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Thursday, 13 October 2005
A Reader Writes "What do You Think? (MDT)"
Hello Friends! Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting my blog, Stock Picks Bob's Advice. As always, please remember that I am an amateur investor, so please remember to consult with your professional investment advisors prior to making any investment decisions based on information on this website.

My mailbox has been 'humming' lately. I love getting mail! Always have, ever since I was a kid. Something exciting about snail mail and even email.

Bob K. wrote in, with questions about Medtronics (MDT). My wife does have a few shares (under 100) in an IRA, otherwise, I don't own any of these shares or have any options on them. I have posted Medtronics (MDT) on Stock Picks back on November 13, 2003, (even though I wrote November 13, 2002(!)) when it was trading at $46.39. As I write, MDT is trading at $55.00, up $.21 or 0.38% on the day (the market has moved back into the green for now.).

Back to the letter:
Hi Bob,

I was looking at the top gainers for the NYSE today and Medtronics caught my eye. Everything looks good except the earnings decline and heavy insider trading. The earnings decline is with an increase in sales. Looks as though they bought some market share, but their margin can afford it. What do you think?

Thanks,
Bob

PS You asked if your trading transparency is useful. As a novice in this area I appreciate this information immensely. So often personal financial information of this type is a deep dark secret. There are not many ways a beginner can see how a real-world investor manages his portfolio. This is a valuable educational experience for me. Thanks for the insight!
First of all thank you for writing. You make some excellent points about earnings. I do not think that my approach is the only way to invest. It might not even be the best way. It is just something that I have found helpful. But let's take a look at that latest quarterly report on MDT.

Looking through the headlines, I found something very bullish for the stock price of Medtronic (MDT). On October 11, 2005, the company announced that they were raising guidance for 2006-2008. Whenever a company raises guidance, it is as if they are raising the "thermostat" on valuation. If you are a 'wonk' (excuse me if I am being offensive), I imagine there are people out there feeding numbers into computer terminals all the time trying to figure out the 'appropriate' price of a stock. And if earnings and revenue expectations are raised, well that means the stock price is relatively undervalued and deserves to be pegged at a higher price.

On August 17, 2005, MDT announced 1st quarter 2006 results. Revenue grew 15% to $2.7 billion over the prior year. However, as Medtronic reported:
In the quarter, Medtronic recorded pre-tax, IPR&D charges totaling $363.8 million related to the acquisition of Transneuronix, Inc.; a patent cross-licensing agreement with NeuroPace, Inc.; and the purchase of intellectual property from Gary K. Michelson, M.D. and Karlin Technologies, Inc.
It was this expense that knocked the company from a profit to a loss. What to do with this? If you avoid one-time expenses like this, the results look good. I probably will miss stocks by avoiding quarterly reports like this.

But if everything goes well with Medtronic with this acquisition, etc., then I suspect the stock will come in with better reports in the next and ensuing quarters, and I will have other opportunities to purchase shares. (Since I am not looking for a purchase, I wouldn't bother with it anyway). If I were in the market to make a purchase, I would skip over a stock that has too many footnotes explaining a loss. Even a great company like this!

Anyhow, that's my amateur take on the report! I hope you find this helpful. I sure do appreciate your participation in the blog.

If you have any other questions or comments, please feel free to leave them right on the blog or email me at bobsadviceforstocks@lycos.com.

Bob


Posted by bobsadviceforstocks at 10:14 AM CDT | Post Comment | Permalink
A Reader Writes "We took a bath yesterday with COH."
Hello Friends! Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting my blog, Stock Picks Bob's Advice. As always, please remember that I am an amateur investor, so please remember to consult with your professional investment advisors prior to making any investment decisions based on information on this website.

Checking my mail this morning, I saw that I had received another comment from Faith who wrote earlier about Coach (COH).

She commented today:
Thanks Bob,
I wasn't looking for inside info...just some insight.
We took a bath yesterday with COH.

