By Yale Bock

In October, the Long Term GARP portfolio lost 1.3% versus a 1.7% retreat for the S&P 500.

The biggest event for our holdings involved the investment by Liberty Media (LMCA) to ultimately purchase the Formula One , European-dominated auto racing franchise.

Another Liberty transaction involves the split off of the Liberty Ventures' holdings in Expedia into a new stock, which will begin trading during the first week of November.


Starbucks Dividend

Quite a few portfolio holdings will report earnings in November, including BP Plc (BP) , IAC/InterActive (IACI) , Starbucks (SBUX) , all of the Liberty family, Intuit (INTU) , and Cie Financiere Richemont (CFRHF) .

Quest Diagnostics (DGX) exceeded consensus estimates with its earnings report in October.

I expected Starbucks would soon raise its dividend as the company has done consistently over the past few years.

Right on cue, the giant coffee chain delivered better-than-expected earnings on November 3 and unveiled a healthy dividend hike to 54 cents a share.


Portfolio Additions

The opportunity to invest more capital into QVC, a Liberty company, presented itself and I added to that position.

The same holds true for Richemont, in which I invested in last May.

I also initiated a small position in Rite Aid (RAD) based on the likelihood the Walgreens transaction will be approved and completed ahead of schedule.

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Yale Bock

Yale Bock

Y H & C Investments is a registered investment adviser based in Nevada. Yale Bock founded the firm after 15