A list of Top 10 International companies, with ADRs (American Deposittory Receipts) listed in the US. While all large international brands – a synopsis of their unique competitive advantage and long term moat
1. Anheuser-Busch (NYSE: BUD) : juggernaut in the global beer market with leadership position in four of the top five beer profit pools (United States, Canada, Brazil, and Mexico). Further, strength of ABI's focus brands (Budweiser, Stella Artois more »
Rule #1: Never lose money. Rule #2: Never forget Rule #1.
As markets very competitive, and predicting future, very difficult, important to focus on businesses that posses a long term advantage ( economic moat). Important, however, to understand that sustainable competitive advantage not based on products or market share, but long term pricing power. Key metrics include - free cash flow and Return on Invested Capital (ROIC).
A list of Top 10 more »
Buffet's only articulated rules of investment: “The first rule is not to to lose. The second rule is not to forget the first rule” - may best apply to his own company – Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-B). With the company willing to repurchase a significant number of shares for 1.2 times book or less, there is a floor on the share price not too far from where the stock trades more »
The last year has seen Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) shares rise nearly 75% to over $700 and subsequently fall by a third to $450. And while you can read any number of theories explaining this, you don't need to know why prices are volatile, only that they are! And, this provides opportunities to value investors!
Sustainable Economic Moat
The winners in the Internet and e-commerce space are finally becoming clear more »
National Oilwell Varco (NYSE: NOV) – Mr. Market Selling Cheaply.
Overblown or misunderstood concerns is leading Mr. Market to undervalue a wide-moat company with expanding competitive advantage, providing both a margin of safety and good chance at earning high returns.
Economic Moat in an attractive industry:
Intuitive Surgical (NASDAQ: ISRG), appears to be amongst todays best examples of how to separate a great company from a great investment. These two can be very different.
Intuitive Surgical is a $22 billion company in the “Medical Instruments in Suppliers” industry, and a market leader in the field of robotics-assisted minimally invasive surgery. This technique has advantages of lesser tissue damage, fewer complications, and shorter recovery times. First mover more »
Western Union (NYSE: WU), appears to be amongst todays best examples of companies with wide economic moats that are trading at discounts to their intrinsic values.
- Economic moat in an attractive industry: Western Union has a dominant market share allowing significant cost and network advantage.
- The money transfer business is scalable, with minimal incremental costs of processing additional transactions, giving Western Union a competitive advantage, with operating margins about twice more »