"Coach (COH: sentiment, chart, options), the peddler of such luxury
goods as fine leather purses and made-to-impress day planners, has lost
more than five percent today without any notable news to account for the
drubbing. COH has been in decline mode since late July, dropping about
one-fifth of its value beneath the resistance of its 10-day and 20-day
moving averages. Today's decline shoved the stock beneath its 10-month
moving average, below which the shares have not endured a solid monthly
close since November 2001."
http://www.schaeffersresearch.com/commentary/observations.aspx?ID=14357

Faith
Thanks Faith! I am not a big technician. It just looks from my "point & figure" chart from Stockcharts.com, that the stock doesn't looks as terrible as Schaeffer wants to point out. I basically believe that since COH has been one of the very top performers in the market this past 18 months, that when profit-taking came in, as we are observing right now, the top gainers tend to get nailed. That is just my own particular perspective.

As you know, I just let the stock price dictate my action on a stock, unless something truly fundamental arises to make me sell earlier. Even in those cases, I find I might have done better sitting tight! Thus, since I have taken profits on this stock multiple times, the latest quarterly report still looks solid, well, I shall be sitting tight unless my sell-point should hit.

The stock is still under a bit of pressure today. As I write, COH is trading at $28.16, down $(.78) or (2.70)% on the day. I currently own 102 shares with a cost basis of $8.33 so that looks ok. My last sale was on 6/16/05, when I literally had a 300% gain. Thus, if I were to let the stock retrace to 50% of my last gain, or a 150% gain level, then I should be selling my remaining shares if the stock declines to $8.33 x 2.5 = $20.83. I have a few more points to go before I bail.

As for what you should do, I never recommend buying stocks as they are declining. Sort of trying to catch a "falling knife" as they say in the trade. I also suggest keeping losses very small; I use an 8% loss limit on initial purchases regardless of how long I have held a stock. I have literally sold stocks withing 24 hours of buying them.

Unfortunately, I don't have much more insight to provide you on this. I believe that COH is a solid company , but is currently under pressure in a weak market environment. Good luck and let me know what you do/have done! I hope you don't mind me sharing your comments with our readers here! Your comments are important, your thoughts are appreciated, and your participation is very-much desired!

If you have any other comments, or questions, please feel free to leave them on the blog or email me at bobsadviceforstocks@lycos.com.

Bob


Posted by bobsadviceforstocks at 9:42 AM CDT | Post Comment | Permalink
"Trading Transparency" Quiksilver (ZQK)
Hello Friends! Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting my blog, Stock Picks Bob's Advice. As always, please remember that I am an amateur investor, so please remember to consult with your professional investment advisors prior to making any investment decisions based on information on this website.

A few moments ago I checked my "Trading Portfolio" and realized that Quiksilver (ZQK) had passed the 8% loss level, and I went ahead and sold my shares. Currently, as I write, ZQK is trading at $13.04, down $(.20) or (1.51)% on the day.

I sold my 400 shares at $12.98 (so it has already rebounded a tad from there). These shares were purchased 4/25/05 at a cost basis of $14.23/share, so I had a loss of $(1.25) or (8.8)%, so out they went. I am now down to 23 positions, from my maximum of 25 positions. This will eventually entitle me to add two new positions into the portfolio. As you know, my strategy is to listen to what my portfolio is telling me! That is, since I just sold a position at a loss, without even looking at market statistics, my portfolio is telling me to sit tight! That is, I shall use the proceeds to pay down a bit of my margin and wait until one of my positions hits a sale point at a gain to be adding a new stock!

I will continue to be monitoring my portfolio. I do not try to anticipate what the market will be doing. I let my stocks dictate my actions to me. I hope this is a successful strategy!

Regards to all of you readers as you "batten down the hatches" and sit tight as this Category 3 of a correction rips through our portfolios! Thanks so much for stopping by. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them on the blog or email me at bobsadviceforstocks@lycos.com.

Bob


Posted by bobsadviceforstocks at 9:18 AM CDT | Post Comment | Permalink
Wednesday, 12 October 2005
A Reader Writes "Would you buy now? (COH)"
Hello Friends! Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting my blog, Stock Picks Bob's Advice. As always, please remember that I am an amateur investor (!), so please remember to consult with your professional investment advisors prior to making any investment decisions based on information on this website.

