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(Bloomberg) – When it comes to L.. ONE. « Sunset » is still selling real estate – even nine months after the pandemic began.

With interest rates at one of the lowest levels ever, many renters are rethinking their housing options, said Jason Oppenheim, star of Selling Sunset, a Netflix reality series with a team of realtors and the dazzling properties they own sell through Los Angeles.

« Let’s face it, the 1% is doing very well right now, with markets at all-time highs and extremely low interest rates, » said Oppenheim, who runs his brokerage for the Oppenheim Group along Sunset Boulevard, which the show revolves around. “Houses are affordable right now and people want to get out of their cramped apartments. ”

Los Angeles is not alone. Since Covid-19 was declared a public health emergency in March, home buyers in California’s largest cities have shown no slack in real estate bets.

Besides Los Angeles, San Jose, San Diego, Sacramento, and San Francisco were the U. . S.. . Markets with the largest increase in new mortgages in the third quarter, according to a study by ATTOM Data Solutions that tracked metro areas nationwide with at least 1 million people. And that happened in the three months that the number of residential mortgages in the country rose to record levels.

At the national level, lenders spent roughly 1. ATTOM’s data showed that the third quarter of 05 million home purchase mortgages was 25% more than the same period in 2019. New home loans accounted for around 34. 5% of total mortgage activity last quarter.

« The real estate market is still functioning as if the pandemic-triggered recession hadn’t existed, » said Todd Teta, ATTOM’s chief product officer. “Buyers and property owners, drawn to low mortgage rates, have consistently positioned themselves to borrow at levels not seen in more than a decade. ”

« The simple fact is that millions of well-qualified millennials are seriously looking for homes and competing for a shortage of homes for sale, » said Jeff Tucker, senior economist at real estate company Zillow.

The intense demand in a tight market has brought the monthly and quarterly growth in house value to a level not seen since 2005, according to Zillow.

The scarce supply is reflected in many California markets, where sales signs are quickly disappearing from the front gardens. Listings in Los Angeles were down 17. 5% from a year ago for the week through November. 14th. In San Diego, they’re 33% lower and entries are down 37. 2% in Sacramento. In Riverside, east of Los Angeles, they fell by almost half, Zillow’s data showed.

Some of the new buyers are in pursuit of the high end after amassing fortunes from the technology boom. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index hit a record high in the third quarter and is hovering around that level, while the S&P 500 index hit a new high earlier this week.

« Instagram, TikTok, YouTube, young people are killing it out here, » said Oppenheim. “I sell a ton of homes worth $ 5 to 10 million to people on social media. ”

Still, not all markets are doing better as job losses from the pandemic continue to weigh on consumer confidence in other parts of the US. S.. . ATTOM’s Teta warned, “The pandemic and other factors could come together and stop the market boom. ”

Pittsburgh, Rochester, and Buffalo, New York State, as well as Buffalo, Detroit, and New York City are major metropolitan areas that saw mortgage declines year over year.

Despite the mixed signals, Zillow predicts 2021 will be the best year for home sales since 2006.

« People aren’t afraid to buy into this market, » said Oppenheim. « We’ll probably see a couple of good years ahead of us. ”

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total return. This is a combination of growth and dividend that a stock makes. The dividend is like a guaranteed return, even if the stock is underperforming or the market rolls over.
For this reason, companies that offer dividends are considered shareholder-friendly. They give some of their net profits back to their investors and generally support that dividend even during tough times.
In addition, even small dividends on stocks outperform savings accounts, money markets, and CDs. You can get your money invested at a better price than keeping it in the bank and get an extra growth kicker. InvestorPlace – Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips
However, that doesn’t mean you can pick a stock that offers a dividend. When times are tough, a company can cut its dividend to keep the company alive. This is not the case with all companies that pay dividends. Some have been paying and growing their dividends for more than 50 consecutive years.

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However, the seven F-rated dividend stocks to avoid here don’t belong to this select group. They are in hurt sectors struggling to maintain their stocks and businesses are running:
Strategic Education (NASDAQ: STRA)
Equity Residential (NYSE: EQR)
Federal Realty Investment Trust (NYSE: FRT)
Kennedy-Wilson Holdings (NYSE: KW)
Energy Transfer LP (NYSE: ET)
CF Industries (NYSE: CF)
Walgreens Boots Alliance (NYSE: WBA)

Dividend Stocks to Avoid: Strategic Education (STRA)
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The name may not be known, but some of its products might catch your eye – Strayer University and now Capella University. Both are online and Strayer has 78 locations around the U. . S.. . with its original campus in Washington, D. . C.. .
In early November, STRA announced the merger with Capella, which will help both organizations expand their registration in the US. S.. . during the novel coronavirus pandemic.
STRA’s most recent Q3 numbers were down from last year due to the pandemic. In addition, activities in Australia and New Zealand were recently sold. There is also talk of opening a cooking school with Sur La Table.
Hard work is being done to find a way to succeed in this market, but STRA stock is down 44% since the start of the year. And another bad quarter or two could mean the dividend could be cut, which would send the stock into freefall.

