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Invest Better Than Bill Gates

Otter pays a dividend of nearly 4%. With a P/E of 21 and a PEG north of 4, it's more than fully valued, especially compared with the 17 P/E and 2 PEG average for electric utilities. I can do better than 4% in a CD, and Otter is more like a price depreciation play. I'll avoid it in my Better Than Bill Gates portfolio.

Six Flags (SIX - Get Report) is a theme park operator that posted impressive first-quarter results on May 9, showing a 7% increase in attendance at its parks as well as a 7% increase in per capita guest spending. Cramer interviewed Six Flags' CEO, Mark Shapiro, on May 11 for "Mad Money."

Six Flags is spending $10 million on modernizing its theme parks, trimming unnecessary expenses, and training and recruiting staff. However, the first quarter only represents 5% of yearly revenue; the real action is between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Six Flags was trading around $6.10 on May 11 and is virtually unchanged now in mid-July. The results won't really be known until mid-September, when the summer season is factored in. Cramer's interview with Shapiro convinced me that management is doing the right things. I see Six Flags as a good speculative play, especially compared with Cedar Fair (FUN), a troubled theme park rumored to be a buyout candidate.

Cascade disclosed in a July 13 regulatory filing that it holds a 12.8% stake in the common stock of online media company PlanetOut (LGBT). It turns out that PlanetOut is laying off 15% of its staff and closing offices in Buenos Aires and London. It trades at under $2. This appears to be a Cascade loser. Even Bill Gates loses money sometimes.

I included these Cascade portfolio stocks along with my analysis for each in my Better Than Bill Gates portfolio. You can do your own analysis by creating your own portfolio at

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At the time of publication, Altucher and/or his fund had no positions in stocks mentioned, although positions may change at any time.

James Altucher is president of Stockpickr LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of and part of its network of Web properties, and a managing partner at Formula Capital, an alternative asset management firm that runs a fund of hedge funds. He is also a weekly columnist for The Financial Times and the author of Trade Like a Hedge Fund , Trade Like Warren Buffett and SuperCa$h . Under no circumstances does the information in this column represent a recommendation to buy or sell stocks. Altucher appreciates your feedback; click here to send him an email. has a revenue-sharing relationship with Trader's Library under which it receives a portion of the revenue from purchases by customers directed there from
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