Guns Are Still Better Than Gold

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- I wrote an article back on August 21 of last year about the fact that gun stocks had been outperforming gold stocks by a wide margin.

I focused on Sturm Ruger ( RGR), a small-cap company headquartered in Southport, CT. The stock was trading at $29.50 at the time. I also owned a large position for my clients who are aggressive growth investors.

The stock stormed higher in the ensuing months, and finally topped out at $58.42 per share on May 2, 2012. I eventually sold the stock on May 11 at $50.21 for a very healthy profit. The stock finally broke down below its trend line, and it was time to move on.

The stock went into a down trend that finally ended in early June at a price of $34.22. The stock has been back in an uptrend ever since. The fact of the matter is that the stock had gotten way ahead of itself and was overdue for a healthy correction.

Now that its correction is over, and the stock is back in an uptrend, it is definitely time to analyze it again.

I like to begin by looking at the performance of the stock:

As you can see, the stock has delivered superior, albeit a bit volatile, returns to investors over the years. Its 10-year track record is superb, as are its five-year, three-year and one-year returns. The stock has been delivering alpha for a long time.

Also, notice the stock was up 10.4% while the market was down 38.5% in 2008. It should be noted the stock has just gone through a correction of 40%, however. Sturm Ruger is not a low-beta stock, but the returns have been well worth the volatility that is inherent in the stock.

When I compare the stock to just over 2,800 that I follow, it earns a relative performance grade of "A." This puts it in the top 7% of all stocks from a short-term, intermediate-term, and long-term basis.

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