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Saturday, April 19, 2008

* My 5 Least-Favorite Stocks for Today

Last week I listed the stocks in my portfolio that I considered to be "My Favorite 5 Stocks for Today". I thought it would be interesting to followup with the stocks that I am holding that are on the other end of the spectrum. It is important to note these picks will change over time (maybe even by the time the market opens on Monday). Below are the 5 stocks in my portfolio that I am the least happy with:

  1. HD - HD has held its dividend constant at $0.225/share for the last six quarters, and I suspect it will continue for at least one more quarter. That's ok if you have a double-digit yield, but at 3+% I expect more. This stock is currently "On The Shelf".

  2. WMT - Unlike HD, WMT raised its dividend at the appointed time, but at 8.0% it wasn't enough to keep my model smiling. At the current yield and a lower growth rate the NPV MMA Diff. is now negative. WMT is no longer a buy but is also "On The Shelf".

  3. STI - As noted in an earlier post, I am holding too many different bank stock (6) and I am looking to sell 2-3 of them. From a total return standpoint STI is my worst performer of all income stocks that I hold, which has put it "On The Shelf".

  4. MTB - Ditto STI above. From a total return standpoint, MTB is my second-worst performer of all income stocks that I hold, which too has put it "On The Shelf".

  5. SFI - Within my income investments, SFI is by far my most risky investment. This is reflected in its ~20% yield. SFI is normally above-average when it comes to volatility, but recently, its volatility has been especially high. SFI is currently not "On The Shelf", but I am watching it closely.
Disclaimer: Material presented here is for informational purposes only and is based solely on my opinion. Before buying or selling any stock you should do your own research and reach your own conclusion. See my Disclaimer for more information.

Full Disclosure: At the time of this writing, I own shares of all the above-mentioned stocks.

What are your 5 least-favorite stocks in your portfolio?


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