Equity Residential (EQR)
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As a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), you would think EQF was just having a field day.
The problem is that EQF is in the home rental market in big cities like San Francisco, Boston and New York. That means two things, neither of which is good.
First, the pandemic was particularly severe due to the population density in large urban areas. And when these cities close, people lose their jobs. In other words, rent is no longer a reliable source of income.
Second, people who still have jobs and work from home are looking for work outside of the big cities. And that means increasing vacancies.
This double blow hits the EQR share hard.

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The stock is down 26% since the start of the year and has a 4th. 1% dividend. The risk is that things could get worse before they get better in the face of the pandemic resurgence.

Federal Realty Investment Trust (FRT)
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This REIT has been around since 1962 and it has a very good dividend record. The problem, however, is that while the dividend is safe, the dividend won’t add to the return on your stock as properties are concentrated in locations where the pandemic is making life difficult for retailers and renters.
FRT focuses on mixed-use properties in upscale markets in major urban centers around the United States. S.. . The problem now is that the REIT is facing the double blow of reduced pedestrian traffic for the high-end retailers (and the occupation of those storefronts) and reduced interest from property owners and tenants moving to high-density urban locations.
And with potential localized lockdowns re-emerging in major cities as the pandemic worsens, it will continue to affect FRT’s ability to come back in good times. In the worst case scenario, the dividend may be at risk.
But even if the dividend stays intact, the stock is down 30% since the start of the year, so 4. 7% dividend is cold comfort when the downside risk increases.

Kennedy-Wilson Holdings (KW)
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While KW describes itself as an international real estate company, it works as hard as a REIT that it is on the directory of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trust.
It has apartment buildings as well as commercial and hotel real estate in the United States. S.. . and Europe. This means that it is under the same pressure as the previous REITs, but on a global scale. And the hospitality department is particularly under stress as the European nations are closing again.
There is still optimism for KW shares in the markets, but the risk levels are rising. And the current 28x value for money seems a little rich for a company this vulnerable.

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This P / E ratio is also available after the share has fallen by 27% since the beginning of the year. Given the current state of the world, the assumption that 2021 will be on the way to a major global economic recovery could be somewhat optimistic. And it’s rich 5. A 4% dividend doesn’t turn red to black, and it can be at risk if the pandemic finds its way this winter.

Energy transfer LP (ET)
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The midstream energy market – pipelines – is usually a solid place to go when energy prices are volatile as these companies act as toll collectors for companies that use their pipelines. The price of oil and natural gas does not matter to these companies.
But what matters is demand. And it looks like the U. . S.. . is besieged by Covid-19 and that means at best that people will stay close to home. Surely the winter season will increase the demand for natural gas for heating in much of the country, and that is the EP’s specialty.
However, this seasonal demand flows into the price and performance models. This quarter will certainly be weaker than a year ago.
Limited partnerships are the REIT version of the Energy Patch. They pay off dividends for investors as a percentage of their net income. But when prices are hit, dividends go up.
ET stock is down 53% since the start of the year and has a whopping dividend of 10. 2%. That sounds good, but the higher it gets, the higher the risk of a dividend cut or elimination. And that would be very bad for the stock too.

CF Industries Holdings (CF)
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This fertilizer company has been around since 1946 and has seen some challenging markets over the years. And in general, fertilizer is a pretty stable business.
CF is the world leader in converting natural gas to nitrogen. It has nine production facilities in the U. . S.. . , Canada and the U. . K. .
The only problem is that this sector can be cyclical. When the economies are strong, the demand for agricultural goods increases and with it the demand for fertilizers.
This is not the case now. While CF is not in a tough spot and is likely to get through this currently challenging global market, it is not time to fish for the stock.

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CF shares are down 33% since the start of the year, so it’s 3. A dividend of 7% won’t save it from a difficult year. And it is not known where the bottom is. So if you’re hoping to sit on this 3, believing the stock has seen the worst is a risky bet. 7% dividend here.

Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA)
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On a positive note, WBA shares have seen dividend growth for 45 consecutive years. On the other hand, the share has been in a clear downward trend since the end of 2018. At the time it was trading near $ 85. Now it’s $ 37.
The Q4 numbers for the fiscal year were released in October and were solid. The pharmacy side of the business was solid when sales of unspectacular and same stores rose around 5%.
There is no worry that the WBA will disappear from the market. However, that doesn’t mean that a stock is worth holding. Buying almost 2. 000 Rite Aid (NYSE: RAD) stores, valued at $ 17 billion in 2018, are still being converted. Given RAD’s struggles, WBA may not be able to fix some of these deals, which could weigh on the entire company.
WBA stock is down 36% since the start of the year, so its 5% dividend is impressive, but it can’t be a reason to rely on this stock’s ability to bounce back from here.
At the time of writing, Louis Navellier is not long any stocks in this article. Louis Navellier held other positions (either directly or indirectly) in the securities referred to in this article.
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Let me start this note by saying that it is a pleasure to see General Electric (NYSE: GE) regain some respect. This is a great American company that has been in the box for too long. Until recently, it was the end of the joke. Some Wall Street pundits insulted the breach by downgrading GE stock even if it was $ 7. That was wrong and investors finally realized it.
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Today’s note is going to sound bearish, but I’ll remind you that I’ve recommended it several times. Most recently, I suggested that it had upside potential about a month ago. At the time, being GE for long was not trendy. Everyone is on board now, but that is my greatest caution.
Experts like Goldman Sachs recently blessed it as a great idea for next year. My concern here is the price, not the failure of the company. I am very confident that GE will continue to thrive in this long rebound. It’s a process, not a moment in time. InvestorPlace – Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips
Even in the toughest year ever, GE’s management silenced the naysayers for good. I’m not blaming those who sold it last year. The company gave us plenty of reasons to doubt it. The embarrassing stories that came out along the way are what they write about in books. But eventually, and after many shift changes, they put together a team to get the job done. Now it’s still a huge company, with nearly $ 100 billion in sales last year. That’s 60 times bigger than Shopify (NYSE: SHOP) and 153 times bigger than Zoom (NASDAQ: ZM).
However, each of them has a larger market cap than GE.

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In addition, the structure of the company is clearer than ever. General Electric operates in four main segments. Three of them are currently important issues including electricity, healthcare and renewable energy. The fourth is unfortunately swimming upstream – the aviation industry is struggling with the spread of Covid-19, but that’s also on the mend.
GE’s stock valuation is still not an issue
The evaluation is important and will be stretched a little in the short term. That’s okay for now, because in absolute terms a 24-fold price-earnings ratio is not bloated. But it’s at a level where investors usually go for growth.
Management has just restructured its business so the measurement of sales is misleading compared to the past. It will normalize over time. In the meantime, it could become a sensitive issue for critics. Remember, I’m a GE fan, so I have a good idea of ​​this potential friction.

The GE share only sells once. There is absolutely no hopium branded in it. This means that investors are completely realistic and know what they are doing to own it. If I have the stock for a long time, I can stay in it for a long time. In the meantime, those who wish to enter now should be patient. There could be better starting points that are lower and soon.
The other reason I hesitate to open large new positions now is because of the extrinsic risk of the indices. You just won’t stop making new highs even in the face of bad news. This leaves the door open for a blindside correction. As things stand today, in my opinion, it’s a common slump. When it comes down to it, there would be great opportunities to buy GE stock.
Starting partially long positions is a happy medium. It soothes the itchiness and suppresses the FOMO feeling that permeates us all.
Patience is a virtue now
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Technically, there are also reasons to moderate the short-term enthusiasm. GE stock is up 60% from its September low and 45% since my last report. It deserves a break. It is now near the 50% Fibonacci retrace of the corrective pandemic crash. Another, smaller sign is Nov. . 18 candle that looks like an island. It is now becoming a hurdle for the cops to overcome. These are not stock killer concepts, just reasons to stop or fade a rally. I’m not expecting a complete collapse, but entering the stock would make a lot more sense if it were $ 1 lower.
I expect there will be up to $ 8 of support so it’s not a short here. But there is also level resistance from previous battles. Zooming out on the weekly chart also shows that it has entered a pivot zone. It’s been controversial since the 2018 crash.
Basically it is trying to break out of a hideous descending canal of lower elevations and it reached the edge of it. It will take a few tries to penetrate. The cops may make it at some point, but from here it will be a shame. Most of the simple work is done.
At the time of writing, Nicolas Chahine held positions (neither directly nor indirectly) in the securities identified in this article.
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Do we finally have blue skies in front of us? It’s too early to give the all-clear, but things are definitely looking good. The announcement of the Pfizer vaccine (NYSE: PFE) breakthrough last week triggered a seismic shift in the stock market. Traders began dumping their tech and work-from-home stocks while buying disadvantaged airlines, cruise lines, restaurants, retailers, and other stocks to aid pandemic recovery.
And that makes a lot of sense. We have heard more positive news since then. For example, the Moderna vaccine (NASDAQ: MRNA) also performed brilliantly in clinical trials and gave the world a safety net if something went wrong with the Pfizer candidate.
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With the aerospace industry on the mend, traders can start moving into these names. Here is the outlook for seven leading airline stocks:
United Airlines (NASDAQ: UAL)
Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV)
American Airlines (NASDAQ: AAL)
Delta Airlines (NYSE: DAL)
Hawaiian Airlines (NASDAQ: HA)
Volaris (NYSE: VLRS)
Copa Airlines (NYSE: CPA)

