An astute viewer of this recent video asked how portfolio manager Chuck Saletta knew when to buy Walgreen's (NASDAQ: WBA ) stock for the real-money Inflation-Protected Income Growth portfolio in January. Since that time, it has risen a meteoric 45%. In this follow-up video, Chuck shares the secret behind that success.
Will Walgreen Be the Biggest Winner of Obamacare?
Fool contributors David Williamson, Max Macaluso, and Dan Caplinger recently pointed out why Walgreen may be the surprise winner in that massive health-insurance overhaul. Whether or not it is, the one thing that's certain is that Obamacare is rewriting the rules for the health care industry, and in the process of doing so, it's creating massive opportunities for investors to get ridiculously rich.
How? By investing in a handful of specific health-care stocks. In this free report, our analysts walk you through these opportunities and the companies that are positioned to exploit them. The informational edge contained in it is invaluable but can only be exploited profitably while the rest of the market remains in the dark. To access this free report instantly, simply click here now.
- Walgreen was ending a battle with pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts (NASDAQ: ESRX ) . (Some background: Walgreen and Express Scripts were fighting over reimbursement rates, with Walgreen alleging that Express Scripts was trying to force below-average reimbursement rates. During that battle, Walgreen lost the pharmacy business for the approximately 90 million people in Express Scripts' network. As Express Scripts is the largest pharmacy benefit manager, losing its customers cost Walgreen around $4 billion in revenue.)
- Walgreen's stock looked fairly valued, even if it didn't win back the customers it lost during its battle with Express Scripts.
- Walgreen had a strong balance sheet that looked like it would survive another economic downturn.
- Walgreen had a strong dividend and dividend growth history and looked capable of keeping that trend alive.
- Net: The gain on Walgreen's business recovery was a nice bonus, but that recovery wasn't needed to make the stock seem worth owning in the first place.
In other words, when stocks have low enough expectations priced into them, there's a reasonable shot that the surprises they'll have for their owners will be good ones. Walgreen was one of those cases.
To follow the iPIG portfolio as buy and sell decisions are made, watch Chuck's article feed by clicking here. To join The Motley Fool's free discussion board dedicated to the iPIG portfolio, simply click here.