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 9/16/2012

My portfolio hasn’t changed much over last few weeks (again MUCH is a relative term;)). But first let’s pledge our allegiance to Mr. Bernanke,the great savior of the markets. Mr Bernanke came out once again to mitigate the impact of bad job numbers. I guess sooner or later Bruce Wayne will have competition.

Four weeks ago I told my colleague that I am seeing very strong buy signals. In last four years I have seen such signal fail only twice. So I went all in! WooHoo!!

I added eight new stocks and two ETFs to the portfolio in last month. I also got rid of EQIX at $199. I am thinking of adding ULTA and getting back into EQIX – Nothing as of now. I will talk about them in details in the next post.

I sold TFM due to the breakdown. I also bought and sold CRUS – bought it at $35.5 and sold it at $40.1. I am surprised by it’s move to $45 – apple effect. I also unloaded STX after a long time. I plan on hanging on with only one high beta disk drive company.

Some people might say that I own a lot of stocks but I have been tracking most of these companies for over 3 years and buy and sell signals are generated by programs. I own a lot of stocks because I dont want to overexpose myself to anyone company. The companies that I own is a mix of fast growers and slow growers (called GARP). There are handful of value stocks as well such as APA, F, HAL, etc.

Please talk to me before jumping in because we are due a 4 to 5% correction before the Santa Claus rally starts. Also being an election year, the market has to end in positive (+16% isn’t too bad either). What I mean is that we might remain flat for rest of the year. Lastly, I plan on taking some profits off the table by selling some ALXN, UA,LNKD, JPM, etc.

You can see my previous portfolio update here.

Cash=2%.

SLV=3% (Entered at $29.5)

GLD=5% (Entered at $160.5)

LNKD=5% (Entered at $101 and some at $113.5)

UTHR=5% (Entered at $53.5)

KORS=4% (Entered at $51.5)

NOV=4% (Entered at$77.5) (Price target is $100 and I plan on adding more after $86)

ARUN=4% (Entered at $19.5) (Price target is $25)

CLR=4% (Entered at$76.5 and added more at $80.2) (Price target is $95)

JPM=4% (Entered at $33.9) (Price target is $45)

DG = 5% (Enetered at $51)

WWWW=3% (Entered at $17.5 AND Will add more after $20)

EMC = 4% (Expect it to reach $29.5) . Reasons for purchase.

AAPL = 4% (Set more buy @ $630)

WDC = 4% (Expect it to reach $49.5) Why Did I buy?

QCOM=5% (Expect it to reach $69, if it stays over $59 for few more days) Why Did I buy?

APA=3% (Sold some at $88) Reasons

HAL =6% (Expect it to reach $40) Reasons

UA=4% (Set additional buys @ $54.9) Reasons for purchase. (I missed the doubling oppurtunity)

SCSS=4% (Set additional buys at $25.9) Reasons for purchase. (This is sleep number mattress which I entered at $26.1)

SWKS=4% (Will add more at $25.9) Reasons for purchase. I am very disappointed with it’s price action. I don’t know what market expects of this company even after Iphone 5 release.

ALXN=6% Reasons

FFIV =3% (In Red) Reasons

F=5% (In Red) – Worst Mistake Ever

Ready to Fold some – Portfolio as of 08/13/2012

I guess it’s time to take some profits my friends. Cash = 25%. Portfolio as of 08/03/2012

I still see opportunities such as LNKD@$102, MELI @$84, TDC@75.1, ROST@65, DKS@50.5, HIBB@63  and UTHR@52.1. But I would suggest that purchases of ROST, DKS and HIBB should be avoided till the earnings are out.

Earning’s gain. See CRUS below.


Earning’s Pain. See Priceline below.

If you can take a hit please feel free to buy 50% position in ROST and DKS.

JPM=3% (Entered at $33.9)

DG = 5% (Enetered at $51)

TFM=5% (Entered at $59.5)

WWWW=3% (Entered at $17.5 AND Will add more after $20)

STX = 1% (Sold some at $33.1). Why Did I buy?

EMC = 4% (Expect it to reach $29.5) . Reasons of purchase.

AAPL = 4% (Set more buy @ $569)

WDC = 6% (Expect it to reach $49.5) Why Did I buy?

QCOM=5% (Expect it to reach $69, if it stays over $59 for few more days) Why Did I buy?

APA=3% (Sold some at $88) Reasons

HAL =5% (Expect it to reach $40) Reasons

UA=3% (Set additional buys @ $54.9) Reasons of purchase.

SCSS=2% (Set additional buys at $25.9) Reasons of purchase.

SWKS=4% (Will add more at $25.9) Reasons of purchase.

