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10 Stock Picks And Flicks From The Market-Savvy 'Shark Tank' Stars

10 Stock Picks And Flicks From The Market-Savvy 'Shark Tank' Stars

Stars of ABC’s hit reality show “Shark Tank” Mark Cuban and Kevin O’Leary sometimes argue over the merits of an entrepreneur's offer, but one thing they agree on is using stock investing to build portfolio value.

O’Leary, a frequent guest on CNBC, recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of his O’Shares FTSE U.S. Quality Dividend ETF (NYSE: OUSA), which has outperformed many of its peers.

Cuban hasn’t been quite as vocal on his stock picks, but recently gave some exclusive, bullish comments to Benzinga following the release of Q2 earnings from Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX).

Related Link: Exclusive: Mark Cuban Compares Netflix To Amazon, Says It Has Multiple Untapped Levers

Both business mavens are aware that there are investors who follow their market moves closely for trading ideas. Here’s a list of nine of the deal-making duo’s most notable public stock calls from this year.

O'Leary Exits Apple

Starting with January, Kevin O’Leary spoke fondly of his decision to exit Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL) back in September, citing concerns about its debt load and exposure to foreign currency headwinds. It was excellent timing — the stock has fallen 10.5 percent since the last day of September.

Cuban Counting On Netflix

Back in February, Mark Cuban told CNBC that he had a huge position in Netflix and, despite buying puts against his entire position, that he had no intention of selling. Cuban’s view hasn’t changed, as he recently told Benzinga’s newsdesk that “stocks go up and down. Netflix will be fine.”

Cuban Well-Read On Reading International

Later in February, SEC filings revealed that Cuban bought about $2.5 million worth of Reading International, Inc. (NASDAQ: RDIB) exposure, though this was likely meant to simply keep his level of ownership more or less stable following some share dissolutions.

O'Leary, P/E Multiples And Amazon

In April, just ahead of the release of, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN)’s Q1 financial results, Kevin O’Leary appeared on CNBC and, in typically cutting fashion, said that he has never owned stock of the company he says has a price to earnings multiple that is “infinite.”

He expects when the stock finally “meets gravity, grown men are gonna weep.” He reiterated much the same sentiment on Amazon in an interview this month.

Related Link: Kevin O'Leary: "Poo-Poo Happens, And It's Not Happening For Twitter"

'Mr. Wonderful' Gives Tesla Some Critique

In May, the man they call “Mr. Wonderful,” Kevin O’Leary, gave a similar critique of Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ: TSLA) in an interview, warning that “gravity will visit Tesla one day.”

Cuban's Amazon Disagreements

It’s safe to say the two sharks are of different minds on Amazon. During his recent comments on Netflix, Mark Cuban spoke of Amazon as a company that dominates its space, regardless of quarter to quarter fluctuations. In June, Amazon released a collection of Mark Cuban products based around his “Shark Tank” deals.

A Few Of O'Leary's Favorite Things

O’Leary gave his investing fans of his a glimpse into some names he does like in July, citing Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. (NYSE: DPS), Hershey Co (NYSE: HSY) and Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) as his top picks.

O'Leary Casts Shadow On Twitter

The sun of Mr. O’Leary’s approval fails to shine on Twitter Inc (NYSE: TWTR), however. In comments made during CNBC’s “Halftime Report” segment on July 19, he said the company “doesn’t have a future.” He stated that the only people using Twitter are using it for the aggregation of news.

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