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As one of the weekend "tasks" of this website, I like to look back on stock picks from the past. Starting about a year out, I have missed enough weekends of review that I am now 1 1/2 years out on reviews. On June 17, 2007, I reviewed stock picks from the week of January 16, 2006. Moving ahead a week, let's take a look at the picks from the week of January 23, 2006!
As I have frequently pointed out, these reviews assume a 'buy and hold strategy' of investing, where equal dollar amounts of each stock are purchased and held regardless of subsequent price action. In practice, I advocate and employ a very different strategy that sells stocks quickly on small losses and slowly as the stocks appreciate. However, for the ease of this review, this analysis assumes a simpler buy and hold approach to all of these stock picks. The difference in this approach would certainly affect the outcome of the performance.
Enough of the introduction! Let's take a look at the four stocks that were "picked" on the blog during the week of January 23, 2006. Please note that all charts are posted from StockCharts.com.
On January 25, 2006, I picked Trimble Navigation (TRMB) for Stock Picks Bob's Advice when the stock was trading at $41.76. On February 23, 2007, Trimble had a 2:1 stock split making my effective pick price actually $20.88. TRMB closed at $32.50 on July 6, 2007, for a gain of $11.62 or 55.7% since posting.
On May 3, 200, Trimble reported 1st quarter results. Revenue for he quarter increased 27% to $285.7 million from $225.9 million in the first quarter of 2006. Net income came in at $28.7 million, up 11% over net income of $25.8 million in the same quarter in 2006. Earnings per share came in at $.24/diluted share, up from $.22/diluted share during the 1st quarter of 2006.
With this great earnings report, a solid Morningstar.com "5-Yr Restated" financials, and the nice chart,
TRIMBLE NAVIGATION (TRMB) IS RATED A BUY
On January 26, 2006, I posted Headwaters (HW) on Stock Picks Bob's Advice when the stock was trading at $35.00. Headwaters closed at $17.54 on July 6, 2007, for a loss of $17.46 or (49.9)% since posting.
On May 1, 2007, Headwaters (HW) announced 2nd quarter 2007 results. Revenue increased 2% to $274.1 million from $269.7 million in the same quarter in 2006. Net income came in at $27.2 million or $.59/diluted share, up 48% from the March 2006 quarter results of $18.4 million or $.40/diluted share.
With the relatively strong quarter, an examination of the Morningstar.com "5-Yr Restated" financials shows that earnings have been dipping after peaking at $2.79/share in 2005. Earnings were rported at $2.19/share in 2006 and $2.15/share in the trailing twelve months (TTM). Thus, with the weak chart, unimpressive Morningstar report, even with the good latest quarter report,
HEADWATERS (HW) IS RATED A HOLD
On January 26, 2006, I posted National Instruments (NATI) on Stock Picks Bob's Advice when the stock was trading at $36.81/share. NATI closed at $32.31 on July 6, 2007, for a loss of $(4.50) or (12.2)% since posting.
On April 26, 2007, National Instruments (NATI) reported 1st quarter 2007 results. Revenue for the quarter came in at $172 million, up 11% over the prior year same quarter. Net income (GAAP) came in at $19 million, up 51% from prior year's $12.6 million result. On a per share basis this was $.23/diluted share, up from $.15/diluted share the prior year.
With the satisfactory price chart, a solid quarterly report, and a still good Morningstar.com "5-Yr Restated" financials,
NATIONAL INSTRUMENTS (NATI) IS RATED A BUY
On January 28, 2006, I posted Packeteer (PKTR) on Stock Picks Bob's Advice when the stock was trading at $12.15. Packeteer closed at $8.16 on July 6, 2007, for a loss of $(3.99) or (32.8)%.
On April 19, 2007, Packeteer (PKTR) announced 1st quarter 2007 results. Revenues came in at $34.7 million, up 7% from the $32.3 million reported in the first quarter of 2006. However, net revenues declined sequentially from the $42.7 million reported in the 4th quarter of 2006. The company reported a net loss of $(6.1) million or $(.17)/diluted share, down from a net gain of $4.5 million or $.13/diluted share in the prior year same period.
With the weak latest quarterly report, a very weak price chart, and a Morningstar.com "5-Yr Restated" financials page showing decreasing earnings for the third straight year,
PACKETEER (PKTR) IS RATED A SELL
So how did I do with these four stocks from about 18 months ago? In a word, mediocre. The four stocks had an average loss of (9.8)%.
This once again has a few important take-home lessons. First of all, the Packeteer chart looked awful even when I posted it. I even made note of the weak chart in the post. What was I thinking? Above all, this shows the importance of limiting losses so that small losses don't become huge and that small gains are allowed to run as much as possible.
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