Showing posts from June, 2014

Weekly portfolio summary

Summer swoon is in full effect for me, personally.  I've missed a week, and previously missed a summary.  I'm getting a little sloppy and, well, I think my portfolio reflects it some.  I'm behind the S&P on the year and I have too many holdings still.  I'm not sure whether I'm not just making the swift decisions I should make or whether I'm just being too impatient to get where I think I should be.  Either way, I'll have to get myself there.  This week was has politics entering into the fray and creating a sense of uncertainty in the markets - which never bodes well for stocks.  At the same time, M&A (merger and acquisition) activity is starting to run rampant.  Companies aren't seeing earnings grow like they want/need, so they've decided to go on the hunt for companies they can buy.  This is really hot in the food sector with a bidding war over Hillshire Brands after they put up a purchase offer for Pinnacle foods.  However, we've seen …

Weekly Portfolio Summary

Notes: Stock Ratings: 1 = buy at current stock prices, 2 = buy on a 5-10% dip in stock price, 3 = sell on a 5-10% increase in stock price, 4 = sell at current stock prices to raise cash.  Ratings are based upon 12-18 month outlook on stock direction and not necessarily related to moves I make due to financial positioning.
Ones: Citigroup (C, 47.57) - First quarter earnings were a huge surprise to just about everyone.  In the end, it's looking like Citigroup will post one of the best quarters out of all of the banks.  That will help put a floor into the stock at the $47 range, however, it doesn't have a lot of growth potential in the near-term either.  The fact that the company isn't going to return more cash to shareholders this year will keep a lot of buyers at bay, I think.  It will also keep the stock at a cheap price compare to it's book value.  Management now has a very serious job to show they can fix the problems that exist and turn this into a positive story.  Add…