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Chris Hill: Time to go around the table and talk about the stocks that are on our radar. Tim Hanson, let's start with you.
Tim Hanson: So I think everybody here knows me as sort of a guy who's interested in emerging markets, but a weird thing has happened over the past year. Emerging market stocks have gotten a lot more expensive compared to U.S. stocks, which have actually gotten cheaper over the past year.
So I have recently gone hunting for emerging market exposure via U.S. multi-nationals, and one that popped up on my radar that's pretty interesting is Wal-Mart
That said, Wal-Mart's international sales have doubled over the past five years, and if you look at its competition abroad like Carrefour and WuMart in China and Lien-Hua and the Brazilian big-box retailers and some others, they're trading an average of 12 times operating earnings.
So if you were to take out Wal-Mart's international segment and give it the international peer group average multiple, it looks like the stock should really be worth about 20% to 25% more today.
James Early: Tim, did you say WuMart?
Hanson: WuMart is the original Chinese knock-off of Wal-Mart,
Early: So there's Wal-Mart....
Hanson: ... and there's WuMart, yeah.
Hill: James Early?
Early: Chris, I'm going with Heinz
Seth Jayson: They didn't bid for 3Par, in other words. (laughter)
Early: Exactly. I was in Quebec this past winter with my infant son and all we could find was this Heinz organic baby food. So we bought a ton of it. We got back to the condo and when we tried to feed it to him, he wouldn't eat any of it. In every single thing, the No. 1 ingredient was tomato puree, tomato puree, so now we know where the residual goes.
Hill: Seth Jayson?
Jayson: I have a stock that both Tim and James will love. And it's Guess?
They're doing a ton of their business -- I believe it's now a majority -- overseas where the brand does very well. It gets higher margins and still has a lot of room for expansion. They also pay a pretty nice little dividend which has kept growing. So that's GES. I own it. We own it at Hidden Gems.
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