Sunday, December 23, 2007

Best Performing Stocks the past Month

Below is a list of the best performing stocks of the past month. I always like to look at these lists to see what the market is favoring, try to find some new ideas, and to see how stocks I favor do in the big scope of things.

Since I focus mostly on mid caps and large caps I focused on market capitalizations of $2 billion or greater, trading at least 100,000 shares a day, and a price of at least $10. Using a minimum return of 12% for the past month, the list generated 179 names. Keep in mind the S&P 500 is up around 2.5% in that same time frame, and if not for Friday's big rally it would of been closer to 1.2%. I will highlight in green the fund holdings, and in blue stocks of interest to me (either considering to add to the fund, a stock that has been discussed a lot, or past holdings)

40 names generated at least 25% return, sorted by return here is that list. Lower on the page are those returning 12-25%. Some interesting notes - despite the pole axing LDK Solar (LDK) took the last 2 days it is still the 5th performing stock on the list, along with solar brother Yingli Green Energy (YGE). My top holding for much of the past month, Mosaic (MOS) came in 6th. A stock I have been asking to add to its portfolio, Mercadolibre (MELI) for the better part of 3 months came in 7th... I see it now finally available to trade in the system - unfortunately about 40% too late for my purposes. Think Ebay/Amazon of Latin America - very pricey but at $40 I could stomach it, now near $60 it's (BIDU) like expensive. I continue to be amazed at Consol Energy (CNX), which is a coal stock whose chart looks like a solar stock of late.

Happy to say we own 8 of the top 40 stocks of the past month, in the entire market (>$2 billion). You can see some of the same themes I have been espousing for months on end - agriculture, solar, infrastructure, coal. Notice how few "tech" stocks are in the list... and previously hot sectors which I have avoided/exited such as mining, dry bulk shipping, etc - are nowhere to be found. (victims of fears of potential worldwide slowdown). With that said, 1 month ago was near the market lows of November (within a few days), so the % return is off of a steep low point. Also, I am unclear how much longer these same sectors can continue their moves up - certainly with earnings season fast approaching we enter another tricky period. For example I do expect the fertilizer stocks to do very well but "finally" the analysts have gotten their models and expectations raised, whereas much of the past 2-3 quarters they were nowhere near where they should be. So this is how growth stocks get smushed... heightened expectations raised to a point that are impossible to achieve.

% Price Change
Symbol Company Name Last Month
LEAP Leap Wireless International Inc 58.6
GLYT Genlyte Group Inc 51.7
ATVI Activision Inc 47.6
YGE Yingli Green Energy Holding 47.1
LDK LDK Solar Co Ltd 46.2
MOS Mosaic Co 45.8
MELI Mercadolibre Inc 41.8
ARXT Adams Respiratory Therapeutics 41.3
HES Hess Corp 39.5
MASI Masimo Corp 38.9
BMRN Biomarin Pharmaceutical Inc 38.5
JASO JA Solar Holdings Co Ltd 38.3
MOGN MGI Pharma Inc 37
TT Trane Ord Shs 35.3
WFR MEMC Electronic Materials Inc 35.1
CF CF Industries Holdings Inc 34.9
MLHR Herman Miller Inc 33
AGO Assured Guaranty Ltd 32.4
JCG J Crew Group Inc 32
TRA Terra Industries Ord Shs 32
RESP Respironics Inc 32
PCS MetroPCS Communications Inc 31.9
CTV CommScope Inc 31.8
ANR Alpha Natural Resources Inc 31.4
UAPH UAP Hldg Corp 31.1
AMCN AirMedia Group Inc 30.6
RRC Range Resources Corp 30.3
CNX CONSOL Energy Inc 29.9
VIP VympelKom OAO 28.3
GNA Gerdau AmeriStl Ord Shs 28.1
CEDC Central European Distribution 27.9
MTL Mechel ADR Rep 3 Ord Shs 27.7
BEAV BE Aerospace Inc 27.2
CTX Centex Corp 26.8
FSLR First Solar Inc 26.8
CLWR Clearwire Corp 26.6
CLF Cleveland Cliffs Ord Shs 26
MDR McDermott International Inc 25.7
STP Suntech Power Holdings Co Ltd 25.1
FMX Fomento Economico Mexicano 25

