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Smart-beta is one of the hottest trends in not just ETFs but all of investment management. Assets in the category have grown from $0 to almost $1 trillion in barely a decade. But what is it, exactly?
On this week’s Trillions, Joel and Eric explore the mysteries of smart-beta. To some, it's all a mutation of passive indexing; to others, it's a better, cheaper version of active management. “Imagine R2D2 with the head of Peter Lynch," says Eric.
And to help you understand how investors can use the products, Nir Kaissar, a Bloomberg Gadfly columnist and a financial advisor, and Tom Psarofagis, an ETF analyst with Bloomberg Intelligence and former issuer of smart-beta ETFs, join to offer their perspectives.
Hot Cheap Stocks To Watch For 2019: USG Corporation(USG)
- [By Jordan Wathen]
As USG Corporation (NYSE:USG) drags its feet on an offer to sell the company for $42 per share, Berkshire intends to use its 30.8% ownership stake to motivate its top brass to make a deal. Berkshire told Bloomberg it intends to vote its shares against USG’s board members who are up for re-election at this year’s annual meeting, a clear message that Buffett is ready to cash in, even if USG’s management and board are not.
- [By Dan Caplinger]
Warren Buffett likes to hold his stock positions for the long run, and his experience with USG (NYSE:USG) has been typical of his other long-term investments. The Oracle of Omaha started buying shares of the manufacturer of Sheetrock drywall and other building materials back in 2000, accumulating a sizable stake that has ballooned to more than 30% of the company. USG ended up going through bankruptcy in order to get a handle on its asbestos liability claims, but thanks largely to Buffett’s involvement, the building materials company not only survived bankruptcy but also saw share prices soar briefly on hopes that USG would once again fully participate in the then-strong housing boom.
- [By Jason Hall, George Budwell, and Chuck Saletta]
And while it may not always work out well to simply copy the moves other investors make, it can pay off to use their buying and selling moves as jumping-off points in your own research. We asked three real-world investors for their insight, and they wrote about two recent Buffett buys ofApple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL) andUSG Corporation(NYSE:USG), and a recent Baker Brothers buy ofHeron Therapeutics Inc(NASDAQ:HRTX).
Hot Cheap Stocks To Watch For 2019: S&P Smallcap 600(PH)
- [By Shane Hupp]
Barings LLC decreased its holdings in Parker Hannifin (NYSE:PH) by 36.4% in the first quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The firm owned 26,064 shares of the industrial products company’s stock after selling 14,937 shares during the period. Barings LLC’s holdings in Parker Hannifin were worth $4,458,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.
- [By Neha Chamaria]
In terms of dividend growth, only four of the above stocks — 3M, Colgate-Palmolive, Coca-Cola, and Procter & Gamble — feature among the 10 fastest dividend-growth kings. In other words, there are six other stocks from the dividend kings list that have grown their dividends at a faster pace than most stocks in the above table in the past decade, some even at double-digits.
Six top dividend kings by dividend growth
Dividend King 10-Year Dividend CAGR Current Dividend Yield Payout Ratio (TTM)
Lowe’s Companies 18.5% 2% 34.5%
Hormel Foods 16.3% 2.1% 39.2%
Parker-Hannifin Corp(NYSE:PH) 14% 1.7% 35.2%
Nordson Corporation 12.2% 0.9% 13.3%
Dover Corp (NYSE:DOV) 9% 2% 37.4%
American States Water(NYSE:AWR) 7.6% 1.9% 54.8%
TTM: Trailing 12 months. Data sources: YCharts and Yahoo! Finance. Table by author.
- [By Shane Hupp]
ClariVest Asset Management LLC reduced its stake in shares of Parker Hannifin (NYSE:PH) by 3.0% during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent filing with the SEC. The firm owned 122,268 shares of the industrial products company’s stock after selling 3,773 shares during the period. ClariVest Asset Management LLC owned approximately 0.09% of Parker Hannifin worth $20,913,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.
- [By Joseph Griffin]
State Board of Administration of Florida Retirement System reduced its position in Parker Hannifin (NYSE:PH) by 3.7% during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 172,950 shares of the industrial products company’s stock after selling 6,667 shares during the period. State Board of Administration of Florida Retirement System owned approximately 0.13% of Parker Hannifin worth $29,580,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.
- [By Ethan Ryder]
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Hot Cheap Stocks To Watch For 2019: Rent-A-Center Inc.(RCII)
- [By Dan Caplinger]
Monday was a weak day for the stock market, with most major benchmarks losing ground. Further concerns about the potential for a deepening divide between the U.S. and China weighed on sentiment, and some also fear that steadily rising interest rates could eventually put pressure on stocks. Yet some companies still had good news that sent their individual shares higher. Rent-A-Center (NASDAQ:RCII), PTC Therapeutics (NASDAQ:PTCT), and Dropbox (NASDAQ:DBX) were among the best performers on the day. Here’s why they did so well.
- [By Chris Lange]
Rent-A-Center Inc. (NASDAQ: RCII) shares made an incredible gain on Monday after the company announced that it would be taken private by Vintage Rodeo Parent, an affiliate of Vintage Capital Management.
- [By Logan Wallace]
OMERS ADMINISTRATION Corp decreased its holdings in shares of Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ:RCII) by 52.3% in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 72,200 shares of the company’s stock after selling 79,200 shares during the period. OMERS ADMINISTRATION Corp owned about 0.14% of Rent-A-Center worth $623,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.
