Mechanical Investing for November 2005

Goodness, the market was a ride this month. The first two weeks of October showed great gains, then the last two weeks gave it all back and then some. Yuck. Here’s the scorecard so far; looks like I would have done exactly as well if I had put the cash under a mattress:

  • Last 4 weeks: -7.6%
  • Last 3 months: +0.4%
  • Year to date: -0.2% (Dow is -2.9% ytd from 10,783.75)
  • Last 12 months:+0.0%

Holding for another month:

Ticker Bought Now Months Return  
FTO $32.79 $36.71 2 +12.0% Frontier Corporation was up 40% at one point.
KR $20.55 $19.80 1 -3.6% The Kroger Company.
RT $19.89 $19.98 3 +0.5% Ryerson Tull Inc.
WM $38.54 $39.42 1 +2.3% Washington Mutual

Selling these:

Ticker Bought Sold Months Return  
CMCO $19.02 $22.90 2 +20.4% Columbus McKinnon Corp. Bye, I’ll miss you. *sniff*
FDG $38.7833s $33.63 2 -13.3% Fording Canadian Coal Trust. Ouch.
KELYA $29.73 $27.92 2 -6.1% Kelly Services Inc.
KSE $36.78 $34.3301 1 -6.7% Keyspan Corporation
LMS $18.60 $19.63 1 +5.5% The Lamson & Sessions Co.
LSS $56.25 $45.91 1 -18.4% Lone Star Technologies. Ouch.
MRO $59.58 $59.68 2 +0.2% Marathon Oil Corp
NFX $50.03 $45.09 1 -9.9% Newfield Exploration Co.

New stocks for this month:

Ticker Bought Sold Months Return  
BR $71.5099 $N/A 0 N/A% Burlington Resources, Inc. I sold this last month for $82.51, now it’s back.
CLF $81.4799 $N/A 0 N/A% Cleveland-Cliffs, Inc. Huh, I sold this a year ago for $36.68. Dang.
FHN $38.75 $N/A 0 N/A% First Horizon National Corp
HCC $30.03 $N/A 0 N/A% HCC Insurance Holdings, Inc.
RHAT $22.9399 $N/A 0 N/A% Red Hat, Inc. Huh, and my wife just bought some hats, too.
RNWK $7.8991 $N/A 0 N/A% RealNetworks, Inc. I dislike their software, maybe I’ll like the stock better.
PBR $63.19 $N/A 0 N/A% Petrolio Brasileiro
SNDK $58.98 $N/A 0 N/A% Sandisk Corp, maker of flash memory for cameras and iPods.

New options for this month:

Ticker Bought Sold Months Return  
.CHKDG $3.50 $N/A 0 N/A% CHK Apr 2006 35.00 Call, will sell 1st week of February 2006.

Current Option Holdings:

Ticker Bought Sold Months Return  
.SWNCQ $7.70 $5.90 1 -23.4% SWN Mar 2006 85.00 Call, will sell 1st week of January 2006. This swung from up 40% to down 23% in a month.

The next trade will be December 5th.

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