At the beginning of the year I made a list of picks and pans for the year which I planned to review at the end of each month. Well, it's that time again and there's definitely been a lot of movement this past month!
So here are the performances for 2009 to date.
My Long Picks for 2009, with 04/30/09 closing prices
Himax Technologies (HIMX) - $2.73 (+69.57%)
Anadys Pharmaceuticals (ANDS) - $2.50 (+59.24%)
Quicksilver Gas Services LP (KGS) - $13.46 (+59.24%)
Natural Resources Partners LP (NRP) - $24.09 (+38.05%)
Yanzhou Coal (YZC) - $9.91 (+31.78%)
Urban Outfitters (URBN) - $19.14 (+27.77%)
Ecology & Environment (EEI) - $13.43 (+12.10%)
Dorchester Minerals LP (DMLP) - $17.63 (+11.09%)
Raven Industries (RAVN) - $24.64 (+2.24%)
Highveld Steel and Vanadium (HSVLY) - $7.45 (-2.99%)
UFP Technologies (UFPT) - $5.05 (-4.54%)
Chase Corporation (CCF) - $9.70 (-14.08%)
Hugoton Royalty Trust (HGT) - $11.10 (-30.84%)
Versar, Inc. (VSR) - $2.60 (-36.89%)
The top performer of the month was Yanzhou Coal (YZC) moving from $7.17 to $9.91. I continue to be bullish on commodities which I believe will be one of the few sectors that will finish the year on a high note. Urban Outfitters (URBN) also put in an impressive month, moving from $16.37 to $19.14, although I am still interested to see what this months Q1 figures look like.
Shares of Anadys Pharmaceuticals (ANDS) fell off a cliff after reporting larger than expected expenses in their recent earnings, demonstrating once again the volatility of the biotech sector. I still believe that Anadys has great potential, however, had I been sitting on a real life +300% gain from a biotech stock I would've sold right away! Anyway, let's not dwell on this, moving on.
My Short Picks for 2009, with 04/30/09 closing prices
Ann Taylor Stores (ANN) - $7.39 (+46.63%)
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers (RRGB) - $22.71 (+34.94%)
La-Z-Boy (LZB) - $2.85 (+31.34%)
Build-A-Bear Workshop (BBW) - $5.13 (+5.56%)
Office Depot (ODP) - $2.70 (-9.40%)
LaCrosse Footwear (BOOT) - $7.79 (-37.58%)
Bank of America (BAC) - $8.70 (-38.21%)
Mercantile Bancorp (MBR) - $6.41 (-39.24%)
Citigroup (C) - $2.97 (-55.74%)
Converted Organics (COIN) - $1.52 (-57.06%)
Circuit City (CCTYQ) - $0.021 (-83.85%) - Bankrupt
Smurfit Stone Container Corporation (SSCC) - $0.00 (-100%) - Bankrupt
As a group my short picks continued to rally this month, despite poor fundamentals. I think it's a classic case of "a rising tide floats all boats". La-Z-Boy (LZB) put in a particularly impressive month moving from $1.25 to $2.85, but I really have no idea why! In my opinion the company has poor valuation and fundamentals and I don't expect them to survive the year. Build-A-Bear Workshop (BBW) missed analyst earnings estimates with a pretty unimpressive set of figures which has since been reflected in the share price reversing most of last months gains.
Well, I will review the list again at the end of May to see how my picks and pans are performing. Until then, happy investing!
Disclosure: At the time of writing the author held shares in Highveld Steel and Vanadium (HSVLY), Himax Technologies (HIMX), Hugoton Royalty Trust (HGT), Yanzhou Coal (YZC), UFP Technologies (UFPT), and Versar, Inc. (VSR).
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