6/22/14-I regret not getting back to this journal for the past four weeks. A combination of factors - volunteer hours, involvement in a family reunion, and learning the basics of new spreadsheets - have taken up a lot of time. These are not expected to have a significant bearing going forward.
The following assets have been bought or sold since the last entry:
On 6/4/14, I also bought shares of three assets, AOSL (at $8.30), MSN (at $1.85), and OIIM (at $3.51), for a new experimental portfolio. Up till now I have generally avoided low P/Bk stocks which were not profitable at the time of purchase. However, just in case I am giving up potential profits by thus restricting the universe of Ben Graham assets I consider, I have decided in this Low Price to Book Special Situations portfolio to buy carefully selected stocks that are not currently profitable but have: 1. P/Bk 0.67 or below; 2. low debt; and 3. some price appreciation in the past year. They are to be sold when there is a replacement asset that meets all original buy criteria, P/Bk is above 0.8, and they have provided annualized price appreciation of 0.2 or above.
As of this writing, this group of AOSL shares is up 9.17% (for an annualized return that is of course much higher, due to the short time they have been held), and the P/Bk is now 0.84. Accordingly, they are to be sold at the early trading price on Monday, 6/23/14.
These MSN and OIIM shares continue to be held.
Alphabetically, my current top-five low price to book value equities are: GNW; NWLI; PBR; PKX; and VOYA.
My new featured Low Price to Book Value security is Voya Financial, Inc. (VOYA) (recent price $36.07). VOYA meets Benjamin Graham's bargain stock value and safety criteria.
Voya Financial, Inc. will be added to our nest egg at its market price in early morning trading on Monday, 6/23/14.
6/23/14-The stock picked to replace AOSL in the new Low Price to Book Special Situations portfolio is ArcelorMittal (MT) (recent price $15.04). MT is not making money currently but seems well situated to in coming years. Its low P/Bk gives it significant upside potential.
ArcelorMittal will be added to our nest egg at its market price in early morning trading today, 6/23/14.
6/25/14-No monitored stocks have been sold since the last entry.
I am buying shares of a new asset for my Low Price to Book Value portfolio: Income Opportunity Realty Trust (IOT) (recent price $6.81). IOT meets strict Ben Graham value and safety criteria as a bargain stock.
Income Opportunity Realty Trust will be added to our nest egg at its market price in early morning trading today, 6/25/14.
6/26/14-No monitored stocks have been sold since the last entry.
Alphabetically, my current top-five Low Price to Book Value equities are: AEY; ISH; KELYA; LUKOY; and SVT.
My new featured Low Price to Book Value security is Kelly Services, Inc. (KELYA) (recent price $17.42). KELYA meets Benjamin Graham's bargain stock value and safety criteria.
Kelly Services, Inc. will be added to our nest egg at its market price in early morning trading today, 6/26/14.
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