Mechanical Investing for January 2006

I wanted to do a year-end market wrap-up for the mechanical investing strategy, but I just won’t have the time this year. I’ll do a quick wrap-up as of today and call it the end of the year summary. Not my best year; after all those gyrations I only beat the market by a wee bit. There’s always next year. 🙂

  • Last 4 weeks: +4.9%
  • Last 3 months: +0.8%
  • Year to date: +1.0% (Dow is +0.9% ytd from 10,783.75 to 10,883.27)
  • Last 12 months:+1.0%

Holding for another month:

Ticker Bought Now Months Return  
CLF $81.4799 $91.63 2 +12.5% Cleveland-Cliffs, Inc.
CRDN $46.15 $46.35 1 +0.4% Ceradyne, Inc.
FHN $38.75 $39.90 2 +3.0% First Horizon National Corp
RT $19.89 $24.31 5 +22.2% Ryerson Tull Inc.
SNDK $58.98 $64.43 2 +9.2% Sandisk Corp, maker of flash memory for cameras and iPods. Wild swings, whee.
WM $38.54 $44.66 3 +15.9% Washington Mutual

Selling these:

Ticker Bought Sold Months Return  
BVF $23.10 $23.781 1 +2.9% Biovail Corp.
FTO $32.79 $37.91 4 +15.6% Frontier Corporation.
HCC $30.03 $30.00 2 -0.0% HCC Insurance Holdings, Inc.
HOC $61.11 $58.3501 1 -4.5% Holly Corp wasn’t so jolly.
PBR $63.19 $69.16 2 +9.4% Petrolio Brasileiro
PSS $22.49 $25.35 1 +12.7% Payless Shoesource, Inc.

New stocks for this month:

Ticker Bought Sold Months Return  
CAL $0.00 $N/A 0 N/A% Continental Airlines
DBRN $0.00 $N/A 0 N/A% Dress Barn Inc.
GT $0.00 $N/A 0 N/A% Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.
IM $0.00 $N/A 0 N/A% Ingram Micro Inc.
LMS $0.00 $N/A 0 N/A% Lamson & Sessions Co.
UNTD $0.00 $N/A 0 N/A% United Online Inc.

Current Option Holdings:

Ticker Bought Sold Months Return  
.CHKDG $3.50 $1.85 2 -47.1% CHK Apr 2006 35.00 Call, will sell 1st week of February 2006.
.MDREI $3.50 $2.65 1 -24.3% MDR May 2006 45.00 Call, will sell 1st week of March 2006.

Options Sold:

.SWNCQ $3.85 $1.65 3 -57.1% This was SWNCQ but it split. Was SWN Mar 2006 85.00 Call, now SWN Mar 2006 42.50 Call.

The next trade will be January 30th.

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