Chasing the Wind

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Mechanical Investing for December 2007

Hey! Finally caught up and passed the Dow Jones index! The overall portfolio went down over 8% and then back up 9% in just 2 weeks, so that was pretty volatile. Here are the numbers and changes –

  • Last 4 weeks: -1.3%
  • Last 3 months: 4.6%
  • Last 12 months: +9.6%
  • Year to date: +9.7% (Dow is +6.8% ytd from 12,463)

Holding for another month:

Ticker Bought Now Months Return  
CELL $16.12 $16.96 1 +5.2% Brightpoint Inc. From the H52EarnPS screen.
MCY $53.85 $51.56 13 -4.2% Mercury General Corp. Sort of like putting it under a mattress. From the LPE_YLD screen.
MOS $68.30 $72.20 1 +5.7% Mosaic Company. From the RSPeg2 screen.
SIGM $43.82 $68.12 3 +55.5% Sigma Designs, Inc, a tech-video company. From the Screamers and RSPeg2 screens.

Selling these:

AXYS $31.37 $39.67 2 +26.5% Axsys Technologies. From the Screamers screen.
CASY $28.42 $28.37 2 -0.0% Casey’s General Stores. From the H52EarnPS screen.
CY $36.15 $33.68 1 -6.8% Cypress Semiconductor. From the RSPeg2 screen.
DV $53.75 $54.30 1 +1.0% Devry Inc. From the Screamers screen.
FCX $110.86 $96.47 2 -13.0% FREEPORT-MCMORAN COPPER & GOLD. From the H52EarnPS screen.
GLAD $18.33 $19.89 1 +8.5% Gladstone Capital Corp. From the LPE_YLD screen.
MDR $39.815s $52.29 6 +31.3% McDermott International. From the Screamers screen, then the RSPeg2 screen, but now the TREPPE screen. Split-adjusted.
MGA $92.83 $82.18 1 -11.5% Magna International Inc. From the H52EarnPS screen.
NE $53.44 $53.80 1 +0.7% Noble Corp. From the Peg_Minimalist screen.
PAAS $33.80 $33.06 1 -2.1% Pan Americal Silver Corp. From the Peg_Minimalist screen.
PCU $127.24 $110.06 1 -13.5% Southern Copper Corp. From the TREPPE screen.
RIG $124.30 $137.12N/A 1 +10.3% Transocean Inc. From the PEG_Minimalist screen.
SPWR $129.53 $127.82 1 -1.3% Sunpower Corp. From the Screamers screen.
TCB $21.01 $19.35 1 -7.9% TCF Financial. From the LPE_YLD screen.

New stocks for this month:

Ticker Bought Sold Months Return  
ARTC $57.39 $N/A 0 N/A% Arthrocare Corp. From the RSPeg2 screen.
BG $117.94 $N/A 0 N/A% BUNGE LIMITED. From the H52EgPS screen.
BHP $74.71 $N/A 0 N/A% BHP BILLITON. From the TREPPE screen.
BOOM $63.99 $N/A 0 N/A% DYNAMIC MATLS. From the RSPeg2 screen.
BUCY $88.67 $N/A 0 N/A% BUCYRUS INTL. From the Peg_Minimalist screen.
DLB $52.01 $N/A 0 N/A% DOLBY LABORATORIES INC. From the Screamers screen.
DO $119.64 $N/A 0 N/A% DIAMOND OFFSHORE DRILLING INC. From the Peg_Minimalist screen.
DRS $59.81 $N/A 0 N/A% DRS TECHNOLOGIES. From the H52EgPS screen.
FLS $93.52 $N/A 0 N/A% FLOWSERVE CORP. From the Peg_Minimalist screen.
KTII $113.05 $N/A 0 N/A% K TRON INTL. From the TREPPE screen.
LG $34.76 $N/A 0 N/A% LACLEDE GROUP. From the H52EgPS screen.
PBG $42.33 $N/A 0 N/A% PEPSI BOTTLING GROUP. From the H52EgPS screen.
PCLN $113.53 $N/A 0 N/A% PRICELINE COM INC. From the RSPeg2 screen.
PFE $23.58 $N/A 0 N/A% PFIZER INC. From the LPE_YLD screen.

6/3 Options:

Ticker Bought Sold Months Return  
MDRBX $3.69s $5.1 3 +38% MDR Feb 2008 Calls. (was MDRBA but now split-adjusted) Sold in early December.
RZJDC $14.00 $12.60 3 -10% GRMN Apr 2008 Calls. Sold in early December.
AXVDJ $27.30 $97.90 .75 +358% ISRG Apr 2008 250 Calls. Sold early, replaced by CUBDJ.
RULAA $8.70 $11.95 2 +37% RIMM Mar 2008 106.62 Calls. Sold in early December.
CUBDJ $4.90 $4.80 2 -2.0% CUB 50’s Apr 2008 Calls. Replaces the AXVDJ options sold early. Sell in early January.
MQNDM $7.60 $12.40 1 +63% SIGM April ’08 65’s. Sell in early February.
MOSFO $10.60 $12.70 1 +19.8% MOS Jun ’08 75’s. Sell in early February.
RULFU $19.25 $N/A 0 N/A% RIMM Jun ’08 115 Calls. Sell in early March.
TEFFB $6.20 $N/A 0 N/A% TEF Jun ’08 110 Calls. Sell in early March.
QSUFY $25.90 $N/A 0 N/A% SPWR Jun ’08 140 Calls. Sell in early March.

The next trade will be December 31.

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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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