3 World-Class Businesses At a Reasonable Price

U.S. stocks are partially recovering yesterday's losses, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the benchmark S&P 500 up 1.26% and 1.10%, respectively at 1:45 p.m. EDT. The Nasdaq Composite Index is up 1.44%.

What kind of investor are you? Take a look at the following three questions.

How has the stock market turmoil of the last couple of weeks left you feeling, as an investor?

  1. Energized
  1. No change
  1. Despondent

How has your stock market activity changed during that period?

  1. Increased buying
  1. No change
  1. Increased selling

As it pertains to your portfolio, are you concerned about whether the Fed starts raising its policy interest in September, December, or some time in 2016?

  1. Don't care
  1. Don't care
  1. Very concerned

If you gave the first answer to all three questions, this article is squarely meant for you. With three 2s, you ought to read on, too. Three 3sand you might be a trader in an investor's clothing: Head straight to Ben Graham's The Intelligent Investor and do not pass "Go."

The recent stock market correction has created genuine opportunities to buy shares of some exceptional businesses --not at bargain basement prices, to be sure, but at a fair price. That's a good proposition, and one that has been very hard to find over the past couple of years.

Here are three examples I've identified (there are certainly others).

Shares of Berkshire Hathaway were valued at 1.31 times book value at yesterday's close. Warren Buffett has said he is willing to repurchase the shares up to a multiple of 1.2 times. Given that he would not buy the shares without a discount to his estimate of intrinsic value, it's an excellent bet that the conglomerate is, at 1.31 times book, no worse than fairly valued.

Speaking of Berkshire, I have written before that pediatric nutrition specialist Mead Johnson Nutritionhas the kind of high-quality franchise that would fit right in with its portfolio of consumer brand businesses (actually, I think it's superior toKraft Heinz). At 18.8 times next year's consensus earnings-per-share estimate of $4.05, the shares might appear expensive, but given the value of its brands and its growth prospects, that's no worse than a fair price.

Given its ubiquity online and its name recognition, it's hardly surprising that investors bid up shares of PayPalfollowing the electronic payments processor's separation from eBay in July. The stock looked a bit rich, but it has lost 13% over the past fortnight, and 21% from its 52-week high. As with Mead Johnson Nutrition, don't let the 22.8 price-to-earnings multiple of next year's estimated earnings scare you off: With an auspicious position in a payments market that's likely to grow significantly for the foreseeable future, that's a fair price for the company's shares.

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Alex Dumortier, CFA, has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool owns and recommends Berkshire Hathaway and PayPal Holdings. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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