Airline stocks to buy: United Airlines (UAL)
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United Airlines is in a middle ground, up to the capital U. . S.. . Porters go. It is in a much better financial position than the Americans, which allows for some flexibility. However, the situation is more precarious than that of the southwest or the delta. As a result, UAL stock is possibly the most intriguing of the big four airline stocks. It has a wide range of possible results – from very good to almost complete obliteration.
So far, however, United seems to be doing quite well. However, analysts believe United Airlines will lose $ 26. 50 per share in 2020. That’s not a misprint – the company is projected to be something on the order of $ 7 billion. USD or 8 billion. Losing USD per year. Analysts also expect another sizeable loss in 2021, in the range of just over $ 4 per share.
Given that UAL stock started at $ 90 earlier in the year – before a pandemic hit – and has lost around $ 30 through its negative gains, it’s highly unlikely the stock will be back anytime soon will return over $ 60 per share. Factor in a longer-term drop in demand – and the negative impact of United’s capital increase this year – and the market price makes sense now.
If UAL stock was previously worth $ 90, it is likely now worth no more than $ 40, or $ 50 per share. Hence, stocks seem pretty cheap right now.

Southwest Airlines (LUV)
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In 1978 the government deregulated the aviation industry. This enabled the airlines to compete directly on price and initiate competitive tariff and market share wars against one another. It also allowed former regional airlines such as Southwest to compete on a national level. This deregulation was devastating to most airlines – in fact, all but one of the country’s major airlines later went bankrupt.
The only exception? Southwest Airlines. Incredibly, since deregulation went into effect in 1978, LUV stock has had a total return of around 36. 000% achieved. That’s a great number for a company in such a historically challenging industry.
Southwest’s earlier superior returns were achieved on a few key edges. The company has long had world-class fuel hedges that isolated it from the high oil prices that weighed on other airlines between 2007 and 2012. The company also had a much lower cost base than other airlines by avoiding expensive unionized contracts and expensive big city airports.
However, in recent years many of Southwest’s old advantages have waned. The company is no longer a seedy upstart, but one of the big dogs. As such, his ability to work clearly has lost a degree. In other words, don’t expect LUV stock to be the massive winner it used to be.

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That said, Southwest, with its best track record in the industry and smart management, is a good choice for investors looking for a safe position among otherwise volatile airline stocks.

Delta Airlines (DAL)
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Of the three major legacy airlines, Delta started 2020 with by far the best financial position. This has given the company a lot of flexibility in dealing with the pandemic. DAL has avoided getting involved in the dilution and asset sales that other major airlines have endured.
Additionally, Delta’s losses were a smaller proportion of the previous valuation. To name a few numbers: DAL shares were trading at around USD 60 until 2020. Now analysts expect it to lose a little more than $ 10 a share this year – a far better rate than United. All in all, Delta has seen much less damage to its pre-pandemic value than its peers.
Right now, Delta stock largely reflects this advantageous position – its stocks are only about 36% down over the year. As the safest game of the big three legacy airlines, DAL stock is a sensible choice here. Assuming air traffic regains momentum early next year, the stock could hit the $ 50 mark again in the next few months. This makes it one of the more promising airline stocks.

