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Mechanical Investing for August 2005

I’m a day late for trading. I started to review the mechanical trading stocks yesterday but my head wouldn’t cooperate. 😛

Investments improve yet again this month. I’m up 7.9% for the last weeks and up 1.0% for the year. The Dow is down 1.0% this year.

Holding for another month:

Ticker Bought Now Months Return  
BMHC $55.40 $82.65 3 +49.2% Building Materials Holding Corp. I sold off 20% of my shares, though, to keep the portfolio in balance.
KBH $75.20 $80.98 1 +7.7% KB Homes.

Selling these:

Ticker Bought Sold Months Return  
ADCT $21.66 $26.85 1 +24.0% ADC Telecommunications. Yay. 🙂
AQNT $17.78 $19.28 1 +8.4% aQuantive Inc.
CAE $44.24 $43.79 1 -1.7% Cascade Corp.
DENN $5.45 $5.8601 1 +7.5% Denny’s. Yumm. 🙂
FTO $31.62 $29.15 1 -7.8% Frontier Oil Corp. Yuck.
JWN $35.29 $36.87 1 +4.5% Nordstrom, Inc., the fashion store. JWN, of course, stands for “Nordstrom,” but using different letters.
LCAV $47.24 $46.52 2 -1.5% LCA Vision Inc. Gave back last month’s gains, pfft.
LUB $12.23 $14.65 1 +19.8% Luby’s. Yumm. 🙂
OO $16.87 $18.64 1 +10.5% Oakley Inc., the sunglasses manufacturer.
WLDA $12.43 $12.58 1 +1.2% World Airways, Inc. They have 12 airplanes!

New stocks for this month:

Ticker Bought Sold Months Return  
AN $21.84 $N/A 0 N/A% Autonation Inc. Is the used car market booming?
BZH $66.67 $N/A 0 N/A% Beazer Homes again.
CRUS $7.98 $N/A 0 N/A% Cirrus Logic Inc.
KELYA $29.73 $N/A 0 N/A% Kelly Services Inc.
MCK $45.66 $N/A 0 N/A% McKesson Corp. again, healthcare.
MDC $86.17 $N/A 0 N/A% MDC Holdings Inc., again.
MSTR $78.74 $N/A 0 N/A% MicroStrategy Inc.
NSIT $20.65 $N/A 0 N/A% Insight Enterprises Inc., an information services company.
RT $19.89 $N/A 0 N/A% Ryerson Tull Inc. Looks like a heavy trucking company.
RYL $82.01 $N/A 0 N/A% Ryland Homes. Home builders keep making a good return.

New options for this month:

Ticker Bought Sold Weeks Return
No new options until October.

The next trade will be August 29th.

Really.  I can handle it.

2 responses to “Mechanical Investing for August 2005”

  1. Um… no habla espaniol? I really ought to learn how to understand stock basics if my 401k is to do anything worthwhile.


  2. Once a month I trade stocks based on a series of formulas found on the Motley Fool’s Mechanical Investing Forum.

    For most people, buying an index fund that mimics the S&P 500 or the Russell 2000 is a less time-consuming way to participate in the stock market.


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Michael, a sinner saved by grace, sharing what the good Lord has shared with me.

Solomon, in the book of Ecclesiastes, said, “I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.”

If you’re not living for the glory of God, then what you’re doing is meaningless, no matter what it is. Living for God gives life meaning, and enjoying a “chasing after the wind” is a gift from God. I’m doing what I can to enjoy this gift daily.

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