Mechanical Investing for May 2007

Stock trading day again; still positive, still beating the market. In fact, returns are looking pretty darn good.

  • Last 4 weeks: +5.9%
  • Last 3 months: +8.0%
  • Last 12 months: +4.0%
  • Year to date: +6.6% (Dow is +5.3% ytd from 12,463)
  • Annualized Return: +82.8% (Someday I need to go find out what this number is. 🙂 )

Holding for another month:

Ticker Bought Now Months Return  
AKS $16.49 $31.97 5 +93.9% AK Steel Holding Corp. From the Peg_Minimalist screen, but now also on RSPeg2 and Screamers. Not much to be unhappy with here. 🙂
AVT $36.40 $41.72 2 +14.6% Avnet Inc. From the RSPeg2 screen, but now also on TRPPE and H52EgPS. I sold off about 15% though just to trim back this position.
FEIC $34.38 $37.81 2 +10.0% FEI Co. Kewl, nanobots! From the RSPeg2 screen.
MCY $53.85 $54.28 6 +0.8% Mercury General Corp. From the LPE_YLD screen. That’s a long time to hold a stock that ain’t doin’ nothin’.
PCU $70.90 $81.84 1 +15.4% Southern Copper Corp, which of course is abbreviated “PCU.” From the TREPPE screen.
PFE $26.10 $26.72 3 +2.4% Pfizer Inc. From the LPE_YLD screen.
RS $46.37 $60.39 1 +30.2% Reliance Steel and Aluminum Co. From the TREPPE screen.

Selling these:

Ticker Bought Sold Months Return  
ATI $102.14 $112.40 3 +10.0% Allegheny Technologies Inc. From the Peg_Minimalist screen.
BIG $32.20 $32.62 1 +1.3% Big Lots! Little Gains! From the Screamers screen.
IM $20.20 $19.84 2 -1.8% Ingram Micro. From the H52EgPS screen.
JSDA $21.64 $25.63 0.75 +18.4% Jones Soda Company. From the Screamers screen. I actually sold this last week (there’s a comment on last month’s post) because it looked speculative to me. It peaked at $30 and started dropping and wasn’t on the screens anymore as of last week. It dropped all the way to $23 and it’s back up to $24.50 today, but it’s off the screens now.
RYI $39.39 $42.72 1 +8.5% Ryerson Inc returns, from the H52EgPS screen.

New stocks for this month:

Ticker Bought Sold Months Return  
AP $36.73 $N/A 0 N/A% Ampco-Pittsburgh. From the Peg_Minimalist screen.
LTR $47.81 $N/A 0 N/A% Loews Corp. My wife will be happy. Go buy some hardware, honey! From the Peg-Minimalist screen.
NAFC $39.22 $N/A 0 N/A% Nash Finch Co. From the H52EgPS screen.
PKOH $20.80 $N/A 0 N/A% Park-Ohio Holdings Corp.. From the H52EgPS screen. I had this a long time ago, sold it in December 2004 for $21.86
SGP $31.61 $N/A 0 N/A% Schering Plough. From the Screamers screen.

6/3 Options:

Ticker Bought Sold Months Return  
No more options until October.

The next trade will be June 4.

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