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Howard Marks – ‘The Most Important Thing Illuminated’ and ‘Mastering The Market Cycle’

Legendary investor Howard Marks, chairman and co-founder of Oaktree Capital Management, has published two books in which he explains the keys to successful investing, the pitfalls that can destroy capital, and the importance of having a keen understanding of the reasons behind the rhythm of cycles. In my opinion, the current investment environment is such [...]

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Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. – Growth With A Solid Business Model

Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. (BR) released Q4 and FY2019 results and FY2020 guidance on August 1, 2019. BR's share price has retraced from its late July 2019 level and in this article I look at whether the current valuation based on FY2020 guidance presents a buying opportunity. In my opinion, the current market environment is [...]

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FFJ Portfolio – Early August 2019 UPDATE

The purpose of this brief FFJ Portfolio update is to disclose that I exited positions on July 31st and August 1st, 2019. Two of the positions I exited were held in 'Side Accounts' within the FFJ Portfolio. All other positions were held in one of the accounts for which I do not provide information. The [...]

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Becton, Dickinson and Company – Market Volatility Should Produce Buying Opportunities

Becton, Dickinson and Company (BDX) released Q3 and YTD 2019 results and reiterated FY2019 guidance on August 6, 2019. BDX's share price jumped but in the current environment I envision an impending share price pullback which should provide investors with an opportunity to acquire shares in this high quality company at a more favorable valuation. [...]

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Mastercard Incorporated – Further Pullback Required

In this article I look at Mastercard Incorporated's (MA) current valuation based on guidance provided with the release of Q2 and YTD 2019 results on July 30, 2019. Summary Mastercard is an extremely high quality business with a superior business model that results in significant profits and Free Cash Flow. MA’s growth will come from [...]

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Automatic Data Processing, Inc. – Buy On A Pullback

This Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP) article analyses Q4 and FY2019 results, FY2020 guidance, and amended FY2021 targets which were released July 31, 2019. Summary ADP should benefit from the evolving and increasingly complex relationship between businesses and their employees, changes in the US tax code, labor regulation and benefit compliance. Investors with a low [...]

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McDonald’s Corporation – There is Gold In Those Arches

McDonald's Corporation (MCD) released Q2 and YTD results on July 26, 2019. I anticipate further improvements from its Growth Strategy which was launched in 2017 and am optimistic in its long-term growth prospects in China where there is ample opportunity to increase penetration in a country of 1.4 billion people. Summary MCD’s top line has [...]

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FFJ Portfolio – July 2019 Report

This is my July 2019 FFJ Portfolio update. The portfolio was created in January 2017 for the purpose of demonstrating how investing in high quality companies with competitive advantages and with a record of consistently increasing dividends can assist investors in reaching their long-term financial goals without the need to speculate or to chase dividend [...]

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AT&T Inc. – Why I Own Shares for The Long-Term

AT&T Inc. released Q2 2019 and YTD 2019 results July 24, 2019. It has generated ~$29B in free cash flow over the last 12 months and full-year free cash flow guidance is now ~$28B. In addition to reducing net debt by ~$6.8B in Q2, T has repaid ~$18B of debt subsequent to the June 2018 [...]

By |July 28th, 2019|General Investing|Comments Off on AT&T Inc. – Why I Own Shares for The Long-Term

W.W. Grainger, Inc. – Is a ~16% Share Price Increase in 2 Weeks Reasonable?

W.W. Grainger, Inc. released Q2 2019 results and FY2019 guidance on July 24, 2019. Despite softer demand and lowered Sales guidance, management has reiterated Gross Profit Margin, Operating Margin, and adjusted diluted EPS guidance. Summary GWW reported Q2 results on July 24th. Gross and Operating Margins and adjusted EPS guidance have been maintained but sales [...]

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