|Bid||315,000.00 x 800|
|Ask||315,330.00 x 800|
|Day's Range||314,610.00 - 317,003.00|
|52 Week Range||279,410.00 - 335,900.00|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||0.76|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||128.91|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||N/A (N/A)|
|1y Target Est||359,220.00|
Expect more share repurchases from the Oracle of Omaha.
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In the third section of their book, "Warren Buffett and the Interpretation of Financial Statements: The Search for the Company with a Durable Competitive Advantage," authors Mary Buffett and David Clark examined the format of cash flow statements and explained what Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) looks for in them. Warning! GuruFocus has detected 5 Warning Sign with KO.
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The topic of diversification seems to be one of the most hotly debated in finance. On one hand, you have those investors who believe that diversification is not required if you do your research correctly, and diversification is just an excuse for those who cannot be bothered to do the extra work. On the other hand, you have investors like Ray Dalio (Trades, Portfolio) who have made billions for themselves and their investors by using extremely diversified portfolios to execute sophisticated trading strategies.
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Kraft Heinz (NYSE:KHC) CEO Bernardo Hees, who gained notoriety on Wall Street as a cost-cutter, will now have to figure out how to invest money into the beleaguered packaged food company if its long-suffering shareholders ever hope to get any relief.Source: Mike Mozart via FlickrUnfortunately, Hees won't be able to just write a check to make KHC's problems go away. Like other packaged food companies, KHC has been hurt by the rising consumer demand for "fresh and healthy" ingredients at the expense of processed food. New York-based KHC made matters worse by making unrealistic forecasts for the savings of its 2015 merger, which loaded its balance sheet with more than $31 billion in debt. Plunging Share PriceKHC stock has plunged more than 64% since Unilever (NYSE:UL) rejected the company's unsolicited $143 billion offer. The stock was further bloodied by its recent announcement of disappointing earnings, a $15 billion write-down, a dividend cut and an SEC investigation into its accounting practices. S&P recently announced that it was reviewing KHC's debt for a possible downgrade after the company missed the deadline to file its annual report (form 10-K) with the Securities & Exchange Commission. InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsDuring the company's earnings conference call, Hees tried to reassure investors that he was willing to deploy capital where it's needed. Hees is also is a partner with 3G Capital, the Brazilian private equity that owned Heinz and arranged with Warren Buffett for the merger with Kraft. * 6 Cheap Stocks That Cost Less Than $10 "In a nutshell, we plan to go to market in 2019 with a stronger innovation pipeline than we ever had, backed by more marketing dollars while leveraging advantaged category managed and go-to-market initiatives to win assortment and improve distribution across all channels, including e-commerce," He said. "And we plan to do this while we maintain industry-leading margins."Easier said than done since KHC clearly fired too many workers and damaged its brands, damage which won't be easy or cheap to fix.The company is trying to clean up the mess Hees helped create. According to media reports, Kraft Heinz is reviewing strategic options for its Maxwell House Coffee business including a possible sale and may dispose of other well-known brands such as Breakstone's Cottage Cheese and sour cream. Selling off poorly performing businesses is a step in the right direction though it isn't a substitute for a business strategy. The Oracle of OmahaIndeed, the growth through acquisitions approach isn't the answer for KHC. According to CNBC, the company passed on bidding for Pinnacle Foods and failed to make a compelling offer for Campbell Soup when it was being shopped around last year. KHC stock deserves to be in Wall Street's penalty box but it's not going to be in their forever. The company has a major fan in Buffett, who recently described the company as a "fabulous" business though he admitted that Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.A, NYSE:BRK.B) "overpaid" for Kraft. He has no plans to liquidate his position.For investors with a large tolerance for risk, KHC is worth testing Buffett's maxim to "be fearful when others are greedy and to be greedy only when others are fearful." However, there are better places for investors to put their money in the consumer sector, including Campbell, Chuch & Dwight (NYSE:CHL) and Clorox (NYSE:CLX).As of this writing, Jonathan Berr did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 5 Dividend Stocks Perfect for Retirees * 7 Reasons the Stock Market Rally Isn't Over Yet * 10 S&P 500 Stocks to Weather the Earnings Storm Compare Brokers The post Now Is the Right Time to Buy Kraft Heinz Stock appeared first on InvestorPlace.
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For most investors, including Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio), the shareholders' equity section may be the most important section of the balance sheet. Warning! GuruFocus has detected 7 Warning Signs with BRK.A. Click here to check it out. In previous chapters of "Warren Buffett and the Interpretation of Financial Statements: The Search for the Company with a Durable Competitive Advantage," authors Mary Buffett and David Clark outlined what the guru looks for when studying the income statement and the asset and liabilities sections of the balance sheet.
