Archive for February, 2013

CLI Trick Number 9 – Free News Searches

Thursday, February 28th, 2013
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OK, for my faithful reader, there is no number list of Cheap Lazy Investment tricks.

Disclaimer out of the way, I have a Yahoo! Alerts news sniffer for stock buy backs and Nordstrom came up on it today. Very over-priced today, but the chart tells me there will eventually be a profitable entry point. If the JStock alert and my funds coincide, bing bang boom, little lazy loot.

Setting my alert at $45 to re-evaluate then.

Shark Infested Waters are Dangerous…Even Metaphorically

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013
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They lawyers are circling Verifone now following a recent drop in stock price. I haven’t dug too deep, but it seems it was the analysts that pumped up the price more than the company. I still like a leader, though would like them better if they paid a dividend. Watching for a dip below $16 before I consider jumping in.

I, Investor

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013
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iRobot is on the outs with the military, which may be a catalyst for them to become more innovative in their consumer marketing. I think they are a potential Apple. Then again, they could be a potential pick-your-biggest-loss-here.

What do you think?

Where Does He Get Those Wonderful Tips?

Friday, February 22nd, 2013
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Remember, Cheap and Lazy are the watch words. Speaking of watching, I am now doing so for STERIS following my perusal of this free newsletter article: Merger Mania: 5 Stocks That Could Be Buyout Targets.

Watch for the MOD Pod

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013
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MOD would be Max Office Depot and a pod is a word for a nice cubicle which one could fill from MOD.

Weak, like the price of ODP today,though much stronger than it was a mere 5 months ago where a killing could have been made. Maybe I should change this to Cheap, Lazy, Gunshy Investor.

Can’t Tell About CMN

Monday, February 18th, 2013
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Ran across Cantel Medical from the Stock Gumshoe this morning. Good market and sector, and seems well managed. I don’t like the debt they carry, but since they are at a high right now, there is plenty of time to look deeper if they drop down to my alert target of $25.

EPD – Eventually Profitable Dividend

Saturday, February 16th, 2013
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The thing I don’t like about most investment newsletter articles (especially the free ones) is that their recommendations all seem to oppose the warning label of every investment fund: past performance is not a guarantee of future profit. Yet they always are touting a stock that has had a recent run-up. In the case of an InvestorPlace article I just read, I think they found a future CLI purchase when history reverses itself and Enterprise Products Partners Limited inevitably dips. I like the storage and transportation energy plays because the stock may bounce up and down with the commodities but the profits still continue, giving a good way to profit if timed well. Yeah, I know, everyone agrees timing the market will kill you, and 20 and 30 years ago I would have to agree, but these days you have to time a little bit or just get walloped. I still have lumps from a few of those where I jumped in at the wrong time because I didn’t try to time it. Much better than the minor disappointment when I look for a bottom too low and miss out on a buy versus under-guessing a top and losing a big chunk (see the watch list to see those embarrassing moments).

Anyway, looking for EPD to Easily Plummet Deeply to $49, at which point I will Enterprisingly Purchase Directly.

I Never Seem to Get UPS on a Down

Saturday, February 16th, 2013
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UPS just sky-rocketed this quarter and I missed it again. I have had an eye on them for decades, but know the only way to make it worthwhile is to pick the right bottom but keep thinking about them when they are on top again. Well, maybe this time I will get the right watch number. My last number was 60, this time I’m looking at 73.

Nano, Nano

Friday, February 15th, 2013
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Would Mork buy Nansosphere? Dunno, but with a huge pullback on an analyst downgrade, the temptation was too much for me to pass up.

CLI for HBI

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013
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I got HBI for “free” as a spin-off years ago, in the heady days when they didn’t devalue the stock for the spin offs. Now I just track it and may sell if it looks like it will either crater or stagnate.