On December 6, I announced the TSD 5 index, a collection of five stocks that I picked mostly based upon my gut feeling about the company. Here’s what was in the index on December 6:
Apple (AAPL, @ 90.01)
Hasbro (HAS, @ 27.19)
Whirlpool (WHR, @ 86.70)
Riverbed Technology (RVBD, @ 32.65)
Lowe’s (LOW, @ 31.64)
Let’s see how we’re doing.
December 6: 90.01
January 1: 84.84
Apple’s sales fell mostly due to fear over Microsoft’s Zune, an underwhelming iPhone (from LinkSys?), and fears about declining iTunes Music Store sales. After Christmas, these worries were alleviated: iTunes saw a huge surge in popularity, while the Zune’s unit sales were flat. I still feel good about this one.
December 6: 27.19
January 1: 27.25
Pretty uneventful period for Hasbro.
December 6: 86.70
January 1: 83.02
There was a pretty strong sell-off in mid-December based on whispers of bad earnings, but those were quelled and the stock recovered somewhat.
Riverbed Technology (RVBD)
December 6: 32.65
January 1: 30.70
This is a newer stock, and I picked it right before a small profit-taking, but the business is still doing very well. It just sold a bunch of wireless equipment to Hilton Hotels, among other deals.
December 6: 31.64
January 1: 31.15
Largely uneventful period for Lowe’s, but it was given some improved analyst ratings.
Overall, it wasn’t good. Only one of the five stocks was up and, as a whole, I was down about 4%. Here’s the damage:
Ouch. There’s a reason I don’t pick stocks for a living. I still believe in the companies, so I’ll take a few looks throughout the year to see how they’re doing.