Mechanical Investing for February 2006

January started with a bang, and I’m pleased with the stock selections Except for CAL; I even flew Continental to France this month and it didn’t do a thing for the stock price. 😛

Also, apparently I showed that all the stocks I bought I paid $0.00. Free stocks! No really, I’ve corrected the list this month to show the actual price paid.

  • Last 4 weeks: +8.0%
  • Last 3 months: +6.6%
  • Year to date: +8.0% (Dow is +1.9% ytd from 10,718)
  • Last 12 months:+2.4%

Holding for another month:

Ticker Bought Now Months Return  
CLF $81.4799 $106.08 3 +30.2% Cleveland-Cliffs, Inc.
CRDN $46.15 $58.99 2 +27.8% Ceradyne, Inc.
FHN $38.75 $38.10 3 -1.7% First Horizon National Corp
GT $18.10 $18.77 1 +3.7% Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.
IM $19.77 $19.16 1 -0.3% Ingram Micro Inc.
LMS $25.76 $28.02 1 +8.8% Lamson & Sessions Co.
UNTD $14.69 $13.85 1 -5.7% United Online Inc.
RYI $19.89 $30.77 6 +54.7% Ryerson Tull Inc. Bought it under the ticker “RT”. I sold off about a third of it this morning to keep things balanced.
WM $38.54 $42.20 4 +9.5% Washington Mutual

Selling these:

Ticker Bought Sold Months Return  
CAL $21.64 $19.31 1 -10.8% Continental Airlines
DBRN $36.549 $46.13 1 +26.2% Dress Barn Inc.
SNDK $58.98 $65.25 3 +10.6% Sandisk Corp, maker of flash memory for cameras and iPods.

New stocks for this month:

Ticker Bought Sold Months Return  
ATI $51.88 $N/A 0 N/A% Allegheny Technologies Inc.
ILMN $20.82 $N/A 0 N/A% Illumina Inc.
MRK $34.18 $N/A 0 N/A% Merck & Co. Inc. Hey, look, I own a pharmaceutical company.
SPY $128.58 $N/A 0 N/A% SPDRs. I had a little trouble balancing things because there was so little turnover, so I just parked the remainder in this Spider.
TKR $36.40 $N/A 0 N/A% Timken Co.

Current Option Holdings:

Ticker Bought Sold Months Return  
.MDREI $3.50 $9.4 2 +168.6% MDR May 2006 45.00 Call, will sell 1st week of March 2006. When options work, they work really, really good. 🙂

Options Sold:

.CHKDG $3.50 $2.20 3 -37.1% CHK Apr 2006 35.00 Call. Still no luck on options this year.

The next trade will be February 27th or maybe March 6th, depending on my schedule next month.

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