Saturday, December 22, 2012

"Time to review this past year's "12 for 2012" picks, to see how I did with my stock picks"

Dow Jones Industrial Average 13,190 (Down) Week ending 12-21-2012

Well, it is that time of year when we look to see how my 2012 "12 for 2012 stock picks" performed for this year. Many of these prices have moved quite a bit just in this last week.  YTD stats, I am taking off of the CNBC quote website. I will list them by best to worst in performance:

Lululemon (LULU)  -                    Up 61.81 %
PPG Industries Inc. (PPG) -         Up 61.80 %
Goldman Sachs  (GS)  -                Up 36.03 %
Cummins Inc. (CMI) -                  Up 22.60 %
Seadrill Inc. (SDRL) -                  Up 11.95 %
J. M. Smucker Co.  -                    Up 10.33 %
Stanley,Black& Decker (SWK)- Up  8.10 %
CSX Railroad -   (CSX)                Down (-5.41) %   
Potash Inc. (POT)                         Down (-6.31) %
Freeport McMoran (FCX)           Down (-12.55) %
Alcatel Lucent (ALU)                   Down (-15.34) %

 So if you had purchased this portfolio of 12 stocks, in equal weights of shares, you would have been up 14.42% for the year, and that does not include dividends, which would have brought you up to a 15 -16% return.  Not to bad, but I will try to improve on this next year 2013.

If you are a reader of my blog, I hope in 2013 that you will ask more questions and post more comments, good or bad on my blog. 
We can learn from each other. I do not make money from this blog. (I have a few Amazon links down the bottom of the page that I have made $1.62 cents on, yet to be paid,  because you have to get up to $10.00 before they will pay you!). 

I do this blog to help people with making stock investments. I make money by investing in my ideas. Too many times I talk to people locally and I hear of them putting money into speculative stocks priced under $5, thinking that they are investing. Speculation is Speculation, but it is not investing. It is the same as going to a casino or playing the lottery, but it is NOT INVESTING!  If there is one thing you take away from this blog, it is that buying things like penny stocks is speculation, and it is not investing for your future. Investments take time, and should be made in businesses that are growing and that will continue to grow for the next 3 -5 years. 

 Freewilly (a.k.a David Wilson)
I want to take this moment to thank my wife Deborah (picture left), for all her support with Freewilly's Stockpicker Blog, and to my daughter and Editor , Molly, (picture right), who just loves fixing all my fragmented sentences.
I most of all I want to thank my readers from all over the world, for tuning in every once in a while.

 From our family to yours, we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New year.


Thanks for stopping by and reading. My 2013 picks should be coming soon in
Blog #163.

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