Monsanto (MON)

Monsanto (MON) will report earnings before the open on Wednesday. Estimates are $2.94 versus $3.15.  The stock is weak technically and the company is being attacked over its weed killer Roundup. As

 such, this may be a case where we have to look for the lower limit to get hit,  which is $117.86. However, our latest update has the price at $121.69. So now it is  getting really cheap. The conference call will be all about Roundup and I for one will be listening.

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Portfolio Update

The S&P 500 is lower than a week ago despite Monday’s pop. The Nasdaq Composite remains below 5000. The portfolio remains 50% invested long, 0% short and 50% in cash, net long 50% with profits taken most recently in Red Hat(RHT). We are now at a value of 1012.70% from 1025.55% from through Monday. We finished the year at a value of 951.10 up 29.86% for the year. Our current value is 1012.70% which puts us up 61.60 or 6.47%.

 Below are the year by year results on a cumulative and absolute basis:

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It appears for now that 2100 on the S&P 500 has become resistance and 2050 is support. We are now at 2086.24 which is lower from a week ago. YTD the S&P 500 is up by 1.33%.

 Remember these returns are total returns with the average change for all winners and losers is 9.04% per idea. Our batting average of closed winners and losers is 71%. The portfolio is up to a value of 1012.70%and from inception when it began at 0% in April of 2008. The performance on the Uncommon Wisdom Daily Portfolio Tracker is a bit higher due to dividends which they add in. We have never added in dividends so our weekly results are understated since 2008.

 The Russell 2000 is still beating the S&P 500 on a daily basis.

 

The Week Ahead

1.Geopolitical and Fiscal Events. Monday sees Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Fisher at night in Atlanta. Tuesday sees Federal Reserve Richmond President Lacker speak. Wednesday sees Federal Reserve Presidents Lockhart and Williams speak at the Atlanta Federal Reserve Confab. Thursday sees Federal Reserve Chairman Yellen speak at the Atlanta Confab. Friday sees Federal Reserve President Kocherlakota and Bullard speak at the Atlanta Confab.

2.Economic Releases. Releases of note this week include the weekly chain store sales, oil/gas numbers, mortgage applications and personal income, Chicago PMI, construction spending, factory orders, nonfarm payrolls and the unemployment rate.

3.Earnings Releases. Notable releases include CALM UTIW SNX CONN MON AYI MU KMX.

Conns Inc. (CONN)

Computer and entertainment retailer Conns Inc. (CONN) will report earnings before the open and estimates are $0.63 versus estimates of $0.74. There is some exceptional upside to this name and it is worth a look. 

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Finish Line (FINL)

Finish Line (FINL) will report earnings in the morning and estimates are $0.86 versus $0.87. Despite the anemic earnings growth, the stock has some nice upside and is a better value than competitor Foot Locker (FL). 

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The Madison Letter Weekly Update

Since inception, our overall timing return is 76.78% versus 44.71% on the S&P 500 for excess return of 32.06%.

Madison scores on the major indexes are in a wide range from -13 to -10. Stocks and indexes have fallen in the past week.

The range between the buy and sell points is now average. As an example, the S&P 500 range was 68 points at the low and is now 98 from 104 points a week ago. As volatility rises, this expands. Witness at the October low the range was 169 points.

Also, in tracking the range between the 2 year and 10 year is now 138 basis points. Short term rates are on the rise while long term have fallen. This needs to be watched. There are implications.

There are now two open positions, a buy on TRF and a buy on USO. We began to offer a buy and sell strategy via our Madison Market Timing Indicator at the beginning of April of 2007. There are now 24 open and closed winning trades to 8 closed losing trades with our market timing results. This column replaces the Morning Matters on Fridays.

Caterpillar (CAT)

Caterpillar (CAT) has now dropped $30 since July of 2014. $80 appears to be technical support and the name is clearly out of favor. If you have an inner Warren Buffet, then this name may be worth a nibble as the current correction plays out. 

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Weekly Charts Updated

We are going to continue making Thursday our chart section in only Superstock. That said, we are changing the format. If you want to follow the S&P 500, then you will need to sign up for www.superstockinvestor.com at the website. Each week in Superstock we track the S&P 500, NASDAQ Composite, Russell 2000, Emerging Markets (EEM), 20 Year Treasury (TLT), U.S. Dollar (UUP), High Yield Bonds (HYG) and Corporate Bonds (LQD). This alone is worth the price of the service as signals on the NASDAQ Composite returned 15.65% versus the index return of 18.93%.

 Last week we focused on the iShares Barclays 20 year Treasury Bond Fund ETF (TLT) as we sold out of puts in Options Index Trader just in time.

It remains in an uptrend that refuses to break and is a dollar higher than a week ago.

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 Potash (POT) has been weak recently and our indicator did a nice job of catching the downtrend. We would not commit new funds to this name right now.

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AK Steel Holdings (AKS)

Steel stocks are trying to find a bottom. A name with a great deal of upside is AK Steel Holdings (AKS). The stock is under $5 so many institutions will not touch but hedge fund portfolio managers will push this name around if the steel stocks rally more. Needless to say it is a better speculative buy than some Brazilian penny stock in the steel space. Worth a look as a speculative name with a tight stop at $3.98. 

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Portfolio Update

The S&P 500 for now has peaked out at current levels. The portfolio remains 50% invested long, 0% short and 50% in cash, net long 50% with profits taken most recently in Red Hat(RHT). We are now at a value of 1019.14% from 1014.72% through Monday. We finished the year at a value of 951.10 up 29.86% for the year. Our current value is 1019.14% which puts us up 68.04 or 7.15%.

Below are the year by year results on a cumulative and absolute basis:

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It appears for now that 2100 on the S&P 500 has become support and 2150 is resistance. We are now at 2104 which is higher from a week ago.

Remember these returns are total returns with the average change for all winners and losers is 9.10% per idea. Our batting average of closed winners and losers is 70%. The portfolio is up to a value of 1019.14%and from inception when it began at 0% in April of 2008. The performance on the Uncommon Wisdom Daily Portfolio Tracker is a bit higher due to dividends which they add in. We have never added in dividends so our weekly results are understated since 2008.

The Russell 2000 is beating the S&P 500 on a daily basis.