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Van Den Berg Buys Dollar Tree, Schlumberger, CVS

- By Tiziano Frateschi

During the second quarter Arnold Van Den Berg (Trades, Portfolio) bought shares in the following stocks:


He purchased 27,559 shares in Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. (FRFHF). The trade had an impact of 1.87% on the portfolio.

The life insurance company offers reinsurance and property and casualty insurance in Canada, the U.S. and other international markets. It also engages in the restaurant's businesses.

GuruFocus gives the stock a profitability and growth rating of 5 out of 10. The return on equity (ROE) of -3.47% and return on assets (ROA) of -0.70% are underperforming 93% of the companies in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry. Financial strength has a rating of 5 out of 10 with a cash-debt ratio of 0.04 that is below the industry median of 2.41.

The largest shareholder among the gurus is Van Den Berg with 0.12% of outstanding shares.

The investor established a 112,471-share position in Dollar Tree Inc. (DLTR), giving it 1.23% portfolio space.

The company operates discount retail stores in the U.S. and Canada. It operates the stores under the names of Dollar Tree, Family Dollar and Dollar Tree Canada.

GuruFocus gives the stock a profitability and growth rating of 8 out of 10. The ROE of 16.89% and ROA of 5.38% are outperforming 67% of the companies in the Global Discount Stores industry. Financial strength has a rating of 5 out of 10. The cash-debt ratio of 0.18 is below the industry median of 0.53.

Steve Mandel (Trades, Portfolio) is the largest shareholder among the gurus with 2.76% of outstanding shares followed by Lee Ainslie (Trades, Portfolio) with 1.84%, Chuck Akre (Trades, Portfolio) with 1.77%, Steven Cohen (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.68%, Jim Simons (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.35% and Alan Fournier (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.22%.

The guru beefed up his Schlumberger Ltd. (SLB) position by 96.44%. The trade had an impact of 1.22% on the portfolio.

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The company is a supplier of products and services to the oil and gas industry. It provides technology for reservoir characterization, drilling, production and processing to the oil and gas industry.

GuruFocus gives the stock a profitability and growth rating of 5 out of 10. The ROE of 0.43% and ROA of 0.23% are outperforming 57% of the companies in the Global Oil and Gas Equipment and Services industry. Financial strength has a rating of 6 out of 10. The cash-debt ratio of 0.39 is below the industry median of 0.49.

Dodge & Cox is the largest shareholder among the gurus with 3.09% of outstanding shares followed by First Eagle Investment (Trades, Portfolio) with 1.16%, Frank Sands (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.36%, Manning & Napier Advisors Inc. with 0.36%, PRIMECAP Management (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.28%, David Rolfe (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.21% and Pioneer Investments (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.19%.

The guru boosted his Pioneer Energy Services Corp. (PES) holding by 72.98%, impacting the portfolio by 0.75%.

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The company provides drilling services and production services to a group of independent and large oil and gas exploration and production companies throughout much of the onshore oil and gas producing regions of the U.S. and Colombia.

GuruFocus gives the stock a profitability and growth rating of 2 out of 10. The ROE of -44.20% and ROA of -16.60% are underperforming 79% of the companies in the Global Oil and Gas Drilling industry. Financial strength has a rating of 3 out of 10 with a cash-debt ratio of 0.02 that is below the industry median of 0.38.

Van Den Berg is the largest shareholder among the gurus with 7.09% of outstanding shares followed by Cohen with 2.44%, Chuck Royce (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.45%, Simons with 0.18% and Paul Tudor Jones (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.07%.

The guru bought 168.090 shares of Murphy Oil Corp. (MUR) giving it 0.68% portfolio space.

It is a petroleum exploration and production company that is engaged in the development of unconventional resources that are situated in the U.S. and Canada.

GuruFocus gives the stock a profitability and growth rating of 4 out of 10. The ROE of -0.78% and ROA of -0.38% are outperforming 67% of the companies in the Global Oil and Gas E&P industry. Financial strength has a rating of 5 out of 10. The cash-debt ratio of 0.38 is below the industry median of 0.64.

HOTCHKIS & WILEY is the largest shareholder among the gurus with 8.19% of outstanding shares followed by Richard Pzena (Trades, Portfolio) with 5.51%, Jeremy Grantham (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.06% and Scott Black (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.04%.

The guru raised his Occidental Petroleum Corp. (OXY) holding by 27.60%, impacting the portfolio by 0.66%.

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The company is in the business of exploration and production of oil and gas. It also processes, gathers, transports, stores, purchases and markets oil, condensate, natural gas liquids and natural gas.

GuruFocus gives the stock a profitability and growth rating of 5 out of 10. The ROE of 0.50% and ROA of 0.26% are outperforming 62% of the companies in the Global Oil and Gas E&P industry. Financial strength has a rating of 5 out of 10. The cash-debt ratio of 0.23 is below the industry median of 0.64.

The largest shareholder among the gurus is Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney & Strauss with 0.57% of outstanding shares followed by NWQ Managers (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.16%, First Pacific Advisors (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.1%, Cohen with 0.09%, Steven Romick (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.08% and Pioneer Investments with 0.06%.

The guru boosted his CVS Health Corp. (CVS) by 53.73%. The trade had an impact of 0.46% on the portfolio.

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The company operates in the health care sector. Its primary business is that of operating retail pharmacies.

GuruFocus gives the stock a profitability and growth rating of 7 out of 10. The ROE of 14.42% and ROA of 5.79% are outperforming 72% of the companies in the Global Health Care Plans industry. Financial strength has a rating of 6 out of 10. The cash-debt ratio of 0.08 is below the industry median of 1.38.

Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney & Strauss is the largest shareholder among the gurus with 1.71% of outstanding shares followed by Pioneer Investments with 0.62%, PRIMECAP Management with 0.33%, Simons with 0.14%, Charles de Vaulx (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.14% and Cohen with 0.11%.

The guru's holding in McKesson Corp. (MCK) was increased by 9.75%. The transaction had an impact of 0.2% on the portfolio.

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The company provides medicines, pharmaceutical supplies, information and care management products and services across the health care industry. It operates with two segments namely McKesson Distribution Solutions and McKesson Technology Solutions.

GuruFocus gives the stock a profitability and growth rating of 7 out of 10. The ROE of 49.57% and ROA of 8.15% are outperforming 93% of the companies in the Global Medical Distribution industry. Financial strength has a rating of 6 out of 10. The cash-debt ratio of 0.29 is above the industry median of 0.60.

The largest shareholder among the gurus is Vanguard Health Care Fund (Trades, Portfolio) with 3.81% of outstanding shares followed by Pzena with 1%, Charles Brandes (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.53%, Seth Klarman (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.48%, Larry Robbins (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.44% and Cohen with 0.17%.

Disclosure: I do not own any shares of any stocks mentioned in this article.

This article first appeared on GuruFocus.