Performance - Week Ending 08/29/2014
The Wax Ink Portfolio was up 0.7% for the week. By comparison, the Dow was up 0.6%, the Nasdaq was up 0.9%, the S&P 500 was up 0.8%, the Russell 2000 was up 1.2%, and the Volatility Index, commonly known as the VIX, was up 4.4%.
Year to date, the Wax Ink portfolio is down 0.4%, the Dow is up 3.1%, the Nasdaq is up 9.7%, the S&P 500 is up 8.4%, the Russell 2000 is up 0.9%, and the VIX is lower by 12.7%.
The portfolio breakdown is 50% equities, 50% cash, and 0% bonds. The total number of shares held decreased this week by 4000 with the sale of URS Corporation (NYSE: URS) and International Rectifier Corporation(NYSE: IRF).
This week's winners were small tool maker The LS Starrett Company(NYSE: SCX), up 6%, drug maker Cubist Corporation (Nasdaq: CBST), up 4%, and round rubber king Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company (NYSE: GT), up 4%.
This week's punch bowl floaters were stupidly renamed trucking company ArcBest Corporation (Nasdaq: ARCB), down 3%, refiner HollyFrontier Corporation (NYSE: HFC), down 2%, and chicken parts processor Darling International(NYSE: DAR), down 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:
Greif, Inc. (NYSE: GEF), AutoNation, Inc. (NYSE: AN), Unifirst Corporation (NYSE: UNF), MasTec, Inc. (NYSE: MTZ), Bemis Company (NYSE: BMS), and Rowan Companies plc (NYSE: RDC).
Rounding out the week, a Value Alert was issued for Autonation, Inc. (NYSE: AN).
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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