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Turfscape (< 20)

My big moves



August 09, 2011 – Comments (4) | RELATED TICKERS: SWC , JCI , MTW

Happy Market Panic to you, fellow Fools! How are you celebrating the irrational market today? I've jumped in with both feet, making a few moves into new positions that I had been watching for a while:

1) SWC - Stillwater Mining Company. SWC mines rare metals such as platinum and palladium. They also extract PMs from recyclable items. They posted record earnings and profits recently. They have a strong cash flow. But, the stock price has dropped significantly for a few reasons: Wall Street expectations for profit were slightly higher than the record number SWC produced; SWC has chosen to diversify into copper and gold, along with its platinum group focus (which "Wall Street" found confusing for whatever reason); and, of course, everyone and their mother is out screaming in the streets about the nation's credit downgrade...selling off everything and anything to save the family farm (I guess). At $13/share SWC was too attractive to pass up any longer.

2) JCI - Johnson Controls, Inc. JCI has a few divisions: Automotive Systems, Batteries and Building Controls. Two of those groups are the exact right industries to benefit to the current global marketplace: Building Systems has a focus on energy efficiency, driving down costs for heating, cooling, lighting, etc...; and Batteries are, quite literally, EVERYWHERE. JCI's advanced battery manufacturing is supporting a wide variety of applications, from Hybrid Cars to backup power systems. This is a solid company with solid performance over a very long timeframe. At $30/'s a bargain.

3) MTW - Manitowoc Company. MTW manufactures cranes, food service equipment and marine vehicles and components. This is a company that has gone through some hard times and learned some hard lessons. They're still coming out of a restructuring, and are really only just starting to see the benefits of cost-cutting measures. I jumped into this one just a day or so early, but at $13/share, the future looks bright for MTW. At $9.50/ seems like a can't miss opportunity.

4 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On August 09, 2011 at 2:55 PM, chk999 (99.97) wrote:

Might be a little early. Good companies though.

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#2) On August 09, 2011 at 4:10 PM, lemoneater (57.13) wrote:

I have two of your 3 picks. SWC and JCI. For JCI a recent news tidbit was that they were hiring 4000 new US workers this month. They must anticipate a surge in business.

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#3) On August 09, 2011 at 5:18 PM, Turfscape (< 20) wrote:

lemoneater wrote:
"For JCI a recent news tidbit was that they were hiring 4000 new US workers this month. They must anticipate a surge in business."

That battery division is going to see some significant growth. It's where JCI is devoting a lot of resources, and where they've announced some significant supply agreements.

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#4) On August 18, 2011 at 2:45 PM, thegreg8520 (< 20) wrote:

Its not that the market thought diversifying into Copper and Gold was confusing. Its that SWC paid a high price for the mine that may not pay off for a very long time. Plus SWC was one of the few pure play Palladium/Platinum companies, which is no longer the case

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