EQIX=5% Reasons of purchase.

ALLT=4% – Will it miss next quarter’s earnings?

ALXN=6% Reasons

FFIV =3% (In Red) Reasons

F=5% (In Red) – Worst Mistake Ever

TLT=2% (Sold most TLT last week)

Lastly, I got this in the email today morning –

Portfolio as of 08/03/2012

With almost nothing on the side, we move into a new week. Cash = 15%. Portfolio as of 7/28/2012

I still see opportunities such as LNKD@$102, MELI @$81, TDC@75.1, ROST@65, DKS@52, HIBB@63  and UTHR@52.1.

JPM=3% (Entered at $33.9)

DG = 5% (Enetered at $51)

TFM=5% (Entered at $59.5)

WWWW=3% (Entered at $17.5 AND Will add more after $20)

STX = 3% (Might add more depending on OCZ acquisition and today’s results). Why Did I buy?

EMC = 4% (Expect it to reach $29.5) . Reasons of purchase.

AAPL = 4% (Set more buy @ $569)

WDC = 6% (Expect it to reach $49.5) Why Did I buy?

QCOM=5% (Expect it to reach $69, if it stays over $59 for few more days) Why Did I buy?

APA=6% (Expect it to reach $119) Reasons – VERY DISAPPOINTED WITH THE EARNINGS, THINKING OF CUTTING BACK 50%.

HAL =5% (Expect it to reach $40) Reasons

UA=3% (Set additional buys @ $54.9) Reasons of purchase.

SCSS=2% (Set additional buys at $25.9) Reasons of purchase.

SWKS=4% (Will add more at $25.9) Reasons of purchase.

EQIX=5% Reasons of purchase.

ALLT=4% — Will it miss next quarter’s earnings?

ALXN=6% Reasons

FFIV =3% (In Red) Reasons

F=5% (In Red) — Worst Mistake Ever

TLT=2% (Sold most TLT last week)

Earnings – UA, EMC, VMW and BIDU

VMW

VMW, VM Ware, reported second-quarter results and in sum, the end-market demand for VMware’s solutions appear s strong aside understandable weakness in Europe.

  • Total revenue was $1.12 billion, up 22% on strong growth in maintenance revenue. The company has seen double-digit year-over-year percentage revenue growth for the past five quarters.
  • Net income for the computer software fell to $191.7 million (44 cents per share) vs. $220.2 million (51 cents per share) a year earlier. This is a decline of 12.9% from the year-earlier quarter. Last quarter’s profit decrease ends a four-quarter streak of profit increases.
  • VMware’s operating margin fell 140 basis points year over year.
  • There was a marked deceleration in annual license revenue growth to 11% this quarter, down from the 31% averaged during all of 2011. VMware expects typical seasonality will drop this growth rate even lower during the third quarter, before a strong rebound in the fourth quarter, with full-year license revenue growth between 11% and 15%.
  • The great news is the VMware’s announcement that it acquired Nicira, a start-up focused on software defined networking. At more than $1.2 billion Nicira represents an aggressive acquisition for VMware. Nicira is a player in network virtualization, analogous to what VMware has done for server virtualization. This follows the trend of network related acquisitions – DynamicOps, Zimba & Spring – that the company has embarked upon in recent past. Cisco is down on the news.

UA

Under Armour Inc reported better-than-expected earnings and raised its full-year sales forecast.

  • Second-quarter earnings rose to $7 million, or 6 cents per share, from $6 million, or 6 cents per share, a year earlier. Analysts on average had expected earnings of 5 cents on revenue of $358 million.
  • The revenue rose 27 percent to $369 million.
  • Under Armour also raised its 2012 operating income outlook to $205 million-$207 million.
  • The apparel and footwear maker, raised its full-year revenue forecast to $1.80-$1.82 billion from $1.78-$1.80 billion.
  • Inventory growth trailed revenue growth for the first time in eight quarters. Inventory at quarter end increased 22 percent to $381 million.
  • However, gross margin for the quarter fell to 45.9 percent from 46.3 percent reflecting lower apparel and accessories product margins in North America.

The UA numbers are exciting considering the soft landing that NIKE had projected. The orders for shoes are up and its apparel section is going great guns. Another great take away is that the revenue growth has exceeded the inventory growth, which had been bother few analysts for last few quarters.

EMC

I have been eyeing EMC for three reasons –

  1. EMC is a storage behemoth, and with data from social media showing no signs of slowdown, I expect that the demand of storage will not reduce in foreseeable future.
  2. The company owns 80% of VMWare which has seen double digit growth for last 5 quarters.
  3. Lastly, the phenomenal revenue growth of Mellanox Technologies confirms the uptick in storage demand. Mellanox Technologies creates fast connectors for storage devices.

