A Street (Rail) Car Named Desire (Trinity Industries)

Some of the most ‘un-sexy’ and ‘boring’ industries / companies can actually be good for your portfolio. I came across Trinity Industries (NYSE: TRN) while I was looking into the railroad industry.¬† Continue reading

The Week That Was

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Last week was a good week for equity investors as each of the indices ended higher. Germany’s DAX was last week’s top performer with a gain of 6.8% followed by France’s CAC 40 at +4.7%. The French CAC 40 continues to lead on a YTD basis. China’s recent rate cut and musings about further European QE could see further gains next week.

Updated “Where Are They Now” Page

I just updated the “Where Are They Now Page”…4 of the 6 stocks I favorably mentioned are up (CHD is trailing CLX at the moment), with GBL climbing the most and GPC lagging. Despite my posting of weekly numbers I still take the long-view…its just nice to see how they are doing ūüôā

What do you think?

Kicking The Tires On A New Car…And On A New Investment.

If you have ever test-driven a new or used car in the U.S., U.K, or Germany…chances are ¬†good that the car was from a dealership operated by Penske Automotive Group, Inc. (NYSE: PAG), a Fortune 500 company with more than 300 franchises covering 40 different vehicle brands. Lets see if that glorious “new car” smell extends to PAG as a long-term investment shall we: Continue reading

The Week That Was

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Each of the indices recorded strong gains last week as bargain hunters swept the market and concerns over a FED rate rise this year seemed increasingly unlikely.

Glencore continued its recovery this week, closing up an astonishing 36% which would seem to indicate overly bearish sentiment fading away (no doubt the Company’s decision to cut zinc production also played a part in the rally).

The French CAC-40 is the year’s top performer with an amazing +10% return followed by Japan’s NIkkei 225 (+5.66%) and ¬†London’s FTSE 100 (+2.97%) .

The Week That Was

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Concerns over the future of commodity trading and mining giant Glencore dominated¬†the market at the beginning of the week, with the Company’s stock dropping nearly 30% on Monday itself. However, in what appears to be a case of over-pessimism, the stock closed down 2.3% for the week as it began its recovery in earnest on Tuesday.

Lingering commodity fears (and by extension China), disappointing U.S. non-farm payroll numbers, and revisions to prior month data (U.S. jobs and hourly earnings) slowed a market recovery which took hold on Tuesday (both the Dow and S&P 500 finished 1% higher on the week).¬†¬†The fallout from the Volkswagen debacle and aforementioned economic and commodity weakness¬†kept the European indices in the red save for London’s FTSE 100 which posted a modest rise of 0.34%

The French CAC 40 and Japanese NIkkei 225 remain the only two indices in the black on a year-to-date basis.