Mechanical Investing for September 2005

I’m ready for the market to improve and stay improved. So far, I’m merely treading water this year, and the last month was terrible.

  • Last 4 weeks: -3.9%
  • Last 3 months: +0.2%
  • Year to date: -1.1% (Dow is -3.1% ytd)
  • Last 12 months:+1.9%

Holding for another month:

Ticker Bought Now Months Return  
KELYA $29.73 $28.86 1 -2.9% Kelly Services Inc.
MCK $45.66 $45.53 1 -0.3% McKesson Corp.
RT $19.89 $19.75 1 -0.7% Ryerson Tull Inc.

Selling these:

Ticker Bought Sold Months Return  
AN $21.84 $20.30 1 -7.1% Autonation Inc.
BMHC $55.40 $76.07 4 +37.3% Building Materials Holding Corp. Was 49.2%, though, so it gave a lot back this month.
BZH $66.67 $58.15 1 -12.8% Beazer Homes.
CRUS $7.98 $7.67 1 -3.9% Cirrus Logic Inc.
KBH $75.20 $69.86 2 -7.1% KB Homes.
MDC $86.17 $73.45 1 -14.8% MDC Holdings Inc.
MSTR $78.74 $74.95 1 -4.8% MicroStrategy Inc.
NSIT $20.65 $18.76 1 -9.2% Insight Enterprises Inc.
RYL $82.01 $69.08 1 -15.8% Ryland Homes.

New stocks for this month:

Ticker Bought Sold Months Return  
ALO $25.10 $N/A 0 N/A% Alpharma
APA $70.02 $N/A 0 N/A% Apache Corp.
BR $68.54 $N/A 0 N/A% Burlington Resources Inc.
CMCO $19.02 $N/A 0 N/A% Columbus McKinnon Corp.
FDG $116.35 $N/A 0 N/A% Fording Canadian Coal Trust
FTO $32.79 $N/A 0 N/A% Frontier Corporation
KG $14.84 $N/A 0 N/A% King Pharmaceuticals Incorporated
MRO $59.58 $N/A 0 N/A% Marathon Oil Corp
XTO $37.53 $N/A 0 N/A% XTO Energy Incorporated

New options for this month:

Ticker Bought Sold Weeks Return
No new options until October.

The next trade will be October 3rd, and I’ll start Option trading again.

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