Thanks to the Fed rate cut, three of Portfolio A1’s five holdings logged gains of 10% or more last week, led by a 12.2% gain in The Mosaic Company (MOS), which now sports an impressive 39.7% return in the five weeks it has been in the portfolio. Also part of last week’s winning trio were DryShips (DRYS) and Navistar (NAVZ). By the time the abacus was put to bed, the gap between the benchmark S&P 500 index and the portfolio had closed to 7.9%, the lowest margin since the mid-August plunge. With a total return of -3.08 since the February 16, 2007 inception, it is beginning to look like the portfolio may soon be back in green.
In the never ending quest for better performance (while keeping a deaf ear to any concerns about high turnover) this week the stock ranking system has jettisoned Sanderson Farms (SFM) in favor of Terex (TEX), an infrastructure play with significant exposure to China. A returnee, Terex was a very strong contributor to the portfolio earlier in the year.
There are no other changes to the portfolio this week.
A snapshot of the portfolio is as follows: