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(B)(N) The NASDAQ 100 “Undervalued”

November 21, 2013

Deal Book. Mr. Icahn has taken a position in Hologic Incorporated of more than 12% and about $750 million in the company currently valued at $6 billion (Reuters, November 21, 2013, Hologic adopts poison pill after Icahn reports stake).

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Don’t worry. We can help.

In his view, the company is “undervalued” and the response of the company – which is defensive – is quite at odds with the response of the market which immediately lifted the stock price by a few percent.

Whether that holds or not, will of course depend on what the company and its current shareholders do next (ibid, Reuters).

The company has never paid a dividend and has lost money in four of the last five years amounting to about $3.5 billion despite increasing sales and the year ending in September was gigantic with a loss of $1.2 billion on sales of $2.5 billion.

We think that the company is “undervalued” too but that has nothing to do with the earnings or lack of dividends or other problems that the management will likely be able to deal with. We think that it’s undervalued because it’s trading as a (B), that is the ambient stock price appears to be at or above the “price of risk“. Please see Exhibit 1 below.

Exhibit 1: (B)(N) HOLX Hologic Incorporated – Risk Price Chart

(B)(N) HOLX Hologic Incorporated

(B)(N) HOLX Hologic Incorporated

Hologic Incorporated is a developer, manufacturer and supplier of medical imaging systems and diagnostic and surgical products focused on the healthcare needs of women.

(Please Click on the Chart to make it larger if required.)

Obviously, with reference to Exhibit 1, the stock has been a “high maintenance” stock and returns have been difficult to get and keep.

We only buy or hold the stock if the ambient stock price summarized as the Stock Price (SP) (Red line and a step function) appears to be at or above the price of risk which we estimate as the Risk Price (SF) which is also a step-function and is calculated from generally available quarterly balance sheets (but has nothing to do with earnings, per se).

And we always protect whatever prices we’re able to get against volatility or “surprise” by using an effective stop/loss or bought put and we’re committed to buying and holding anything that’s trading above the price of risk, depending only our budget; and if we sell a stock, it’s because we’ve been stopped out and the stock is subsequently trading below the price of risk (in which case we might “put” the stock at the higher price if we have a put in effect).

On the other hand, if the stock is still trading above the price of risk, then we have the option of selling the in-the-money put and buying more of the stock at a lower price.

But, there’s a lot more that’s “undervalued” in the NASDAQ 100+ right now despite the fact that “stock prices” are up an average of about 50% this year. Please Click on the link NASDAQ 100 “Undervalued” – Prices & Portfolio – November 2013 for those “undervalued” companies that we’re carrying into 2014.

The Nasdaq 100 Undervalued

The Nasdaq 100 Undervalued

And in general, it’s good to be “undervalued”.

Although the NASDAQ 100 Index is up +27% this year, the cash only Perpetual Bond™ is up +60% to date and has 114 companies in it. And the leveraged Perpetual Bond™ which uses the margin account as appropriate is up over +220% and is still active.

The Nasdaq 100 "Overvalued"

The Nasdaq 100 “Overvalued”

Nor is this an “accident”.

The companies that didn’t make the “cut” – and there are about thirty of them that we know of – did this (on the left) for the last two years.

For more information and additional references to the theory, please see our recent Post, The RiskWerk Company Glossary.

And for more on what risk averse investing has done for us this year, please see our recent Posts on The S&P TSX “Hangdog” Market or The Wall Street Put or specialty markets such as The Dow Transports & Utilities or (B)(N) The Woods Are Burning, or for the real class actionLa Dolce Vita – Let’s Do Prada! and It’s For You, Dear on the smartphone business.

And for more stocks at high prices, The World’s Most Talked About Stocks or Earnings Don’t Matter – NASDAQ 100.

And for more on what’s Working in AmericaBig OilShopping in America or Banking in America, to name just a few.


We are The RiskWerk Company and care not a jot for mutual funds, hedge funds, “alternative investments”, the “risk/reward equation” and every other unprovable artifact of investment lore. We have just one product

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