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2015 April Update


There was hedging activity as well as investment activity this month. Price histories, adjusted for splits and dividends, were downloaded from Yahoo.


Comprehensive Strategy, call options

Selection list

The selection list was generated before the April 24 market opening:

                                    MERIT    PRICE   GROUP AND END MARKET  
MCD    McDonald's Corp               607     97.00  Restaurants     US/intl
CCI    Crown Castle                  604     86.64  Util, Telecom    US/Aus
FDO    Family Dollar Stores          531     79.37  Retail,Variety       US
LB     L Brands                      528     91.65  Apparel          US/Can
EPD    Enterprise Products           505 X   33.54  Oil & Gas            US
DTV    DIRECTV                       466     90.12  Util, Telecom    US/LAm
NRF    NorthStar Realty Finance      463     18.95  Real Estate          US
RAI    Reynolds American             430     76.97  Tobacco Prods        US
AXP    American Express              428 X   78.15  Credit Servs    US/intl
LO     Lorillard Inc                 422     71.00  Tobacco Prods        US
PRGO   Perrigo Co                    395    201.63  Drugs              intl
HD     Home Depot                    394    113.96  Home Furnish        NAm
CCE    Coca-Cola Enterprises         371     45.11  Beverage, Soft       EU
CI     Cigna Corp                    369    130.57  HC Plans        US/intl
ABC    AmerisourceBergen Corp        369    115.20  Drugs           US/intl
TJX    TJX Companies                 366     66.33  Retail,Variety  US/intl
PAA    Plains All-American Pipeline  365     51.19  Oil & Gas        US/Can
UNP    Union Pacific                 364    108.12  Railroads            US
DRI    Darden Restaurants            362     65.81  Restaurants      US/Can
ROST   Ross Stores                   362    104.51  Apparel              US

Portfolio

I chose CCE for the purchase. Stocks higher on the list were disqualified because they were already investments, were more than halfway towards a trend reversal, were in the Real Estate group, or were in the same group and end market as existing investments:

             GROUP AND END MARKET     QTY       START        END OF MONTH   
CCE17C50    Beverage, Soft       EU    20  04/24/15  5,824  04/30/15  6,800
DFS16C60    Credit Servs         US     3  03/27/14  1,918  04/30/15    840
GCI16C32    Publishing      US/intl    10  10/27/14  3,056  04/30/15  4,100
HD16C92.5   Home Furnish        NAm     3  08/27/14  1,984  04/30/15  5,085
LUV16C35    Airlines             US    10  09/26/14  3,826  04/30/15  7,400
MCD17C90    Restaurants     US/intl     3  12/15/14  2,320  04/30/15  3,360
NI17C45     Util, Energy         US    10  01/27/15  3,096  04/30/15  4,700
PII16C130   Recreation      US/intl     2  06/27/14  3,426  04/30/15  3,200
PKG16C72.5  Packaging        NAm/EU     3  02/27/14  2,452  04/30/15  1,050
PPC16C22.5  Meat Prods      US/intl    10  04/25/14  4,756  04/30/15  8,300
RAI17C77.5  Tobacco Prods        US    14  02/25/15  7,075  04/30/15  7,140
TJX17C70    Retail,Variety  US/intl    14  03/25/15 11,457  04/30/15  7,000
UNP16C105   Railroads            US     3  07/25/14  2,335  04/30/15  2,280
UNP16C87.5  Railroads            US     2  01/27/14  1,639  04/30/15  4,140
YHOO17C55   Info Servs         intl     5  11/20/14  4,517  04/30/15  1,200

Capital gains

  JUN    JUL    AUG    SEP    OCT    NOV    DEC    JAN    FEB    MAR    APR
 8743   4505  19637  -5040   3324  18938   6812  -4838   6151 -11183 -13564

Comprehensive Strategy, stocks

Selection list

The selection list was generated before the April 24 market opening:

