Selected Portfolio Position Review: 09-25-19

By Lance Roberts | September 25, 2019

Each week we produce a chart book of 10 of the current positions we have in our equity portfolio. Specifically, we are looking at the positions which warrant attention, or are providing an opportunity, or need to be sold.

While the portfolios are designed to have longer-term holding periods, we understand that things do not always go the way we plan. This monitoring process keeps us focused on capital preservation and long-term returns.


There are four primary components to each chart:

  • The price chart is contained within the shaded area which represents 2-standard deviations above and below the short-term moving average.  
  • The Over Bought/Over Sold indicator is in orange at the top.
  • The Support/Resistance line (green) is the longer-term moving average which also acts as a trailing stop in many cases.
  • The Buy / Sell is triggered when the green line is above the red line (Buy) or vice-versa (Sell).

When the price of a position is at the top of the deviation range, overbought and on a buy signal it is generally a good time to take profits. When that positioning is reversed it is often a good time to look to add to a winning position or looking for an opportunity to exit a losing position.

, Selected Portfolio Position Review: 09-25-19

With this basic tutorial, we will now review some of positions in our Equity Portfolio which are either a concern, an opportunity, or are doing something interesting.

AAPL – Apple, Inc.

, Selected Portfolio Position Review: 09-25-19
  • After selling 20% of position back in April, there has been no reason to rush into adding back to the position. Currently, on a buy signal, but overbought, we will look for an opportunity to add to our holdings on a breakout to new highs if it occurs.
  • Overall, the charts remain very bullish with a positive trend.
  • With AAPL testing all-time highs we will just have to hold our position for now and wait for a better entry point.
  • Stop loss for the whole position is moved up to $200.

BA – Boeing Corp.

, Selected Portfolio Position Review: 09-25-19
  • We bought 1/2 position in BA when the 737MAX crash occurred. Since then BA has continued to consolidate and build a strong base of support.
  • The recent breakout of the consolidation is very encouraging and with a triggering of the buy signal we are going to look to add to our position.
  • Stop is moved up to $330.

IAU – Ishares Gold Trust

, Selected Portfolio Position Review: 09-25-19
  • We recently added to our Gold and Bond positions on the recent selloff.
  • IAU is still overbought, but the correction gave us the entry we were looking for.
  • We still think there is more corrective action which could occur which we will use to add to our holdings as well.
  • Stop loss is moved up to $13

DOV – Dover Corp.

, Selected Portfolio Position Review: 09-25-19
  • After almost getting stopped out, DOV has turned up from support.
  • DOV is currently on a sell signal, but we are now looking for an entry point to add to our existing holdings after taking profits previously.
  • Stop loss is moved up to support at $87.50

NSC – Norfolk Southern Corp.

, Selected Portfolio Position Review: 09-25-19
  • NSC has been a great performer and after taking profits, we have been looking for an entry opportunity. We are now getting there.
  • NSC is oversold and the “sell signal” is deeply oversold with NSC holding support following the recent sell-off.
  • This is an ideal setup to add to our holdings and we would like to see the “sell signal” begin to close the gap to confirm our entry point. A little more patience here.
  • Stop-loss moved up to $170

JNJ – Johnson and Johnson

, Selected Portfolio Position Review: 09-25-19
  • We previously added to our position in JNJ at these lower levels and over the last couple of weeks the stock has begun to turn up.
  • The stock is on a deeply oversold sell signal, so it will likely take little to get the stock moving higher soon. Fundamentals remain very solid and the position held the longer-term uptrend line.
  • We are going to add additional weight to this holding opportunistically.
  • Stop loss is moved up to $122.50

NLY – Annaly Capital Management

, Selected Portfolio Position Review: 09-25-19
  • As noted previously, we added to “yield curve steepener” positions to our portfolios. NLY and AGNC are constructed in a manner that benefit from a steeper yield curve.
  • The recent flattening in the yield curve and inversion, pulled the positions lower but held our stop-loss levels and are now deeply oversold.
  • We are looking for the right setup to continue building out these positions which also carry a hefty yield of 10%+.
  • We will add to our holdings as soon as we see a triggering of the “buy signal.”
  • Stop-loss is set at $7.40

AGNC – AGNC Investment Corp.

, Selected Portfolio Position Review: 09-25-19
  • Same as above, AGNC is the second position in our “steepener” duo.
  • We are looking to add to these positions opportunistically as the yield curve steepens.
  • Due to the rather large yields we are using wider stop-losses on both positions. We are looking for the “buy signal” to turn positive.
  • Stop-loss is set at $13.00

V – Visa Inc.

, Selected Portfolio Position Review: 09-25-19
  • Previously we discussed looking for a correction to add to our position.
  • That correction is in process and a sell signal has been triggered. We have taken profits previously so we have some room to look for a better entry point at lower price levels.
  • This is not unusual for the stock so we are now looking for V to hold support to add back into our position.
  • Stop loss remains at $160.00

XOM – Exxon Mobil

, Selected Portfolio Position Review: 09-25-19
  • I had noted a couple of weeks ago that XOM was deeply oversold and we were looking to add to the position. I didn’t get it done and the stock bounced on the oil supply attacks.
  • However, that rally ran into resistance and failed.
  • Since then the stock has bounced and I am reluctant to add to the trade just yet as we have seen the bounces fail numerous times previously.
  • We are looking for our “buy signal” to turn higher and some further price action which gives us more confidence in adding back to our holding after selling 1/2 the position earlier this year.
  • Stop loss remains at $67

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Lance Roberts is a Chief Portfolio Strategist/Economist for RIA Advisors. He is also the host of “The Lance Roberts Podcast” and Chief Editor of the “Real Investment Advice” website and author of “Real Investment Daily” blog and “Real Investment Report“. Follow Lance on Facebook, Twitter, Linked-In and YouTube
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