Mechanical Investing for October 2005

Much improved over last month, much improved. Nothing to complain about. 🙂

I know the market goes up and down – makes me seasick sometimes. But I’m in it for the long haul. So if I lose money occasionally, I still think the market over the next 20 years is the place to be.

  • Last 4 weeks: +7.4%
  • Last 3 months: +4.5%
  • Year to date: +1.9% (Dow is -2.2% ytd)
  • Last 12 months:+3.4%

Holding for another month:

Ticker Bought Now Months Return  
CMCO $19.02 $24.53 1 +29.0% Columbus McKinnon Corp.
FDG $38.7833s $42.04 1 +8.4% Fording Canadian Coal Trust
FTO $32.79 $45.65 1 +39.2% Frontier Corporation
KELYA $29.73 $30.67 2 +3.2% Kelly Services Inc.
MRO $59.58 $68.96 1 +15.7% Marathon Oil Corp
RT $19.89 $21.31 2 +7.1% Ryerson Tull Inc.

Selling these:

Ticker Bought Sold Months Return  
ALO $25.10 $24.54 1 -2.3% Alpharma
APA $70.02 $56.36 1 -19.5% Apache Corp.
BR $68.54 $82.51 1 +20.4% Burlington Resources Inc.
KG $14.84 $15.39 1 +3.7% King Pharmaceuticals Incorporated
MCK $45.66 $47.71 2 +4.5% McKesson Corp.
XTO $37.53 $46.02 1 +22.6% XTO Energy Incorporated

New stocks for this month:

Ticker Bought Sold Months Return  
KR $20.55 $N/A 0 N/A% The Kroger Company.
KSE $36.78 $N/A 0 N/A% Keyspan Corporation
LMS $18.60 $N/A 0 N/A% The Lamson & Sessions Co.
LSS $56.25 $N/A 0 N/A% Lone Star Technologies
NFX $50.03 $N/A 0 N/A% Newfield Exploration Co.
WM $38.54 $N/A 0 N/A% Washington Mutual

New options for this month:

Ticker Bought Sold Months Return  
.SWNCQ $7.70 $N/A 0 N/A% SWN Mar 2006 85.00 Call, will sell 1st week of January 2006. Wanna know how volatile options are? It’s already up 40% since I bought it this morning.

I would have bought another option (.LSIDS) but apparently when I switched my IRA to another broker I lost the ability to buy calls. 😦

The next trade will be October 31st when I’ll do the November trades a day early.

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