Mechanical Investing for December 2006

This was a good month again for Mechanical Investing; I’m catching up to the market, though still lagging behind. Let’s check the numbers –

  • Last 4 weeks: +4.3%
  • Last 3 months: +3.2%
  • Year to date: +1.0% (Dow is +14.7% ytd from 10,718)
  • Last 12 months:+0.9%

Holding for another month:

Ticker Bought Now Months Return  
KELYA $28.64 $29.58 1 +3.3% Kelly Services Inc. I held this in late 2005 for a 6.7% loss; let’s see if I get my money back. From the H52EarnPS screen.
SWY $31.20 $31.30 3 +0.3% Safeway Inc. From the H52EarnPS screen.

Selling these:

Ticker Bought Sold Months Return  
BAC $54.05 $52.69 1 -2.5% Bank of America. I held this earlier this year for a nice profit, but not this time. From the LPE_YLD screen.
CMA $55.03 $58.48 6 +6.3% Comerica, Inc. From the LPEYLD screen.
ILMN $43.96 $38.91 1 -11.5% Illumina, Inc. I held this in January for a nice little profit, but not this time. Screamers stocks do that.
KR $23.13 $22.22 1 -3.9% Kroger Co. From the H52EarnPS screen. Just as well, they won’t recognize Christmas.
LYO $25.46 $24.72 1 -2.9% Lyondell Chemical Company. From the H52EarnPS screen.
MTW $54.09 $59.84 1 +10.6% Manitowoc Company, Inc. From the Peg-Minimalist screen.
OMG $45.91 $46.4 2 +1.1% O M Group Inc. Originally from the TREPPE screen, now also on Screamers and Peg-Minimum. In 2 months it went to +25% to back where it started.
PWR $18.39 $18.60 1 +1.1% Quanta Services. Why does the ticker symbol start with P? From the Peg-Minimalist screen.
RIMM $117.05 $136.88 1 +16.9% Research in Motion. I held this in late 2004 for a 24.7% profit; now another +16.9% Yay. From the Screamers screen.
TSM $9.66 $10.98 1 +13.7% Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg. From the LPE_YLD screen.

New stocks for this month:

Ticker Bought Sold Months Return  
AKS $16.49 $N/A 0 N/A% AK Steel Holding Corp. From the Peg_Minimalist screen.
ATI $93.41 $N/A 0 N/A% Allegheny Technologies Inc. From the RSPeg2 screen.
BAB $97.47 $N/A 0 N/A% British Airways plc. I own some airplanes! From the TREPPE screen.
BRCD $9.09 $N/A 0 N/A% Brocade Communications Systems Inc. From the RSPeg2 screen.
IFSIA $15.37 $N/A 0 N/A% Interface Inc. From the Peg_Minimalist screen.
MCY $53.85 $N/A 0 N/A% Mercury General Corp. I’m going to cruise it up and down this’a road. From the LPE_YLD screen.
NTY $35.81 $N/A 0 N/A% NBTY Inc. I’ve held this before, I’m sure. They sell consonants, I think. From the Screamers screen.
OSTE $5.77 $N/A 0 N/A% Osteotech Inc. From the Screamers screen.
STA $51.26 $N/A 0 N/A% St. Paul Travelers Companies Inc. From the TREPPE screen.
WM $44.39 $N/A 0 NA% Washington Mutual is back. From the LPE_YLD screen.

6/3 Options:

Ticker Bought Sold Months Return  
.AEMBI $3.80 $3.69 3 -2.9% AEM (Agnico-Eagle Mines Ltd) Feb 45 Calls. Sold.
.SEUCH $5.00 $2.00 3 -60% SHOO Steve Madden Ltd Mar 40 Calls. Sold, dang it, it was almost a winner.
.QEICL $2.60 $3.00 2 +15.4% SEICT (S E I Inv Corp) Mar 60 Calls. Will sell in early January.
.TDG $0.89 $1.45 2 +62.9% T AT&T Apr 35 Calls. Will sell in early January. Will it still be a winner?
.MEHDV $0.5722 $0.55 1 -3.9% MEH Apr 12.5 Calls. Will sell in early February.
.ATIDQ $6.60 $15.60 1 +136% ATI Apr 85 Calls. Will sell in early February.
.RFYFJ $13.00 $N/A 0 N/A% RIMM Research in Motion June 150 Calls. Will sell in early March.
.QTCGE $13.00 $N/A 0 N/A% TeleTech Holdings Inc. TTEC July 25 Calls. Will sell in early March.

The next trade will be January 2.

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