03/31/11 – See updated follow-up of 4 Stocks to Buy in 2011 Q1 Results.
Blink your eyes and the first quarter of 2011 is in the books. Due to the violence across the world, the devastating earth quake in Japan, and rising oil prices, the 2011 stock market has been a pretty volatile year… but that is how we like it.
After all that volatility my 4 stocks for 2011, finished up 0.28%. How’s that for diversification. A complete breakdown of the 4 stocks can be seen in the table below (includes dividends):
|Ticker||Initial Price ($)||Price End 3/31/11 ($)||YTD Change (%)|
After the 1st quarter in 2009, my 4 stocks were down 8% and finished the year up 70% and, in 2010, my 4 stocks were up 9% and finished the year up 27%. So the first quarter rarely means anything in terms of hinting what is in store for the rest of the year.
At this point we just need to make sure that our stocks are on track.
JP Morgan (JPM)
Consider the fact that Goldman Sachs is down 5%, Citigroup down 6%, Bank of America down .07%, and Wells Fargo is up 2.31%, JP Morgan obviously is the strong winner here and will continue to ride the momentum throughout the year.
Now just imagine if the financials could pull their act together.
The winner of the first quarter. As I have had this stock has part of my 4 stocks for 2009, 2010, and 2011, Schlumberger is up 126% since I first picked the stock and just continues to boom.
It will certainly be interesting to follow this stock as the political unrest moves on. Last week the company stated they were directly effected by their heavy presence in the areas impacted.
Consider rising oil prices and the stock is down 16% – those are usually not pleasant indicators. If there is one bright spot is that it seems like the initial selling has subsided and the stock is currently trending in a consolidation pattern (sideways movement), so look for a breakout either way – perferriably up!
The fact that a stock that doesn’t really move that fast has made such a sharp drop is somewhat surprising; however, the positive to note here is that it looks like a trend reversal has taken place with surging volume along with a cross of the 200-day moving average.
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|2||Million Dollar Journey||12.16|
|3||My Trader’s Journal||11.77|
|4||Where Does All My Money Go||5.13|
|5||Beating the Index||3.08|
|7||Dividend Growth Investor||1.43|
|8||The Wild Investor||0.28|
|9||Money Smart Blog||-1.17|