As year's end creeps up on us and GuruFocus counts down
the days until it will rebalance
Buffett-Munger Model Portolio
, let's turn our focus towards the stocks in the lineup that
delivered the most in market value year to date.
There are currently 36 companies that appear in the
GuruFocus Buffett-Munger Model Portolio,
10 of which have surged in value throughout the year by more than
20 percent. Below are the top five stocks from the list with the
highest price changes this year.
Tyler Technologies Inc. (
Stock of Dallas-based Information management solutions provider,
Tyler Technologies (
) has gone up 60.11 percent year to date.
The stock sold its lowest in January, at about $30 and it reached
its highest in November when it traded for $49. Its current price
drifts not too far away at$47.90 per share, although down 0.68
percent today for post-Christmas trading.
With a market cap of $1.47 billion, Tyler Technologies partners
with local government entities - cities, counties, schools, etc.
- and helps enhance their services through Tyler's software and
network of applications. Some of the services Tyler has been
known to help with include the real-time access to public
information, e-commerce solutions for traffic tickets, utility
bills and taxes. Its client-base reaches beyond the US, to the
Virgin Islands, Canada, Puerto Rico and the UK.
Tyler is ranked 5 stars in
, as wells as 8 in both Financial Strength and Profitability and
Out of all the investing Gurus that GuruFocus follows, Columbia
Wanger owns the most Tyler shares with over 940,000, before Mario
Gabelli with 380,000 shares and Steven Cohen with 8,700 shares.
(TYL: Guru Trades).
Review and download Tyler Technologies' financial data at 10-Year
Valmont Industries Inc. (
Stock of Columbus, Nebraska-based Valmont Industries has
increased 48.83percent year to date.
Its lowest price was in January at $92 and its highest price was
in the end of November at $139. Today, it trades at $134.58, down
0.38 percent in this afternoon's trading.
As a global manufacturer of engineered infrastructure products,
agriculture irrigation equipment and provider of coating
services, some of Valmont's products include lighting and traffic
towers, highway safety barriers, industrial access systems and
wireless communications poles.
Valmont is ranked 4 stars in Business Predictability, 8 in
Financial Strength and 7 in Profitability and Growth.
Chuck Royce, Ron Baron and Columbia Wanger are among the
investors on GuruFocus who own the most shares of Valmont
Industries (VMI: Guru Trades).
Review and download Valmont Industries' financial data at 10-Year
First Cash Financial Services Inc. (
Pawn and cash advance store operator, First Cash Financial
Services has gone up 39.27 percent in market value year to date.
At its lowest in January at $33, it is currently trading around
at its highest of $49.
For 2013, FCFS is anticipating the advantageous returns of its
16-store pawn store chain-acquisition in the Denver area. It
places the company's pawn store total to 33, in the Colorado,
Wyoming and Nebrasa areas.
FCFS is ranked 5 stars in Business Predictability, 9 in Financial
Strength and 8 in Profitability and Growth.
Jim Simons, Jeremy Grantham and Pioneer Investments are the three
Gurus who have holding of the stock (FCFS: Guru Trades).
Review and download First Cash Financial Services' financial data
at 10-Year Financials.
Mettler-Toledo International Inc. (
Mettler-Toledo's stock value has delivered 30.55 percent year to
Trading its lowest in July around $148, Mettler-Toledo's price
has risen to $191.80, down 0.53 percent for today's trading.
Based in Ohio, Mettler-Toledo serves the global market,
manufacturing precision instruments used for lab, industrial and
food retailing applications. Some of its products include
weighing, analytical and measurement instruments. Its
manufacturing presence spans beyond the US, to Europe and China.
With 5 stars in Business Predictability, Mettler-Toledo has
earned a 9 in Financial Strength and 8 in Profitability and
Columbia Wanger, Chuck Royce and Ron Baron own the most shares of
Mettler-Toledo out of GuruFocus' select list of investors (MTD:
Review and download Mettler-Toledo International's financial data
at 10-Year Financials.
Aflac Inc. (
Duck-branded insurance provider Aflac Inc. has sustained a 24.32
percent increase in market value year to date.
Aflac stock traded its lowest in June around $35 and it is
trading around its highest of $53.
Aflac has been providing "guaranteed-renewable" insurance
benefits for 55 years. It has accommodated individual and group
insurance protection to more than 50 million people worldwide,
and was awarded the number one life insurance provider in Japan.
Aflac has 4 stars in Business Predictability on GuruFocus, 6 in
Financial Strength and 8 in Profitability and Growth.
Pioneer Investments, Bill Nygren and John Rogers are among the
investors on GuruFocus who own the largest amount of shares of
Aflac (AFL: Guru Trades).
Review and download Aflac's financial data at 10-Year Financials.
Make sure to check out the top 25 stocks on the Buffett-Munger
Model Portfolio that appeared as the most undervalued stocks upon
its last rebalancing (on Jan. 2, 2012). Also check out the
GuruFocus Buffett-Munger Screener, which is tailored based on the
rules and criteria of investing Gurus, Warren Buffett and Charlie
The Buffett-Munger Model Portfolio and Value Strategies
The success of the Buffett-Munger Portfolio has been unmatched
since its inception, even next to the S&P 500, up until this
year. In 2012, the portfolio's return percentage of 11.9 percent
was about 2 percent lower than the S&P's 13.4 percent, unlike
previous years when the portfolio beat the S&P by at most 6
percent. Since inception, the Buffett-Munger has gained 82.4
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