Thursday, February 12, 2015

My most performing stocks (part 1)

I know, we are all in it for the long haul. There is no need to dwell on the performance of our stocks, especially if its over a short period of time.

But it's fun to do it sometimes, no?

I've been invested in the market (as a real do-it-yourself investor that is) since 2008.

I made some really bad moves (like selling some of my JNJ at 70'something).

I basically sold stocks I shouldn't have sold and I bought stocks I shouldn't have bought.

Live and learn, right?

I have to say I also had the good fortune to buy a few stocks at the right moment.

These stocks have done extremely well. Not only did they provide me with some nice dividends over the years,  they're prices have gone up quite a bit.

Here's the story of my top 6 stocks. (I just wish I had some more of them!)

Kraft (KRFT)

This is a consumer mature player. I bought shares of Kraft before the spin-off that created Mondelez International (MDLZ) somewhere in 2012.

I've always liked Kraft products. I still do. Peanut butter is all I have to say.

After looking at all the fundamentals, I thought, at the time, that 31$ was a good entry point.

One other factor that helped made the jump was looking at Buffets' portfolio. Not only did he have KRFT, but he had payed more than the market price at the time. (he stills hold the company, although much much less than before).

With a dividend of 2.20$, KRFT is a solid and reliable dividend player.

Performance since I bought it (taking into consideration the spin-off) : 32.40%

Royal Bank of Canada (RY.TO)

I know there's a lot of bloggers out there who love those big Canadian Banks. Indeed, there is a lot to love. These guys are stable, solid dividend players.

I bought RY at 53$ back in 2011. I had a target on this bank since 2008. I could have bought it much cheaper back then. But I am still happy I could get my hands on it.

The reason why I bought this particular one is simple : this is where I hold my mortgage.

I figured I might as well make some money along the ride. Boy was I right on this one. I lost the count on their dividend raise!

Return on this investment so far (not counting the dividends) : 31.21%

Canadian Pacific (CP.TO)

I often write about CP. There is a good reason for it : it's a wonderful company. Back in 2008-2009, this stock was trading at 40$. I bought the stock at 56$. It's now well over 200$...

I originally bought 100 shares. At 77$, I sold 60 thinking the shares were overvalued. What a dumb move! (live and learn...)

In 2012, The back-then Board of Directors were happy campers satisfied with the okay results from the company.

That was before Bill Hackman made his move and bought a considerable amount of CP shares. He kicked out the CEO, installed the former CN CEO, Hunter Harrison, and let his magic touch operate.

A couple of years later, the share is now trading at 233$ and the exploitation ratios have all gone up. Hackman and Harrison won their bets. The former directors look very bad (they all retired rich nevertheless).

Investors are stil waiting for a substantial dividend raise. But meanwhile, like me, they are surely quite satisfied with the stock performance of the company.

Hard to beat a 75% return.

(to be continued...) 

And you, do you have any favorite stocks? Which ones performed best?


  1. Nice. Good call on picking up shares of those companies at the time -> KRFT before the spinoff, and CP at the lows of the market in the midst of recession.

    One of the my oldest holdigns is REI.UN taht I bought in Apr 2009 - right at the market lows. The stock doubled in the coming months, but has remained fairly stagnant since then. Still, my yield-on-cost is 10%, so not complaining :) Its now trading at a very attractive level and Im tempted to add to that position.

  2. Hey R2R. Yeah I got very lucky on these 2 stocks. I should have mentioned (and will add it to the post) that I was stupid enough to sell 60 shares of CP while the stock was around 77$... Boy, was that a mistake. Needless to say, I am holding on (for dear life) to my remaining 40 shares...

    I didn't have any REITs since quite recently. I will check out REIT.UN. I sold off some Cominar recently thinking the Units would go down with the upcoming raise of the interest rates. That didn't turn the way I thought! ;-)
    Thanks for coming by.


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