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Whitney Tilson's Top Trades

Renown value investor Whitney Tilson on Tuesday laid out his best value plays, namely Berkshire Hathaway and J.C. Penney.

The world’s top two retail managers are now working for J.C. Penney , Tilson said. Ron Johnson will become CEO of J.C. Penney on November 1. Johnson comes to J.C. Penney from Apple , where he spent 10 years building its retail strategy. Earlier this month, Johnson hired Michael Francis from Target , where he served as chief marketing officer. Francis was named president and will oversee merchandising, marketing and product development.

“There are a lot of operational improvements and two top guys to tap it and the key is you’re not paying for it,” Tilson said. “The stock price is fairly valued today without these guys, so you’re getting a lot of optionality on the upside for free.”

In other words, there is great short-term value here.

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Trader disclosures for Oct. 18: PETE NAJARIAN: Najarian is long AAPL. Najarian is long C. Najarian is long MSFT. Najarian is long MS. Najarian is long INTC. Najarian is long YHOO. Najarian has long calls WFC. Najarian has long calls ETFC. GUY ADAMI: Adami Owns AGU. Adami Owns C. Adami Owns GS. Adami Owns INTC. Adami Owns MSFT. Adami Owns NUE. Adami Owns BTU. KAREN FINERMAN: Finerman owns AAPL. Finerman owns BAC. Finerman owns GOOG. Finerman owns JPM stock leaps & puts. Finerman’s firm owns AAPL short calls. Finerman’s firm owns MSFT. Finerman’s firm owns YHOO short calls. Finerman’s firm owns IBM short calls. JOE TERRANOVA: Terranova is long VRTS. Terranova is long LQD. Terranova is long MUB. Terranova is long FCX. Terranova is long TBT. Terranova is long OXY. Terranova is long GS. Terranova is long F. Terranova is long CAT. Terranova is long AXP. Terranova is long APC. Terranova is long EMC. Terranova is long AAPL. Terranova is long IBM. JJ KINAHAN: Kinahan is long GS. Kinahan is long INTC. Kinahan is long S&P. WHITNEY TILSON: Tilson is long BRK. Tilson is long C. Tilson is long GS. Tilson is long WFC. Tilson is long SNDK. Tilson is long JCP. Tilson is short GMCR.

COLIN GILLIS
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MITCHELL PINHEIRO
Pinheiro owns GMCR
Janney Montgomery was a co-manager of GMCR public offering within last 12 months. Janney Montgomery has received compensation for investment banking services from GMCR in past 12 months. Janney Montgomery is market maker in GMCR.

LOUIS HSIEH
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LARRY MCDONALD
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MICHAEL WONG
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