American Airlines (AAL)
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Next up on my list of airline stocks to have a terrible 2020 is American Airlines. On the way into the pandemic, the company was arguably the most aggressive of the major airlines. In large part, tens of billions of dollars in debt were raised to buy back more of its own stock.
It seems that Americans believed that the aviation industry had overcome its previous problems and would be profitable forever. In 2017, when speaking about airlines, CEO Dough Parker said, « The old world was dark but it’s light now […] I know I sound like an evangelist talking about it. « He continued, » I don’t think we’ll ever lose money again. ”
Of course, that belief was wrong. And because Americans were spending so much money on stock buybacks and other unnecessary spending, they got caught in the pandemic with the most debt of any major airline.

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As a result, American Airlines had to massively dilute shareholders to raise funds and keep the lights on. And as losses pile up, the company will be forced to issue even more stocks and high-yield debt. That will keep the price of AAL stock under control.

Hawaiian Airlines (HA)
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Hawaiian Airlines, while not the best-known American airline, has stood out from the other stocks in the airline over the past week.
On Monday, the day the Pfizer vaccine news hit, HA stock was the single biggest winner in its sector. Stocks rose more than 50%. The ability of HA stock to add so much value in one day speaks volumes for both the risk and the opportunity associated with the regional airline.
What Makes Hawaiian Airlines Unique? The company plays a major role in tourism. According to the Hawaii government, the state has suffered far worse than the economy as a whole. Analysts believe Hawaii’s economy will shrink 12. 3% for the full year 2020. That’s far worse than the U’s 5% contraction. . S.. . Economy is expected for the year.
The reason for Hawaii’s notable underperformance isn’t hard to pinpoint – Hawaii’s tourist arrivals fell 98. 8% in the second quarter compared to the previous year (YOY). Missing tourists meant missing ticket sales for Hawaiian Airlines. In addition, the collapse of the tourism industry has dealt a massive blow to local Hawaiian businesses as a whole.
But the good news is that while Hawaii is among the hardest hit states, it could be facing a big comeback. Assuming the vaccine is successful and widespread soon, the company’s stocks could rebound in a staggering way. The government of the state of Hawaii has already lifted its previous mandatory 14-day self-quarantine for passengers arriving on the islands. And Hawaiian Airlines still had $ 979 million in cash at the last earnings report.
Combine these factors and Hawaiian Airlines should have enough runways for tourism to come back to life in 2021.

Volaris (VLRS)
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Another selection of airline stocks that investors should consider is Mexican hyper discounter Volaris. The company is attractive compared to much of its US-based competition for a number of reasons.
For one, Volaris has a much lower cost base as it pays much of its expenses in Mexican pesos instead of U.. S.. . Dollars – for example, the pay gap between a Mexico City-based pilot and New York City can be significant. In a broader sense, the company is run with an extremely cost-effective structure. It has a sleek, streamlined flight offering with minimal frills.
This means that, historically, Volaris has been more correlated to the price of oil than other airlines. This is because jet fuel is proportionally a much larger part of Volaris’ cost base. Hence, given the current economic setback, the airline is benefiting more than its competitors. The cost of jet fuel has come down and that is far more important to Volaris’ bottom line than its rival airlines, which have overheads in other areas.
In addition, the Mexican aviation business is already roaring back. Based on numbers from three of Mexico’s publicly traded airport operators – ASUR, PAC and OMA – traffic is now back at 55% of normal levels. This is way ahead of what we see in the U.. S.. . and Europe. Volaris itself has 82% of normal traffic again and absorbs passengers from fighting competitors.

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Mexico had a huge wave of Covid-19 this summer, but it quickly faded. As a result, it was able to return to something normal much faster than the rest of North America. The country has opened its international borders and tourism sector for months. Volaris should benefit greatly from this in the months ahead. VLRS stock has already gained a lot in the past few weeks, but buying pullbacks is worth considering.

