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One of the tasks I assign myself each weekend is to review past stock picks. I want to find out if these picks would have been successful if I had actually purchased them (I only pick a few of the many stocks discussed on this blog to actually purchase for my own Trading Account.) This review assumes a "buy and hold" strategy. In fact, I practice and advocate something quite different--a strategy that involves selling losing stocks quickly and completely and gaining stocks partially and slowly. This difference in strategies would certainly affect the performance evaluation. I have been using the 'buy and hold' evaluation assumption simply for the ease in evaluating past stock picks.
On October 18, 2005, I posted Graco (GGG) on Stock Picks Bob's Advice when the stock was trading at $35.89. Graco closed at $39.60 on March 2, 2007, for a gain of $3.71 or 10.3% since posting.
On January 29, 2007, Graco reported 4th quarter 2006 results. For the quarter ended December 29, 2006, net sales increased 10% to $203.4 million. Net earnings increased to $35.6 million from $32.3 million last year, and diluted earnings per share grew to $.52/share, up from $.46/share last year.
The company met analysts' expectations of $.52/share, but came in a bit light of expectations on revenue of $205.8 million.
On October 18, 2005, I posted Pharmaceutical Product Development on Stock Picks Bob's Advice when the stock was trading at $62.26 as a "revisit". The first time I had written up PPDI, was on October 16, 2003, when the stock was trading at $29.16. I do not currently hold any shares or options on this stock. PPDI underwent a 2:1 split on March 1, 2006, making the latest pick price effectively $31.13. In a strange coincidence (?), PPDI closed at $31.13 on March 2, 2007, unchanged, from the prior post a bit more than a year ago.
On February 5, 2007, PPDI reported 4th quarter 2006 results. Net revenue came in at $327.0 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2006, a 19.1% increase over net revenue of $274.6 million for the same quarter in 2005. Net income increased sharply to $41.6 million from $30.5 million in the same period last year. On a diluted eps basis, this came in at $.35/share, up from $.26/share last year.
The company beat expectations in the latest quarter which according to Thomson Financial, analysts had been expecting profit of $.33/share on revenue of $299.6 million.
On October 19, 2005, I posted The Cheesecake Factory (CAKE) on Stock Picks Bob's Advice when it was trading at $34.88. CAKE closed at $26.68 on March 2, 2007, showing a decrease of $(8.20) or (23.5)% since posting.
On February 6, 2007, The Cheesecake Factory reported 4th quarter 2006 results. For the quarter ended January 2, 2007, revenue came in at $360.7 million, an 18% increase from the fourth quarter of 2005 when revenue was $328.6 million. Net income, however, dropped to $20.4 million in this year's fourth quarter compared with $22.6 million in last year's 4th quarter. On a per share diluted basis this worked out to $.26/share this year, down from $.28/share last year.
On October 21, 2005, I posted SanDisk on Stock Picks Bob's Advice when it was trading at $56.45/share. SanDisk (SNDK) closed at $37.84/share on March 2, 2007, for a decrease of $(18.61) or (33.0)% since posting.
On January 30, 2007, SanDisk (SNDK) reported 4th quarter 2006 results. For the quarter ended December 31, 2006, revenue climbed 55% to $1.164 billion, compared with $750.6 million in the year-ago same quarter. Net income however, dropped to a loss of $(35.1) million, compared with an income of $133.9 million last year. On a diluted per share basis this worked out to a loss of $(.17)/share, compared with an income last year of $.68/share.
So how did I do with these four picks from that week in October, 2005? Mediocre in a word! In fact, the overall performance for these stocks, assuming an equal dollar purchase of each and a buy and hold strategy, works out to an average loss of (11.55)% on these stocks. It was certainly a difficult week for me picking stocks! Just goes to show that I am quite capable of picking stocks that lose money, and that it is imperative to have a strategy to limit losses to enhance your overall returns.
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