Best Calls of 2013

Guys,

It aint over till it’s over. I wanted to list out the stocks that made me some GREENS last year.

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Celgene, CELG – Until last week, this was a rockstar find.  7 straight up quarters with 25%+ earnings. Result, the stock went from below $100 to upto $170. Last week’s uneventful earnings coupled with the bad press has pushed down the stock. I got rid of 50% holdings once the 50 DMA was breached. I might drop all because my portfolio is biotech  heavy.

CMG

CMG, Chipotle Mexican Grill, a household name with outstanding profits. Now tell me how many retail/restaurants can boast that the quarter of Christmas/Holidays, its same store sales went up by 9.3% – !@#$%^&*( – I mean seriously!

I unloaded all of them at $503, when I realized that the twin peak’s floor would give away. But a day before earnings, at $480, which was the support, I decided to get my foot in again. Boy, was that a sexy call!!!!!

EWBC

East West BanCorp, EWBC – Hey, I aint Chinese and neither do I live in west cosast. So why EWBC? It’s no rocket science – when the world was crumbling, when all the banks were falling apart, there was a bank near the china town of San Francisco, EWBC. The bad loan on its books was miniscle compared to behemoths such as JPM, BAC, etc. The feds went to the extent to coerce it to buy its larger compititor to become the biggest bank in California apart from being a bridge to Beijing.

I first owned this bank at $8. It still continues to be the flag bearer bank. Recently, EWBC closed the purchase of the metropoliton bank in Houston, thus expanding its foot print.

FB

FB, FaceBook – Shall I say less!! My priniciples are the only reason I have had the hefty profit in this company even though I havent logged into FB since ages. Passion for work, stocks and helping NPOs takes it’s own toll.

I bought it at $33 and added & sold some multiple times. The breakthrough of making money via mobile adversting has been the recipe of succcess for FB. In its last quarter FB made 60% of its earnings through mobile adverstising.  FB needs to diversify else it will end up like GOOG, which also had 22% increase in adverstising revenue. But for now FB is good.

FLT

Fleetcor, FLT – Organic or inorganic, the numbers paint the true picture. This company has been growing at a brisk pace.

GILD

GILD , Gilead Sciences – Is this my poster stock? Maybe, I have owned it for two year and have sold and bought it multiple times. This might be the most profitable stock I ever owned. Look at its drug pipeline. I will quote an analyst – Gilead will annihilate the last quarter’s numbers and thus head to $100.

PCLN

PCLN, Priceline, another profitable trade, that I still own. I sold some recently.

In a nushell, these were some of my best calls of 2013!

Bad Calls of Year 2013 – Boats that sank and rides that were missed!

AAPL

AAPL, Apple –

This was a failure of epic proportions. I failed to follow what I preach – Do Not Fall in Love With the Stocks you Own.  I saw the stock reach the pinnacle, and I saw it crumble. Theoretically I should have pulled the plug at $620.

 

WYNN

WYNN,  Wynn Resorts of Mr. Steve Wynn was cheap all throughout 2013. I bought ut but sold it at 200 MA, which is very disappointing.

 

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WWWW, the Web.com Group – This is a textbook head and shoulder with breakout at $20.5. I bought it at $22 and sold it immediately.

 

URI

URI, United Rental. This is the kind of company that is a poster boy of a recovering economy. You see them from workers who fix the power lines to workers constructing homes. After closing following it for a year, I missed the bus.

Let’s usher in the new year by reviewing the returns of year 2013

Have anyone of you guys seen the Wolf of the Wall Street. Nice movie and nice year to realease it too. Just a fun fact for the market geeks and the movie buffs – 1997 was the year last roamed by the Wolf of the Wall Street, Jordan Belfort and 1997 was the last year when we saw a 30% returns.

One of my friends told me that he really doesnt want to let go of the year 2013. Yep, it’s been a phenomenal year. The $SPX, the reprsentative of the the broad market, gained 29.6%. as mentioned earlier, it was it’s best annual gain since 1997. Nasdaq gained 38% and the blue chips, Dow Jones Industrial Average, bagged 26.5%. We will discuss about the intricate details in the coming posts, some of which might spook you, some might startle you and some might make you rethink the 2014 invesment strategies.

So let’s delve into returns my portfolio generated. Following are the returns generated in real accounts, no paper money, Sire!

The account in interactivebrokers –

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This account has companies such as Priceline (PCLN), Chipotle Mexican Gril (CMG), Apple (AAPL), Gilead Sciences (GILD), etc.

Following is the returns of account where I hold Micheal Kors (KORS), Celgene (CELG), Bank Of America (BAC), etc.

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Lastly, the returns from the 401K account which in addtions to the mututal funds such as FSCSX, has Facebook (FB), Continental Resources (CLR), Green Mountain Coffee (GMCR), etc.

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This is, in a nutshell, the returns I generated over last year.

Top Performing Stocks in Last 3 Months

Some of prime criteria used to filter these stocks are – the outstanding earnings growth (annually or quarterly) and revenue growth annually. I also restricted the price change to 35%.

The reason for filtering out this universe of stocks –

Next time when the market corrects some of these stocks will either buck the trend or bounce off the 50 DMA. The stocks that withstand the BEAR will go sideways with movement at least 1.5 times the market correction. I don’t need to explain the technicalities of 50 DMA bounce. So make a list of these stocks and wait for Mr. Market to take a breather.

