W.R. Berkley Corp (NYSE:WRB)

CAPS Rating: 5 out of 5

An insurance holding Company which, through its subsidiaries, operates in the property casualty insurance business: Specialty lines of insurance, Regional commercial property casualty insurance, Alternative markets, Reinsurance and International.

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Member Avatar rtcresap (59.15) Submitted: 12/8/2013 12:30:13 PM : Outperform Start Price: $43.04 WRB Score: -5.08

I don't like this one as much as I do other companies -- while WRB underwrites at a profit, which is essential in a low interest rate environment, it is involved in near-commoditized businesses like P&C that have razor-thin underwriting margins, and it's very hard to obtain a competitive edge. Nevertheless the company is priced conservatively right now (a bit undervalued according to the way I calculate) and management seems to be fairly good at creating value over time, so in today's "higher-than-I'd-like" market it's a buy. If someone held a gun to my head and told me to buy something right now, I wouldn't be too upset with this one.

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Member Avatar panda72 (99.86) Submitted: 5/4/2013 9:17:09 PM : Outperform Start Price: $44.36 WRB Score: -23.97

A Berkshire wannabe with more room to grow that Buffet's baby. Real money pick.

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Member Avatar AnsgarJohn (99.24) Submitted: 4/24/2013 10:00:02 AM : Outperform Start Price: $43.42 WRB Score: -22.22

Mini Berkshire 15% IRR goal. Don't sell.

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Member Avatar snapperreef (63.43) Submitted: 7/30/2012 11:28:29 PM : Outperform Start Price: $35.30 WRB Score: -16.09

A great company with a history of annual premiums earned being greater than the payouts to losses + expenses, called the combined ratio, WRB's is less than 100%.

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Member Avatar creditimpress (< 20) Submitted: 6/17/2012 6:34:05 PM : Outperform Start Price: $35.80 WRB Score: -23.09

Going to double in 2 years...

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Member Avatar Coralreefer1 (26.56) Submitted: 10/30/2011 3:42:12 AM : Outperform Start Price: $32.95 WRB Score: -19.77

revenue from trailing 12 quarters has gone up each quarter for the most part and EPS is at a whopping 45.40% in 1 year up from 16.79% at 3 years.

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Member Avatar ipsiety (< 20) Submitted: 7/9/2011 2:09:27 PM : Outperform Start Price: $30.89 WRB Score: -4.21

6% insider holding
Insiders buying shares.
P/S=1 P/B=1.2

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Member Avatar TMFRisingStars (< 20) Submitted: 2/16/2011 4:45:23 PM : Outperform Start Price: $27.68 WRB Score: +13.35

Here's the buy rec:

http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2011/02/15/rising-star-buy-wr-berkley.aspx

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Member Avatar jjc1970 (29.32) Submitted: 12/31/2009 11:16:38 AM : Outperform Start Price: $22.96 WRB Score: +18.52

My # 7 pick for 2010. Goal: $ 33.00

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Member Avatar notzia (73.52) Submitted: 5/28/2009 2:27:38 PM : Outperform Start Price: $21.48 WRB Score: +50.53

I picked this to remind me to follow this stock for my sister-in-law - who worked for Berkley and was purchasing through the company plan. She no longer works for them, but their 10Qs and 10Ks have looked very good, so I've held onto it in CAPS. If I had looked at it earlier, I might have bought it instead of MKL for my real portfolio. Of course, if I had enough money that I was willing to tie it up in a single share of stock, I would always go with BRK (A or B).

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Member Avatar pickumnow (79.03) Submitted: 4/22/2008 10:33:49 PM : Outperform Start Price: $24.45 WRB Score: +33.91

Regional structure allows adjustment to localized markets and to contain downside risk while placing leadership close to the client. Premiums will begin to weaken but close relationships with agents will dampen impact on Berkely.

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Member Avatar SloanBuckman (82.36) Submitted: 1/3/2008 10:04:56 PM : Outperform Start Price: $26.41 WRB Score: +25.46

This is another buy 'em when they're cheap play. BER stock price is currently facing two headwinds: cyclical pricing weakness in the P&C industry, and concerns about the credit quality of their investment portfolio (this is a concern for virtually all financial companies, not BER specifically). To address the pricing issue, it is cyclical; i.e., "normal." Industry pricing is cyclical, and there should only be about another year or so of weakness in this cycle. This weakness is reflected in the stock price, with BER trading at less than 8x, with a long-term growth rate of 12%, which is conservative in my estimation. Regarding the quality of the investment portfolio, BER has already announced that it is holding virtually no low quality investments. Is this a baby being thrown out with the bath water? I think so. This is a great company with a terrific growth record. It's quality all the way at a cheap price.

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Member Avatar gujwuppermann (< 20) Submitted: 10/14/2007 3:48:43 PM : Outperform Start Price: $28.98 WRB Score: +21.64

zacks research target price 38

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Member Avatar Sadiebuc (< 20) Submitted: 6/8/2007 12:58:36 PM : Outperform Start Price: $29.68 WRB Score: +11.06

Strong Growth, Low P/E, Founder Controlled Company with good management. High Institutional and Founder ownership.

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Member Avatar KingCashFlow (57.31) Submitted: 5/1/2007 2:12:51 AM : Outperform Start Price: $29.59 WRB Score: +10.22

good cheap stock. Growth is slowing but free cash flow is still huge. It's not trading much above its net tangible assets either. A steal any way you look at it!

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Member Avatar vau04269 (55.11) Submitted: 4/14/2007 11:21:05 PM : Outperform Start Price: $30.62 WRB Score: +2.65

Stock appreciation tends to track their long term return on equity. BER is sporting a 14% ROE. As long as they keep their expense and loss ratios under control this should be a good long term play.

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Member Avatar kkdman (73.58) Submitted: 2/15/2007 8:28:23 PM : Outperform Start Price: $30.69 WRB Score: +1.36

Solid company that is climbing from a recent pull back. Time to buy!

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Member Avatar jdmyrick (91.65) Submitted: 2/12/2007 8:55:59 PM : Outperform Start Price: $31.60 WRB Score: -6.06

Splits, growth, and dividends - BER has been good to me in my real money portfolio. I've held onto it for many years, and you'd need a crowbar to get this one out of my hands.

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Member Avatar IncredibleTrades (< 20) Submitted: 1/27/2007 8:51:47 AM : Outperform Start Price: $30.35 WRB Score: -0.28

Look for this stock to rebound this month.
Hold Period - One Month.

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Member Avatar atkmjdzr (< 20) Submitted: 1/9/2007 1:51:23 AM : Outperform Start Price: $30.94 WRB Score: -4.00

Strong insurance carrier, diversified and aggresive but strong desire to be profitable.

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