The Blackstone Group L.P. (NYSE:BX)

CAPS Rating: 5 out of 5

An alternative asset manager Company and its business include the management of corporate private equity funds, real estate opportunity funds, funds of hedge funds, mezzanine funds, senior debt vehicles, proprietary hedge funds & closed-end mutual funds.

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Member Avatar UWMFinanceProf (< 20) Submitted: 3/28/2014 11:22:37 PM : Outperform Start Price: $32.95 BX Score: -4.47

I keep adding to my BX position. Blackstone is like my personal Hedge Fund that doesn't require a million buy in. It pays a huge 7% dividend yield and keeps finding great investments. If you are a modest income investor with million dollar aspirations, BX or Blackstone, is one of your inexpensive was to enter. I did, and use Scottrade Flexible Dividend Reinvestment to buy more every month.

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Member Avatar LSCKID (< 20) Submitted: 3/23/2014 9:09:05 PM : Outperform Start Price: $34.08 BX Score: -7.81

Economics of BX is a recognized as a leader in their hybrid financial sector. I am long my position.

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Member Avatar Roy3731 (< 20) Submitted: 3/16/2014 4:54:30 PM : Outperform Start Price: $33.31 BX Score: -6.35

this stock will take off...

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Member Avatar RichardDiane (< 20) Submitted: 3/3/2014 3:20:38 PM : Outperform Start Price: $32.48 BX Score: -4.61

Look at their return from now to the past three years, over 1,000%

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Member Avatar drunknmonkey213 (< 20) Submitted: 2/25/2014 11:14:48 PM : Outperform Start Price: $32.49 BX Score: -4.66

It is first worth noting the stock just increased its dividend to nearly 7% during its most quarterly earnings announcement. With 7% being the benchmark of attainable annual returns and the company's lack of too much debt, it is off to a good start.

Blackstone also holds total ownership or at least substantial interests in the companies we see and use every day. Through Schwarzman's leadership, this company forced itself in the very late '80s and '90s into the land of big private equity players, while maintaining a superior level of risk aversion, to protect itself adequately in market downturns and capture opportunities in bull markets.

With the increase in M&A activity and the rising P/E levels, Blackstone is ripe to reap the benefits in a costly market on both the buy and sell side as well as through the M&A field that is undeniably its bread and butter.

Blackstone is also classically successful in international markets and should be well-positioned to take advantage of the growth in emerging markets and China in its weakened state, which has hopefully settled for the time being.

Private equity firms, for the time being, are bound to trend upwards, and Blackstone's opportunistic leadership and risk averse mantra make it apt to gain value and best be saved from any corrections or downtrends in the market. With its combination of dividend and chance for large increase in stock value, Blackstone is a rare opportunity for a safe growth investment with substantial income.

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Member Avatar rishy709 (25.38) Submitted: 2/2/2014 3:54:38 PM : Outperform Start Price: $32.65 BX Score: -8.75

Just blind pick

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Member Avatar wpowers814 (< 20) Submitted: 1/30/2014 2:23:15 PM : Outperform Start Price: $29.20 BX Score: +5.10

Younger management being groomed for succession, competent and dedicated to the Blackstone name (Jonathan Gray). Private equity industry has continued to proliferate and attract top talent from most bulge bracket banks.

Largest owner of real estate in the country- no more property bubble to burst (as it already crashed in 2007-2008).

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Member Avatar grankh (87.50) Submitted: 1/13/2014 7:45:02 PM : Outperform Start Price: $31.15 BX Score: -0.98

I am in the process of buying this stock for one of my investment clubs, so this will soon be a real-life holding of mine, (within a week or so).

The sales have increased over 19% annually on average since 2010. The EPS increased over 200% since 2012. (They had losses in 2008 through 2011, so 2012 was their first profitable year in the past 5 years. They lost $4.38 per share in 2008, lost $2.51 per share in 2009, lost $1.02 per share in 2010 and lost $0.35 per share in 2011 before earning $0.41 per share in 2012, so their EPS growth has been strong over the past few years, though most of them were loss years. EPS currently, according to my software, is about $1.13 per share, so almost triple the EPS of 2012.

The pretax profit margin has grown strongly over the past 4 years, ending at about 25% in 2012. The earned-on-equity has also grown strongly since 2008, ending last year at about 2.7%. The pre-tax profit margin was negative in 2008 - 2010, and the earned-on-equity was negative from 2008 through 2011. So those numbers have been turning around from a very bad multi-year period.