I was checking my mail today and I was surprised to find two emails about Coach (COH). I have owned Coach in my own portfolio since February, 2003, however recently, the stock has been weak and questions are arising about whether it is time to sell, buy, or just sit tight with Coach. Before discussing this, let me remind you that I am honestly, truly, absolutely an amateur investor! I use the news sources that I can obtain on my high speed internet connection. I grab news stories from Yahoo, CNN, or Fidelity.com. I have no access to inside information, and I don't interview managers or anything like that!

But let me first share with you the emails:

First, Faith wrote:
Hi Bob,
I enjoyed your blog of, Saturday, 1 October 2005 "Weekend Trading
Portfolio Analysis" Coach (COH). Do you know what the heck is going on
with Coach today???? We're losing our shirts. Any news you know that
Google News doesn't know?
Thanks,
Faith
And tonight I got a second email, this time from Kevin who wrote:
Hello, Bob

You have quite an impressive site, at least the part
that I saw regarding stocks and COH in particular. I
bought some at $32.50 a month or so ago and would like
to buy more now, but I'm not sure. The stock price has
fallen quite a bit in the last week or so. Would you
buy now? Or would you wait? My logic is saying buy
low, and wait. After all it's an investment, and it
will eventually recoup, right?

thanks for you advice
Kevin (a newcomer to this world of stocks)
First of all, let me thank both of you for writing. Let me start with Faith. Coach did have a rough day today closing at $28.94, down $(1.60) or (5.24)% on the day.


Looking at the one-day graph from Yahoo demonstrates the slide in the stock. However, let's take a step back and look at the "Point & Figure" graph on COH:


Here we can see that the strength of COH appears undiminished. The stock has pulled back slightly from its recent high at around $36.50, but has not broken down below the support level (imho). It does help to get the big picture!

I searched news the same way you did and I couldn't find much. There was a story from Motley Fool suggesting that if the consumer pulls back a bit, the high end stores like COH might feel the heat. Otherwise, no news that I can find.

Insofar as "losing your shirts", I recommend and utilize an 8% stop under my stocks after an initial purchase to prevent small losses from becoming major disasters. You will need to consider your strategy prior to making your stock purchase.

Back to the question about "what happened" to COH. This might be best explained by looking at the CANSLIM definition especially the "M" in CANSLIM meaning "Market". The stock market has been in a funk, and in general, there has been a lot of what I would describe as "profit-taking" on stocks where some investors have large profits (like COH).

As I pointed out in my COH Review, COH sits in the industrial group called Textile-Apparel/Footwear/Ac. (?accessories?).

Other stocks in this group include NKE which closed at $81.92, down $(1.06) or (1.28)% on the day; Reebok (RBK) which closed at $57.45 down $(.09) or (.16)%; Timberland (TBL) which closed at $32.12, down $(.38) or (1.17)% on the day; and Wolverine Worldwide (WWW) which closed at $21.29, up $.33 or 1.57%.

In conclusion, I don't know anything particular about COH that you wouldn't know.

Taking a look at what Kevin wrote, I cannot tell whether COH would or wouldn't be a good buy in here, My hunch is that it would likely be profitable. However, in my own portfolio, I don't buy stock that have declined and are thus better "values". COH may well be a great value and thus would be a profitable transaction to pick up some shares in here. I prefer to buy stocks that are moving higher (found on the top % gainers list). I cannot predict whether COH will recoup, although I have a hunch that is quite likely.

I would prefer to see you buying something with more momentum, such as the CMN stock ahat I reviewed recently. Just my style I guess. Good luck and keep me posted on how you are handling these issues.

Bob









Posted by bobsadviceforstocks at 11:33 PM CDT | Post Comment | Permalink
Updated: Wednesday, 12 October 2005 11:39 PM CDT
"Revisiting a Stock Pick" Johnson Controls (JCI)
Hello Friends! Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting my blog, Stock Picks Bob's Advice. As always, please remember that I am an amateur investor, so please remember to consult with your professional investment advisors prior to making any investment decisions based on information on this website.

