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Thank you for subscribing to the Cabot Undervalued Stocks Advisor. We hope you enjoy reading the November 2022 issue.

While sharp declines in hyper-growth tech stocks to below their pre-pandemic prices may seem like the proverbial “end of days” has arrived, the fall-off is more a return to normal following a period of vast excesses.

Thank you for subscribing to the Cabot Undervalued Stocks Advisor. We hope you enjoy reading the October 2022 issue.

Following the sharp drop in stocks due to fears of a major policy error, we see an opportunity for subscribers to add to their existing positions in many of our recommended names at very attractive prices.

Is a deep recession likely? Perhaps we are instead experiencing an old-fashioned inventory cycle.

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Thank you for subscribing to the Cabot Undervalued Stocks Advisor. We hope you enjoy reading the September 2022 issue.

We’re not in the predictions business, so we have little use for predictions or forecasts. Our commentary includes perspectives from Warren Buffett and Yogi Berra.



This past month we covered a complicated earnings season and added two new stocks (State Street Corporation and Gates Industrial Corporation) while selling our position in The Coca-Cola Company.



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Thank you for subscribing to the Cabot Undervalued Stocks Advisor. We hope you enjoy reading the August 2022 issue.

Ernest Hemingway’s quote about “… gradually then suddenly…” could apply to the escalating geopolitical tensions.



It has been a quiet month for new recommendations and ratings changes as we patiently wait for attractive opportunities in a difficult investing climate.



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Thank you for subscribing to the Cabot Undervalued Stocks Advisor . We hope you enjoy reading the July 2022 issue.

Investors are facing two forecasts that wouldn’t seem to be possible at the same time: pending recession and stable/rising earnings estimates. We look at how our cyclical stocks have been beaten down even as their earnings estimates remain largely steady.



It has been a quiet month for new recommendations and ratings changes as we patiently wait for great opportunities.



Please feel free to send me your questions and comments. This newsletter is written for you and the best way to get more out of the letter is to let me know what you are looking for.



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As investors are broadly satisfied with the current outlook, it seems that we have arrived at the end of the beginning of the post-pandemic era. However, there remains immense uncertainly about how the middle-game will play out.



This week, we took advantage of the strong performance of some of our stocks to reduce our ratings. And, as not every stock works right out of the gates, we are moving Big Lots (BIG) from Buy to Hold as we want to rethink our outlook and valuation given its dismal recent earnings report.


Thank you for subscribing to the Cabot Undervalued Stocks Advisor. We hope you enjoy reading the May 2022 issue.

We’re back in the States after an unplanned but superb extended stay in London. It seems that most of the pandemic-driven adrenaline rush in speculative stocks has burned off, leaving a tremendous amount of losses in the wake, while stocks of companies with more enduring business models that trade at prosaic valuations continue to hold their ground or advance.



In the letter, we review earnings reports of several Recommended companies as well as provide updates on all of the others.



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The first quarter was kind to our stocks, as they rose, on average, +8.8%, while the broad market fell. We comment on the sources of the gains and any recent news on our recommended stocks.
The world has clearly changed in the past two weeks. We see an exceptionally wide range of possible outcomes, which makes predictions about the future (already a low success rate endeavor) basically futile. We offer our timeless investing advice that can be readily applied in such situations.

In the letter, we also provide updates on all of our Recommended Stocks.



Thank you for subscribing to the Cabot Undervalued Stocks Advisor. We hope you enjoy reading the February 2022 issue.



Word puzzle Wordle is the latest craze, but it isn’t the most popular parlor game. This title is held by “What Is Russian President Vladimir Putin Going to Do With Ukraine?”



We provide our theory which is not found anywhere else yet could readily explain his motivation. Related to this crisis, we move shares of ConocoPhillips (COP) from Buy to Hold, as they have surged above our recently raised 89 price target.



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Thank you for subscribing to the Cabot Undervalued Stocks Advisor. We hope you enjoy reading the January 2022 issue.



We comment on the abrupt shift in market sentiment that has boosted the prices of our undervalued stocks relative to expensive hyper-growth stocks. Several of our left-for-dead stocks, like Arcos Dorados (ARCO), which jumped 17% in the past two weeks, have suddenly been rediscovered by the market. Others, like Coca-Cola (KO) and Sensata Technologies (ST), are reaching new all-time highs as investors find that their healthy fundamentals haven’t been fully reflected in their share prices.



This shift may not last, and is only two weeks or so in the making. But it reinforces our view that, to quote Warren Buffett, “in the short run, the market is a voting mechanism, but in the long run it is a weighing mechanism.”



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Thank you for subscribing to the Cabot Undervalued Stocks Advisor. We hope you enjoy reading the December 2021 issue.

The emergence of the Covid Omicron variant has temporarily upended the market’s emerging post-Covid view of the economy. We share our thoughts on this, as well as on Fed Chair Powell’s testimony this week about accelerating the bond-buying taper. We also comment on how artificial selling pressure as the calendar year-end approaches can drive already-weak stocks to steeply undervalued levels.

