Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks For 2019

It’s known colloquially as the Midas touch. That’s what Warren Buffett used to turn a $150,000 investment in 1971 into $11 million. In this case, the investment was made in a beach house in Laguna Beach, California.

Buffett, who is famous for his buy-and-hold-almost-forever investing style, paid the equivalent of $900,000 in 2017 dollars for the six-bedroom, six-and-a-half bath house, but even that’s a return of more than 1,000% over 46 years.

Buffett and his first wife bought the house primarily because she liked it. At the time, Laguna Beach was not the up-scale enclave it is currently, but it had potential, as they say. He told The Wall Street Journal that he is selling it now because his family no longer uses it much since his first wife’s death in 2004.

Lisa Mandell at Realtor.com examined both the purchase and the sale of Buffett’s beach house for some tips on a winning investment strategy.

Listen only to those you know and trust
Clearly the first Mrs. Buffett had an eye for a good buy and Mr. Buffett is not likely to have married a fool. Her recommendation was all that was necessary.

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks For 2019: Kate Spade & Company(KATE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Kate Spade (KATE) caught a bounce on Wednesday when the Wall Street Journalreported that it was actively seeking a buyer. Since then, we’ve learned that the fashion accessories retailer looks set to auction itself off to the highest bidder, with the process potentially beginning next month, with bidders potentially including Coach (COH) and Michael Kors (KORS). In a note today, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey analystPamela Quintiliano and team contend that Kate Spade could fetch as much as $23 a share:

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    Looking at recent historical deals, we arrive at a $18-$23 potential deal range. We analyzed transactions that have been announced over the past four years and involved companies catering to a higher income customer. These deals include Southern Tide (acquired by Oxford Industries (OXM)), Joe’s Jeans (acquired by Sequential Brands Group (SQBG)), prAna (acquired by Columbia Sportswear (COLM)), The Jones Group (acquired by Sycamore Partners [private] and Juicy Couture (acquired by Authentic Brands Group [private]). The average EV/EBITDA multiple of these transactions are 12.9x (in line with KATE’s 5-year historical average of 12.1x) and implies a potential deal range of $22-$23. When taking the average of recent (F13-16) deals implies an ~10.5x EV/EBITDA multiple. When applying the ~10.5x multiples to KATE’s trailing EBITDA, we arrive at an $18- $19 potential share price.

    Shares of Kate Spade have gained 1.1% to $18.70 at 2:08 p.m. today, while Coach has declined 0.2% to $34.95, Michael Kors is little changed at $42.86, Oxford Industries has fallen 0.7% to $60.38, Columbia Sportswear has climbed 1.4% to $58.60, and Sequential Brands Group has jumped 3.7% to $4.77.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Coach (COH) rose to the top of the S&P 500 today after reports that Kate Spade (KATE) had put itself up for sale caused shares of fashion-accessory retailers to rise.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Kate Spade & Co (NASDAQ: KATE) was down, falling around 14 percent to $19.60 after it was reported the company would spend more time to negotiate the Coach Inc (NYSE: COH) offer.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Time, time, time. See what’s become of Kate Spade (KATE), as investors look around at its possibilities…and don’t like what they see. That’s the takeaway today following Kate Spade’s earnings release, and update on a potential takeover.

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    Kate Spade reported a profit of 1 cent a share, missing forecasts for 7 cents, on sales of $271.2 million, well below analyst expectations for $299 million. And Kate Spade also updated investors on its efforts to sell itself, without offering much of an update at all.

    Cowen’s Oliver Chen and team still expect a deal to happen but lower the probability of a deal occurring to 70% from 80%. They explain why:

    …formal language on deal prospects articulates process is proceeding in a timely manner with no definitive timetable and no assurance that process will result in a transaction. We still expect a deal to happen, but do lower our probability from 80% to 70% given the likelihood that potential buyer(s) and KATE have not agreed on a clearing price in earlier rounds of negotiation. We believe a bidder such as Coach (COH) does not want to overpay, is disciplined about managing ROIC, and returns and synergies split may be more rational at an offer price in the range of $22-25. We continue to believe KATE has a long global growth runway ahead with opportunities for store growth abroad, further expansion into non-handbag categories, and supply + digital synergy potential…We rate KATE Market Perform and lower our price target to $21 (was $27). Our updated valuation is based on ~10x our FY18E adj. EBITDA or $284mm.

    Investors, however, want to see a deal get done: Shares of Kate Spade have tumbled 6.6% to $18.12 at 3:26 p.m. today, while Coach has declined 0.5% to $39.51, and Michael Kors (KORS), also rumored to be interested in an acquisition, has fallen 1.1% to $36.92.

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks For 2019: Flowserve Corporation(FLS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Damon Churchwell]

    Increasing sales and margins
    A second, even larger, flow technology company to consider is Flowserve (NYSE: FLS  ) . The company’s flow control systems are utilized by a wide range of industries, led by oil & gas, chemicals, and power generation.

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks For 2019: Cardiome Pharma Corporation(CRME)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of CARDIOME PHARMA CORP (NASDAQ: CRME) were down 30 percent to $2.72 after the company issued U.S. regulatory update for BRINAVESS. The FDA advised Cardiome that the data package proposed is not sufficient to support re-submission of the BRINAVESS NDA.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of CARDIOME PHARMA CORP (NASDAQ: CRME) were down 43 percent to $3.01. Cardiome priced 10 million shares at $3 per share.

    Seadrill Partners LLC (NYSE: SDLP) was down, falling around 30 percent to $4.09 as the company announced plans to reduce the quarterly cash distribution to $0.10 per unit from $0.25 per unit.

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks For 2019: The Middleby Corporation(MIDD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Middleby Corp (NASDAQ: MIDD) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.84 per share on revenue of $515.56 million.

    Jack in the Box Inc. (NASDAQ: JACK) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.70 per share on revenue of $360.22 million.

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks For 2019: Hollysys Automation Technologies Ltd.(HOLI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Ideal Power (NASDAQ: IPWR) and Hollysys Automation Technologies (NASDAQ:HOLI) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk and earnings.

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