Looking at the list of top % gainers on the NYSE today, I came across a familiar name, Johnson Controls (JCI), which closed at $63.60, up $2.75 or 4.52% on the day. My son owns about 20 shares of JCI, otherwise I do not own any shares nor do I have any options.

I first posted JCI on Stock Picks on 7/9/04 when it was trading at $53.24. Thus, this stock has appreciated $10.36 or 19.5% since posting on the blog.

There were two stories that were released yesterday that appear to be contributing to the strength of this stock in the midst of a rather pessimistic trading environment. JCI announced a joint venture for hybrid vehicle batteries and also reassured the "street" on 2006 and 2007 promising continued double-digit growth in the next two years. These stories in themselves appear to have added support to the stock price!

Looking at a few additional supporting facts on this stock, the 3rd quarter 2005 earnings were announced on July 21, 2005. Sales for the quarter grew 9% to $7.1 billion from $6.5 billion in the same quarter the prior year. Net income came in at $254.7 million, up from $222.2 million the prior year, and on a diluted eps basis, this was $1.31/share, yup from $1.15/share the prior year.

Looking at the Morningstar.com "5-Yr Restated" financials, we can see a beautiful picture of steady revenue growth from $17.2 billion in 2000 to $28.6 billion in the trailing twelve months (TTM).

Earnings have also grown steadily from $2.55/share in 2000 to $4.63/share in the TTM. At the same time, the company has been paying a dividend and increasing it each year as well, with $.56/share paid in 2000, increasing to $.98/share in the TTM.

Free cash flow has been a bit erratic but has stayed positive with $563 million reported in 2002, increasing to $673 million in the TTM.

The balance sheet is adequate if not fabulous, with $385.2 million in cash and $6.3 billion in other current assets, balanced against $6.3 billion in current liabilities and $3.1 billion in long-term debt.

Looking at Yahoo "Key Statistics" for JCI, we find that the company is a large cap stock with a market capitalization of $12.25 billion. The trailing p/e is downright cheap at 13.72, with a PEG of only 1.12 and a Price/Sales of 0.41. There are as of 9/12/05, 1.75 million shares out short representing only 0.9% of the float or 1.8 trading days of volume. The short interest doesn't look too significant to me.

If we look at a Johnson Controls "Point & Figure" chart:


We can see what looks to me as a very strong and steady appreciation in stock price from the $23 level in September, 2000, to the $63 level in September, 2005. There have been periods of consolidation in the stock price, yet the stock has not broken down the past five years, nor does it appear over-extended.

What do I think? I think this is a great stock. Of course, I am not buying anything until I sell a portion at a gain, but the latest quarter, the past five years, the record of increasing dividends, the steady free cash flow, the solid balance sheet, reasonable valuation, and steady chart looks very attractive to me!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope that you all survive this bear market correction intact. Remember to stick to whatever trading rules you might have....I shall be monitoring my own stock prices closely. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them right here on the blog or email me at bobsadviceforstocks@lycos.com.

Bob


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Tuesday, 11 October 2005
A Reader Writes, "I wanted to bring to your attention...."
Hello Friends! Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting my blog, Stock Picks Bob's Advice. As always, please rmemember that I am an amateur investor so please remember to consult with your professional investment advisors prior to making any decisions based on information on this website.

Checking my mail a couple of days ago, I saw that Matt P. had written me another nice note. I would like to share it with you here:
Bob,

Hey, thanks for the direction on the stock club. It was very useful.
I'm hoping to go to one of the meetings here in Boise soon. I'm
excited about that. One stock that I wanted to bring to your
attention is Aqua American, WTR. I've only held it for a month or
two, but it has been a great position for me. An article was
released on them recently in Kiplinger's.

http://www.kiplinger.com/personalfinance/columns/picks/archive/2005/pick1007.htm

This article excited me about the stock. I bought at $32, and saw it
go to nearly $40 but has been declining for the past few days. I
think its a very interesting play.

have a great day, and don't let the bears get ya down!

