I don’t think my troubles are here to stay, either. I was down a little more than 3.3%, better than the S&P 500, but not by much. So what whacked me? Generally, cyclical companies: Cemex, Conoco, Barclays, Sappi, Jones Apparel, Sanamento [SBS], Lafarge, Magna International, Lyondell, Deerfield Triarc, Patterson-UTI Energy, Japan Smaller Capitalization Fund, and Lithia Automotive.
For the most part, these are companies with strong balance sheets where they will do well in the intermediate term, in my opinion.
As for my balanced mandates, I don’t have solid numbers yet, but I suspect I was down a little more than 1%. Not bad, but I hate to lose, period. I take some comfort, but not much, that I am still up a little less than 2% so far this year on the broad market portfolio. Let’s see if we can do better in the next trading session.
long CX, COP, BCS, SPP, JNY, SBS, LR, MGA, LYO, DFR, PTEN, JOF, LAD