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  • 12 Morningstar Dividend Stocks; 3 Investment Ideas [View article]
    Hello Roy,
    Thank you for the comment. I will be posting a review of MCD soon, stay tuned!
    Ben
    Nov 22 09:04 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 12 Morningstar Dividend Stocks; 3 Investment Ideas [View article]
    You're welcome Rich!
    Nov 22 09:04 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why I Bought Fairfax Financial [View article]
    Agreed that I may not sell if the P/BV expands but in order to get an entry point with a margin of safety I prefer buying at 1.0x.
    Nov 21 01:20 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Pre-Paid Legal Services Review: Worth a Deeper Look [View article]
    Hello Bovice,
    Please see my response above to James.
    Thank you for the input!
    Ben
    Nov 20 12:20 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Pre-Paid Legal Services Review: Worth a Deeper Look [View article]
    Hello Tom,
    Please see my response below to James.
    Thank you for the input!
    Ben
    Nov 20 12:12 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Pre-Paid Legal Services Review: Worth a Deeper Look [View article]
    Hello James, Tom and Bovice,
    My stock analysis (which I use as a screener before doing a more thorough analysis - e.g. the GD analysis I posted previously) is only based on a review of financials using Morningstar. On that basis alone, PPD seemed fine...but as I read through your comments it is clear that PPD is more than "fishy".
    Thank you very much for the red flags - I'll drop PPD from my list!
    Have a good weekend,
    Ben
    Nov 20 12:11 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why I'm Passing on Target [View article]
    Hello Alex,
    Glad you liked it.
    Have a good week,
    Ben
    Nov 16 11:51 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Costco Stock Review: Not a Good Value Deal [View article]
    Agreed - what would be the right price for you?
    Thank you
    Ben
    Nov 11 11:58 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Costco Stock Review: Not a Good Value Deal [View article]
    Hello Alex,
    Thank you for the clarification on revenues. I agree that FCF/Sales should be better compared to just Sam's Club or BJ's but on ROE and ROA I feel that the model should be discounted and I am only looking at absolute performance. Do you think that is too "unfair"?
    My view I guess is I am looking for good stocks irrespective of the industry.
    Cheers,
    Ben
    Nov 10 11:32 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Safeway: Poor Performance, Low Growth Prospects [View article]
    Hello SRValueinvestor,
    Thank you for your comment and observations!
    Just to be clear I do two types of analysis: quick one-page stock reviews which is what this is looking at a number of metrics that I think are critical to evaluate a potential investment. (+ If you want to see the data I look at, click on the Surmark link and it shows you the pages I am looking at with my comments - I really like this service!)
    If the first stock review is compelling then I proceed with a more in depth analysis, which usually takes up about 8 pages and includes valuation, business review etc.
    I can only agree that there is more to the story than just what I do now! My goal for now is to screen and find 15 long term companies that just have great performance and I can buy at a reasonable price. Later on it is my intention to try and have more "stories/turnaround" as well as other situational stocks; but for now I'm only building my "base".
    On your second point I think Capex is good if it can generate returns for sure! Generally I prefer companies with low debt and have a criteria on Debt/Equity which I'd like to be below 1.0x and SWY is close to it - that's all I really meant by my comment.
    Does it make sense? Don't hesitate to comment more - it's always good to get feedback and exchange views!
    Cheers,
    Ben
    Nov 10 11:25 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wal-Mart Valuation: A Great Business, But Not an 'Everyday Low Price' [View article]
    Hello Madmilker,
    Could we say by any chance that WMT was expensive then? Do you have any of the metrics as of Jan 1 to compare by any chance?
    Cheers,
    Ben
    Nov 8 07:42 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wal-Mart Valuation: A Great Business, But Not an 'Everyday Low Price' [View article]
    Hello Philip,
    I agree they have been buying about 100M shares a year in recent years which is more than before.
    Thank you very much for pointing it out!
    Have a good week,
    Ben
    Nov 8 07:39 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Doubtful About Sanofi-Aventis [View article]
    Hello Montrachet,
    Thank you for your comment. It's true that by design my stock reviews only focus on quantitative figures, but a look at management is very worthwhile in any investment decision (which I take later after a more in-depth review of companies).
    Which figures did I get wrong? I'm happy to correct them. (I use morningstar as my source as you can see in my posts on surfmark.com).
    Cheers,
    Ben
    Nov 8 11:11 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wal-Mart Valuation: A Great Business, But Not an 'Everyday Low Price' [View article]
    Hello Brian,
    Indeed it would be nice to have it below $50!
    Have a good weekend,
    Ben
    Nov 7 03:29 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wal-Mart Valuation: A Great Business, But Not an 'Everyday Low Price' [View article]
    Hello Philip,
    It seems to me that WMT has been repurchasing about 2% of shares a year for the last 5 years. Is that also what you have?
    Have a good weekend,
    Ben
    Nov 5 08:04 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
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