(By Yale Bock) The Long Term GARP model had a satisfactory month. The portfolio increased 1.0% (net of advisory fees), which outpaced the S&P 500 Index (SPX) gain of 0.3% as of November 30. The month was eventful: President Obama won the election and several companies in the portfolio announced earnings, or had events specific to the company.
December is usually a strong month for the market, but the irresponsibility of the political leadership leaves the regulatory environment unsettled. From a planning perspective, it becomes very difficult for any industry to have certainty about hiring or capital expenditures.
In 2013, I believe GDP growth might tick up to close to 2.5% or 3%. In my opinion, the stock in the portfolio which I feel will perform the best is BP Plc. (BP). The oil giant has made moves to improve efficiency and that may boost operating performance.
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Liberty Interactive (LINTA) is the owner of QVC, Bodybuilding.com, Provide Commerce, Buyseasons.com, and Backcountry.com. The company reported earnings on November 6, 2012.
Iconix Brands (ICON) is the owner of a broad range of well known brands like OP, Mossimo, Joe Boxer, Peanuts, and Sharper Image. Iconix Brands announced the acquisition of the Umbro brand from Nike for $225 million. The acquisition builds on the existing ownership of athletic apparel brands Starter and Danskin. The company recently reported earnings on November 1, 2012.
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Quest Diagnostics (DGX) is the largest health care diagnostic testing company in the United States.The company had an investor day on November 16, 2012 and increased the dividend by 75%.
Intuit reported earnings on November 15, 2012.
Starbucks (SBUX) is the largest coffee and tea company in the world. Starbucks recently opened its first stores in India at the end of October. The company reported better-than-expected results on November 1, 2012 and raised its dividend by nearly 25%.
Liberty Media's (LMCA) holding company owns assets such as Starz Media, the Atlanta Braves, 40% of Sirius Satellite (SIRI), almost 20% of Live Nation (LYV), and 16% of Barnes & Noble. Liberty announced that it will be spinning off Starz Media into a separate company by the end of 2012. Liberty Media announced earnings on November 6, 2012. The company also increased its stake in Sirius (SIRI) Satellite Radio to nearly 50%.
VCA Antech (WOOF) is the second largest owner of animal hospitals in the United States and also owns the laboratories for diagnostic testing of animals. The company announced a 12.6% jump in revenue in its 3rd quarter earnings report and continues to buy new animal hospitals to build the scale of the enterprise.
IAC Interactive (IACI) owns Ask.com, Match.com, Meetic, Service Magic, Vimeo, CollegeHumor.com, and the Daily Beast, among other web sites. The company reported a 38% jump in revenue for the 3rd quarter of 2012.
British Petroleum (BP) is one of the largest integrated oil companies in the world. BP recently announced an agreement to sell its 50% stake in TNK-BP of Russia, and will then take a 20% ownership position in Rosneft. BP will receive over $10 billion of cash by selling the stake. BP also announced better-than-expected earnings for the 3rd quarter of 2012 and raised its dividend by 24%.
Quidel Corporation (QDEL) is a health care and diagnostic company, which makes influenza tests. The company is also expanding its product line into strep throat, graves disease, and other molecular assays. The company's most recent earnings report exceeded market expectations.
Unilever (UL) is a massive food company that gets over half of its nearly $50 billion of sales from emerging markets in Asia and Africa. The company has the goal of doubling its sales by 2020 and reported better-than-expected revenue growth of 5.9% in its latest earnings report.
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