Matt
Thanks again for writing Matt! The bears haven't gotten me down yet but they are chasing me up a tree!


Image from "A Bear's Story"

But seriously, let's take a look at WTR! It is a bit late here, but let's look at the latest quarterly result, a Morningstar.com review, and the latest "Point & Figure" chart.

First of all, Aqua America (WTR) closed at $34.53 on 10/11/05 down $1.00 or 2.81% on the day. WTR reported 2nd quarter 2005 results on August 3, 2005. Operating revenue increased 16% to $123.1 million for the second quarter, from $106.5 million last year. Net income was up 24% to $22.2 million from $17.9 million for the same period last year. Finally, diluted earnings per share grew 21% to $.23, up from $.19 the same quarter the prior year.

Looking at the "5-Yr Restated" financials, we can see the steady and very nice series of bar graphs symbolizing corporate revenue. Earnings have also steadily growth from $.65 in 2000 to $.91 in the trailing twelve months TTM.

Here's where things break down a bit. The company has had negative free cash flow since at least 2002 when the company reported $(24) million in free cash flow. This has fluctuated but has stayed negative the last yew years.

The balance sheet as reported by Morningstar.com also shows the effect of the persistently negative free cash flow. Morningstar shows WTR with $5.4 million in cash and $77.4 million in other current assets, not onough to cover the $230.6 million in current liabilities and the $1.4 billion in long-term liabilities. I prefer to see lots of cash and current assets and very little of the current and long-term liabilities that I do see today.

What about a graph? Taking a look at a Point & Figer chart, we can see some of the strength of this stock which has been trading higher the past 6 months. align="left">


In a nutshell, the last quarter was terrific. Earnings growth is solid, but the company is free cash flow negative and has been the last few years. In addition, the balance sheet is not as robust as might be hoped for.

If you have any other questions or comments, please feel free to leave them on the website, or email me at bobsadviceforstocks@lycos.com.

Bob


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Sunday, 9 October 2005
"Looking Back One Year" A review of stock picks from the week of August 2, 2004





Hello Friends! Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting my blog, Stock Picks Bob's Advice. As always, please remember that I am an amateur investor, so please remember to consult with your professional investment advisors prior to making any investment decisions based on information on this website.

As I like to do on weekends, I try to do a retrospective review of my stock picks. These are not necessarily, and usually not, actual stocks that I hold in my trading account. However, this week, I will touch on Mentor (MNT) which is also a stock that I own.

The analysis of the performance of these stocks is based on a simple buy and hold approach. In actual practice, I sell my losing stocks quickly (triggered by an 8% loss), and sell my gaining stocks slowly and piecemeal, selling 1/4 of my holdings at various targeted gains, with a 30% gain being my first sale point. Obviously, if one employed this technique, performance would vary possibly greatly from what I report. However, for the sake of simplicity, I use the easier to calculate buy and hold approach.

On August 2, 2004, I posted DHB Industries (DHB) on Stock Picks at $17.05. DHB closed at $4.03 on 10/7/05, for a loss of $(13.02) or (76.4)%. This has to be one of my worst selections on my blog! Which again shows you that my picks are not a guarantee to anything! However, If you had owned this stock, and kept to the 8% loss limit, you still would be o.k.!

On July 28, 2005, DHB reported 2nd quarter 2005 results. Revenue increased slightly to $88.2 million compared with $86.1 million the prior year. However diluted earnings/share, was flat at $.17/share compared with $.17/share the prior year same period. The stock recently took a tumble when it announced the discontinuation of a bullet-proof vest line, when the federal government said "...vest containing Zylon might not provide officers with as much protection as they are supposed to" according to the article. Looking through the news, there are multiple lawsuits against the company pending.

On August 3, 2004, I made my only other stock pick for the week, Mentor (MNT), which I posted on Stock Picks at a price of $34.45. As I pointed out just above, I also purchased some shares of Mentor for my "Trading Portfolio". MNT closed at $51.16 on 10/7/05, for a gain of $16.71 or 48.5% since posting.

