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Your best 'buy and hold' CAPS pick?



June 19, 2009 – Comments (10) | RELATED TICKERS: GLD

Fellow Fool Ragingsamos's blog asking for the biggest loser we refused to sell combined with the steady stream of 'buy and hold is dead' 'no it's not' columns from TMF inspired a question.

Of your active green thumb picks that are more than one-year old, what's the biggest gainer against the SPY (CAPS points) and, if a different stock, the biggest absolute gainer. 

If you've had a CAPS portfolio for more than a year, but no active green thumbs more than one-year old, feel free to share that as well.


Biggest points gain:  GLD 81.05 points opened on 6/21/2007
Biggest stock gain:   GLD 41.7% gain

My top three in both categories are all commodity related (KGC and DO round out the top 3)

Fool on!


10 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On June 20, 2009 at 12:25 AM, LongTermBull (89.77) wrote:

I have only had my CAPS for about  a month or so.  My best pick is TC and I think this company has a real bright future.  It is cyclical but management has a great ability to generate cash no matter what the market is like.  When the economy turns around this company will be well positioned to take advantage of it.

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#2) On June 20, 2009 at 12:47 AM, dividendhound (< 20) wrote:

Yeah, my CAPS haven't been open for very long, but TC is a great stock, and I like the future for Molybdenum generally.  TC is a stock that would be fantastic to pick up on a dip.

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#3) On June 20, 2009 at 1:29 AM, ikkyu2 (98.04) wrote:

Well, this was an edifying exercise.  20 of my active green thumb picks meet the length criterion.  2 of them are in the green in CAPS, the winner GOOG with its 2.12 CAPS points.  Not a single one of them has an absolute gain.

Of the 4 active red thumbs from more than a year ago, I did manage to pick two stocks, HOTT and BWLD, that managed to post 65% and 46% absolute gains, respectively.  Like all CAPS players, though, I harvest red thumbs; those were my only two losers that I let run (the other two fell below the re-pickable limit.)

I quit paying very close attention to CAPS around Jan of 2008 when I started my new job.  You can sure see what happens when you just let picks run without doing your homework.

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#4) On June 20, 2009 at 4:22 PM, portefeuille (98.78) wrote:

ticker start end/current change(%) 

DNDN 3.69 26.08 606.78

and from my list

VVTV 0.27 1.69 525.93
CENX 1.11 6.12 451.35
HGSI 0.50 2.71 442.00
BGP 0.55 2.23 305.45.

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#5) On June 21, 2009 at 7:19 PM, StockSpreadsheet (67.48) wrote:

Best open CAPS pick:

BVN => 95.48 CAPS points => 56.25% actual gain.


Best performer CAPS pick:

FDG => 221.59 CAPS points => 221.59% gain => closed due to delisting, (it got bought out).


Both were green thumbs.  (Gotta keep my "Yes Man" charm, so green thumbs are all I deal with.)


Have a nice day.



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#6) On June 21, 2009 at 8:45 PM, angusthermopylae (37.75) wrote:

Best current Green Thumb:  SCHL (Scholastic, book publisher).

Best Green Thumb Ever (in Comic-Book guy voice):  RHT 46.2 CAPS points.

RHT could have done better, but I decided not to get greedy.

SCHL is up only about 7.5 CAPS points.  With the markets so weird, I take my points and run before they get too high.

...cowardly, I know, but being a short-term bear, I'm rather nervous lately.


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#7) On June 21, 2009 at 9:23 PM, rd80 (95.81) wrote:

Thanks for the comments.

I'll toss one more out there.  One of my kids set up a portfolio to play along with me shortly after I started.  Quickly lost interest and hasn't done anything with it for nearly two years.

Best active green-thumb CAPS score:  MCD  76 pts started 3/12/07
That's also the biggest absolute gainer with over 40%


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#8) On June 21, 2009 at 10:02 PM, Deepfryer (27.18) wrote:

I don't have many stocks held more than 1 year, but my highest score in that category is AMSF:

Pick started on:1/07/08

Score: +41.69

Stock gain: +6.66% (ha!)

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#9) On June 21, 2009 at 10:07 PM, FleaBagger (27.42) wrote:

SNDA: 115.71 points since 06/16/08

SNDA absolute gain: 83.23%

Two embarrassing side notes: I was entirely dependent on ripping off DemonDoug for this pick, and I have an open red thumb (not to mention many closed red thumbs) that has a higher absolute gain in that time (i.e. negative points).

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#10) On June 21, 2009 at 10:09 PM, JibJabs (90.58) wrote:

Been open less than a year, MTB is my favorite long term.

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