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Sep 27, 2023
In the News: McDonald’s, Costco, Target
The market is once again worried about a potential government shutdown in the U.S., beginning on Sunday, as Congress works on a budget for fiscal 2024 through the rest of September. This recurring news has been a seasonal part of the market’s jitters every few years or so, however, and we’re not worried about what we would describe as an overhyped risk. A potential government shutdown in the U.S., if it happens, will inevitably be resolved, and while it tends to make for scary media headlines, it just doesn’t factor into the thesis of long-term investors. We don’t think readers should overreact.
Sep 20, 2023
ICYMI: Questions for Valuentum’s Brian Nelson
Valuentum's President Brian Nelson, CFA, answers your questions.
Aug 28, 2023
Stock Report Updates
Check out the latest report updates on the website.
Aug 22, 2023
Theft Becoming a Huge Problem for Retailers
Image Source: Ben Schuman. Theft has always been a problem for retailers, but it has never been as big of a problem as it has been in recent quarters. Emboldened by the lack of police response and employees sometimes getting fired for confronting shoplifters, retail organized crime is on the rise. We’re not talking theft in the millions, or billions, but likely in the tens of billions per year or more across the U.S. Some attribute the rise of organized retail crime to the pandemic, which paved the way for shoplifters to post their loot online in order to make a quick buck. Some retailers are especially feeling the pinch, and recent commentary reveals just how bad retail theft (shrink) has become to their respective businesses.
Aug 3, 2023
Not Expecting Much From Consumer Staples Stocks
Image: Kellogg is representative of many consumer staples stocks that have considerable net debt positions. Image Source: Kellogg’s second-quarter press release. Though consumer staples equities have shown tremendous resilience in the face of adversity and their dividend yields can make sense in certain portfolios, the group is overflowing with net debt positions, meager long-term growth prospects, and free cash flow generation that is largely absorbed by growing per-share dividend liabilities. On the other hand, big cap tech and large cap growth have tremendous net cash positions and substantial future expected free cash flow generation, paving the way for what could be considerable long-term return potential. As with the last decade, we expect cash-based sources of intrinsic value to prevail, and for that, we continue to point to big cap tech and large cap growth as areas for consideration.
Jul 11, 2023
An Important Measure of Leverage for Dividend-Growth and Income-Oriented Shareholders, One That Is Dividend-Adjusted
As more and more investors rely on company dividends for income, dividends, in our view, have become more debt-like commitments in nature, especially from the perspective of dividend-growth or income-oriented shareholders. Years ago, we rolled out a measure of financial leverage that considers both the company’s debt and the present value of its future expected cash dividend obligations, which, in the eyes of die-hard dividend-growth or income-oriented shareholders, may be implicitly assumed to be debt-like commitments in substance. We think this leverage ratio can be used in conjunction with the Dividend Cushion ratio to gain additional insight into the dividend-paying financial health of an entity.
Jul 4, 2023
Walmart's 'Great Value' Brand and Position Across Retail Never Stronger
Image: Walmart’s shares have gotten back on track. We think Walmart’s ‘Great Value’ brand and position across bargain retail has never been stronger, and its share price reflects a company that is at a sweet spot of consumer demand as rivals continue to struggle. The high end of our fair value estimate range of Walmart stands north of $170, and shares yield ~1.4% at the moment. We’re liking what we see at Walmart these days.
Jun 16, 2023
Dividend Increases/Decreases for the Week of June 16
Let's take a look at firms raising/lowering their dividends this week.
Jun 13, 2023
ESG Facing Opposition But Still an Indispensable Component of Investing
Image: Shares of Anheuser-Busch Inbev and Target have fallen 16%+ and 22%+, respectively, since the beginning of April. ESG investing is facing numerous challenges during 2023 as investors look to reallocate funds to other areas, including higher-yielding bonds and AI-levered big cap tech. Social dynamics have also become increasingly more difficult to navigate as companies seek to extend their brands, and the missteps at BUD and TGT mean that C-suites have to pay more attention to how they incorporate social issues into their messaging than ever before. Regardless of the weak fund flows at ESG-focused financial instruments during 2023, the concepts embedded within ESG remain absolutely critical to an investor’s success.
May 30, 2023
Paper: Value and Momentum Within Stocks, Too
Abstract: This paper strives to advance the field of finance in four ways: 1) it extends the theory of the “The Arithmetic of Active Management” to the investor level; 2) it addresses certain data problems of factor-based methods, namely with respect to value and book-to-market ratios, while introducing price-to-fair-value ratios in a factor-based approach; 3) it may lay the foundation for academic literature regarding the Valuentum, the value-timing, and ultra-momentum factors; and 4) it walks through the potential relative outperformance that may be harvested at the intersection of relevant, unique and compensated factors within individual stocks.
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