Copa Airlines (CPA)
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The final choice on my list of airline stocks is Copa, Panama’s main airline. While Panama is a small market itself, Copa has an extensive hub-and-spoke system that runs from the USA far to South America via the centrally located Panama City Airport. And, whatever it’s worth, CPA has historically surpassed most of its peers in North America and Latin America.
Part of this is due to specific competitive advantages. For example, in most of Central America there is no major competitor airline. This enabled Copa to charge unusually high tariffs for short routes in and around Panama City’s core airport. In a broader sense, management has also avoided the temptation to grow too fast and avoided building an empire that stalled now bankrupt rivals Latam (OTCMKTS: LTMAQ) and Avianca (OTCMKTS: AVHOQ). . These fundamental strengths should help CPA stock continue to recover in the future.
At the time of publication, Ian Bezek held positions (neither directly nor indirectly) in any of the securities referred to in this article.
Ian Bezek has more than 1. 000 articles written for InvestorPlace. com and search alpha. He also worked as a junior analyst for Kerrisdale Capital, a New York City-based hedge fund with a volume of $ 300 million. You can reach him on Twitter at @irbezek.
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Berkshire Hathaway Inc. . (NYSE: BRK-A) (NYSE: BRK-B) CEO Warren Buffett is one of the richest people in the world with a net worth of approximately $ 86 billion. Unfortunately, for small retail investors looking to follow in Buffett’s footsteps, buying even a share of Berkshire Hathaway is quite expensive. Berkshire’s Class A shares will be around 345. Traded $ 000 per share. The retail investor class B shares aren’t necessarily cheap, trading around $ 230. But just because Buffett’s company has an expensive stock of its own doesn’t mean there aren’t any Buffett stocks that are affordable. Here are five stocks Berkshire Hathaway holds that are priced below $ 25 per share. Related link: How Bank of America Became One of Warren Buffett’s Best Investments Sirius XM Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: SIRI) Sirius is a satellite broadcaster and the owner of more than 140 content channels. The company also owns Pandora Media following a $ 3 billion buyout in 2019. Berkshire holds 50 million shares of Sirius XM, valued at approximately $ 320. 5 million, and the stock is priced at just $ 6. 41 per share. Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd (NYSE: TEVA) Teva is the largest generic drug company in the world. Buffett recently added five new health care stocks in the third quarter but has been in Teva since 2018. Teva is a classic Buffett Value stock that trades at just 3. 5-fold profit on dates. Buffett holds 42. 7 million shares of Teva, valued at approximately $ 400 million, and each share costs just $ 9. 35. Liberty Latin America Ltd. (NASDAQ: LILA) (NASDAQ: LILAK) Liberty Latin America is a member of the Liberty Media Group, which was spun off from its parent company in 2018. Liberty Latin America is a telecommunications company serving more than 6 million homes in Latin America and the Caribbean. The company has two share classes and Buffett owns a combined 4. 6 million shares valued at $ 48. 1 million. The good news is that both share classes are trading around $ 11. 90 per share. Suncor Energy Inc. . (NYSE: SU) It’s been a brutal year for the oil and gas industry, and Canadian oil exploration and production company Suncor Energy is no exception. Stocks have fallen 53. 5% year-to-date in 2020, but Buffett is not on bail. Buffett is known to urge investors to be greedy when others are scared, and there is a lot of fear in the energy sector these days. Berkshire holds 19. 2 million Suncor shares valued at approximately $ 296. 4 million. The stock costs just $ 15. 44 per share. Barrick Gold Corp (NYSE: GOLD) Buffett has historically been very skeptical of gold as an investment, so many followers were surprised when Berkshire announced a large stake in the gold mining company Barrick Gold earlier this year. Buffett expects gold prices to rise after the U. . S.. . unprecedented government stimulus this year. Berkshire owns 12 million shares of Barrick stock valued at $ 290. 1 million. The stock trades at just $ 24. 50 per share. Illustration by Joel Stralnic. See More From Benzinga * Click Here For Benzinga Option Deals * How Options Traders Play Zoom Videos As Coronavirus Cases Rise * Josh Brown Loves GM Right Now: ‘They Go From An Internal Combustion Giant To An Electric Giant’ (C) 2020 Benzinga. com. Benzinga does not offer investment advice. All rights reserved.

Like World Wide Wrestling Champion Randy Orton, energy stocks came out of nowhere this month to outperform the rest of the market. From the day before, Pfizer (PFE) gave optimism a booster shot for the first time with great vaccine news (on Nov.. . 9) By the close of trading on Wednesday, the SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Exploration & Production Exchange Traded Fund (XOP) soared 29. 6%. Energy stocks are still a strong buy.

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Once Donald Trump finally admits he lost the election, Joe Biden and his transition team can work on implementing an infrastructure plan that would involve the federal government investing $ 1. 3 trillion in the next decade. It is a plan that will help infrastructure stocks in this country.
Before you get upset about the country’s crumbling infrastructure getting a facelift, Donald Trump allegedly had a plan. During his presidency, he wanted to spend $ 1 trillion on infrastructure.
Unfortunately, for America, he was more concerned about giving tax breaks to billionaires than repairing infrastructure that was once the envy of the world. InvestorPlace – Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips
While Joe Biden appears to have a lot more substance than the current White House person, the Republican-controlled Senate will almost certainly block any kind of New Deal type of legislative initiative.
Needless to say, there is no safe bet when it comes to infrastructure.