                                    TREND    PRICE   GROUP AND END MARKET  
LB     L Brands                      313     91.65  Apparel          US/Can
ACT    Actavis plc                   273    298.36  Drugs              intl
EPD    Enterprise Products           258 X   33.54  Oil & Gas       US/intl
BIIB   Biogen Idec                   250    430.28  Biotechnology   US/intl
MCD    McDonald's Corp               243     97.00  Restaurants     US/intl
PRGO   Perrigo Co                    240    201.63  Drugs              intl
CI     Cigna Corp                    235    130.57  HC Plans        US/intl
ROST   Ross Stores                   235    104.51  Apparel              US
AXP    American Express              233 X   78.15  Credit Servs    US/intl
REGN   Regeneron Pharmaceutical      228    480.08  Biotechnology   US/intl
CERN   Cerner Corp                   225     73.05  Info Servs         intl
NRF    NorthStar Realty Finance      222     18.95  Real Estate          US
VFC    VF Corp                       221     73.91  Apparel           US/EU
EL     Estee Lauder                  220     82.45  Personal Prods     intl
CCI    Crown Castle                  219     86.64  Util, Telecom    US/Aus
ABC    AmerisourceBergen Corp        218    115.20  Drugs           US/intl
TJX    TJX Companies                 211     66.33  Retail,Variety  US/intl
UNP    Union Pacific                 211    108.12  Railroads            US
CCE    Coca-Cola Enterprises         208     45.11  Beverage, Soft       EU
UNH    UnitedHealth Group            208    118.26  HC Plans             US

Portfolio

I sold MU because it developed a downtrend. I sold AER and AWH to raise cash for put option purchases

Due to insufficient cash, there was no purchase:

             GROUP AND END MARKET     QTY       START             END      
AER         Rental Servs     US/Rus   700  11/20/14 30,276  04/06/15 31,163
AWH         Insurance            US   600  03/27/14 20,356  04/06/15 24,421
MU          Semiconductors     intl  1000  09/27/13 17,935  04/06/15 26,992

             GROUP AND END MARKET     QTY       START        END OF MONTH  
ACT         Drugs              intl   150  02/25/15 43,907  04/30/15 42,429
CCI         Util, Telecom    US/Aus   500  12/15/14 37,778  04/30/15 41,765
CI          HC Plans        US/intl   500  03/25/15 64,479  04/30/15 62,320
GILD        Biotechnology      intl   300  04/25/14 22,206  04/30/15 30,153
GMK         Packaged Goods  US/intl  1200  09/26/14 49,921  04/30/15 57,888
HII         Aerosp & Def         US   300  10/27/14 29,408  04/30/15 39,477
LB          Apparel          US/Can   500  01/27/15 42,723  04/30/15 44,680

Capital gains

  JUN    JUL    AUG    SEP    OCT    NOV    DEC    JAN    FEB    MAR    APR
10368 -10014  18864 -19787   5511   9244 -12437  -6291  24434  -4081 -10871

Comprehensive Strategy, put options

Selection list

The selection list was generated before the April 17 market opening.

                                    MERIT    PRICE   GROUP AND END MARKET  
SODA   SodaStream Intl               179     20.53  Beverage, Soft     intl
SINA   SINA Corp                     165     36.42  Internet Servs      Chn
TDC    Teradata Corp                 156     43.74  Electron Equipt US/intl
COH    Coach Inc                     155     43.01  Apparel         US/intl
ZU     zulily Inc                    150     15.00  Retail,Variety  US/intl
HAL    Halliburton Co                138     47.83  Oil & Gas          intl
ESV    Ensco plc                     136     25.20  Oil & Gas          intl
SWN    Southwestern Energy           132     26.40  Oil & Gas          intl
JIVE   Jive Software                 132      5.43  Software           intl
NSR    NeuStar Inc                   129     27.01  Util, Telecom      intl
RDC    Rowan Cos                     123     20.39  Oil & Gas          intl
CRR    CARBO Ceramics                122     40.31  Oil & Gas       US/intl
ECA    Encana Corp                   121     12.98  Oil & Gas        Can/US
GNW    Genworth Financial            120      7.99  Insurance       US/intl
FCX    Freeport-McMoRan Inc          117     20.83  Basic Matls        intl
AVP    Avon Products                 116      8.80  Personal Prods     intl
ARCP   American Realty Capital       113      9.50  Real Estate          US
VALE   Vale SA                       113      6.02  Basic Matls        intl
BTU    Peabody Energy                112      5.29  Basic Matls        intl
P      Pandora Media                 111     17.92  Entertainment        US

Portfolio

Before the April 17 market opening the exposure of the investments was $613,098 and the tranche size was $50,000. The number of hedges required was 12.