On August 2, 2005, Mentor reported 1st quarter 2006 results. Sales came in at $135.3 million, an 11% increase over the first quarter 2005 results. Earnings per share came in at $.47/share, a 27% increase over earnings in the same period the prior year. Helping the stock performance was the July 28, 2005 report that the Mentor silicone gel-filled implants were "approvable" as announced by the FDA, meaning the product was nearing final regulatory acceptance.

So how did I do with these two stocks? Well one was terrible with a (76.4)% loss, and was was great with a 48.5% gain. Averaging these two, I had an average loss of (14.0)%.

Thanks again for stopping by! I hope the upcoming weak is a bit more positive in tone. The market imho does appear to be a bit oversold. But then again, I try hard to to respond to my own fears and hopes regarding any stock or portfolio, but instead respond to the stock moves themselves! If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to email me at bobsadviceforstocks@lycos.com or just simply post them right here on the blog!

Bob


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"Weekend Trading Portfolio Analysis" Cooper (COO)
Hello Friends! Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting my blog, Stock Picks Bob's Advice. As always, please remember that I am an amateur investor, so please remember to consult with your professional investment advisors prior to making any investment decisions based on information on this website.

I had a busy weekend, and am just getting around to a bit of 'housework' here on the blog! Last week, I sold my Dell stock when it hit a sell point on the downside in the face of continued Bearish trading activity on all of the markets. Thus, I am now down to 24 positions and am in a position to add a position if I sell a portion of one of my holdings at a targeted gain. On top of this, I just pulled $5k out of my portfolio as a downpayment on a new (slightly used) car! Thus, I shall be working hard to get that margin once more under control.

One thing I don't talk about, is my cash additions/withdrawals from the account. This doesn't affect my gains but it sure can cause problems for margin! Currently, I have been adding $200/month on a regular basis. With my margin level, the account is paying about $465/month just in interest expenses! I shall need to add a bit more to the monthly payment to at least offset more of the interest, continue paying down the margin with sales (hopefully on the upside), and may yet start making payments on my new vehicle from the account which shall confound all of you as well.

But let's get back to talking about stocks, shall we? One thing I have started doing on this website is to review positions in my actual trading account, that I follow along with my "picks" on this blog. I call that account my "Trading Portfolio", and when I make a trade in there, I try to post as soon as possible for you, the reader, and call it "Trading Transparency". This review of my holdings, started about a month ago, is a weekly stock in my actual account, and with 24 positions, it will take me about six months, going alphabetically through my list, reviewing one each week!

Last week I reviewed Coach (COO) from my "Trading Portfolio". Next alphabetically is Cooper (COO).

I first purchased 200 shares of Cooper Companies (COO) at $26.98 on 2/25/03. This was actually before my first entry on this blog, which was initiated back on May 12, 2003, when I "picked" St Jude Medical. My first formal discussion of Cooper on Stock Picks was on 9/1/04 when Cooper was trading at $63.33.

COO closed on October 7, 2005, at $72.08, giving me a gain of $45.10 or 167.2% on my original shares! I have sold portions of my Cooper shares four times: 50 shares were sold 6/2/03 at $34.46, for a gain of $7.48 or 27.7% (a little shy of my goal of 30%...back in 2003 I was still refining my strategy and working on my selling discipline); another 50 shares 9/4/03 at $41.00, for a gain of $14.02, or 52.0% (again a bit shy of that 60% target for my second sale today); a third sale of 25 shares on 12/31/03 at $46.92, for a gain of $19.94 or 73.9% (again shy of my 90% third sale target today); a fourth sale of 15 shares on 7/7/04 at $60.14, for a gain of 122.9% (at my goal of 120% for my fourth sale); and a fifth sale of 15 shares at $76.13 on 1/27/05 for a gain of $49.15 or 182.2% (with my goal of 180% you can see that my discipline and stragegy in selling is getting more refined!).

