portfolio underperformed the S&P 500 Index
in May losing 1.7% versus the 2.1% gain of the index. The summer is usually characterized by lower volumes and higher volatility in the market, and I suspect this year will be the same.
As always, there will be the unexpected geopolitical events which can affect the market.
Merger and acquisition
activity has been strong and I would expect this will continue as well. We should see continued activity from our holdings, which always keeps things interesting, and July will start the next earnings season.
Here's an update on the portfolio's holdings:
in March 2014 and, like always, the company keeps promising results will get better in the future. Don’t tell me, show me.
is a satellite provider of commercial earth imagery and information services. The company
on May 1, 2014.
is an information provider which specializes in data about real estate related industries. A large part of their data centers on property and mortgage information services. In addition, they provide credit information in a variety of industries as well. The company
on April 28, 2014.
Cass Information Systems
provides information, invoice, and payment processing services to a wide variety of enterprises in the United States. Cass also has a small banking division as well. Cass
on April 24, 2014.
provides audio and video products for the entertainment industry on a global scale. Much of their revenues come from licensing their technologies on personal computers, laptops, tablets, and smart phones.
In addition, they make sound systems for a wide variety of customers, from movie studios, theatres, and network and satellite television providers. Dolby
on April 29, 2014.
is a health food and beverage retailer with a presence in 26 states domestically, as well as operations in Canada, the Philippines, and South Korea.
is the largest operator of pawn shops in the United States. The company
on April 24, 2014.
is a provider of build-your-own teddy bears for small children. The company continues to become more efficient by closing down non performing stores and having
with their remaining locations.
is the second largest provider of cable tv and wireless phone services in Brazil. The company
earnings on February 26, 2013 which were solid.
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