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First American: A Stock I'd Love to Own
The key to successful value investing is to identify great companies and wait for the market to put them on sale.

By Philip Durell (TMFAdmiral)
August 1, 2005

A superior financial firm
First American (NYSE: FAF) is usually characterized as a title insurance company, but it is so much more than that. Sure, title insurance is a major part of the business, but the key to First American's success is its focus on creating, expanding, and improving its consumer and business databases. I also happen to like First American because its share price has risen by 50% since I first recommended the company to Inside Value members last September. Despite the rise, I still believe the company to be significantly undervalued -- just not quite at the margin of safety that I would require before purchasing shares...
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