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So if you’re looking for infrastructure stocks to buy, you may want to bet on the ones that do well with or without an infrastructure plan. Here are seven stocks to buy that should win regardless of who’s in office over the next decade:
American Water Works (NYSE: AWK)
Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK. A, NYSE: BRK. B)
CenterPoint Energy (NYSE: CNP)
NextEra Energy (NYSE: NEE)
Terex (NYSE: TEX)
Valmont Industries (NYSE: VMI)

Infrastructure Stocks to Buy: American Water Works (AWK)
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The water company announced its results for the third quarter in November. 4th. They exceeded analysts’ expectations, generating earnings per share of $ 1. 46.8 cents higher than consensus. It was also 13 cents higher than a year earlier.
With strong earnings in the third quarter of 2020, American Water Works management increased its earnings guidance for 2020 to an average of $ 3. 90.6 cents higher than his previous projections for the year.
In the first nine months of fiscal 2020, the company invested $ 1. 38 billion for its infrastructure and plans to spend an additional $ 520 million in the fourth quarter for a total of $ 1. 9 billion in its fiscal year.
InvestorPlace’s Muslim Farooque recently recommended AWK shares as one of three utilities investors can count on. He particularly likes the 55 cent dividend which is currently 1. 4%. Since the beginning of the year until Nov. . 13, its stock is up 33% and 21%. 8% on an annual basis over the past decade.
AWK stock was one of my 20 stocks that I had to buy if Biden won the election.

Berkshire Hathaway (BRK. A, BRK. B)
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Though most investors likely consider Warren Buffett’s holding company to own insurance companies like Geico and have a massive portfolio of stocks, it also owns one of America’s largest railways – Burlington Northern – and Berkshire Hathaway Energy (BHE), a collection of energy companies with a Control over $ 100 billion in assets.
For example, BHE Renewables is available in nine states with 1. 536 megawatts of solar capacity, 1. 665 MW of wind power, 345 MW from geothermal plants and 138 MW from traditional hydropower plants in Hawaii and the Philippines.
Interestingly, HomeServices of America, the largest residential real estate agent in the United States, is one of the various companies operated by BHE. S.. . The company operates under several brand names, including Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, and has sales of more than $ 135 billion nationwide. For the first nine months of 2020, Berkshire rail, utilities, and energy revenues were $ 30. 5 billion, with net income of $ 6. 3 billion.

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If it were a S&P 500 company, the rail, utilities, and energy companies would be spot on with some of America’s largest corporations.

CenterPoint Energy (CNP)
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The company’s business dates back to 1866 when the Houston Gas Light Company was founded to make and sell gas from a combination of coal and mussels. More than 154 years later, it serves more than 7 million customers in the United States. S.. . Operating electric and natural gas utilities in eight states with more than $ 33 billion in assets.
On Nov. . 5 reported to CentrePoint on third quarter 2020 results, including a 15 cent depreciation for its midstream instruments. That being said, the company earned 29 cents from utilities and 5 cents from midstream investments for a total of 34 cents after 47 cents the previous year.
Due to its strong utility results, CentrePoint raised its 2020 forecast for the unit to between $ 1. 12 and $ 1. 20 a share. It is confident that it can continue to grow its utility revenues by 10% per year based on a 10% interest rate hike.
The jewel of his fortune is Houston Electric, whose customers in the Houston area have grown for 33 consecutive years. As a result of this success, the company plans to increase its capital investments by EUR 3 billion over the next five years (2021-2025). USD to a total of 16 billion. USD increase. This investment will allow him to increase his earnings by 5-7% annually as mentioned earlier.
CentrePoint has an attractive 2nd. 4% dividend yield. It’s definitely the underdog bet among these seven infrastructure stocks.

NextEra Energy (NEE)
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This is probably my favorite supply inventory.
The company not only operates Florida Power & Light, one of the largest interest-rate utilities in the country, which generates 54% of its total profits. It is also the world’s largest generator for renewable energy from wind, solar and battery storage.
It is at the center of the transition from dirty to clean energy. I recently discovered that NextEra exceeded Exxon Mobil (NYSE: XOM) market cap, even though it still generates a significant portion of its electricity from coal and natural gas.
What is important is that it has been found that the world wants clean energy. I don’t think XOM has yet got a grip on this reality.
As I said in my article, NextEra’s backlog for renewable energy projects was over 15. 000 megawatts, suggesting that capacity in this area will double in the next few years.

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It just keeps delivering for shareholders. The infrastructure stocks are unbeatable.

NV5 Global (NVEE)
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I have to admit, I don’t spend a lot of time researching publicly traded advisors like NV5 Global. In fact, I had never heard of it until I saw his name on a list of holdings for an infrastructure-based exchange-traded fund.
It turns out that NV5 has more than 100 offices in the US. S.. . and elsewhere with a special focus on advising on infrastructure projects. The company operates three segments: Infrastructure, Buildings, Technology & Sciences and Geospatial Solutions.
The third quarter ended Oct. . On March 3, 2020, the infrastructure segment accounted for 56% of sales of 170 million. USD and 59% of sales of 33 million. USD from. 4 million pre-tax income. Thanks to acquisitions and an increase in liquefied natural gas consulting, sales and earnings before taxes in the infrastructure segment 9 increased. 0% and 40. 7% in the same period last year.
In the third quarter, NV5 backlog increased 9% from the second quarter and 23% from the third quarter of 2019. In the final quarter of 2020 and 2021, the company offers a range of opportunities from all three operating segments.
The third quarter ended with an order backlog of $ 572 million, up from $ 151 million in the third quarter of 2015. The goal is to achieve an annual execution rate of $ 1 billion by 2020.
If America gets into an infrastructure crisis, you can bet on it.

Terex (TEX)
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I’m one of those weird people who see a brand name and want to know right away who it belongs to and if it’s a public company. The other day I was walking past a restaurant I go to quite a lot and there was a genius scissor lift in front of the building. My brain immediately went into thinking mode and tried to remember its owner.
Well, that would be Terex, a Connecticut-based company whose aerial work platforms (AWP) and material handling machines (MP) are used on infrastructure-related projects on five different continents every day of the year.
Genie is part of the company’s AWP segment. It generates 60% of the company’s sales. For the first nine months of fiscal 2020, AWP’s revenue was $ 1. 37 billion, 58% less than a year earlier due to Covid-19.
As stated in the third quarter 2020 press release, the fourth quarter is expected to be the strongest from a free cash flow perspective. In the third quarter, 76 US dollars were generated. 6 million free cash flow despite a significant decrease in net income and sales for the quarter.
« Terex’s third quarter results show that we can offset challenging macroeconomic conditions by focusing on levers that are under our control, » said John Sheehan, Terex chief financial officer. “We have mitigated these headwinds through disciplined cost and working capital management to generate positive free cash flow of $ 54 million for the quarter. Our free cash flow performance reflects a steady improvement in our business and strong execution. ”

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Valmont Industries (VMI)
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In August 2014, I recommended three agricultural stocks.
Valmont Industries, AGCO (NYSE: AGCO) and Deere & Company (NYSE: DE). All three had suffered some backlash in agriculture that year. I thought their recent weakness made them contrary purchases.
In the six years since the VMI rose 12%, the AGCO is up 102% and the Deere is up the most, up 197%. By comparison, the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (NYSEARCA: SPY) is up 88% over the same period.
To say that I have been disappointed with Valmont’s performance over the past few years would be an understatement. Despite an annualized total return of 7. 7% in the last five years or half of the U. . S.. . In the markets as a whole, VMI has still achieved an 11 year total return of 11. 4%, 160 basis points higher than the entire U. . S.. . Markets.
In the long term, the company is focused on growing its sales 5 to 10% annually, growing earnings per share by 10% or more every year, converting more than 100% of its net income into free cash flow, and achieving operating margins of 12% or more.
Unfortunately, as with most companies, Valmont’s year-to-date numbers aren’t very good.
However, September ended in the third quarter. 26, sales increased 6. Adjusted earnings per share increased 3% by 13%. 7%, free cash flow of 202 million. USD (almost double his income) and an operating margin of 9. 3%.
While there was still some work to be done in the final quarter, free cash flow for the past 12 months is $ 250 million with an FCF return of 6. 6%. This comes very close to the value range of 8%. .
Once the novel coronavirus wears off and business returns to normal, I expect Valmont to deliver decent returns to infrastructure investors.
At the time of this writing, Will Ashworth held positions (either directly or indirectly) in any of the securities identified in this article.
Will Ashworth has been a full-time investor since 2008. Publications he has appeared in include InvestorPlace, The Motley Fool Canada, Investopedia, Kiplinger and several others in both US. S.. . and Canada. He particularly enjoys creating model portfolios that will stand the test of time. He lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia. At the time of this writing, Will Ashworth did not hold a position in any of the above securities.
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