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The Dow (B)-Nots

April 22, 2013

Drama. There are nine companies in the Dow Jones Industrial Companies that didn’t make it into the (B)-list of The Wall Street Put (please see our Post, The Wall Street Put, April 2013); we’re going to call them the Dow (B)-Nots (at least today) because they’re (N)’s, and not (B)’s, with the exception of  Chevron and AT&T which we started buying in February and March, respectively, and, therefore, too late to make it into the 1st quarter portfolio. Please see Exhibit 1 and 2 below.

The case of AT&T is still tricky, however, because our estimate of the downside volatility is minus ($2) and an ambient price drop, for whatever reason, could trigger selling at the $Stop/Loss price of $36 because a ($2) loss on the stock price would breach the Risk Price (SF) of  $36 and throw  it back into the (N)-pit; to protect our price, we bought the July put at $37 for $0.75 per share and sold an offsetting short call at $40 for $0.52 per share so that for a net cost of $0.23 per share ($0.75 less $0.52), we’re indifferent to price changes between $37 and $40 for the next several months, and can collect our hefty dividends of $0.45 per share per quarter for a smashing current yield of 4.7%.

Of the nine, we’d like to take a closer look at Caterpillar, Chevron and du Pont; all the others have been discussed in recent Posts (Alcoa in Black Swans & The Lame Ducks, November 2012; Cisco in (B)(N) CSCO Cisco Systems Incorporated, February 2013; Hewlett-Packard in Belts, Braces and Scaffolds, November 2012 and, also, in America’s Most Unwanted Companies, February 2013; Intel in (B)(N) INTC Intel Corporation, April 2013; Microsoft in Microsoft, Apple, Google & The Tech Wars, February 2013; and AT&T in (B)(N) DISH Network Corporation, April 2013.

Some of these companies have pretty good price increases since December; for example, Hewlett-Packard is up +42% from $14 to $20 (please see Exhibit 2 below) but the Risk Price (SF) is $51 and seems to have been crafted on another planet. But Hewlett-Packard isn’t going there, absent “surprise”, and we need to leave those profits to “risk seeking” adventurers who are out-bidding each other in their excitement to make money, or are far-seeing and see what we don’t (perhaps like Christopher Columbus, or the fabled Viking raider, Ragnarr Loðbrók, who discovered Northumbria in the 9th century), or they think that earnings matter (please see our Post, Earnings Don’t Matter, April 2013). We’re confident that we’ll see their money later.

As a portfolio, these name brands have returned +4.3% this year in contrast to the Perpetual Bond™ in the Dows which is up +13% (please see The Wall Street Put, April 2013).

Exhibit 1: The Dow B-Nots (N) – Cash Flow Summary – April 2013

The Dow (B)-Nots (N) - Cash Flow - April 2013

The Dow (B)-Nots (N) – Cash Flow – April 2013

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Exhibit 2: The Dow B-Nots (N) – Portfolio Summary – April 2013

The Dow (B)-Nots (N) - Portfolio - April 2013

The Dow (B)-Nots (N) – Portfolio – April 2013

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Caterpillar is up today (+2.5%) at $82 and the trading volume is more than 13 million shares, more than twice the normal daily volume (Reuters, April 22, 2013, Caterpillar profit misses, cuts outlook on weak mining). We sold the last of our holdings at $105 last year and haven’t owned it since because – and only because – the stock price is trading below the Risk Price (SF); please see Exhibit 3 below, Red Line Stock Price (SP) has to be above the Black Line Risk Price (SF).

Exhibit 3: (B)(N) CAT Caterpillar Incorporated – Risk Price Chart

(B)(N) CAT Caterpillar Incorporated - April 2013

(B)(N) CAT Caterpillar Incorporated – April 2013

Caterpillar Incorporated is a manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. It also provides financial services through its subsidiaries.

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Chevron is in the Perpetual Bond™ since February; the current Risk Price (SF) is $108 and it’s trading at $116 today; the dividend is $0.90 per share per quarter, or $7 billion per year, to its shareholders and the current yield is 3%. Please see Exhibit 4 below.

Exhibit 4: (B)(N) CVX Chevron Corporation – Risk Price Chart

(B)(N) CVX Chevron Corporation - April 2013

(B)(N) CVX Chevron Corporation – April 2013

Chevron Corporation provides administrative, financial, management and technology support to U.S. and international subsidiaries that engage operations of petroleum, chemicals, mining, power generation and energy services.

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DuPont also looks promising; the Risk Price (SF) is $52 and it’s trading at $50 today; the dividend is $0.43 per share per quarter, or $1.6 billion per year, to its shareholders for a current yield of 3.4%. Please see Exhibit 5 below.

Exhibit 5: (B)(N) DD E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company – Risk Price Chart

(B)(N) DD EI duPont de Nemours and Company - April 2013

(B)(N) DD EI duPont de Nemours and Company – April 2013

E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company offers a range of products and services for markets including agriculture and food, building and construction, electronics and communications, general industrial, and transportation.

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The calculated Risk Price (SF) is a provably effective estimate of the “price of risk” which is “the least stock price at which the company is likeable” (Goetze 2009) and “likeability” is determined by the demonstrated factors of “risk aversion” – we want to keep our money and obtain a hopeful return above the rate of inflation.

Stock prices that are less than the price of risk are “bargain prices” but with the risk attached that the company might never get a higher price other than that due to ambient volatility or “surprise”. On the other hand, investors who are willing to pay the “full price” above the price of risk, and buy and hold the stock at those prices, must also be confident, and have reason to believe, that the company will produce those values, absent new information. Please see our Posts, The Price of Risk, August 2012 and The Nash Equilibrium & Its Stock Price, October 2012, for more details.


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