Back to EMC –

  • EMC reiterated its previous full-year profit forecast of $1.70 per share, 3 cents below analysts’ average forecast. It repeated its revenue outlook of $22 billion, compared with an average estimate of $22.10 billion.
  • It said it expected free cash flow of $4.9 billion this year and it expects to buy back $700 million of its shares.
  • Profit, excluding one-time items, was 39 cents per share, below the average analyst forecast of 40 cents, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. Revenue rose 10 percent to $5.31 billion, beating the average forecast of $5.29 billion.

But the CEO, Joe Tucci, warned that on the macro front, pretty much everywhere in the world, they are seeing more caution and more scrutiny before any decisions to procure any IT product or service is made.

 

BIDU

BIDU, the darling of 2009 rally is trying to make a comeback.

  • The company posted a 70 percent increase in quarterly profit as net income was up at $436 million ($1.24 per share), on revenue of $858.8 million.
  • Revenue increased nearly 60 percent over its previous year quarter.
  • Analysts had expected the company to report earnings of $1.12 per share on revenue of $850.78 million.
  • Baidu forecast third-quarter sales will grow as much as 54 percent to 6.41 billion yuan. That compares with a 6.39 billion- yuan average of analysts’ estimates.

Portfolio as of 5/2/2012

STX – 4% (Sold some today)

WDC – 7%

APA – 6% (Super Long Term)

QCOM – 6%  (Super Long Term)

ALLT – 5% ( Added some more after recent earnings)

GNC – 5%

FFIV – 7%  (Super Long Term)

URI – 7%

HAL – 6%  (Super Long Term)

VMW – 7%  ( Long Term)

TXRH – 3% (Initiated Yesterday)

UA – 3% ( Stop set at $93 and will add if it goes above $103)

TLT – 6%

F – 7%  (Super Long Term)

SWI – 3% ( Will add more around $43.9)

PCLN – 3% (Took significant profit off the table recently)  (Long Term)

CASH – 10%

Stocks which make up less than 5% of PORTFOLIO might be sold or added based on criteria, market condition, etc. I am very nimble and hence very low turn around time.

How, When and Why I jumped a ship named Herbalife – HLF

Last few days have shown why trading momo stocks can be as dangerous as rope walking  in Nepal –

Check out the charts of – DECK, NFLX, GMCR, HLF, SCSS, etc. You think that it cant get uglier then this – Oh! you are so wrong.

Decker is going below $50, GMCR is going below $20, rest are also staring at slide if not doom. These all were once the darling of Wall Street.

Anyways I have owned quite a few of them myself and fortunately, most of the times I have been on the right side, the correct side.

Herbalife was my favourite for sometime –

Amazing quarterly profits and surprises – quarter after quarter, year after year. An excellent CANSLIM, IBD50 candidate. I  bought it after Feb 21st earnings beat at $64.3. It was a beautiful break out.

Rode it till 70s and started taking profits.

  1. Market started to slow down and
  2. all other leaders started going sideways.

so I took 60-70% profit off the table.

On April 30th , it delivered another stellar earning. It beat street by almost 10% but the guidance for Q3 was just inline with consensus.

Stock started correction, but I left a buy order for HLF at $68.5 untouched. These stocks tend to bounce off 50DMA and the report wasn’t as bad as Decker’s report. The stock purchase happened at $68.4. But in morning the tide seemed to have changed.

  1. Stock breached the 50 DMA on heavy volume and
  2. It ripped through the previous support.

Both these event signaled selling by institution had begun. So I bailed out. See a screenshot of actual account trades for 5/1/2012.

Moral of the story is – Never hope and never bring emotion in trading. There is no room for oops!

 

If you plan on entering HLF, I would suggest that you wait. I think HLF might go lower if $50 is breached. This is not the first time people have had negative opinion about HLF. It seems that they really dont have any product – just a marketing company. Moreover Mr. Einhorn does not have a dubious record.

Remember stock price is a speculation of what is going to happen in future. We have plenty of examples as mentioned above such as GMCR, NFLX, DECK,etc.

Dont just blindly follow IBD50. IBD50 is primarily a stock list with fundamentally good companies that are showing good RS (relative Strength). It will just take them one issue to drop the stock from the list but by that time damage will be done to your portfolio.

Lastly if market tells you something then we need to respect it.

There are plenty of companies, which are doing good such as ALLT, TXRH, GNC, WWWW, CRUS etc. Of couse we have oldies that are ready to BO – LULU, ALXN, ULTA, TSCO, UA, URI, etc.

Good Luck!