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.

 

 

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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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 –

Returns

Are the Homebuilders Overvalued?

After celebrating the turnaround in the housing, let’s look at some of the housing stocks. The inventories are at the rock bottom and there is pent up demand in the market. We will get deeper insight when 6 Home builders report their quarterly earnings in the coming week. So should we dip our toes in to profit or pull our money out?

ITB

Not really my dear friends. Overall, home-builders have dramatically outperformed the stock market in the last year. Pulte Group (PHM) shares have nearly tripled in price; And Ryland (RYL), Standard Pacific (SPF) and MDC Holdings (MDC) have doubled in value. As a matter of fact shares of Lennar (LEN) rose 97% and DR Horton (DHI) increased by 57%. But one thing to remember is – PulteGroup fell 69% in 2007, Lennar lost 66% in 2007 and then 52% in 2008, and DR Horton stock declined 50% in 2007 and 46% in 2008.

As Lombard Street Research analyst Melissa Kidd notes, home-builders’ profits have actually risen faster than their prices, and their net profit margins are higher than pre-crash peak levels. Let’s look at the gross margin.

GrossMargin_HB

As you can see that the gross margin of the giant Pulte and the whole sale builder DR Horton are at their pre-crash levels. But the operating margins are not there yet.

OperatingMargin_HB

All these recovery in the margins and the earnings are sans the fact that home prices are up by just 7% Year-Over-Year. Most of the analysts might concur that the recent stock price rise have all the earnings rise (see below) and the future profits baked in.

EPSchange_HB

Let’s analyze some companies whose stock prices have sky rocketed in last few months.

Even after PulteGroup’s run-up, its price-to-forward-earnings ratio is 17.7, according to FactSet; revenue for 2012 is estimated at $4.7 billion, while this year it’s expected to climb to $6.1 billion.Meanwhile, Lennar’s stock is trading at 23.3 times forward earnings, with its financial year 2012 revenue of $4.1 billion estimated to grow to $5.4 billion. It’s a similar story for DR Horton, which has a price-to-forward-earnings ratio of 21, and is expected to see its $4.4 billion FY2012 revenue grow more than 25% to about $5.6 billion. Let’s look at the historical PE comparison.

PE_HomeBuilders

Juxtaposing all the premium home-builders in US, it is easy to conclude that the mean P/E multiple was around 10 before the boom and the bust. But now the scenario is different. Even though we are far off from the peak of new home sales of 1.3 million in 2005, the new home sales are growing at brisk pace in last 5 quarters. Expectations for housing starts and new home sales are both in the 20 percent range for 2013. So a forward P/E of 23 for a growth in excess of 25% is acceptable.

Recently Lennar announced its earnings.  The Florida-based builder crushed estimates as fourth-quarter earnings more than tripled on 42% higher sales. Lennar’s new orders rose 20% and its order backlog was up 35% as of November.  Lennar CEO Stuart Miller said in the company’s earnings announcement that the housing market is stabilizing, “driven by a combination of low home prices and low interest rates, making the decision to purchase a new home more attractive.”

Similar expectations are for DR Horton and Ryland homes. The 24 analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expect Horton to report fiscal first-quarter earnings per share of 14 cents, a 56% rise from last year’s 9 cents. Sales are seen advancing 21% to $1.1 billion. Ryland is forecast to report a huge jump in Q4 EPS to 49 cents, up from 2 cents a year ago. Revenue is projected to grow 55% to $404.4 million.

“Just because the stocks are overvalued doesn’t mean they are not going to go up more,” says David Goldberg, a housing analyst at UBS. “It’s a momentum play.” Goldberg warns, however, that there is a lot of growth baked into these stock valuations for 2013, expectations that may be tough to meet. This uptick might not be at 45 Degree angle and might have pauses but the time is not to cash out of them.

Let’s hold onto them and add some more during pullbacks. So which are the companies that are worth adding to the portfolio. Based on the operating margins, earnings growth and PE ratios (historical, TTM and Forward) I believe Lennar and DR Horton are the best of the pack. I would also like to mention TOL. But please don’t buy anything now. Be patient and wait for pull back to 50 DMA. Why DHI and LEN? We will talk about it in the next post.

Lastly, if you don’t feel comfortable buying these home builders, you can own the Home Builders ETF (ITB). Another way to play housing recovery is by buying companies such as Home Depot (HD) (re-modeling,  new home set up etc.), Sherwin-Williams (SHW) (Paints), Tronox Inc (TROX) (Pigment for paints) and Corelogix (CLGX) (Mortgage related information provider).