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Mechanical Investing for April 2007

Stock trading day again, and even with the whipsaws up and down, I’m still positive this month and beating the market. Yay!

  • Last 4 weeks: +0.9%
  • Last 3 months: +3.8%
  • Last 12 months: +1.7%
  • Year to date: +3.6% (Dow is -.47% ytd from 12,463)
  • Annualized Return: +73.2% (This number looks really, really fish, but it’s what is reporting)

Holding for another month:

Ticker Bought Now Months Return  
AKS $16.49 $23.27 4 +41.1% AK Steel Holding Corp. From the Peg_Minimalist screen, but now also on RSPeg2. I sold off about 30% of it because it’s grown so much.
ATI $102.14 $107.41 2 +5.2% Allegheny Technologies Inc. From the Peg_Minimalist screen.
AVT $36.40 $37.50 1 +3.0% Avnet Inc. From the RSPeg2 screen, but now also on TRPPE, H52EgPS, and Peg_Minimalist.
FEIC $34.38 $36.02 1 +4.7% FEI Co. Kewl, nanobots! From the RSPeg2 screen.
IM $20.20 $19.67 1 -2.6% Ingram Micro. From the H52EgPS screen.
MCY $53.85 $53.45 5 -0.7% Mercury General Corp. From the LPE_YLD screen. That’s a long time to hold a stock that ain’t doin’ nothin’.
PFE $26.10 $25.51 2 -2.2% Pfizer Inc. From the LPE_YLD screen.

Selling these:

Ticker Bought Sold Months Return  
ANAD $12.97 $12.51 1 -3.5% Anadigics, Inc. From the Screamers screen.
BW $47.70 $48.07 1 +0.8% Brush Engineered Materials. From the Screamers screen.
DRS $54.34 $52.65 1 -3.1% DRS Technologies. From the TREPPE screen.
JAS $24.53 $26.40 3 +7.6% Jo-Ann Stores. Was from the Screamers screen, then on H52EgPS, now gone. Poof.
UNH $53.02 $56.72 1 +7.0% Unitedhealth Group, Inc. From the TREPPE screen.

New stocks for this month:

Ticker Bought Sold Months Return  
BIG $32.20 $N/A 0 N/A% Big Lots! From the Screamers screen.
JSDA $21.64 $N/A 0 N/A% Jones Soda Company. Organic drinks and something called WhoopAss energy drink. If I had known that I would have skipped this one, oops. From the Screamers screen.
PCU $70.90 $N/A 0 N/A% Southern Copper Corp, which of course is abbreviated “PCU.” From the TREPPE screen.
RS $46.37 $N/A 0 N/A% Reliance Steel and Aluminum Co. From the TREPPE screen.
RYI $39.39 $N/A 0 N/A% Ryerson Inc returns, from the H52EgPS screen.

6/3 Options:

Ticker Bought Sold Months Return  
No more options until October.

The next trade will be April 30.

One response to “Mechanical Investing for April 2007”

  1. I sold the JDSA holdings a week early – I peaked at the stock screens this week and it’s fallen off all of the screens, so it’s not likely to return this week. It had a terrific runup but it’s waay overpriced and seculative, so I sold a week early at $25.63.


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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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