Stock Picking Competition – Q3 Results

By: ispeculatornew
Date posted: 10.01.2012 (4:00 am) | Write a Comment  (4 Comments)

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It’s that time of the year again where I go back to look at the 4 stocks that Picked for our friendly stock picking competition! You might remember that I made 2 technology picks and 2 dividend ones. I’m attempting to win the competition for the 2nd time and while I’m doing very well, I still have not caught up to first place. Before showing the results, here are my 4 picks:

Intel Corporation (INTC): -4.34% It hasn’t been the best of years for Intel but I can certainly live with a -4% return as my worst pick. The company has been a bit disappointing so far this year but I do remain a strong believer in the company as a very stron technology dividend stock.

Travelzoo (TZOO): -4.11% – It has been a difficult year for all players in the daily deal markets and while Travelzoo remains the top name in its category, margins are suffering. I do think that more consolidation will come and still like the pick going into the 4th quarter.

Aflac (AFL): +13,10% – Aflac is an incredible opportunity and it’s no surprise that I also added it to the Ultimate Sustainable Dividend portfolio a few months ago. It has a sound business, steady cash flows, a good international presences and trades at an afforadable price. Even these days when I do filtering to find quality dividend stocks, Alfac frequently makes it to the end!

Apple (AAPL): +65,42% – Last week was a tough one for Apple as it continues to face heavy criticism following the launch of iOS6 and its new maps. Apple screwed up big time on that one and it will pay but in the end, I do still think that Apple remains an incredible value. It’s not by chance that the two leaders of this competition had Apple among their picks, it’s been a clear winner. Earler this year, I said it would be insane to not own Apple and it’s one call that I’ve gotten right and without surprise picked it at the top of my technology power rankings.

That is all for now, I invite you to see how everyone has performed and see their own recaps below:

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Disclaimer: Long Apple, Aflac, Intel and Travelzoo

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  3. Comment by Hans — October 4, 2012 @ 5:30 pm

    IS, congratulation, that is quite an accomplishment…This compares to my lifetime 4%…
    Well, done indeed..

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