Chasing the Wind

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Mechanical Investing for January 2007

Well, I *was* going to trade yesterday, but the markets were closed. Flags are flying at half-mast, and I assume it’s because we’re mourning for former President Ford and not for Saddam Hussein.

Let’s check the numbers –

  • Last 4 weeks: +0.5%
  • Last 3 months: +3.7%
  • Last 12 months: +1.1% (Dow was +16.3% for 2006 which surprised everyone, I think)
  • Year to date: +0.0% (Dow is +0.0% ytd from 12,463)
  • Annualized Return: +14.0%

Holding for another month:

Ticker Bought Now Months Return  
AKS $16.49 $16.69 1 +1.2% AK Steel Holding Corp. From the Peg_Minimalist screen.
BAB $97.47 $106.00 1 +8.6% British Airways plc. I still own some airplanes! From the TREPPE screen.
KELYA $28.64 $29.52 2 +3.1% Kelly Services Inc. From the H52EarnPS screen.
MCY $53.85 $53.88 1 +0.0% Mercury General Corp. I’m going to cruise it up and down this’a road. From the LPE_YLD screen.
SWY $31.20 $33.80 4 +8.3% Safeway Inc. From the H52EarnPS screen.
WM $44.39 $45.74 1 +3.0% Washington Mutual. From the LPE_YLD screen.

Selling these:

Ticker Bought Sold Months Return  
ATI $93.41 $88.80 1 -4.9% Allegheny Technologies Inc. From the RSPeg2 screen.
BRCD $9.09 $8.33 1 -8.4% Brocade Communications Systems Inc. From the RSPeg2 screen.
IFSIA $15.37 $14.89 1 -3.1% Interface Inc. From the Peg_Minimalist screen.
NTY $35.81 $40.17 1 +12.2% NBTY Inc. From the Screamers screen.
OSTE $5.77 $5.38 1 -6.8% Osteotech Inc. From the Screamers screen.
STA $51.26 $54.05 1 +5.4% St. Paul Travelers Companies Inc. From the TREPPE screen.

New stocks for this month:

Ticker Bought Sold Months Return  
CGB $33.50 $N/A 0 N/A% CB Richard Ellis Group Inc. From the RSPeg2 screen.
JAS $24.53 $N/A 0 N/A% Jo-Ann Stores. My wife says they have nice clothes. From the Screamers screen.
KMX $54.20 $N/A 0 N/A% CarMax Inc. From the Screamers screen.
MDR $48.50 $N/A 0 N/A% McDermott International Inc. From the Peg_Minimalist screen.
MRO $88.85 $N/A 0 N/A% Marathon Oil Corp. Funny, I’ve held this in Aug 2005 and Sept 2006 for a loss. Third time’s a charm, maybe. From theTREPPE screen.
SKX $33.95 $N/A 0 N/A% Skechers USA Inc. Shoes! From the RSPeg2 screen.

6/3 Options:

Ticker Bought Sold Months Return  
.QEICL $2.60 $2.31 3 -11.1% SEICT (S E I Inv Corp) Mar 60 Calls. Sold.
.TDG $0.89 $1.54 3 +73.0% T AT&T Apr 35 Calls. Sold!
.MEHDV $0.5722 $0.60 2 +4.8% MEH Apr 12.5 Calls. Will sell in early February.
.ATIDQ $6.60 $11.12 2 +68.5% ATI Apr 85 Calls. Sold early since it’s lost momentum.
.RFYFJ $13.00 $7.80 1 -40% RIMM Research in Motion June 150 Calls. Not looking good, is it? Will sell in early March.
.QTCGE $13.00 $2.45 1 -81.1% TeleTech Holdings Inc. TTEC July 25 Calls. Yuck. Will sell in early March.

The next trade will be February 5.

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Michael, a sinner saved by grace, sharing what the good Lord has shared with me.

Solomon, in the book of Ecclesiastes, said, “I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.”

If you’re not living for the glory of God, then what you’re doing is meaningless, no matter what it is. Living for God gives life meaning, and enjoying a “chasing after the wind” is a gift from God. I’m doing what I can to enjoy this gift daily.

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