**** Below is the remainder of the list ****

% Price Change
Symbol Company Name Last Month
BUCY Bucyrus International Inc 24.9
ITRI Itron Inc 24.8
ADM Archer-Daniels-Midland Co 24.4
OMTR Omniture Inc 24.2
JOYG Joy Global Inc 24.2
DECK Deckers Outdoor Corp 24.1
VMI Valmont Industries Inc 24.1
JEC Jacobs Engineering Group Inc 24.1
CNH CNH Global NV 23.1
MON Monsanto Co 23.1
IVZ Invesco Ord Shs 22.7
X United States Steel Corp 22.7
SID Sid Nacional ADR Repstg One 22.6
GME GameStop Ord Shs Class A 22.5
FCL Foundation Coal Holdings Inc 22.3
CPRT Copart Inc 22.3
FWLT Foster Wheeler Ord Shs 22.3
ACI Arch Coal Ord Shs 22.1
DO Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc 22
MTW Manitowoc Co Inc 21.9
SPWR SunPower Corp 21.8
TNH Terra Nitrogen Co LP 21.7
LULU lululemon athletica inc 21.3
IFN India Fund ETF 21
OSIP OSI Pharmaceutical Ord Shs 20.9
CSE CapitalSource Inc 20.5
ATW Atwood Oceanics Inc 20.2
CY Cypress Semiconductor Corp 20.2
MEE Massey Energy Co 19.3
GRP Grant Prideco Inc 19.2
EDU New Oriental Education & Technology 19
BYI Bally Technologies Inc 18.8
CYH Community Health Systems Inc 18.7
GEF Greif Class A Ord Shs 18.4
ITC ITC Holdings Corp 18
ILMN Illumina Inc 18
TRB Tribune Ord Shs 18
OZM Och Ziff Capital Management Group 18
CBI Chicago Bridge & Iron Co NV 17.9
DHI D.R. Horton Inc 17.8
JNPR Juniper Networks Inc 17.7
JOE St. Joe Co 17.6
OI Owens Illinois Ord Shs 17.6
CTSH Corp 17.6
PZE Petrobras Energia ADR 17.5
PCAR Paccar Inc 17.4
R Ryder System Inc 17.3
PTV Pactiv Corp 17.3
MA MasterCard Inc 17.3
CMG Chipotle Mexican Grill Ord Shs 17.1
COV Covidien Ltd 17.1
PRGO Perrigo Co 17
WDC Western Digital Corp 17
FRE Freddie Mac Ord Shs 17
LKQX LKQ Corp 16.9
CBD Companhia Brasileira de Distribuicao 16.9
RMD Resmed Ord Shs 16.8
LII Lennox International Ord Shs 16.5
SON Sonoco Products Co 16.4
CMI Cummins Inc 16.4
HANS Hansen Natural Corp 16.3
SII Smith International Inc 16.3
CHU China Unicom Depository Receipt 16.2
STLD Steel Dynamics Inc 16.1
NAVZ Navistar International Ord Shs 16
RDY Dr Reddy Labs Depository Receipt 15.7
SD SandRidge Energy Ord Shs 15.7
CRM inc 15.6
INFY Infosys Technologies Ltd 15.5
APC Anadarko Petroleum Ord Shs 15.3
CHRW CH Robinson Worldwide Inc 15.2
GPS Gap Inc 15.2
BKC Burger King Holdings Ord Shs 15.1
KWK Quicksilver Resources Inc 15
CE Celanese Series Ord Shs Ser A 14.9
FNM Fannie Mae Ord Shs 14.9
BTU Peabody Energy Ord Shs 14.8
FMCN Focus Media Holding Ltd 14.7
ISRG Intuitive Surgical Inc 14.7
DE Deere & Co 14.7
MCHP Microchip Technology Inc 14.6
MBT Mobile Telesystems ADR Rep 5 14.6
DCI Donaldson Company, Inc 14.4
HTV Hearst-Argyle Television, Inc 14.2
SEIC SEI Investments Co 14.1
AZO AutoZone Inc 14.1
AG AGCO Corp 14
OXPS optionsXpress Holdings Inc 13.9
OSG Overseas Shipholding Group Inc 13.9
WDR Waddell & Reed Financial, Inc 13.9
ES Energy Solutions Inc 13.8
BID Sothebys 13.8
SWN Southwestern Energy Co 13.8
MICC Millicom International Cellular 13.8
WIT Wipro Ltd 13.8
UTR Unitrin Inc 13.7
ARG Airgas Inc 13.7
VMW VMware Inc 13.7
JBHT JB Hunt Transport Services Inc 13.5
RCL Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd 13.5
NUE Nucor Corp 13.5
OGZPY Gazprom Rep 4 Ord Shs ADR 13.5
SKS Saks Inc 13.4
SAN Banco Santander Depository 13.4
BLK Blackrock Inc 13.4
CVI CVR Energy Inc 13.2
WJAFF WestJet Airlines Ord Shs 13.2
PX Praxair Inc 13.2
ROH Rohm and Haas Co 13
ETN Eaton Corp 13
AAPL Apple Inc 13
SCS Steelcase Inc 12.9
APH Amphenol Corp 12.9
ITG Investment Technology Group 12.8
KB Kookmin Bank 12.7
NPD China Nepstar Chain Drugstore 12.6
ECL Ecolab Inc 12.6
SPLS Staples Inc 12.6
BMC BMC Software Inc 12.5
SOHU Inc 12.4
COG Cabot Oil & Gas Corp 12.4
AAP Advance Auto Parts Inc 12.4
RJF Raymond James Financial Inc 12.4
BX Blackstone Group LP 12.4
PBR Petrobras
CBG CB Richard Ellis Group Inc 12.2
SNP China Petroleum and Chemical (Sinopec) 12.2
TSRA Tessera Technologies 12.1
CVA Covanta Holding Corp 12.1
BCR C.R. Bard Inc 12.1
CBE Cooper Industries Ltd 12.1
AMZN Inc 12.1
HP Helmerich & Payne Inc 12
BG Bunge Ord Shs 12
MUR Murphy Oil Corp 12

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