Mechanical Investing for June 2006

Don’t look, Ethel! My portfolio lost 5% this month, fell behind the market as a whole, and was generally ugly to look at. So… I won’t look at it anymore. :/

  • Last 4 weeks: -5.2%
  • Last 3 months: -3.8%
  • Year to date: -1.1% (Dow is +4.2% ytd from 10,718)
  • Last 12 months:+0.5%

Holding for another month:

Ticker Bought Now Months Return  
DDS $26.04 $28.34 1 +8.8% Dillard’s Inc. From the H52EARNPS screen.
FDG $41.01 $33.56 3 -18.1% Fording Canadian Coal Trust, from the YLDEARNYR screen. I think I’m going to drop this screen, it hasn’t worked out well.
HCC $34.24 $30.48 2 -11.2% HCC Insurance Holdings, from the LowPE_ZLTD screen.
HOC $38.225 $43.87 2 +14.8% Holly Corp. Split 2:1 this month, from the LowPEZLTD screen.
SWFT $30.42 $28.55 1 -6.1% Swift transportation Company Incorporated. From the TRPPE screen.
UNTD $14.69 $11.88 5 -19.1% United Online Inc. The other terrible selection from the YLDEARNYR screen. And it’s still there.

Selling these:

Ticker Bought Sold Months Return  
BAC $45.98 $49.38 3 +7.4% Bank of America Corp. Hey, I own a bank. From the LPE_YLD screen.
CRS $125.09 $117.55 1 -6.0% Carpenter Technology Company. From the TRPPE screen.
GDI $38.95 $38.51 1 -1.1% Gardner Denver, Inc. 2:1 split. From the TREPPE screen.
TNB $57.80 $58.10 1 +0.5% Thomas & Betts Corp. From the TREPPE screen.
TWTR $8.98 $7.00 1 -22.0% Tweeter Home Entertainment. From the H52EarnPS screen.
ZRAN $27.31 $25.30 1 -7.4% Zoran Corporation. From the Screamers screen.

New stocks for this month:

Ticker Bought Sold Months Return  
AL $51.83 $N/A 0 N/A% Alcan Inc. From the TREPPE screen.
AP $34.99 $N/A 0 N/A% Ampco-Pittsburgh Corp. Sounds like a football game. From the Screamers screen.
CMA $55.03 $N/A 0 N/A% Comerica, Inc. Sold 1 bank, bought 2. This one is back from the LPEYLD screen.
GPI $60.70 $N/A 0 N/A% Group 1 Automotive. This is as close as I get to working on my own car. From the H52EarnPS screen.
HANS $186.07 $N/A 0 N/A% Hansen Natural Corp. Better than the unnatural corp. From the Screamers screen.
WM $45.96 $N/A 0 N/A% Washington Mutual returns to the lineup. From the LPE_YLD screen.

The next trade will be July 3rd.

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5 thoughts on “Mechanical Investing for June 2006

  1. Who ever is advising you to sell BAC and buy Comerica is nuts? how did you ever come up with that idea ?

    It seems you sell your winners and hang on to your losers?

    For example.. Fording Coal has been warning in its own press releases that earnings and trust distribution will be cut this year, and everyone knew that they had a strike pending.

    If you want, i will help you with a little basic research before you make these purchases.. I used to be a stockbroker, working in New York, Rome, Toronto and Vancouver

    I am not semi-retired and manage my own investments. ( by-the-way. my portfolio is +16.43% for this year, and i am 90% sitting in short-term cash right now, waiting for this market to find a bottom )

    Good luck.. I know it is tough to do, but I admire you are trying

    Peace, Brian

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  2. Thanks for the offer, but I’ll stick with the methods I’m using. It’s only been the last couple of months that the returns haven’t looked so good.

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