High Valuations and High Compensation in the Russell 2000

The top 10 Russell 2000 companies had a combined market capitalization of $66.1 billion, produce pre-stock compensation after tax profit of $815.8 million of which they paid out $357.5 mil in stock compensation (44%). The median stock compensation of the top 10 was 32.0% and trade at a price-to-earnings multiple of 144x. This is a […]

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First Wilshire’s CEO Scott Hood Interviewed by Bloomberg

Scott Hood, CEO and Portfolio Manager at First Wilshire appeared on Bloomberg Daybreak Australia where he discussed top-line issues – like global trade tensions and interest rates that could impact and potentially boost small cap performance in 2019. He also touched upon the market for leveraged cyclical stocks, noting that it could be time for […]

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First Wilshire’s CEO Scott Hood Speaks with Barron’s

First Wilshire CEO and Portfolio Manager Scott Hood was featured in Barron’s, where he discussed valuations of major internet stocks in the Chinese equities market off the back of his recent trip to the country in July. Article excerpt: When Tencent shares will rise again is harder to predict. For one thing, valuation isn’t particularly […]

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Unemployment Rate at Rare Level

Excerpt from our newsletter:  A headline worth pointing out from the 2nd quarter was the official unemployment rate hitting 3.8%, the lowest level in 18 years. It is interesting to note that the last time unemployment hit 3.8% was in April 2000 and lasted only one month. One would have to go all the way […]

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The Active Advantage

We operate in an area of the market much better suited to active management. There are far more companies to sort through and much less information is readily available. We are true active investors performing in-depth research from the bottom up. Each position is owned because we believe it offers superior upside potential, often coupled […]

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First Wilshire Hosts Client Meeting

First Wilshire recently had the privilege of hosting a client appreciation brunch for our Los Angeles area clients at a historical Pasadena venue. The portfolio managers and analysts discussed the reasons small cap value stocks have historically outperformed growth and large cap stocks, First Wilshire’s hands-on research process, and the outlook going forward. We enjoyed this […]

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First Wilshire Featured in Value Investor Insight

Speaking to Value Investor Insight, First Wilshire Securities CEO and Portfolio Manager Scott Hood exemplified the firm’s intensive research process to support the investment case for Northwest Pipe Co., the country’s largest manufacturer of steel pipes for water infrastructure systems. Rather than focus on cyclical tailwinds, Scott pointed to the company’s fundamentals – a 33% […]

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