11/2/05-Currently, both our gross total assets and equity book value year-end goals have already been achieved. Margin debt, however, stands at 6% of the total, and it would be good to get it down further, to zero, in fact, if consistent with still meeting those Dec. 31 targets.
The performance through this morning of our tracked portfolios and of the S&P 500 Index have been as follows:
(The statistics are as of 11 AM, central time, and reflect price appreciation only. Dividend income has not been added. Commissions have been subtracted from the tracked portfolio results but not from those of the S&P 500 Index.)
The new asset this time will replace the Classic Value (CV) holding, BIOS, which was purchased on 11/2/04. BIOS will be sold at the early market price tomorrow. It is up about 15% since a year ago.
The selection this week is among the low price to earnings ratio candidates and will be added to the Classic Value tracking portfolio, also at the early price in the morning. The top choices are: BNSO; CYD; DRAM; PHG; and STX.
My pick among them is Dataram Corp. (DRAM) (recent price $6.52). DRAM has a market capitalization of $55.88 million, a trailing P/E of 9.03, a 1.60% dividend (with a dividend payout ratio of 0.07), a price to sales ratio of 0.85, a return on equity of 31.95%, a price to book value of 2.38, an excellent current ratio (8.81), zero debt to equity, a shareholder equity to total assets ratio of 0.89, and positive free cash flow.
DRAM will be added too, at tomorrow's early market price, to the Mama's Mix Stock Portfolio, a 50/50 blend of the Classic Value and Yummy Yielders (YY) selections, intended to be lucrative enough and yet also safe enough for one's mother to use.
11/8/05-Performance through the close of trading this afternoon of our tracked portfolios and of the S&P 500 Index have been as follows:
(The statistics are as of the end of trading today and reflect price appreciation only. Dividend income has not been added. Commissions have been subtracted from the tracked portfolio results but not from those of the S&P 500 Index. Please note: The holding period for the average LL asset has been corrected. It was shown as too low in the previous entry.)
The new asset this time will replace the Leapin' Lizard (LL) holding, HOC, which was purchased on 11/8/04. HOC will be sold at the early market price tomorrow. It is up about 134% since a year ago.
The selection this week is among the Yummy Yielders (YY) candidates and so will be added, also at the early price in the morning, to that tracking portfolio. The top choices are: AEG; ARKR; CYD; NFB; and NHY.
My pick among them is Ark Restaurants Corp. (ARKR) (recent price $28.44). ARKR has a market capitalization of $98.29 million, a trailing P/E of 13.08, a 4.91% dividend (with a dividend payout ratio of 0.48), a price to sales ratio of 0.84, a return on equity of 22.27%, a price to book value of 2.70, a current ratio of 1.38, zero debt to equity, a shareholder equity to total assets ratio of 0.81, and positive free cash flow.
ARKR will also be added to the Mama's Mix Stock Portfolio, a 50/50 blend of the Classic Value (CV) and Yummy Yielders (YY) selections, intended to be lucrative enough and yet also adequately safe for one's mother to use.
11/13/05-This is simply an interim update. The next analyses, for replacements to the upcoming year-and-a-day hold assets to be sold/deleted from the tracked portfolios, would not occur until 11/18, with the one following that scheduled for 11/24.
However, before then Fran and I shall be on our way to FL for a visit till quite late in the month with her mother. I'll resume the journal within a few days after our return, at which time I'll cover both of the new selections.
Currently, were I making a purchase, I would choose from: BNSO; FRD; IBA, and STX. All have things going for them and can be considered bargains, in my opinion. However, as always, I would advise any investor to do his or her own research before committing funds to shares of a stock.
In our current Classic Value (CV) portfolio, IPSU, effective Friday, 11/11/05, had a $2.50 per share cash distribution. This lowers the per share cost basis for our IPSU holdings from $13.25 (plus the small per share amount of commission) to $10.75 (plus commission) and increases the gain for the asset to over 27% since it was added to the portfolio in March, 2005.
Overall, Classic Value is still by far the best performing and lowest risk portfolio being tracked here. After an average holding period of about 203 days, its appreciation has been 15.76% (including both open and closed positions). This works out to an annualized gain of 30.10%.
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