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After dealing with the income statement and balance sheet assets in their book, "Warren Buffett and the Interpretation of Financial Statements: The Search for the Company with a Durable Competitive Advantage," authors Mary Buffett and David Clark turned to the liabilities side of the balance sheet.
Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) has a problem: the private equity industry. According to several estimates, the private equity industry is now sitting on so-called dry powder (funds raised but not yet deployed into deals) of $1.2 trillion to $2 trillion. Warning! GuruFocus has detected 7 Warning Signs with BRK.A. Click here to check it out.
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Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC) fell on Friday following the company's earnings release. The company reported higher revenues and earnings than analysts had predicted. However, lowered guidance sent the stock tumbling, and analyst downgrades of WFC stock followed.Source: Shutterstock Almost three years after news of its scandal broke, concerns about Wells Fargo stock have persisted. Continued revelations may have led to the sudden resignation of Tim Sloan, and now the company must find a CEO who can turn the company around.This places a cloud over WFC, and until the company can show that it has reformed itself, average investors should probably avoid this equity.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 7 AI Stocks to Watch with Strong Long-Term Narratives Lowered Guidance and WFC stockAt first glance, WFC stock may look like a buying opportunity. The forward price-to-earnings (PE) ratio has fallen to about 8.3. Analysts also foresee double-digit profit growth both this year and in the foreseeable future. WFC stock even opened trading higher on Friday following the company's better-than-expected revenue and earnings.However, the equity quickly reversed course when the bank lowered the outlook on its net interest income. CFO John Shrewsberry said net interest income would fall between 2% and 5% from last year's levels. Previous guidance set a range between -2% and an increase of 2%. Shrewsberry credited an unfavorable environment for rates as well as increased competition for the decline.With the flattening yield curve, one can argue that interest income would fall anyway. However, the report reinforces the reputation damage the company suffered from the fake accounts scandal of 2016. Revelations of scandal have continued as the bank later admitted to modifying mortgages without customer approval and charging for unneeded car insurance. Analyst Downgrades and Wells Fargo StockLast year, Senator Elizabeth Warren called for the firing of CEO Tim Sloan. Despite Sloan unexpectedly resigning in March, analysts continue to turn on the stock. Firms such as BofA Securities, a division of Bank of America (NYSE:BAC), and Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) downgraded Wells Fargo. Buckingham Research Group followed suit as their analyst referred to WFC as "dead money."Even Warren Buffett has sent mixed signals. Buffett once regarded WFC as his favorite stock and continues to voice support for the company. Last year, he predicted WFC would be worth "a great deal more" in ten years. He even expressed confidence in Sloan hours before he resigned.However, Buffett has reduced his stake in WFC stock in every quarter since Q2 2017. Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.A, NYSE:BRK.B) once owned more than 506 million shares. More recently, the Berkshire portfolio held just over 426.7 million shares as of the last quarterly statement. The GE of Banking Stocks?In fairness, reasons besides loss of confidence in WFC stock could explain Buffett's stock sales. Still, unloading millions of shares every quarter does not imply confidence. Also, the continuing revelation of new scandals leaves even bottom fishers questioning whether a scandal suggests a buying opportunity for Wells Fargo stock or a genuine long-term threat. In some respects, this makes WFC look like GE (NYSE:GE), a stock that fell to single-digit levels on a slow trickle of bad news.As with GE, the periodic revelations undermined confidence in the company and may have shortened the tenure of the previous CEO. Now, investors need a leadership team who can truly come clean and address the scandals that have plagued the stock over the last three years. Until investors can have a reasonable assurance that Wells Fargo has fixed itself, they cannot build confidence in Wells Fargo stock. The Bottom Line on Wells Fargo StockThe previous quarterly report shows that questions about WFC stock persist. WFC fell on lowered guidance. However, with the short tenure of former CEO Tim Sloan, the company still faces challenges in recovering from scandals that began to come to light in 2016. Analysts continue to downgrade the equity, and Warren Buffett's words and actions toward Wells Fargo stock continue to send mixed signals.This news has repelled investors who might otherwise buy on WFC's single-digit PE and double-digit profit growth. The slow trickle of new revelations seems to resemble the reputation issues facing GE. Like with GE, Wells Fargo needs to show investors that the company has leveled with the public and has committed itself to reform.On paper, Wells Fargo looks like a low-priced equity. Its current challenges could even lead to an eventual buying opportunity. However, until management can inspire such a belief in itself, WFC stock will probably struggle to sustain a move higher.As of this writing, Will Healy is long BRK.B stock. You can follow Will on Twitter at @HealyWriting. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Internet Stocks to Watch * 7 AI Stocks to Watch with Strong Long-Term Narratives * 10 Dow Jones Stocks Holding the Blue Chip Index Back Compare Brokers The post Wells Fargo Stock Very Well May Be the GE of the Banking Sector appeared first on InvestorPlace.
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