Performance - Week Ending 08/22/2014
The Wax Ink Portfolio was up 3.9% for the week. By comparison, the Dow was up 2.0%, the Nasdaq was up 1.6%, the S&P 500 was up 1.7%, the Russell 2000 was up 1.6%, and the Volatility Index, commonly known as the VIX, was down 12.8%.
Year to date, the Wax Ink portfolio is up 1.3%, the Dow is up 2.6%, the Nasdaq is up 8.7%, the S&P 500 is up 7.6%, the Russell 2000 is down 0.3%, and the VIX is lower by 16.4%.
The portfolio breakdown is 55% equities, 45% cash, and 0% bonds. The total number of shares held increased this week with addition of 2000 shares of Layne Christensen.
This week's winners were semiconductor maker International Rectifier Corporation(NYSE: IRF), up 52%, stupidly renamed trucking company ArcBest Corporation (Nasdaq: ARCB), up 7%, and small tool maker LS Starrett Company (NYSE: SCX), up 7%.
This week's punch bowl floaters were cigarette paper maker Schweiter-Maudit International (NYSE: SWM), down 2.0%, chicken parts recycler Darling International (NYSE: DAR), down 0.1%, and steel cylinder maker Worthington Industries(NYSE: WOR), down 0.1%.
The portfolio's worst performing stocks remain building materials company Griffon Corporation (NYSE: GFF), down 31% since being added to the portfolio, and municipal/industrial construction company Layne Christensen (Nasdaq: LAYN), down 28% since being added to the portfolio.
Worksheets were updated this week for:
Snap-On, Inc. (NYSE: SNA), Valmont Industries, Inc. (NYSE: VMI), Actuant Corporation (NYSE: ATU), Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SBH), and Olin Corporation (NYSE: OLN).
There were no Value Alerts issued this week.
Please note that worksheets are updated basis the most current SEC 10-K ANNUAL filing. To access any worksheet in this post, click on the associated company name. Thanx.
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