Thus, I made a purchase of $5,396 of Cooper (COO) in early 2003. Since then I have sold portions of this holding five times for proceeds totalling $7,034.98, and still own 45 shares of Cooper at $72.08, for a current value of $3,243.60.

When do I sell next, since I have sold 5 times with the last sale at the 180% gain point, my next sale will be either at the 240% gain point on the upside or 3.4 x $26.98 = $91.73 or at the 90% gain point on the downside, 1.9 x $26.98 = $51.26.

Let's take another look at the Cooper stock story! According to the Yahoo "Profile" on COO, the company "...engages in the development, manufacture, and marketing of healthcare products worldwide. It operates in two segments, CooperVision and CooperSurgical."

On September 7, 2005, Cooper reported 3rd quarter 2005 results. Due to the acquisition of Ocular Sciences, revenue climbed from $129 million to $222 million, Net Income jumped to $37.3 million from $24.0 million last year same quarter, and diluted earnings per share climbed to $.79/share from $.67/share the prior year same period.

Reviewing the Morningstar.com "5-Yr Restated" financials, we can see the steady revenue growth from $201.2 million in 2000 to $716.6 million in the trailing twelve months (TTM).

Earnings during this period grew steadily from $1.00/share in 2000 to $2.71/share in the TTM. The company also pays a small dividend which has increased from $.04/share in 2000 to $.06/share in the TTM.

Free cash flow has also been growing steadily from $33 million in 2002, to $69 million in the TTM.

The balance sheet is strong with $18 million in cash and $420.3 million in other current assets, enough to pay off all of the current liabilities of $217.4 million, and make a dent in the long-term liabilities of $703.2 million. This long-term debt, while not excessive, was the only 'negative' on this page. Even that didn't look that bad!


What about the chart? Taking a look at the Stockcharts.com "Point and Figure" chart on COO:


This is an interesting chart, showing how the stock showed incredible strength between May, 2003, shortly after my purchase, and March, 2005, when the stock peaked at $84. At that point, weakness developed and the stock tested its support level at around $60 (the blue line), the stock held that level, and now has started moving higher once again. The stock chart looks fairly strong to me!

Anyhow, that was avery long-winded discussion. Please let me know if you think this is helpful. I like to share with you both actual holdings as well as just stocks that look attractive! I hope the rest of your weekend goes well. Please remember that I am truly an amateur and that past performance in no means guarantees future performance both for my methods, my blog, my stock holdings, my picks, and any of the ideas you may see on the internet! If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to leave them right here on the blog or email me at bobsadviceforstocks@lycos.com.

Bob









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Thursday, 6 October 2005
"Trading Transparency" Dell
Hello Friends! Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting my blog, Stock Picks Bob's Advice. As always, please remember that I am an amateur investor so please remember to consult with your professional investment advisors prior to making any investment decisions based on information on this website.



The 'bear' is growling on Wall Street!

A few moments ago, I realized that my Dell (DELL) stock had hit a sale point on the downside. Since I have actually sold portions of my DELL twice, at approximately 30% and 60% gain points, on the downside, my target was at a 30% gain to unload the rest of my shares. The stock passed through this level and I sold my remaining 120 shares at $31.91.

These shares were originally purchased 2/14/03 at a cost basis of $25.13, so I still had a gain of $6.78/share or 27.0%. Thus, I am back to 24 positions but shall not be adding any final 25th stock until I sell a portion of one of my other 24 at a gain target. Meanwhile, I shall be paying down my margin, something you really do not want to have as a market declines, which just leverages your losses!

Thanks so much for stopping by! If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them right here on the blog or email me at bobsadviceforstocks@lycos.com.

Bob


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Tuesday, 4 October 2005
October 4, 2005 IRIS International (IRIS)
Hello Friends! Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting my blog, Stock Picks Bob's Advice. As always, please remember that I am an amateur investor, so please remember to consult with your professional investment advisors prior to making any investment decisions based on information on this website.

Looking through the list of top % gainers on the NASDAQ today, I came across IRIS International (IRIS) which closed at $20.97, up $1.97 or 10.37% on the day. I do not own any shares nor do I have any options on this stock.

According to the Yahoo "Profile" on IRIS, the company "...engages in the manufacture and marketing of automated in vitro diagnostics (IVD) urinalysis systems and medical devices for hospitals and clinics worldwide."

What drove the stock higher today in the face of a lower market environment was the news that the company "...entered into a five-year purchasing agreement with the Venterans Integrated Services Network VISN 16 region of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), for an order of 23 fully automated and semi-automated urine analyzers for the agency's healthcare centers."


On July 27, 2005, IRIS reported 2nd quarter 2005 results for the quarter ended June 30, 2005. Revenue grew 51% to $15.6 million from $10.3 million in the same quarter last year. Net income climbed 259% to $1.6 million from $.4 million last year. Earnings on a fully diluted basis climbed 200% to $.09/share up from $.03/share last year.


Looking at the "5-Yr Restated" financials from Morningstar.com on IRIS, we can see fairly flat revenue just over $28 million annually between 2000-2002. However, since then revenue has climbed strongly from $31.3 million in 2003 to $53.5 million in the trailing twelve months (TTM).


Earnings were also declining from $.22/share in 2000 to a low of $(.05)/share in 2003, and have climbed subsequently to $.23/share in the TTM.

Free cash flow has been erratic but was $2 million in 2002, dropped to $(2) million in 2003, and has been $2 million in the TTM.


The balance sheet is gorgeous with $17.1 million in cash, enough to pay off both the $8.9 million in current liabilities and the $.1 million in long-term liabilities combined almost twice over. In addition, the company reports $25.5 million in other current assets according to Morningstar.


Looking at Yahoo "Key Statistics" on IRIS for some valuation numbers, we find that the market cap of this company is a small cap size of $356.95 million. The trailing p/e is rich at 88.11, but the company is growing so fast that the forward p/e (fye 31-Dec-06) is only 41.94 and the PEG (5 yr expected) is a bit over 1.0 at 1.36.


Looking at the Fidelity.com website for research, I found that IRIS is fairly richly valued based on price/sales ratios in the "Scientific/Tech Instruments" Industrial Group. Topping out the group is Garmin (GRMN) with a price/sales ratio of 8.8, followed by IRIS at 6.6, FLIR at 4.9, Agilent (A) at 2.4, Fisher Scientific (FSH) at 1.5 and Beckman Coulter (BEC) at the bottom of the list with a price/sales ratio of only 1.4.


Looking back at Yahoo for some more valuation numbers, we can see that the company has 17.02 million shares outstanding. Currently there are 1.27 million shares out short as of 9/12/05, representing 8% of the float or 11.3 trading days of volume. Using my own arbitrary 3 day cut-off of significance, this would make the 11.3 days of short interest a bullish element in this company's stock price rise as all of the short-sellers scramble to cover their pessimistic gambles.


Yahoo does not show any cash nor any stock dividend on this company.


Taking a look at a Stockcharts.com "Point & Figure" chart on IRIS, we can see that the stock price follows nicely the changing fortunes of the company as we reviewed above looking at the Morningstar report. That is, between 2000 and 2002, the company literally treaded water between a stock price of $3.75 and a low of $.75/share. In April, 2002, the company broke through resistance at around $2.75 and has traded strongly higher since!





So what do I think? Well, first of all I am partial to these small, fast-growing medical instrumentation companies. The latest quarterly report was very strong, the Morningstar.com analysis demonstrates a company that has really started growing the past few years, earnings are strong, free cash flow is positive if not spectacular, and the balance sheet is great!

On the downside, valuation is a bit rich, especially the price/sales ratio!

If I had an investment to make, I might be considering the possibility of purchasing some of these shares! But then again, since I am at 25 positions, I can just review the stock and sigh. :)

Thanks again for visiting! I hope you all have a wonderful week of trading and that the Dow and NASDAQ treat us a bit nicer than they did today! If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to leave them right here on the blog or email me at bobsadviceforstocks@lycos.com. I cannot respond to all of my letters, but I try to get to as many as possible...usually writing something up right on the blog!

Bob








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