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Dump the Depot



January 28, 2010 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: ODP

Office Depot (ODP) is being cut for my Marketocracy S&P 500 portfolio. I've got some rules that I follow religiously and ODP violates them all. Very simply put my investments must meet some basic criteria:
1 - They must have current price appreciation in recent trading sessions

2 -  Barchart's technical indicators must show a positive buy consensus

3 -  The stock must be trading above it's 20, 50 and 100 day moving average

4 - The analysts should have a consensus of increasing sales and earnings projected for the future

Well how do the criteria stack up?

1 - In the last month the stock has closed lower 8 times and lost 20.76%

2 -  Barchart's technical indicators have 12 of 13 sell signals

3 -  The stock is trading below it's 20, 50 and 100 day moving average

4 -  Analysts predict lower sales, operating profit and net earning for next year

5 -  The nail in the coffin -- Analysts consensus is a 5 year compounded EPS loss of -24.9%

Recommendation - Despite some other sites having a hold recommendation I'm dropping ODP like a hot potato. They are too many companies out there making money for me to invest in a wing and a prayer.

Jim Van Meerten is an investor who writes on financial matters here and on Financial Tides. Please leave a comment below or email

Disclosure: no positions at the time of publication



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