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has plummeted roughly 20% from the end
of 2019. And although we have lowered many
of our fair value estimates, the market drop
has revealed numerous buying opportunities
across sectors. The median stock in our
North American equity coverage is trading at
a 22% discount to our fair value estimate
at the end of March, compared with the 3%
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