Friday Mailbag: "What to Buy?" (GE, AUY, BA, ZOLT, POT)

Spidey SenseI got some hate and friendly emails this week asking me did I buy any stocks this week and how did I know to be 100% Cash last Friday.  Besides the normal Spidey-Sense and watching the market like a hawk, let's get into what I did and why.

First off, full disclosure here, I sold everything I owned last Friday, then this Wednesday and Thursday I bought a few small positions, those securities include:

Name Symbol Last price Mkt cap Avg vol 52wk high 52wk low EPS P/E Fw P/E Beta
  General Electric Company GE 27.68 275.06B 47.38M 42.15 25.6 2.14 12.94 15.21 0.60
  Yamana Gold Inc. (USA) AUY 9.13 6.38B 12.55M 19.93 8.99 0.31 29.88   0.40
  The Boeing Company BA 62.78 46.47B 7.06M 107.15 60.77 5.56 11.29 17.68 1.40
  Zoltek Companies, Inc. ZOLT 16.97 582.26M 785,000.00 48.78 14.3 0.23 73.97   2.44
  Potash Corp./Saskatchewan (USA) POT 158.73 48.43B 11.18M 241.62 85.66 6.32 25.12   1.03

Tickers Alone: GE, AUY, BA, ZOLT, POT

They were just too good to pass up and after talking with the other Masters and reviewing their articles, I was sold on the bets I've made this week (for the time being). 

Whitney - Hell to the NoI sold every stock and ETF I had last week because in preparing for how I should trade in the coming week I took a look at the economic activity for the week ahead, and it didn't look good (all listed below).  I do this every Friday, just in case I think something may hit us on Monday -

Come on, did you really think Auto Sales, Unemployment, Factory Orders and everything else was going to be good?  Hell to the No. 

Americans can hardly afford gas, food, mortgages, bills, inflation, and everything else lately.  Those stimulus checks have been cashed and spent, its over, we've got a rough road ahead of us.

Add to it that Hurricane Gustav could have destroyed the oil industry and the southern states over the weekend, there was just too much at stake to leave my money with Mr. Market. As expected, all of the data reported this week was horrible:

Date Time (ET) Statistic For Actual Briefing Forecast Market Expects Prior Revised From
Sep 2 12:00 AM Auto Sales Aug - 4.8M NA 4.4M -
Sep 2 12:00 AM Truck Sales Aug - 4.8M NA 4.6M -
Sep 2 10:00 AM Construction Spending Jul -0.6% -0.3% -0.4% 0.3% -0.4%
Sep 2 10:00 AM ISM Index Aug 49.9 50.2 50.0 50.0 -
Sep 3 12:00 AM Auto Sales Aug - 4.8M NA 4.4M -
Sep 3 12:00 AM Truck Sales Aug - 4.8M NA 4.6M -
Sep 3 8:15 AM ADP Employment Aug - - -19K 9K -
Sep 3 10:00 AM Factory Orders Jul 1.3% 1.0% 1.0% 2.1% 1.7%
Sep 3 10:35 AM Crude Inventories 08/30 - NA NA -177K -
Sep 3 2:00 PM Fed's Beige Book - - - - - -
Sep 4 8:15 AM ADP Employment Aug -33K - -30K 1K 9K
Sep 4 8:30 AM Initial Claims 08/30 444K 415K 420K 429K 425K
Sep 4 8:30 AM Productivity-Rev. Q2 4.3% 3.5% 3.5% 2.2% -
Sep 4 10:00 AM ISM Services Aug 50.6 50.0 49.5 49.5 -
Sep 4 10:35 AM Crude Inventories 08/30 -1898K NA NA -177K -
Sep 5 8:30 AM Average Workweek Aug 33.7 33.7 33.6 33.7 33.6
Sep 5 8:30 AM Hourly Earnings Aug 0.4% 0.3% 0.3% 0.4% 0.3%
Sep 5 8:30 AM Nonfarm Payrolls Aug -84K -70K -75K -60K -51K
Sep 5 8:30 AM Unemployment Rate Aug 6.1% 5.7% 5.7% 5.7% -


Spidey SenseSpidey-Sense?

No, just common sense.

Trading these days sucks, if you miss just one day of headlines and market activity, you can be out thousands in a matter of hours.  I don't day trade, I buy stocks I can hold at least a week, but lately I've been buying and selling every few days due to the volatility.

This bullshit about how the market will come back and you'll just have to wait a few years, maybe postpone retirement -- doesn't fly with this guy.  I like my money and if I see something on the horizon that could crush my holdings, I'm out like Seacrest.

You just can't risk your neck in this market, there's no new money coming in, just the same or less money being thrown around on a daily and weekly basis at the 'sector of the week'.

newsflashr network

A plug for the financial blogs of the world found listed at newsflashr and of course the Fly and his gang at, the best information I get is found through those outlets. All of us have our favorite sites to frequent, but the same crap copy & pasted found at every major news website (Yahoo Finance, TheStreet, MarketWatch, etc..) with the exception of isn't very helpful when it comes to deciding what do with your money.  Who's looking out for the average investor? 

No one, just you.

That's the cold truth and reality, you have your favorite books you've read (Vitaliy Katsenelson's Active Value Investing best I've read recently), CNBC, Fox Business, Bloomberg Channel, and the blogs & news sites but who's gonna help you manage your money?  It's all on us to manage our 401k's and IRA's because Generation X & Y may not get Social Security, we've been brought up not to count on it. 

The whole point of my rant today is to really pay attention to what is in the news and what the possibilities are for the week ahead. The talking heads can't help you after the fact, these days you have to protect your neck, Wu-Tang Style.

Now that its Friday, I did make some buys this week that I plan to hold for at least a few days. 

Why bother reading finance blogs?

Most of these guys that are real, do actually buy and sell stocks and aren't always trying to sell your something you don't need.  The best 'advice' or opinion you can get is from the traders actually throwing their money down, not on analysts and reporters that talk because their paid to, but don't actually risk their own money. 

Fellow Masters, be careful out there, enjoy the weekend and if you write a blog that we should know about, let us know so we can feature and promote your work.  It's a small world in the circle of financial bloggers, there are some good ones out there, but there is a ton of trash to sort through.  But that's what great about the internets, it's a free for all.  Take the best, but take it with a grain of salt.  We are all in the same boat, so best of luck investing and don't let the market steal your money away.