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Valuation on estimated 2017 adjusted earnings of $1.52 per share is an attractive 8.2x.

Purchase Recommendation - June 2016

With an impressive and completely new turnaround management team in place, this company is redirecting its focus toward paying down its debt, lowering interest costs, streamlining operations and re-investing to help generate new revenue growth. As the market sees the company grow its cash flow and reduce its debt, investors should give the stock a higher multiple. Some patience may be required, but shareholders can take comfort from the fact that their interests are aligned with a buyout sponsor that still holds a 70%+ stake in the company.
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In Vote of Confidence, Caterpillar Maintains Dividend Rate

The Board of Directors of Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT) voted to maintain the quarterly cash dividend of seventy-seven cents ($0.77) per share of common stock, payable May 20, 2016, to stockholders of record at the close of business on April 25, 2016.
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Freeport-McMoRan Announces New Organizational Structure for Oil & Gas Division

Freeport-McMoRan (NYSE: FCX) announced a new organizational structure for its subsidiary Freeport-McMoRan Oil & Gas (FM O&G). The changes are being undertaken to reduce costs, streamline functions and to enhance capital allocation across FCX’s global business in a manner consistent with FCX’s debt reduction initiatives.
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George Putnam's Favorite Stocks for 2016

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Focus on Core Business Operations

Selecting a turnaround stock with solid profit potential can almost be considered an art form in itself. As noted in our other distressed investing blog entries there are many factors to evaluate to determine the real possibilities in any turnaround situation, and here is one more: Look for solid core businesses. Read More.

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Banking on a Financial Sector Turnaround

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MoneyShow.com recently tapped George's favorable opinion for a banking industry rebound. In "Turnaround Expert's Banking Bets," Steve Halpern highlights a trio of Putnam's top stock picks from the battered financial sector.

 

George reminds value investors: "Fortunately, many of the factors...just aren't present in the market, and the other reason that investors seem to be down on the banks is they sort of expected the Fed to raise interest rates a little faster than they have. And the banks do better when interest rates are rising because they have wider margins on their loans, but I think the Fed will gradually raise rates to we will see profits improve, and so I think this downturn is really temporary."

 

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