Mechanical Investing for May 2006

Bah. Some of the other investors in Mechanical Investing did much better than I did this month. I somehow think that’s just the luck of the draw; which screens they’ve selected and when they trade. My benchmark is the market as a whole and I’ve fallen behind a little further this month.

  • Last 4 weeks: +0.0%
  • Last 3 months: -4.5%
  • Year to date: -0.2% (Dow is +6.4% ytd from 10,718)
  • Last 12 months:+1.5%

Holding for another month:

Ticker Bought Now Months Return  
BAC $45.98 $49.58 2 +7.8% Bank of America Corp. Hey, I own a bank. From the LPE_YLD screen.
FDG $41.01 $37.68 2 -8.1% Fording Canadian Coal Trust, from the YLDEARNYR screen.
HCC $34.24 $33.44 1 -2.3% HCC Insurance Holdings.
HOC $76.45 $75.80 1 -0.85% Holly Corp. From the LowPEZLTD screen.
UNTD $14.69 $13.07 4 -11.0% United Online Inc. From the YLDEARNYR screen.

Selling these:

Ticker Bought Sold Months Return  
AH $58.86 $61.73 2 +4.9% Armor Holdings.
CMA $59.03 $56.32 1 -4.6% Comerica Inc. Blech.
CMC $54.51 $55.55 1 +1.9% Commercial Metals Company.
EMKR $10.18 $10.83 1 +6.4% Emcore Corp. From the “Screamers” mechanical list.
IM $19.77 $18.34 4 -7.2% Ingram Micro Inc. Blech.
JDSU $4.11 $3.51 1 -14.6% JDS Uniphase. Double blech.
SPY $128.58 $131.32 3 +2.1% SPDRs.
TEN $23.33 $23.77 2 +1.9% Tenneco, Inc.

New stocks for this month:

Ticker Bought Sold Months Return  
CRS $125.09 $N/A 0 N/A% Carpenter Technology Company. Heh, CRS stands for something rude, too. From the TRPPE screen.
DDS $26.04 $N/A 0 N/A% A dentist? No, Dillard’s Inc. From the H52EARNPS screen.
GDI $77.90 $N/A 0 N/A% Gardner Denver, Inc. From the TREPPE screen.
SWFT $30.42 $N/A 0 N/A% Swift transportation Company Incorporated. From the TRPPE screen.
TNB $57.80 $N/A 0 N/A% Thomas & Betts Corp. From the TREPPE screen.
TWTR $8.98 $N/A 0 N/A% Tweeter Home Entertainment. Ooh, I want a plasma HDTV. From the H52EarnPS screen.
ZRAN $27.31 $N/A 0 N/A% Zoran Corporation, from the planet Zeltoid, no doubt. From the Screamers screen.

The next trade will be June 5th.

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