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My Watch List – August 26, 2010

|Includes:ACN, AJG, AMZN, AXP, BRO, Citigroup Inc. (C), CTSH, EBAY, FII, FISV, HRB, INFY, INTU, JKHY, MA, MSFT, ORCL, PAYX, SAP, SEIC, TROW, TSS, V, WFC

 Today, I am inaugurating a new feature on the blog that I hope you will find useful. Each week, I plan to go through the most recent issue of Value Line and update the watch list. The list is not limited to cheap stocks, but will track a large number of stocks of high-quality businesses and special situations in hopes that, at some point, Mr. Market will make them available at mouth watering prices.

Generally stocks will fall into one of the following categories. The categories may be added to or evolve over time.

  1. Good Business – a track record of high return on equity – generally > 18-20% – over the past decade
  2. Special Situation – restructuring, spin-off, bankruptcy, divestitures, etc.
  3. Book Value Aristocrat – exceptional book value growth over the past decade
  4. Strong Moat – evident durable competitive advantage
  5. Guru Purchase – recent purchase by a notable investor

Here is My Watch List for August 26, 2010

Please note that if the idea type for a given investment does not include a given category, for example “Strong Moat”, it does not mean that, in my judgment, the business does not possess that attribute, but rather that it was simply categorized under a different category, for example “Good Business”.

If a stock is included in The Value Line Investment I have included the issue of Value Line where you find it so you can research the stock. Many prominent investors such as Buffett, Munger and Li Lu recommend using Value Line. I use it on a weekly, if not daily, basis.

Also, where available, I have included a link to each stock’s ownership as listed on gurufocus.com, which tracks the publicly disclosed investments of numerous prominent investors.

Finally, you will see a column entitled “Other”. If I come across an interesting link for a given stock, I will try to post it there.

Please tell me what you think about this tool. I also welcome your suggestions on how to make it more useful.

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Disclosure: Long GOOG

Disclosure: Long GOOG

Stocks: C, WFC, AXP, HRB, BRO, FII, MA, V, ACN, MSFT, ORCL, AMZN, EBAY, AJG, TROW, TSS, CTSH, FISV, JKHY, INFY, INTU, PAYX, SAP, SEIC