Paulson Capital has been brought up a few times on this site because of how cheaply it has traded relative to its current assets. Last week, shareholders were rewarded. Immediately following the company's earnings announcement, shares almost doubled; as a result, this company becomes the latest stock to move from the Stock Ideas to the Value In Action page.
This result re-enforces a number of lessons value investors should already know:
1) Be patient. This stock went down (and quite a bit!) before it went up. Shareholders who gave up lost out, while those who bought more won.
2) Buy companies at discounts to net current assets (that aren't burning through those assets). Even if their prices go down, you know the company's business value is more than its market cap, which should help you with #1.
3) Do your homework. The company's earnings jump should not have been a surprise. Paulson disclosed a large ownership position in a public company that saw a huge price rise over the quarter, which should have been clear to all.
4) Be nimble. Paulson's shares quickly fell back to within its normal trading range such that investors who didn't sell when they were offered the chance have to wait a little longer.