MATS Strategy – Top Stock Bargains Performance Month 3 and YTD

CONCLUSION FIRST QUARTER 2018: MATS Portfolio beating US Markets with 3,4 %

Overall Performance from January 5th until April 3rd:

  • MATS Portfolio: – 1,3 %
  • S&P 500 Index: – 4,7 %

This is the third edition of the development of the MATS Strategy so far this year. You’ll find earlier editions here: MATS Strategy – Performance per month and YTD

You can read about the following in detail below, both in graphics and tables:

  • Performance of the MATS Strategy/Portfolio vs the main US Market Index (S&P 500). Companies included are exactly the same ones as in the Top Stock Bargains Watch List, and they stay in the portfolio as long as they qualify to be in the list.
  • Performance of every stock since the portfolio was established January 5th this year, both stocks that have been “bought” and/or “sold” during the period.

Quick statistics so far this year (until April 3rd):

  • Since the release of my first list January 5th there have been 22 stocks included all together.
  • 11 out of the 22 stocks have had gains, and 11 of them have had losses.
  • 11 of them have been “sold” and taken out of the portfolio during the period (they are taken out at the same time as they receive a below average MATS Score).
  • Sixteen new stocks have been “bought” and taken into the portfolio AFTER January 5th (they are taken in at the same time as they receive an above average MATS Score).
  • Worst performer so far (Year to Date) is Entravision Communications Corp. (EVC) with a loss of -36,8 %.
  • Best performer so far (Year to Date) is AMAG Pharmaceuticals Inc. (AMAG) with a gain of +35,1 %.
  • Average performance of all stocks included since Jan. 5th 2018: -1,3 %.
  • Performance of The S&P 500 Index since Jan. 5th 2018: -4,7 %.

Compared to the S&P 500 Index the MATS Strategy/Portfolio has outperformed the market with 3,4 %.

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a system to follow, where you know that the stocks that are picked qualify two important criterias:

  1. High quality financial performance (mainly Earnings Yield and Return on Invested Capital)
  2. Big discount on stock price related to highest stock quote levels during the last three years.

These criterias replace the uncertainty of future estimates of companies, since both criterias do indicate a high safety margin.

You can get more information about the Top Bargains Watch lists and the Market Adjusted Total Score here:

MATS Portfolio Performance compared to the leading US Market Stock Index (S&P 500):

Performance vs S&P 500 Index

Table: Performance vs S&P 500 YTD

As you can see from the table and from the graph, there is one point where the total performance of the portfolio has performed weaker than the benchmark, and this was early in February. In late February it turned to the opposite where the portfolio had its biggest outperformance so far with almost seven percent. The outperformance of the market index has now dropped to just below five percent.

Performance of MATS Portfolio stocks, from January 5th until April 3rd:

Gain/Loss Year to Date of stocks in MATS Portfolio

Table of stocks included in MATS Portfolio

As the awake reader may notice, both the graph and the table calculates an average performance of + 0,2 %. But this is when the performance of every stock is calculated independent of the time period it was kept in the portfolio. Therefore, to make it more relevant and the most correct, I have calculated every stock for its given time period by starting the portfolio January 5th with a (fictive) total of $ 10.000. At April third the total amount was $ 9868, which equals to a loss of 1,3 percent.

Let’s connect: Invite to a discussion or ask a question! Please leave a comment before you leave, I would be more than happy to involve and get connected. Any investing related issue or stock talk is heartly welcome.

PS: Great news! New portfolio from April 3rd: This portfolio will be based on the same criterias as the MATS Portfolio above, but it will take into account risk management by including gain-keeping and stop-loss principles. My intention is to establish a new portfolio every quarter, and to keep it for one year (maximum). Make sure you’ll be able to follow this portfolio from the start, by entering your e-mail address in the newsletter form at the right. Then you will not miss out on any of the updates or essential tips.

Next update in about a month’s time!