10 Best Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy For 2014
If there is a reason I hear a lot for investing in IBM (IBM) nowadays, it is the popular ‘argument from authority’ fallacy: "Warren Buffett owns 67 million shares. Therefore I should own the stock."
This is illogical. Although we all recognize that he is the best in the field, it is not true that Buffett always makes good investments. It is also a contradiction. Believing in Buffett this time would be against the number 1 Buffett rule of investment: never lose money. The decline in the share price since the disappointing first quarter revenue report has caused a paper net loss of more than $1B (assuming no shares have been sold recently).
I’m not going to pay attention to the amount Buffett owns at this time. In what follows I am going to develop a bear case for avoiding IBM this year, even now that it is trading at a great discount to its 52-weeks high.
10 Best Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy For 2014: MWI Veterinary Supply Inc.(MWIV)
MWI Veterinary Supply, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the distribution of animal health products to veterinarians in the United States and the United Kingdom. It primarily offers pharmaceuticals, vaccines, parasiticides, diagnostics, capital equipment, supplies, specialty products, veterinary pet food, and nutritional products. The company?s pharmaceutical products include anesthetics, analgesics, antibiotics, ophthalmics, and hormones; vaccine products consist of small animal, equine, and production animal biologicals; and parasiticides are used for control of fleas, ticks, flies, mosquitoes, and internal parasites. Its diagnostics products comprise consumable in-clinic tests for detecting heartworm, lyme, feline leukemia, and parvovirus, as well as consumable products for measuring blood chemistry, electrolyte balance, and cell counts; capital equipment products include anesthesia machines, surgical monitors, diagnostic equipment, dental machines, cage s, lights, and x-ray machines; and supplies consists of syringes, instruments, bandages, IV products, surgical consumables, grooming materials, and other small equipment items. The company?s veterinary pet foods products include foods for specialty diets and premium pet foods; and nutritional products comprise dietary supplements, vitamins, dental chews, and specialty treats. As of September 30, 2011, it served approximately 24,000 veterinary practices in the United States; and 1,500 veterinary practices in the United Kingdom. The company was formerly known as MWI Holdings, Inc. and changed its name to MWI Veterinary Supply, Inc. in April 2005. MWI Veterinary Supply, Inc. was founded in 1976 and is headquartered in Boise, Idaho.
10 Best Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy For 2014: Robbins & Myers Inc.(RBN)
Robbins & Myers, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the design, manufacture, and marketing of engineered, application-critical equipment and systems for the energy, industrial, chemical, and pharmaceutical markets worldwide. The company?s Fluid Management segment designs, manufactures, markets, repairs, and services equipment and systems for use in oil and gas exploration and recovery, specialty chemical, wastewater treatment, and other industrial applications. This segment?s products and systems include hydraulic drilling power sections; blow-out preventers; pressure control systems; wellhead equipment; frac manifolds and trees; high pressure engineered gate valves; down-hole and industrial progressing cavity pumps and related products, such as grinders for applications involving the flow of slurries and sludge; fluid-agitation equipment and systems; and various ancillary equipment for the energy sector consisting of rod guides, rod and tubing rotators, we l lhead systems, pipeline closure products, and valves. Its Process Solutions segment designs, manufactures, and services glass-lined reactors and storage vessels. This segment also provides alloy steel vessels, heat exchangers, other fluid systems, wiped film evaporators, and packaged process systems; and offers customized fluoropolymer-lined fittings, vessels, and accessories primarily to pharmaceutical and specialty chemical markets. The company was founded in 1878 and is based in Dayton, Ohio.
Hot Bank Companies For 2014: Amazon.com Inc.(AMZN)
Amazon.com, Inc. operates as an online retailer in North America and internationally. It operates retail Web sites, including amazon.com and amazon.ca. The company serves consumers through its retail Web sites and focuses on selection, price, and convenience. It also offers programs that enable sellers to sell their products on its Web sites, and their own branded Web sites. In addition, the company serves developer customers through Amazon Web Services, which provides access to technology infrastructure that developers can use to enable virtually various type of business. Further, it manufactures and sells the Kindle e-reader. Additionally, the company provides fulfillment; miscellaneous marketing and promotional agreements, such as online advertising; and co-branded credit cards. Amazon.com, Inc. was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Seattle, Washington.
- [By James K. Glassman]
Amazon.com is an example of a company that’s investing heavily to good effect. Last year, the online retailer spent $1.8 billion — or triple its net income — on capital expenditures. With $9.6 billion in cash and short-term investments and at least $3 billion in cash flow per year over the past three years, Amazon is not in danger of running out of money. Still, CEO Jeff Bezos is boldly spending to solidify his company’s dominant position as the place to buy stuff on the Internet. The stock trades at $237.42.
- [By Jeanine Poggi]
Amazon’s (AMZN_) sales and margins are in focus, as both measures fell short of expectations in the fourth quarter, triggering a massive sell-off in the stock.This marked the third consecutive quarter that Amazon’s results were not on par with its tradition of outperformance.
While some brokerage firms downgraded the stock on the news, for the most part, analysts sentiment remains bullish, urging investors to pick up shares on the downturn.
During the quarter the e-commerce giant earned $416 million, or 91 cents a share, on revenue of $12.95 billion. Analysts were looking for a profit of 88 cents on revenue of $13.01 billion.
Margins came in at 3.7%, below Wall Street’s forecast of 4.2%, as Amazon amped up its investment in its infrastructure.
- [By Geoff Gannon] t are going to lose ground to Amazon over time.
So I have more doubts about their future ROIs than a lot of investors do. These companies reinvest a lot. So, itRelated articles:Top Stocks For 2015
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- [By Geoff Gannon] t are going to lose ground to Amazon over time.