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Portfolio as of 03/06/2013 & Returns

My current holding are not significantly different from a month earlier. The major purchases that I made in last one month are PCLN, ARUN and KORS.

Slow but Sturdy

QCOM – (Entered at $59) – 4%

GILD – (Entered at $55 Pre-split) – 5%

EBAY – (Entered at $51) – 4%

F – (Entered at $16 and doubled at $9) – 6%

NOV – (Entered at $66) – 5%

ROST – (Entered at $65 and doubled at $57) – 4%

HAL – (Entered at $30, sold at $37 and added more at $35 later) – 3%

AAPL – (Entered at $350, sold 50% at $590, added more at $500 later) – 6%

PCLN — (Entered recently at $695) – 7%

HD – (Entered at $60) – 5%

CELG – (Entered at $103.5) – 3%

LEN – (Entered at $36 sold at $41) – 3%

DHI – (Entered $22.8 (recent)) – 3%

Aggressive growth

WLK – (Entered at $75, sold 50% $92 recently & reentered at $83) – 4%

LNKD – (Entered at $95, sold 50% at $124 recently; added at $132 & sold 50% at $160) – 3%

KORS – (Entered at 62.5 and doubled at $59.5) – 4%

CLR – (Entered at $75) – 3%

ARUN – (Entered at $24.5) – 4%

URI – (ENTERED AT $37.5) – 4%

CHUY – (Entered at $26.5 and doubled at $28.5) – 3%

CVLT – (Entered at $75.5) – 4%

DKS – (Entered at $50) – 4%

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Random Walk and Un-Random Talk!!!

Before we get to the exciting part of portfolio holdings as of today, let’s talk about couple of not so mundane stuff.

People are bothered, puzzled, surprised and whatnot (is it even a real word?) about the market. Every now and then I am being asked – Why is the market going up? In fact the more ubiquitous question is – Why did the famous (or shall I say the infamous) sequestration  and the forth coming budget talks not stall the markets?

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My dear fellow investors, I know there has been lot of noise about the unemployment and the sluggish growth  but everyone is forgetting that the housing industry, the pillar that has historically pulled US out of recession, has turned the corner. It has finally started contributing to the economy. There are cities in US like San Francisco, Phoenix and believe it or not – Austin – where the houses are selling faster than the pancakes at IHOP and they are getting pricier (FYI – I meant houses).

Moreover the stock market is a leading indicator of economy’s health in future (4 to 6 months down the line). I guess currently Mr. Market is discounting the shenanigans and gobbledygook of Mr. Washington.

Anyways, I enjoyed the ride and hopefully you did too. Apart from the employment data, there is no significant data coming up in next few weeks that will derail this rally.

Note of caution – Currently the PE(ttm) of $SPX stands at 17.5. Last year it was 15.5 and historical mean value has been 15.5. This doesnt really bar $SPX from reaching 20 but around this number, we have seen strong pullbacks in the past.

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Switching topic.

Over the weekend I read that Mr. Buffett was unhappy with the Berkshire’s returns. Now talk about ‘Subpar’ performance. YTD out of outstanding 27000 mutual funds only 1000 mutual funds have been able the beat the Dow Jones. This would even surprise the Dad of the baby posted earlier.

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But this was not the most interesting thing that I read in the Journal. What really caught my eyes was an article by Jason Zweig – Have Investors Finally Cracked the Stock Picking Code?

Come on Intelligent Investor!!! Is it as simple as Kramer cracking George Costanza’s secret code? (Damn! Posting youtube video used to be free.)

Don’t the numbers speak for itself – 979/26500. Do you really think that using GROSS MARGIN to evaluate a company in addition to the Net Income will make every trader a crystal ball reader like the pretty lady below? I will leave it up to you, the Intelligent Investors, to decide.

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I will talk about my portfolio and it’s YTD performance tomorrow. Till then happy trading! Adios. And don’t forget to get my stock tweets @sumeetvats

Portfolio Holdings as of 02/04/2013 (& last three month returns)

Slow but Sturdy

QCOM – (Entered at $59) – 5%

GILD – (Entered at $55 Pre-split) – 5%

EBAY – (Entered at $51) – 5%

F – (Entered at $16 and doubled at $9) – 8%

NOV – (Entered at $66) – 6%

ROST – (Entered at $65 and doubled at $57) – 5%

HAL – (Entered at $30, sold at $37 and added more at $35 later) – 5%

AAPL – (Entered at $350, sold 50% at $590, added more at $500 later) – 8%

FFIV – (Entered at $104) – 4%

HD – (Entered at $60) – 6%

Aggressive growth

LEN – (Entered at $36) – 4%

DHI – (Entered $22.8 (recent)) – 3%

WLK – (Entered at $75 & sold 50% $92 recently) – 3%

LNKD – (Entered at $95 and sold 50% at $124 recently) – 3%

CLR – (Entered at $75) – 4%

URI – (ENTERED AT $37.5) – 5%

CHUY – (Entered at $26.5 and doubled at $28.5) – 3%

FB – (Entered at $25.5, sold some at $32.5 but added more at $28.9 later) – 3%

CVLT – (Entered at $75.5) – 5%

DKS – (Entered at $50) – 4%

LVS – (Entered at $54) – 2%

Returns generated in two accounts (aggressive and long term (401K + stocks)) in last three months –

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