St. Joe's Shares Popped: What You Need to Know

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What: Shares of real-estate developer St. Joe (NYS: JOE) jumped as high as 13.4% on above-average trading volume.

So what: A weekend article in Barron's showed that Glenrock Asset Management founder Michael Katz is long on St. Joe, and also highlights just how successful Katz's investment strategy has been. Katz picks his longs and shorts based on the quality of cash flows, much like we like to do here at the Fool.

Now what: Glenrock doesn't love all real estate plays equally, and has shorted New York-centered SL Green Realty (NYS: SLG) among others. But St. Joe met Katz's stringent criteria: "We go for what we think are deeply undervalued stocks with lots of upside that we can buy at liquidation values or less." I just have to wonder whether he shouldn't have gone for a meatier REIT such as timberland specialist Rayonier (NYS: RYN) instead, with its beefy dividend and four-star CAPS rating. St. Joe has had an active dividend policy since 2007.

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At the time this article was published Fool contributor Anders Bylund holds no position in any of the companies mentioned. We Fools may not all hold the same opinion, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Check out Anders' holdings and bio, or follow him on Twitter and Google+. We have a disclosure policy.

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