The debt-to-equity has strongly grown over the past 3 years, so I am concerned about that. In 2012, their debt-to-equity was 165%, so quite high, considering that before 2007 they had zero long-term debt.

Their current P/E is below the average of 2012, (the most recent numbers I have). The dividend yield in 2012 was 4.7%, so a pretty good yield, though it is less than the 28% dividend yield they paid in 2008.

Their PEG ratio since 2012 has been about 0.11, so that is extremely cheap.

I think this stock could be worth as much as $97 in five years, or about triple the current price. Add in that 4% dividend yield, and you could be looking at an annual return of 30% on this stock, if all goes as expected. That type of return should easily exceed that of the average market gain over that time period. I hope it works out well for my club.

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Member Avatar PJR02 (67.68) Submitted: 12/24/2013 10:32:48 AM : Underperform Start Price: $30.38 BX Score: -1.21

Growth has been coming with an increase in shares and debts...selling off assets will bring short term gains, but less investments for earnings in the futures. Dividend has been dropping, sitting this one out for awhile.

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Member Avatar moonlightsail (20.99) Submitted: 12/24/2013 7:23:32 AM : Outperform Start Price: $30.36 BX Score: +1.12

This is an the largest alternative investment company in the world.

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Member Avatar pstuning (51.15) Submitted: 12/14/2013 11:55:17 PM : Outperform Start Price: $28.72 BX Score: +4.96

Ability to generate profits on deals. Hilton deal provided immediate return while there is upside potential with remaining shares withheld from IPO.

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Member Avatar karlsmq (< 20) Submitted: 11/29/2013 11:39:18 AM : Outperform Start Price: $28.13 BX Score: +8.78

UNDER VALUED .

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Member Avatar K28hill (22.22) Submitted: 10/25/2013 5:55:03 PM : Outperform Start Price: $26.19 BX Score: +13.71

good management team that has consistently made profitable decisions for the holders.

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Member Avatar 45ACPbullseye (56.79) Submitted: 10/22/2013 6:50:23 PM : Outperform Start Price: $26.90 BX Score: +9.70

Blackstone is hitting on all four cylinders. Based upon the conf call discussing Q3 results, this private equity firm has room to run. Plenty of "dry powder" to continue growing AUM, and rake in performance based fee income. They seem to be the smartest guys in the room. They have 6 IPO's in the pipeline, which will help them realize gains from the past few years. The current dividend yield is over 3% as well.

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Member Avatar lg7691 (27.81) Submitted: 9/25/2013 9:06:48 PM : Outperform Start Price: $24.34 BX Score: +18.65

index stocks they run

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Member Avatar snommis69 (83.82) Submitted: 9/6/2013 2:38:07 PM : Outperform Start Price: $21.53 BX Score: +32.76

Looks cheap right now and pays a tasty dividend to boot. Blackstone made some nice purchases over the last few years, and I think the upcoming IPOs will really show the fruits of this labor - particularly the Hilton brand.

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Member Avatar stocky5 (36.24) Submitted: 8/15/2013 10:20:59 AM : Outperform Start Price: $21.21 BX Score: +35.90

Undervalued and oversold. The Forward PEG is 0.6, which is a 41% discount to its 5 year average, and a 69% discount to the S&P 500. The company has exceeded earnings estimates in each of the last 6 reporting quarters, and 5 of the 6 have been beaten by double digit amounts. Analysts are raising future earnings estimates. Plus, the dividend is generous. What's not to like?

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Member Avatar drblanton (38.65) Submitted: 8/9/2013 4:26:24 AM : Outperform Start Price: $22.43 BX Score: +29.84

Investing in a company that helps other persons invest! This one is on my watch list because it just might prove to be a good idea.

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Member Avatar GWCO1 (48.82) Submitted: 8/1/2013 3:35:44 PM : Outperform Start Price: $22.67 BX Score: +29.07

expected to significantly outperform the market over the next six months with average risk; up over S&P 500 ~ 50% past yr.

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Member Avatar FooLawson (52.88) Submitted: 7/25/2013 7:33:25 PM : Outperform Start Price: $22.82 BX Score: +26.56

Great asset management... Though I wouldn't trust all my money with them, I will follow their stock.

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