Updates
Another event with consequences is the earnings report for recommended name Big Lots (BIG), scheduled for pre-market release on December 1.
Last week, we rolled our valuation and earnings estimate table forward by a year, dropping the 2022 estimates and adding the 2024 estimates.
Following our demoralized and never-changing, four-word question of “are we there yet” came worthless responses like “soon enough,” or “sometime later,” “we’re getting closer.”
Well over two decades ago, I oversaw the investment strategy for a large branch office of a major investment management firm. Our clients were flush with gains from a decade of tech mania – and highly reluctant to shift from their winning strategy. A major challenge was convincing clients to stay invested in stocks but step aside from high-flying dot-com stocks.
With the arrival of earnings season and perhaps some indications that the 10-year US Treasury yield will peak at around 5%, the broad stock market appears to have found at least momentary stability. Whether this is just another “eye of the storm,” or a true end to the bear market, is unknown and unknowable.
So far, earnings season is showing that investor expectations have become overly negative. Results from banks indicate that consumer activity remains healthy even as domestic economic growth stalls.
Stocks, of course, continue to tumble. Investors’ plates are overflowing with fears ranging from inflation to trade/military wars to financial collapse to the upcoming midterm elections in the United States.
The awful financial market conditions continue to deteriorate. As everyone knows, the domestic stock market ticked below its midsummer low and is now down over 23% from its November 2021 peak. Stock prices in developed country markets have fallen in local terms just as much if not more that the major U.S. stock indices. Emerging market returns (in local terms) have slid 21% YTD. With the awe-inspiring gains in the U.S. dollar, up 19% YTD, global stock returns for American investors have been downright dismal.
Central banks around the world are boosting interest rates at a pace faster than perhaps any other time in living memory. Since mid-March, only six months ago, the U.S. Fed Funds rate has surged from essentially zero to about 2.35% and will be at 3.0% by the end of this week.
In our August 24 note, we commented that the current stock market felt like the scene in the 2000 movie “The Perfect Storm” in which the fishing boat Andrea Gail, after an intense battle with the storm, finds herself in calmer waters lit by rays of sunshine.
In American football, most quarterbacks are right-handed. So, when they drop back to pass, they typically turn their backs to the left side of the line of scrimmage. They are essentially blind to what happens behind them. If the offensive line is weak, the quarterback is vulnerable to a potentially devastating hit, risking not only that particular play but also possession of the ball and possibly serious injury.
In late 1991, two storm systems and Hurricane Grace combined to produce some of the most violent open seas conditions on record. One monitoring buoy in offshore Nova Scotia reported a 100.7-foot wave (picture a 10-story building), a record for the region. In 1997, Sebastian Junger wrote the book The Perfect Storm and in 2000 it was made into a movie starring George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg.
Alerts
Today we are raising our price target on Arcos Dorados (ARCO) from 7.50 to 8.50. The company is recovering from the pandemic and looks well-positioned to expand its franchise and profits while continuing to improve its balance sheet. The shares remain undervalued.
Conoco’s earnings report, released earlier today, displayed the company’s strengths. Fourth-quarter profits of $3.0 billion compared to a $(0.2) billion loss a year ago and were 25% higher than the impressive third-quarter profits of $2.4 billion. Rising oil prices combined with restrained spending helped drive earnings higher.
General Motors has made a remarkable transition from bankruptcy in 2009 to a highly-profitable and innovative contender in the rapidly changing global auto industry, driven by CEO Mary Barra.
With today’s 9% intra-day price drop following a disappointing near-term outlook, Cisco (CSCO) shares look more attractive and we would buy/add to positions here, as the long-term fundamental picture remains healthy.
Our interest in oil and natural gas exploration and production (E&P) companies has been warming up lately. Many of these stocks are beaten down, yet oil prices have remained resilient, leaving producers like ConocoPhillips meaningfully undervalued.
We are initiating coverage of Organon (OGN) with a BUY rating.
With the shares continuing to surge past our recently raised 65 price target, and now being priced at a premium to even our upgraded valuation metrics
Bruce is selling three portfolio stocks.
We’re selling this portfolio stock with a 54% profit since its December 2019 recommendation.
Chart is an interesting company, for sure, and we would be happy to buy again at much lower prices.
Yesterday, after the market closed, rumors emerged that this portfolio stock is once again in talks to sell their gas stations.
This portfolio stock reported good second-quarter results and moves from Hold to Buy.
Strategy
I want to point out a problem that I foresee, potentially on the scale of the technology bubble in 2001 and the housing bubble in 2007. I think we’re going to have an “inverse ETF bubble.”
I was talking with an investor recently about the latest stock market downturn. He was puzzled; if General Motors (GM) is supposedly such a great stock and vastly favored among portfolio managers, why would it fall 30% during a market correction?
My stock-picking strategy has been refined over the course of 28 years, and has been quite stable for the last six years. My investment goals are (1) minimize stock market risk, (2) achieve capital gains, with dividends as a welcome addition to total return and (3) outperform the U.S. stock markets.
If professional investment companies are not making their decisions based on the price of the stock, neither should you.
Our instincts warn us that stocks reaching all-time highs are invariably overdue to fall. Sometimes yes, sometimes no. We examine two common scenarios involving stocks that are about to rise—or fall—from new high prices.