Each week we produce a chart book of 10 of the current positions we have in our equity portfolio. Specifically, we are looking at the positions which warrant attention, or are providing an opportunity, or need to be sold.
While the portfolios are designed to have longer-term holding periods, we understand that things do not always go the way we plan. This monitoring process keeps us focused on capital preservation and long-term returns.
HOW TO READ THE CHARTS
There are four primary components to each chart:
- The price chart is contained within the shaded area which represents 2-standard deviations above and below the short-term moving average.
- The Over Bought/Over Sold indicator is in orange at the top.
- The Support/Resistance line (green) is the longer-term moving average which also acts as a trailing stop in many cases.
- The Buy / Sell is triggered when the green line is above the red line (Buy) or vice-versa (Sell).
When the price of a position is at the top of the deviation range, overbought and on a buy signal it is generally a good time to take profits. When that positioning is reversed it is often a good time to look to add to a winning position or looking for an opportunity to exit a losing position.
With this basic tutorial let’s get to the sector analysis.
ABT – Abbot Laboratories
- ABT rallied and broke out to a new high.
- We are currently up nearly 10% in the position and with a “buy” signal approaching we will use weakness to add to the position accordingly.
- Stop-loss moved up to $70.
AEP – American Electric Power
- Like ABT, AEP has also broken out to new highs.
- We currently only carry a 1/2 position in AEP so we will add to the position on any weakness that doesn’t violate support.
- Currently, with a bit more than a 9% gain, we are tightening up stops.
- Stop is currently $76 Short-Term
- Holding 1/2 position currently
- Looking for opportunity to increase exposure opportunistically.
DOV – Dover Corp.
- Trade war…what trade war. Our basic materials holdings have been burning it up lately.
- After taking profits in DOV and buying VMC, DOV has continued to rally busting out to new highs.
- More importantly, DOV is switching back onto a buy signal which will allow us to add to the position on some weakness.
- Stops moved up to $85
- Looking for a suitable position to swap into.
- Stop-loss moved up to $64
FDX – Federal Express
- After adding FDX to the portfolio, it has rallied and we are carrying about a 12.5% gain.
- FDX is still on a longer-term “sell” signal and is wrestling with short-term moving average resistance which keeps us cautious.
- We like the company longer-term but stops are moved up to $170
HCA – HCA Health Care
- HCA has rallied nicely since we added it to the portfolio. Currently we are carrying 1/2 position with a 4.75% gain in just a couple of weeks.
- We are looking for some weakness to add to our position that doesn’t violate our stop-loss.
- Stop-loss is at $130
MDLZ – Mondelez International
- They say “buy what you love” and I am loving “Oreo” cookies.
- We initially bought 1/2 postion in MDLZ hoping for an opportuntiy to build into it. The stock hasn’t given us that opportunity yet.
- However, with MDLZ now on a buy signal, and up almost 16% since our purchase, we will wait for a bit of a consolidation or pullback to add our second half to our holdings.
- MDLZ has broken out of a very long consolidation pattern which suggests substantial upside remains from current levels.
- However, we are tightening up stops to protect our profits.
- Stop is at $44
MMM – 3M Corp.
- Following a good earnings report, MMM rallied into resistance at the long-term moving average.
- We stated last week, MMM needed to move above resistance to add to the position. It did that this week, so we will look to add to the holding.
- The sell signal has also reversed back to a buy so we are getting much more bullish on MMM in the short-term.
- Stop-loss moved up to $200
NSC – Norfolk Southern
- NSC rallied sharply this week taking us to a 20% profit on our holding.
- With a buy signal fast approaching we will look to add to our holding on a pullback or consolidation that doesn’t violate out stop loss.
- Stop-loss is tight at $170 currently.
PG – Proctor & Gamble
- PG broke out to all-time highs and gained traction which is very bullish.
- We are currently only carrying 1/2 position with a and will look to add on a pullback to support that doesn’t violate our stop.
- Stop-loss moved up to $94
UNH – United Health Care
- This past week we added 1/2 position of UNH to the portfolio.
- You will notice we like health care a lot in our portfolio.
- UNH had pulled back to support and bounced nicely off of it yesterday.
- Currently on a sell-signal (bottom panel) but is beginning to improve.
- Stop-loss is at $260
Lance Roberts is a Chief Portfolio Strategist/Economist for RIA Advisors. He is also the host of “The Lance Roberts Podcast” and Chief Editor of the “Real Investment Advice” website and author of “Real Investment Daily” blog and “Real Investment Report“. Follow Lance on Facebook, Twitter, Linked-In and YouTube