Review of Ben’s Portfolio

This week I decided to buy more Dollar General (DG) in an effort to lower my average cost.  I bought 238 additional shares at $12.58/share.  I figure if I liked the company at $13.40, I like it even more at $12.58.

 I also bought McClatchy Company (MNI), our company of the week.  I bought 169 shares at $40.15.

This portfolio will follow our modernized Benjamin Graham value investing approach, starting with $100,000 and $10 commissions.  Taxes are ignored.

The performance of Intel (INTC) was marginally good this week.  Marine Products Corp (MPX) and Dollar General (DG) were both down on the week.  Overall the portfolio has underperformed the Dow and the S&P 500. However, this is likely because I have a lot of cash still sitting there.  In the weeks ahead I plan on investing the rest of the cash, but if I do not find companies I would like to invest in, there is no need to.  I’d rather have cash gaining 0% interest (and losing 0%) than own a company I don’t have faith in.

This week’s snapshot: 

Ticker Total Cost Current Value %Gain/Loss
DG $9,514.68 $9,095.34 -4.39%
INTC $6,521.25 $6,877.50 5.48%
MNI $6,795.49 $6,778.59 -0.25%
MPX $6,510.15 $6,601.95 1.37%
Cash   $70,659.11  
Total $29,341.57 $100,012.49 0.01%
Performance   Week’s Change: Overall:
S&P 500   1.07% 2.12%
Dow Industrials   1.01% 1.49%
Portfolio   -0.50% 0.01%

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