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Old 06-06-2007, 07:58 PM   #61
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I loaded up with REITS around the same time, for the same reasons. Unfortunately I sold them too soon. Way too soon...almost 2 years ago.

Hmmm...social and conscience factors...not something we talk about as much as we probably should.

Thats right BPP, you're not from around these parts.

So you're not finding that the valuey picks you're making are staying valuey? A lot of the US value stocks seem to continue to be "bad stocks, which end up being good to own anyhow" as bernstein suggests.

And a round of thanks for people who actually ante'd up, instead of presuming the eye of sauron was upon them with all attendant malice.
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Old 06-06-2007, 08:21 PM   #62
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I'll give you the benfit of the doubt since you actually OWN some stocks, unlike CFB, who doesn't own any now but keeps beating the drum on the "stockpicking is a loser's game" mentality..........:confused:
Well, for starters he's not calling stockpickers losers. He's referring to the Charles D. Ellis book. It's an apt term for the situation.

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I apologize, I guess you do have a sense of humor, because that comment is darn funny to me.............
Well, I have a hard time keeping a serious look on my face when I read the words "Wave Theory".

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So let me understand this, you want an in-depth analysis of a stock so you can nitpick it more? You would never buy an aggressive stock anyway, so why should I bother with some of my more interesting picks?
Well, sure. Isn't that the whole reason for having a stockpicker's board?

Just to be clear on this, I'm not nitpicking the stock picks-- I'm nitpicking the quality of the analysis. You picked the stock and presumably invested money in it and made a big profit, so there's no need to feel thin-skinned about the comments of anonymous Internet posters. You can rest on your assets secure in the knowledge that you've already accelerated your ER date.

For starters I'm not sure what an "aggressive" stock is. What does it do aggressively? Is that another name for small-cap growth stocks or is it some other category of investment?

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I will post an in depth analysis on one of my growth stocks. If that doesn't satisfy you, well too bad, brewer is the bottom-fisher quant guy on here............. I look at technical and fundamental analysis regarding a stock, and will buy into weakness or strength depending on positive long-term signs, like increasing cash flows, increased R&D spending or acquisition of another firm's patents, etc. It's not pure fundamental amalysis...........
Like I said, I'm more interested in the process than I am in latching on to the next moonshot. You guys presumably do this all day long and have it down to a system. I appreciate that there's more than one way to make money in the market, but most of the ways I've seen so far don't fit into the lifestyle most people would choose to live. Nothing wrong with that, but generic glittering generalities are everywhere. I'd rather see a detailed discussion of screens or technicals or fundamentals as long as we don't read words like "upside potential"...
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Old 06-06-2007, 08:27 PM   #63
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Err...maybe I am missing something, but arent "valuey" indexes always undervalued...that is what I have been adding to....
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Depends on which index and from whom. In general, once a stock becomes "good" and the p/e (etc) rise, the index should divest its holdings.

"Good" stocks tend to not stay "good" for long, on average. "Bad" stocks tend to stay "bad" for some time.
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Old 06-06-2007, 11:23 PM   #65
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So you're not finding that the valuey picks you're making are staying valuey? A lot of the US value stocks seem to continue to be "bad stocks, which end up being good to own anyhow" as bernstein suggests.

Good question. It looks like only about half of my current holdings would still pass my value screens today, and the longer they have been held, the more likely for them to have drifted out of bounds. Makes sense I guess.

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Err...maybe I am missing something, but arent "valuey" indexes always undervalued...that is what I have been adding to....
If it is a value index, then yes, it is kind of by definition always made up of undervalued stocks, since stocks get booted out of the index when they become too highly valued, as CFB says. In my case I never sell, so I would expect my holdings to generally become less valuey over time. Though some probably never will, or will at least take a long time to do so, as CFB points out.
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Old 06-07-2007, 04:44 AM   #66
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heh heh heh . So what criteria do you put into your stock screener before you search for stocks?
For what it is worth, here are mine. (Not sure it will be of much reference to anybody else, though.)

Large cap stocks:
Exchange: Tokyo Stock Exchange, Section 1
Market Cap.: >2500 oku yen (>~2.1 billion USD)
P/E: 0-23
P/B: 0-2

Small cap stocks:
Exchange: Tokyo Stock Exchange, Section 2 (preferably -- but will shop in the low end of Section 1 if run out of candidates in Section 2)
Market Cap.: <2500 oku yen (all stocks in Section 2 are below this anyway)
P/E: 0-18
P/B: 0-1
Liquidity: Greater than 100 lots/day traded on average in last 25 days (this measure is provided by brokerage screening tool)

Notes: The upper ranges of P/E and P/B are the median numbers
for the respective exchanges and capitalization ranges. These
numbers get revisited periodically as the market moves as a whole.
The combination of P/E and P/B cuts leaves about 1/4 of the stocks in
each capitalization range available. (P/E and P/B turn out to be
surprisingly uncorrelated.) For the small caps, the liquidity
requirement cuts the available universe down by another factor
of 5 or so.

When I have money to invest, I run either the large-cap or small-cap
screen (depending on which class needs to be rebalanced into), and
filter the results for sub-lot sizes or multiples thereof that match
the amount of money I have to invest that day. (Typical lot sizes are
100-1000 shares, and my broker offers low-cost window trades in units of 1/10 lot.)

Then it is time to get out the darts.

Ok, I will peek at a few things:
1) Industry classification, to ensure diversification;
2) Dividends: some preference for at least 1% yield, but no hard and fast rule;
3) List of major shareholders, with some preference for less closely-held companies;
4) A glance at cashflow and debt numbers (not obviously bleeding to death).

However, if I find myself taking more than an hour or two dithering over
which candidate to pick, I pour myself a shot, make an offering to the
spirits of the efficient market, and force myself to just pick the largest
cap stock on the list. After all, there is always next month.

I never (willingly) sell, and always put new money into new names.

And that's how I make a DIY index fund.
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What's Warren buying?

Nords:

I'm assuming you're aware that your buddy Warren has been adding to Railroads and some other misc. areas, Wells Fargo Bank and Johnson & Johnson are the other big names that I recall.

But, he's cuttin' back in other areas like Bud and other financial-related businesses (H&R Block, Amer. Express, etc.).

See the Morningstar article if you already haven't.

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On individual stocks, I look at the analysts opinions then study selected analysts. I try to understand the business model and look for side-effects that the analysts might miss. I look for naysayers on the boards and make an assessment of their reasons for being down. Then I study trends to see whether this stock is in an uptrend or a trough. If in a trough, I wait for some upward movement.

e.g. HMC is possibly ripe for an uptrend and may have just made the turn. It is on my watch list for tax-deferred account (8 years).
e.g. AAPL is a major holding now but is likely to drop when their 2Q financials are published, presenting another buying opp, or some options action.
e.g. JSDA has been beaten down by The Street for missing their 1Q numbers so might be in for a recovery IF they make good progress on their financials in 2Q.
e.g. ACH is up 40% so far this year but has tremendous upside so look for a buying opp.
e.g. AMX has been beaten down a bit by the Chavez nationalisation but has great potential in other Latin countries besides Mexico.
e.g. CA has a CEO who I know and he has brought in a bunch of guys I also know so he might be able to leave the stench of Wang and Kumar behind him.

Lots of others to chat about and a ton of analysis behind each one. I am mostly interested in discussing HMC and CA because I have not bought them yet.
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