickers: CLF, NEM, BTU

    In looking across the S&P 500, I found a number of top stocks that are trading at steep discounts to their 52-week high and their respective industries. The reason I decided to go "dumpster diving" in the S&P 500 is an intriguing insight provided by Nate Tobik over at Oddball Stocks. He notes that the market generally prices large stocks correctly and believes that to...

    ...outwit the market more »

  • Old Tech Is Still a Buy

    By Marshall Hargrave - August 2, 2013 | Tickers: SNDK, STX, WDC

    Seagate Technology (NASDAQ: STX) tumbled 15% last week as the hard-disk- drive market is being hit hard by the introduction of tablets and ultrabooks. Since late 2011, the stock is up fourfold. Question is; with the uncertain future of hard disk drives, can Seagate really move any higher?

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    The news didn’t get any better last week when billionaire David Einhorn of Greenlight Capital announced his hedge fund was closing more »

  • Trash Can Be Sexy

    By Marshall Hargrave - August 2, 2013 | Tickers: BIN, RSG, WM

    Let's face it--collecting trash isn't the sexiest of businesses, but boy does it bring in the cash. Billionaires have taken notice of this too, namely mega billionaire Bill Gates. His Gates Foundation Trust has been a long-time believer of Republic Services (NYSE: RSG), and more recently took notice of Waste Management (NYSE: WM)

    The Gates Foundation Trust owns over 18.6 million shares of Waste Management, which is more »

  • Are These Stocks Worth Playing With?

    By Marshall Hargrave - July 31, 2013 | Tickers: HAS, MAT, DIS

    In a recent article, I couldn't help but harp on the move to digital and how it's impacting the video game industry. This move is not only changing how the likes of Electronic Arts and Activision Blizzard do business, but also how the physical toy industry operates.

    As I develop my thesis on the industry, it's clear that companies may well continue to see pressure related to more »

  • The FDA Presents Another Great Buying Opportunity

    By Marshall Hargrave - July 30, 2013 | Tickers: MO, LO, RAI

    All the major tobacco companies saw a nice pullback last week as renewed concerns surfaced surrounding the FDA and menthol cigarettes, with my personal favorite, Lorillard (NYSE: LO), down over 5.5%.

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    Fellow contributor Robert Ciura notes that he would avoid both Reynolds American (NYSE: RAI) and Lorillard due to their exposure to the methanol brands, where Lorillard has the key menthol brand Newport, and Reynolds sells Salem. cigarettes.

    However more »

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