ESV, SWN, RDC, CRR, and ECA were disqualified because they were in the same group and end market as HAL. VALE and BTU were disqualified because they were in the same group and end market as FCX. ARCP was disqualified because it was in the Real Estate group:

             GROUP AND END MARKET     QTY       START        END OF MONTH  
AVP16P8     Personal Prods     intl   100  04/17/15 12,687  04/30/15 15,000
COH16P40    Apparel         US/intl    20  04/17/15  6,524  04/30/15  9,800
FCX16P20    Basic Matls        intl    40  04/17/15  9,959  04/30/15  6,200
GNW16P8     Insurance       US/intl   140  04/17/15 18,185  04/30/15 11,200
HAL16P47    Oil & Gas          intl    20  04/17/15  9,064  04/30/15  7,600
JIVE16P5    Software           intl   200  04/17/15 17,165  04/30/15 12,000
NSR16P27    Util, Telecom      intl    40  04/17/15 15,239  04/30/15  9,600
P16P15      Entertainment        US    60  04/17/15 11,455  04/30/15  9,180
SINA16P35   Internet Servs      Chn    30  04/17/15 11,932  04/30/15  5,850
SODA16P20   Beverage, Soft     intl    40  04/17/15 12,186  04/30/15 12,280
TDC16P42.5  Electron Equipt US/intl    20  04/17/15  7,224  04/30/15  6,200
ZU16P14     Retail,Variety  US/intl    60  04/17/15 16,075  04/30/15 18,600

Capital gains

  JUN    JUL    AUG    SEP    OCT    NOV    DEC    JAN    FEB    MAR    APR
                                                                     -24185

Irregular Strategy

Portfolio

The Irregular Strategy has been discontinued due to the dearth of candidates. There will be no more purchases.

                  ASSET CLASS         QTY       START        END OF MONTH  
HYG16C92              Bonds           100  08/07/14 16,386  04/30/15 10,000
IEF16C105             Bonds           100  08/07/14 15,461  04/30/15 33,000

Capital gains

  JUN    JUL    AUG    SEP    OCT    NOV    DEC    JAN    FEB    MAR    APR
               4653 -15500  12500  -1500   1300  27300 -18100    700   -200

Real Estate Fund Strategy

Portfolio

                  DESCRIPTION         QTY       START             END      
IYR16C65       US Real Estate ETF       3  11/20/13  1,495                 
IYR16C63       US Real Estate ETF       3  12/13/13  1,450                 
IYR16C65       US Real Estate ETF       3  01/27/14  1,294                 
IYR16C69       US Real Estate ETF       3  02/27/14  1,270                 
IYR16C67       US Real Estate ETF       3  03/27/14  1,288                 
IYR16C70       US Real Estate ETF       3  04/25/14  1,180                 
IYR16C72       US Real Estate ETF       3  05/27/14  1,060                 
IYR16C72       US Real Estate ETF       5  06/27/14  1,882                 
IYR16C73       US Real Estate ETF       5  07/25/14  1,912                 
IYR16C74       US Real Estate ETF       5  08/27/14  1,897                 
IYR16C70       US Real Estate ETF       5  09/26/14  1,887                 
IYR16C74       US Real Estate ETF       5  10/27/14  1,902                 
IYR17C75       US Real Estate ETF       5  11/20/14  2,417                 
IYR17C76       US Real Estate ETF       5  12/15/14  3,162                 
IYR17C83       US Real Estate ETF      50  01/27/15 31,697                 
IYR17C80       US Real Estate ETF      14  02/25/15  7,649                 
IYR17C81       US Real Estate ETF      14  03/25/15  7,313                 
IYR17C80       US Real Estate ETF      14  04/24/15  6,207                 

Capital gains

  JUN    JUL    AUG    SEP    OCT    NOV    DEC    JAN    FEB    MAR    APR
 1785   2935   7015 -20148  25019  11859   9253  22372 -29119   2827 -27952

Easy Strategy

Portfolio

I sold everything:

                  DESCRIPTION         QTY       START             END      
SPY16C200      S&P 500 Index ETF       31  10/27/14 33,853  04/17/15 47,560
SPY17C210      S&P 500 Index ETF        2  11/20/14  3,248  04/17/15  3,224
SPY17C200      S&P 500 Index ETF        2  12/15/14  3,858  04/17/15  4,346
SPY17C205      S&P 500 Index ETF        3  01/27/15  5,290  04/17/15  5,663
SPY17C215      S&P 500 Index ETF        4  02/25/15  6,467  04/17/15  5,445
SPY17C210      S&P 500 Index ETF        4  03/25/15  6,723  04/17/15  6,447

Capital gains

  JUN    JUL    AUG    SEP    OCT    NOV    DEC    JAN    FEB    MAR    APR
                             8617   9215   1698 -16014  20521 -11731    940