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  • Heavy Wal-Mart Pressure "Breaking" Family Dollar

    Published: April 24, 2014

    We believe that this premium valuation is due to erroneous expectations of significantly improved earnings in future years through a successful turnaround, and perhaps more importantly, hope that FDO will be acquired by DG, WMT or perhaps even the target of a leveraged buyout. Acquisition risk is...

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  • JC Penney: So Bad, It's Good (Again)

    Published: January 23, 2014

    So Bad Its Good - JCP will stabilize and valuation will come back to reflect ongoing concern. JCP has seen unprecedented same store sales drops as it tried to change its image. This has ended and they have bottomed on the sales losses. If JCP can stabilize sales and margins then they would have E...

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  • SumZero Top-Rated Idea: Long on Sears Hometown

    Published: May 24, 2013

    The initial taste in people’s mouths when they hear of a Sears’s spinoff is what initially drew us to the situation. Over the last seven years, many value investors have fallen into the “SHLD” trap hoping that the market will value the assets on a “sum of the parts” / liquidation value higher tha...

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  • This Is What Bill Ackman Sees When He Looks at JCP

    Published: November 29, 2012

    While 2012 has been a year of disappointment, there is still very much reason for optimism in the case of the JCP turnaround. While SSS and SSF have declined more dramatically than anticipated, management has succeeded on the cost cutting front and the new JCP, while still very small, has exceede...

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  • News Around the Hedge Fund World (Week of July 16-20)

    Published: July 20, 2012

    Learning from one’s mistakes is a central principle of investing that many greats point towards as what has driven them toward success. Mistakes are inevitable; but they need not be repeated over and over again. In that vein, Zeke Ashton (Centaur Capital) put together an excellent self-critique o...

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