Markel Corp (NYSE:MKL)

CAPS Rating: 5 out of 5

The Company markets and underwrites specialty insurance products and programs to a variety of niche markets and operates in three segments of the specialty insurance marketplace: the Excess and Surplus Lines, the Specialty Admitted and the London markets.

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Member Avatar MiKull (43.53) Submitted: 8/16/2015 2:11:18 AM : Outperform Start Price: $879.20 MKL Score: -0.95

Consistent performer with a focus on the long term, which is not the norm in the industry

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Member Avatar mephimchuong (< 20) Submitted: 8/1/2015 9:30:14 PM : Outperform Start Price: $890.01 MKL Score: -1.31

Just jumped on this band wagon recently. oh well, it's better late than never. I hope to save and buy some more shares.

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Member Avatar AnsgarJohn (98.44) Submitted: 7/13/2015 10:53:45 AM : Outperform Start Price: $872.68 MKL Score: +0.07

Markel going straight up. Sold at $859, buy again at $845. Or 1,3x book.
Walter Schloss: Don't be in a rush to sell...

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Member Avatar jrecords (33.35) Submitted: 6/16/2015 8:22:35 AM : Outperform Start Price: $788.00 MKL Score: +9.99

Any insurer that can get paid to generate float is probably going to do ok. To do more than ok, that insurer needs to put that float to good use. Markel seems to be there.

Read their annual letter and you'll probably be hooked too.

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Member Avatar NicholasCL (< 20) Submitted: 6/15/2015 6:12:50 AM : Outperform Start Price: $789.00 MKL Score: +9.72

Mimics BRK-B

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Member Avatar Leadermike (56.61) Submitted: 6/10/2015 5:06:30 PM : Outperform Start Price: $787.14 MKL Score: +11.24

Best in class leadership, this company should be a compounding machine for years to come.

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Member Avatar Celtics17 (< 20) Submitted: 5/29/2015 12:29:17 PM : Outperform Start Price: $770.05 MKL Score: +13.71

Tom Gayner!

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Member Avatar Mrgarthy (< 20) Submitted: 5/20/2015 11:46:47 PM : Outperform Start Price: $782.88 MKL Score: +12.35

Excellent management and compounding book value.

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Member Avatar Gordogato (77.70) Submitted: 5/20/2015 11:54:21 AM : Outperform Start Price: $787.00 MKL Score: +11.84

Management will turn this into a Berkshire-like compounding machine, combining underwriting profits with profitable investments in stocks and fully-owned companies.

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Member Avatar XMFSeeker (64.34) Submitted: 5/14/2015 12:13:53 PM : Outperform Start Price: $775.13 MKL Score: +12.98

Went to the Markel shareholder's meeting and was really impressed by management - humble bunch.

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Member Avatar L8starter (87.79) Submitted: 3/30/2015 5:22:06 PM : Outperform Start Price: $770.00 MKL Score: +11.67

Profitable underwriting and great capital allocation.

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Member Avatar Dreadnought (46.70) Submitted: 2/27/2015 10:32:45 PM : Outperform Start Price: $745.14 MKL Score: +17.04

OK.

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Member Avatar CMFJayNew (95.45) Submitted: 1/25/2015 2:28:28 PM : Outperform Start Price: $687.25 MKL Score: +23.36

a business model and management team that I'm sure hoping is my generation's version of berkshire hathaway

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Member Avatar Colton11290 (53.78) Submitted: 10/22/2014 5:21:40 PM : Outperform Start Price: $670.00 MKL Score: +21.45

Baby Berkshire, baby.

Also: An outstanding insurer that is profitable on underwriting is always a good bet. You also get the brilliance of Tom Gaynor, an excellent investor who resembles the king of investing himself: Warren Buffett. Cheaply valued at just 1.30 times book I feel very comfortable giving this a thumbs up in CAPS.

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Member Avatar beppaun (67.25) Submitted: 10/2/2014 4:01:30 PM : Outperform Start Price: $641.50 MKL Score: +27.46

Small premium to book value for a relatively stable 5%-10% book value grower

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Member Avatar Handworn (53.51) Submitted: 9/13/2014 3:52:45 PM : Outperform Start Price: $640.00 MKL Score: +29.52

"Baby Berkshire" demonstrates many of the same values as Warren Buffett-- disciplined underwriting, in an area (specialty insurance) where not many compete; a scorecard based on business performance and not stock price; solid long-term investing of float in understandable, well-run businesses that throw off capital.

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Member Avatar Kenji94 (44.61) Submitted: 9/7/2014 10:27:14 AM : Outperform Start Price: $645.46 MKL Score: +29.30

Compounding machine

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Member Avatar TMFFlygal (98.60) Submitted: 8/29/2014 12:11:25 PM : Outperform Start Price: $653.00 MKL Score: +27.64

Specialty insurer

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Member Avatar GTK1004 (99.13) Submitted: 8/16/2014 9:31:59 AM : Outperform Start Price: $638.10 MKL Score: +28.72

baby buffet

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Member Avatar AlexeiVronsky (97.39) Submitted: 5/28/2014 9:51:02 AM : Outperform Start Price: $558.52 MKL Score: +38.40

Cheap mini-brk

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