Current Portfolio

Lot of mixed signals –

Over last few weeks, during the prime of earnings season, the markets underwent a “so-so” corretion. Call it years of practice, ability to recognize historical behaviour or plain simple luck, I was able to move at least 40% of money into cash. This was around mid Jan, 2014.

Now everything is not Black & White. What perplexed me that some of the leading stocks from 2013 just rolled over such as MDSO, AMZN, LNKD, etc; but the ones that jumped, went straight to stratosphere. Look at KORS, AKAM, NFLX, GMCR, etc. Interestingly some of the leaders have held steady as pointed out in my twits e.g. FB, GILD, PCLN, TSLA, GOOG, etc. Lastly, there is money flowing into housing and networking stocks, so we might be in sector rotation.

So final verdict dont worry about the gurus on CNBC, market will either go sideways or up (see my next post).

My Current portfolio –

CASH – 20% +

LONG

GILD – 9%

FB – 9%

FFIV – 5%

CMG – 5%

ALXN – 6% (Recent Buy)

NFLX – 5% (Recent Buy)

UTHR – 6%

LEN – 4% (Recent Buy)

DHI – 3% (Recent Buy)

QCOM – 3%

KORS – 3% (Will add more at $91)

FLT – 4%

MDSO – 5%

UA – 3% ( WIll add more at $101)

CLR – 2% (I might close it after having it for years)

REGN – 2% (Will add more on breakout from the base)

SHORT

TWTR – 4% (Recent Buy)

I recently closed GMCR. I am contemplating buying either TSLA, PCLN, (with earnings around corner, there is risk) AKAM, BIIB, ATHN or WYNN. I am also thinking of shorting AMZN – hey it’s ripe now.

Hmm! Need to revisit IBD’s market smith and telechart to finalize the buys.

 

 

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.

celg

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!

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.

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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BREAKING OUT – 01/25/2013

With the bull still wild, we have another good set of promising breakouts.

TPX

Before we go anywhere let’s look at a breakout we talked about yesterday. Interestingly, GAAP EPS of $0.39 for Q4 were 54% lower than the prior-year quarter’s $0.84 per share. For the quarter, gross margin was 50.0%, 210 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 15.0%, 840 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 6.9%, 850 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Decreased 7.01% to $342 million from the year-earlier quarter.

But it did one thing right – The EPS of $0.60 a share, beat the $0.55 average analyst estimate. Revenue of $342 million also beat the $339 million estimate. Result-

TPX

The surprise of the day is a break out of good ole Proctor and Gamble. Earnings is the driver for this BO. Kudos to the management’s effort, the Adjusted gross and adjusted operating margins popped 110 basis points to 51.2% and 20.0%. Underlying second-quarter sales ticked up 3% year over year–on top of a 4% increase in last year’s second quarter–including a 5% jump in baby and feminine care, 4% in health care, and 3% in fabric and home care.

PG

CHUY: Fast growing TexMex joint broke out today. But there is a road bump right ahead. I entered it at $26.4 today.

CHUY

HAL: Been a long time favorite of mine – Halliburton. It broke out today. I have owned it since it’s early 30s. I would wait for some consolidation before entering now due the run up it had in last two months.

Today’s BO was due to better than expected earnings. All three of Halliburton’s international regions and 8 of its 12 product lines set new revenue records. Sequentially, the Middle East/Asia region increased revenue 14% to $1.2 billion, and in the Europe/Africa/Commonwealth of Independent States region, revenue increased 8% over the same time frame to $1.2 billion as well. Overall, Halliburton’s international operating margin improved to 17.6% from 14.6% in the prior quarter. But the picture was exactly opposite in US. The revenue dipped 5% sequentially to $3.8 billion while adjusted operating income declined 22% over the same time frame to $465 million. The operating margin for the region declined to 12.4% from 14.1% last quarter, still above Baker Hughes’ BHI 8.7%. Overall the revenue was up 3% YoY.

HAL

Other key breakouts have been – PCLN (Priceline), ROSE (Rosetta Resources – Need to compare this with CLR), TEX (Terex), THO (Thor Industries) and CPWR (Compuware – a prime recruiter in Detroit Area.)

Break Out Watch List – KORS, JOBS, ISRG, MDVN, CTRX, LL and LNKD.

Lastly, what happens when you miss the estimates by miles –

SCSS

Analysts polled by FactSet expected the company to earn 32 cents per share on revenue of $229.8 million.

Net income fell to $12.5 million, or 22 cents per share, for the period ended Dec. 29. That compares with $15.4 million, or 27 cents per share, in the same quarter last year. Select Comfort’s total revenue increased 17 percent to $220.6 million. Select Comfort expects to earn between $1.65 and $1.80 in fiscal 2013 fiscal. Analysts forecast $1.89 per share.

Well, you get pummeled!

SCSS

I initiated a short at $23.5 with stop at $24.5. Now I will close it at $21. This being a bull market. I think any short is a risky proposition.

BREAKING OUT – 01/24/2013

LL (Lumbar Liquidators), OSTK (Overstok.com – bought my rug from here), NFLX (Dont tell that you dont know this name) and FFIV (aha! its a buy again).

Latest update on breakouts:

NFLX (Dont tell that you dont know this name) – The shorts are been squeezed to death leading to massive jump in price. Again if market corrects, this stock might come down to $130 to $135, an entry point for aggressive speculators.

Netflix added 2 million subscribers to reach 27.2 million at the end of the year. The company’s overall EPS of $0.13 was well ahead of the consensus estimate calling for a $0.07 loss and the beat was driven across all three units: domestic streaming, DVD rental (subscriber declines decelerated), and the international business posting a loss of $105 million (slight beat). Longer Term I think we are looking at up to 40 million subscribers.

FFIV (aha! its a buy again) – I entered today again at $104 with trailing stop of 9%. I have been in love with this company from it’s hay days or my hay days. The reason is simple – right place right time. Ever heard of BIG DATA – data from non-sense blogs like the one one on which you are, cursing on twitters and youtube. All these data need to go through networks and someone needs to manage those networks be it internet, cable or phones. This is were Force Five comes into play. It has excellent product pipeline to manage and monitor networks be it private or public. Moreover the company ensures that it keeps ramping up its pipeline. Lastly, the management is excellent and thus the company has been taking market share from CISCO.

F5 Networks reported revenues of $365.5 million in the reported quarter, up 13.4% from $322.4 million in the year-ago period. Reported net income was $69.5 million or 88 cents per share compared with $66.5 million or 83 cents a year ago.

Other interesting breakouts –

OSTK (Overstok.com – bought my rug from here), TPX (Temper pedic Matress maker – pre earnings bulls are at work), IRBT (iRobot – Have you seen Roomba vaccum cleaners at Costco that drive your dogs insane?), ERJ, AVT and MEOH.

TPX – With Sealy in its back pocket it has both Spring and Memory foam on offer but my favorite still is SCSS (earnings after close today).

OSTK, ERJ and AVT are technically the cleanest breakouts. I will write about them later tonight.

Breakout Watchlist:

LL (darn it!! – bluffed today morning), CLGX, CHUY, KORS, JOBS, GOOG and ISRG.

Now the market is overbought. So do you still buy any of the above. In last 5 years of churning stocks, I learned that stocks breaking out due to good earnings report (surprise!! surprise!!) or part of industry group leading the bulls tend to go sideways with correction of 1.5 times the market correction.

I will keep yo’ all posted with more breakouts. Have an excellent day!!!