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Buying On The Dip (And Mid-Month Report)

Contributed by mm | August 17, 2007 5:26 PM PST

After quite some gut check, I made a stock purchase in early Thursday:

Stock: American Express Company (AXP)
Price: $56.66
Quantity: 150 shares
Commission: $8 (via Fidelity)

I was quite fortunate that I bought those shares near the intra-day low, and Fed acted decisively on the next day to cut the rate of the discount window by 0.50% and improve liquidity and confidence of the overall market. At the weekly close price of $58.89, I'm already 3.8% ahead in my AXP holding in less than two days.

Of course I'm not a trader so I will likely keep AXP in my stable for quite some time. Seriously though, American Express is a great company that is apparently ahead in the game, and the price of 17 times trailing earnings is very reasonable compared to that of Mastercard or Discover network.

So this brings us to the mid-month tally of portfolio performance:

portfolio-080818.jpg

In a nutshell, I'm still 15 grand off since the end of July but I continue to best my benchmark. It is worth noting that my foreign equity exposure took most of the damage -- my foreign equity funds are dropping even faster than EFA (ISHARES MSCI EAFE), their counterpart in the benchmark index, by almost 1% so far this month. On the other hand, my individual stock positions are faring very well and returned over $5,000 so far this month. My concentration on diversified financial firms like Bank of America and Berkshire Hathaway didn't disappoint so far in this financial turmoil.

For those of you who pay attention, I added a target price column. I found I should be more disciplined in setting exit price of my positions. I was greedy last month not to sell COP at $90. And I should drop PFE earlier when I still can at $27 or above. Anyway, I hope by clearly setting the exit price I will be holding myself more accountable for rational selling.

This Post Has Received 4 Comments. Share Your Opinions Too.


Dave Allen Commented on August 17, 2007

Wow, you were all ready overweighted in financial stocks.

Amazed you added another one.


MM Commented on August 17, 2007

Well, let's say financial stocks and financial stocks are different.


Dave Allen Commented on August 17, 2007

Sounds like the tech stocks and tech stocks argument.

Good luck with that.


Josh Commented on September 2, 2007

MM, a few ideas for individual stocks for you. FCX - biggest copper miner in the world. Growing infrastructure development (electrical wiring, plumbing, air conditioning) of emerging markets and build out of roads and highways (car components). Casino stocks in general, I prefer MGM on valuation - exposure to new casinos opening in Asia. Every casino opened so far has exceeded expectations.

Disclosure: I own shares in FCX. I own shares in MGM, LVS, WYNN.


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