• Dividend Stocks Ideas from Todd Veredus Portfolio

    By Aubrey Tabuga - April 9, 2013 | Tickers: BLK, ESV, PM, UNP

    If you are on the lookout for solid dividend growth performances and great fundamental conditions, consider these dividend stocks I picked from the portfolio of Todd Veredus Asset Management Llc, a fund manager with over $3 billion assets under management. These stocks’ annualized dividend payments have been growing at double-digit rates. Their performances in terms of revenue growth and profitability are all impressive. All have below 40% payout ratio based more »

  • Hire the Best and Get Paid to Do It

    By Ken McGaha - April 7, 2013 | Tickers: BLK, KKR, STT

    Private equity, wealth management and institutional investment services are some of the most lucrative businesses in the world, as long as the people in charge possess the special expertise required to perform the necessary functions with a high level of expertise. The very wealthy, trust funds and pension funds pay top money managers huge sums for their expertise and advice regarding the allocation of vast sums of money. Wouldn't more »

  • Can This Financial Firm Rebound?

    By Mike Thiessen - March 27, 2013 | Tickers: AMG, BLK, CLMS

    Calamos Asset Management (NASDAQ: CLMS) is a somewhat troubled asset manager.  Other equity asset managers are starting to enjoy a recovery, with assets under management (AUM) finally growing.  However, that is not the case at Calamos and, as a result, the stock has underperformed the industry. 

    Industry Trends

    After two years of declining assets under management in the industry, equity flows have finally turned positive.  Inflows for 1Q13 so far more »

  • This Elite Billionaire Is Shuffling Out Dividend Stocks, Should You?

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - March 20, 2013 | Tickers: BLK, CVX, MRO, MCD, WFC

    Ken Griffin, a billionaire with $4.1 billion in net worth, runs Citadel Investment Group, a financial firm he founded in 1990. The firm is a multi-strategy hedge fund management company with assets under management of some $14 billion. The firm applies a combination of fundamental research and quantitative analyses when making decisions about its investments.

    Citadel's hedge funds have been outperformers. Last year, its flagships, Wellington and Kensington more »

  • The Best in Investment Management

    By Matthew Frankel - March 13, 2013 | Tickers: BAC, BLK, TROW

    With over $3.8 trillion in assets under management, BlackRock (NYSE: BLK) is one of the largest investment management companies in the United States. BlackRock has grown its earnings nicely, and shareholders have profited nicely as a result. In fact, over the past decade, shares are up from $39.58 in 2003 to the current level of around $235, a gain of almost 600% in 10 years! With the state more »

  • This Global Asset Management Firm is Cheap

    By Anh HOANG - February 21, 2013 | Tickers: BLK, SCHW, LM

    In a recent interview with CNBC, Mario Gabelli, a successful investment manager, has talked about two stocks that would double in the near future. One was Gencorp, with its huge hidden real estate value. The other was Legg Mason (NYSE: LM), a global asset management company. In this article, I’ll dig deeper into Legg Mason to determine whether or not we should follow Mario Gabelli into this company.

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  • 5 Dividend Stocks from Alpha-Generating All Cap Value Fund

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - February 20, 2013 | Tickers: ADP, BLK, INTC, NSC, UPS

    There are two income mutual funds that pursue stocks of companies with solid dividend payout ratios and consistent dividend growth of at least 5 years in a row. These funds are ASTON/River Road Dividend All Cap Value Fund (ARDEX)(ARIDX) and ASTON/River Road Dividend All Cap Value Fund II (ADVTX)(ADIVX). The two funds have similar compositions. The first fund is closed to new investments, but the second more »

  • Fundamentals Strong But Uncertain Global Outlook A Problem

    By Jacob Wolinsky - February 11, 2013 | Tickers: BLK, SCHW, LM was started in January 2010, with a focus on value investing and value investors. As the site has grown, the scope has expanded. ValueWalk is now a news site with a team of global reporters covering all breaking financial news with an emphasis on value investing, hedge funds, large asset managers, Tech news, Business news.  The site contains archives of famous investors, and many investor resource pages.

    The site is famous among the value investing community as one of the best sites for evergreen and new content. ValueWalk has gained popularity among all circles for its breaking stories on hedge funds, and investigative reports on investments  by major funds.

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  • Rumors of Exchange Offer Gain Traction

    By Mike Thiessen - January 31, 2013 | Tickers: BLK, KKR, LM

    According to a report issued on January 22, 2013, Legg Mason (NYSE: LM) is in the early stages of formulating a sizable exchange offer. The company has been no stranger to such actions: In August of 2009, it completed a major exchange offer that freed up significant amounts of capital and permitted it to survive until the present. However, speculation is rampant that the current offer is a precursor to more »

  • A Good Idea to Follow the Insiders on these Stocks?

    By Alex Bastardas - January 30, 2013 | Tickers: BLK, HBAN, UNH

    Insider trading has long been considered by many to be an important indicator of a company's expected performance. An insider purchase might be a sign of good things to come for the stock. However, it is always essential to do due diligence and not base a buy or sell decision on insider activity alone, which is why in this post I will be analyzing three stocks that have had more »

  • Insiders Have Bought BlackRock, Adobe, and More

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - January 24, 2013 | Tickers: ADBE, ADC, BLK, BF-B, KRO

    We’ve reviewed a number of studies on insider trading and have concluded that stocks bought by insiders narrowly outperform broader market indices (read more about studies on insider trading). Our impression is that this is because insiders’ pocketbooks are already dependent on the company, and so they should generally diversify their investments to avoid too much exposure to any company-specific events. Insider buys therefore signal that the stock’s more »

  • A BlackRock Board Member Bought $100,000 in Stock

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - January 24, 2013 | Tickers: AMP, BLK, BEN, STT, TROW

    BlackRock (NYSE: BLK) Board member John Varley has purchased 427 shares of the company’s stock at an average price of $233.59 per share, bringing his direct ownership of BlackRock stock to over 1,000 shares. Insider purchases are bullish signs (see our analysis of studies on insider trading), and we think that this is because insiders will tend to buy only when they are confident in the company more »

  • How Bad Will Sequestration Be? Use This Ticker To Tell

    By Mitch Rubinstein - January 23, 2013 | Tickers: BLK, ^VIX 130522C00025000, ^GSPC, VOO

    In December we discussed a great way to take cover from the Fiscal Cliff. But the Cliff turned out to be a two-step bunny slope, and the first hill wasn't so bad for Wall Street. We're about midway towards the second hill and it's a great time to review what we've learned so far. First off, the stock market remains hard to predict in the short more »

  • An ETF Giant Gets Bigger

    By Reuben Brewer - January 22, 2013 | Tickers: BCS, BLK, CS

    BlackRock (NYSE: BLK) has moved aggressively to expand its business over the last decade or so. One of its most successful shifts has been to quickly establish itself as a leader in the exchange traded fund market. It isn't done yet, and that's good news for investors.

  • Five Shareholder-Friendly Stocks that Might be Good Investments for 2013

    By Brian Nichols - January 19, 2013 | Tickers: A, BLK, F, KALU, WNR

    A shareholder-friendly company holds certain advantages over a typical stock, if in fact it returns capital to shareholders in terms of performance as well as in yield. In this market there are numerous examples of such stocks, and in this article I am looking at five that are raising their dividend and might fit into your portfolio.



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  • Strong Post-Earning Performers that Could Continue to Perform

    By Brian Nichols - January 18, 2013 | Tickers: ASML, BLK, FAST, NUS

    Citigroup, Bank of America, and eBay were the most highly anticipated earnings yesterday, but none of these was the most impressive -- there were several other companies that truly set themselves apart. In this article I am looking at several of these companies, and what it could mean for their stock.

    ASML Holding (NASDAQ: ASML)

    In my opinion, ASML Holding provided us with one of the best quarters of the day more »

  • Investing in the Final Frontier

    By Matthew Luke - December 20, 2012 | Tickers: BLK, FRN, IVZ, FM, PMNA

    No, fellow classic TV fans. I am not talking about ‘space’, as referenced in the title sequence of every episode of Star Trek. My final frontier is something strictly terra ferma-based. What I am referring to is an economic term used to describe areas of the world known as “frontier markets”.

  • An Analysis of Barron’s 10 Stocks for 2013- Part I

    By Justin Carley - December 19, 2012 | Tickers: AAPL, BKS, BLK, F, GD, JPM, TXT | Editor's Choice

    Barron’s is out with their 10 favorite stocks for 2013.  I highlighted their performance in 2012 and they did a good job with market-beating success.  These lists always elicit plenty of emotions from investors of all varieties, but it helps to put a little context into the picks.  First, I believe Barron’s tilts toward the large-cap space and seeks a group beta roughly in-line with the S&P more »

  • 4 Overlooked Financial Stocks To Consider Now

    By Maxwell Fisher - December 13, 2012 | Tickers: AIG, BRK-B, BLK, L

    American International Group (NYSE: AIG) was once among the largest, most profitable and most complicated of all financial companies. Courtesy of the recession and record setting bailouts, AIG is today a small fraction of what it was, but that still makes it a major international insurance holding company. At its height, adjusted for stock splits, AIG had a book value of nearly $800 per share, and earned up to $15 more »

  • INCOMING! How To Take Cover From The Fiscal Cliff

    By Mitch Rubinstein - December 5, 2012 | Tickers: BCS, BLK, ^GSPC, BND

    Unless you've been on a remote Forward Operating Base for the last three months, you've probably heard about the fiscal cliff that's coming our way. Taxes on personal income and investments will go up, and government spending will be trimmed. On the one hand, it's standard stuff for any government, corporation, or household that is spending more than they're taking in. On the other hand more »