Every week in this tiny space, I recap what happened with the Wax Ink Portfolio, and I try to capture the spirit of macroeconomic events that play a huge role in the weekly direction of the portfolio.
In the end it all seems to come down to what spin doctor you want to believe, since as far as I am concerned, it is all a bunch of smoke and mirrors that the average investor simply cannot control.
For example, it was reported that January industrial production was 0.1% lower than expected. All of the market electrons jumped into their electron buggies and started heading for the exits.
Then it was announced that capacity utilization was 0.2% better than expected. The break lights on the fleeing electron buggies lit up, and pandemonium ensued as all of the electronics fleeing the markets tried to get turned around to head back to the markets.
The market electrons are rushing back into the market when preliminary consumer sentiment numbers that were higher than expected were announced. The market electrons started picking up speed after that.
Then Empire Manufacturing Survey numbers were announced showing a move to 10 from the previous (-7.8). The market electrons were now in the process of becoming truly orgasmic.
But alas nirvana was simply not meant to be as disappointing fourth quarter economic numbers were announced by France, Germany, Greece, Italy, and Portugal played the role of coitus interruptus, sending the market electrons to the Fred Tucker hell of market electron hell.
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Those of us that actually work for a living know that saving money is hard. Investing that saved money is even harder, and understanding the risks before you invest is harder still.
I can provide you with a baseline equity report, which you can use as a starting point for your own research, but you must do the work. With that, I cannot help you.
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The Wax Ink Portfolio declined by 1.1% for the week, while the Dow closed down 0.1%, the Nasdaq was down 0.1%, the S&P 500 was up 0.1%, and the Russell 2000 was up 1.0%.
Year to date, the portfolio is up 6.5%, the Dow is up 6.7%, the Nasdaq is up 5.7%, the S&P 500 is up 6.6% and the Russell 2000 is up 8.7%.
The portfolio breakdown remains the same, with 70% of the portfolio in equities, 30% of the portfolio in cash, and 0% of the portfolio in bonds.
This week's moving on up stocks were building materials maker USG Corporation (NYSE: USG), up 8%, trucking company Arkansas Best Corporation (Nasdaq: ABFS), up 5%, and after market auto parts maker Dorman Products, Inc. (Nasdaq: DORM), up 4%.
This week's turd in the bunch bowl stocks were iron ore company Cliff's Natural Resources, Inc. (NYSE: CLF), down 21%, Ag chemicals company Agrium, Inc. (NYSE: USG), down 7%, and ultra-capacitor maker Maxwell Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: MXWL), down 5%.
As I note every week, there are several portfolio stocks that simply are not performing. Once again this week, communications equipment company Tellabs, Inc. did nothing and remains down 61% since I added it to the portfolio.
As I have been saying, over the course of the next several months, two of these non-performing stocks will have reached or exceeded their 5 year portfolio anniversary. While I still believe in the stocks, it may be time to dump them. I will be making that decision by early summer.
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