- [By Ethan Ryder]
Rent-A-Center (NASDAQ:RCII) gapped down before the market opened on Wednesday . The stock had previously closed at $9.36, but opened at $9.43. Rent-A-Center shares last traded at $9.54, with a volume of 375675 shares changing hands.
- [By Shane Hupp]
Shares of Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ:RCII) have received a consensus rating of “Hold” from the eight ratings firms that are currently covering the company, Marketbeat.com reports. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation and six have given a hold recommendation to the company. The average twelve-month price target among brokerages that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $8.75.
Hot Cheap Stocks To Watch For 2019: Sirius XM Radio Inc.(SIRI)
- [By Rick Munarriz]
Last week was a busy one for Sirius XM Holdings (NASDAQ:SIRI) investors tracking Wall Street moves. The week kicked off with Barclays analyst Kannan Venkateshwar downgrading the stock and the stock of its controlling stakeholder, Liberty SiriusXM (NASDAQ:LSXMA). Two days later it was James Goss at Barrington upgrading Sirius XM stock.
- [By Daniel B. Kline]
SiriusXM (NASDAQ:SIRI) has quietly become a sort of default option for many car owners. Since the service is built into many new vehicles, people get to sample it, and it’s very easy to keep the service beyond the initial trial.
- [By Rick Munarriz]
Shares of Sirius XM Holdings (NASDAQ:SIRI)hit a new 12-year high of $7.08 this week, and in terms of market cap the satellite radio provider has never been as valuable as it is right now. The market darling hasn’t traded this high since late 2005, and it’s fair to say that this was an entirely different company back then. Sirius had yet to merge with XM. The share count was substantially lower.
- [By Rick Munarriz]
Sirius XM Holdings (NASDAQ:SIRI)is gearing up for a big earnings announcement this week. The satellite radio provider reports first-quarter results before Wednesday’s market open, and a lot is riding on its financial performance. Sirius XM has been one of the market’s biggest winners since bottoming out at $0.05 — yes, a nickel — in 2009. The stock is now a 127-bagger, and it hit a new 12-year high just last month.
- [By Motley Fool Staff]
In this segment fromMarketFoolery, host Chris Hill, Motley Fool One’s Jason Moser, and Stock Advisor Canada’s Taylor Muckerman consider an individual case of a common question for investors: When you have a stock that has become a big winner, should you hold on tight until you need the money, or sell to lock in some profits, and reinvest them elsewhere? There’s certainly no single right answer, but the question is always a good one to ask. The response depends on the context of the individual company, so the Fools tailor their take this time to the outlook for Sirius XM(NASDAQ:SIRI).
Hot Cheap Stocks To Watch For 2019: International Business Machines Corporation(IBM)
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International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) shares were falling Tuesday after Big Blue beat first quarter earnings and revenue expectations.
The company beat estimates, reporting diluted earnings per share of $2.45 compared to analysts’ prediction of $2.42 on a non-GAAP basis. The company reported revenue of $19.1 billion compared to estimates of $18.8 billion.
- [By Chris Neiger]
Salon Media Group is testing a blockchain ledger created by International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM) to record ad-buying contracts, impression data, and how much Salon will be paid for the ads. Additionally, Unilever has begun using IBM’s blockchain to buy some ads in the U.S. and keep track of its transactions. Tech executives rank IBM as one of the top blockchain companies in 2017, with 43% rating IBM’s blockchain tech above all its competitors’ systems, according to Juniper Research.
- [By Matthew Frankel]
To illustrate some of these points, as well as some other reasons Buffett and the rest of Berkshire’s team may be inclined to sell stocks, here are a few examples from the company’s history:
IBM (NYSE:IBM): Berkshire had been gradually unloading its IBM stake for some time, and Buffett confirmed that the last of the shares were sold during the first quarter of 2018. In a nutshell, Buffett says he misjudged IBM’s competitive challenges, and as a result, it has revalued the stock lower. This is a prime example of the concept of “when your original thesis no longer applies, get out.” Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC): Berkshire has sold some of its Wells Fargostock in recent quarters, and you might assume it has something to do with the bank’s infamous “fake accounts” scandal. But you’d be wrong. Buffett has said several times that he intends to stick with Wells Fargo, but regulatory rules prevent him from owning more than 10% of the bank’s shares. The recent sales were solely to remain under that threshold. Freddie Mac (NASDAQOTH:FMCC): Many newer Berkshire investors are surprised to hear that Buffett was ever a fan of mortgage giant Freddie Mac, but Berkshire owned 9% of the company’s shares in the late 1990s. Berkshire made lots of money on the investment, but Buffett started to see troubling signs — specifically, the company was taking on far too much risk to keep its earnings growing at a double-digit rate. Buffett ended up selling all of Berkshire’s Freddie Mac shares by 2000, and we all know what happened during the mortgage meltdown — there’s a reason Freddie Mac is a penny stock today. ExxonMobil (NYSE:XOM): Until late 2014, Berkshire was one of ExxonMobil’s largest shareholders. However, Buffett realized that oil prices weren’t likely to stay as high as he originally thought, so Berkshire’s entire stake was abruptly sold. Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS):Warren Buffett’s preferred uses for Berkshire Hathaway’s capital are to acquire entire businesses and buy common
- [By Chris Hill]
Berkshire Hathaway(NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B) held its annual meeting last weekend. In this episode of MarketFoolery, host Chris Hill talks with special guest Matt Koppenheffer of Fool Germany about some Volkswagen, some Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA), and a whole lot of Berkshire. Berkshire just got really interested in Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), but how is this different from the company’s ill-fated investment in IBM (NYSE:IBM)?