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Mario Gabelli Says Bourbon Stocks Set To Rally

Mario Gabelli stopped into CNBC's The Closing Bell this afternoon to give some of his stock picks and his views on the current market. Below are some highlights:

Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA)

  • He looks at companies with cash flows that are buying back stock
  • Viacom selling at 72, should be over 100, but there will be some air pockets

On M&A

  • Lots of financial engineering going on out there
  • Company A buys Company B to grow, we will see a lot of that over the next 12 months
  • More M&A will happen once CEO's have a more clear vision of the future

Bourbon Play

  • Alcohol is a $600B business, bourbon only $8B
  • Brown Forman (NYSE: BF-B) is a good play on bourbon, while Beam (NYSE: BEAM) is another option
  • There are strong tailwinds for bourbon
  • Consumer tastes change slowly on alcohol, and they're moving in Bourbon's favor

Thoughts on the Market as a Whole

  • The rotation is happening, investors must move to equities
  • Warren Buffett bought Heinz to get a cash generator thats inflation indexed

Are We Going to See a Revolution to Become More Energy Independent in US?

  • Can we become energy independent? No.
  • Fracking and natural gas are gifts to the United States
  • Companies in the space are monetizing their midstream businesses to generate cash

On Weatherford (NYSE: WFT)

  • Says shares could double in the near future
  • Met with executives and is looking for a company to sell the business to

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