“A guru (Sanskrit: ????) is one who is regarded as having great knowledge, wisdom and authority in a certain area, and who uses it to guide others (teacher)” – Wikipedia.com
GuruFocus.com is a value investing oriented website that focuses on the stock picks, portfolios and investing styles of Guru Investors. Independent columnists contribute good articles, stories and provide commentary on Guru holdings or changes in holdings. The site also has premium membership to access the portfolios and stock picks of other value managers, screeners and newsletters.
Screening for value:
(3) Insider buying: Many value investors believe that insider buying is a signal that investors and shareholders should watch for. Insiders could sell for a variety of reasons from needing cash for large expenses to diversifying their investments etc. However, It is quite logical to assume that anyone who buys stock is expecting the stock to rise in value. Insiders are no different and since they have more information abotu the company and its potential their purchases should be watched for. GuruFocus tracks insider buying.
Company due diligence:
You can type in any symbol on GuruFocus and access the 10 year financials for the company. You can use the free DCF calculator to get an estimate of intrinsic value. You can see which Gurus own that company or have made trades. The 10 year valuations is available only for Premium subscribers. Also, the compare feature is pretty good and you can compare a company to its competitors.
The Internet has made investing democratic and there is a wealth of information that can be accessed by individual investors without having access to all the resources that large Institutional investors have.