Responsible Investor Portfolio Weekly Update, November 7th, 2020 | $TCEHY $NEM $BK $SYF $CLIX $GRUB $PCG $LVMUY $LRLCY $PEUGF $IMPJY $TERRF $DSV.CO $DANSKE.CO $BRK $UMC $JD $GOOG $ADSK $BYDDF

The US presidential election dominated the news cycles this week and still does. The global stock markets have welcomed the results that have been made available thus far and delivered a massive rally which offset last week´s steep decline. As the US get closer to finding out who their 46th president will be, there will soon be one less uncertainty to factor in the risk for.

Another piece of news which provided further tailwind to the US stock markets is the unemployment report that was published on Thursday and exceeded expectations highlighting the unemployment rate drop below 7%. The continuous outpour of increasing Covid-19 cases has been completely obfuscated by the US presidential election this week but this may change in the coming days as attention returns to coping with the pandemic.

The Stoxx index was up 5.4%, the Danish stock market grew by 6.4% and the Italian FTSEMIB closed with a 7.4% weekly gain. In the US the Nasdaq was up 8.9%, the S&P500 gained 7.3% and the Dow finished 6.8% higher. Our Responsible Investor portfolio was up 6.9%, broadly in line with the global markets. Three of our positions gained more than 10%, one of them is our recent buy, Chinese e-commerce stock $JD which finished 13.5% higher this week. On the currency front, the USD weakened relative to the EUR. This also bumped up gold as well as our mining stock $NEM.

The earnings season continues as companies keep beating estimates and guiding higher, on average. $DANSKE.CO reported earnings this week and benefitted from an upgrade by Morgan Stanley who increased their TP to 101kr per share while the stock is currently priced at 90kr. $BRK´s earnings are due today. Next week two of our Italian stocks will report earnings, $TRN.MI and $RWAY.MI.

Quarterly dividends are due for payment this week for two of our financial stocks, namely $SYF and $BK. We report on both capital appreciation and dividend yield so as to track total return for our positions.

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Responsible Investor Portfolio Weekly Update, October 31st, 2020 | $TCEHY $NEM $BK $SYF $CLIX $GRUB $PCG $LVMUY $LRLCY $PEUGF $WBD.MI $DSV.CO $DANSKE.CO $BRK $UMC $JD $GOOG $ADSK $BYDDF

It was a horrible week for the stock markets, the worst since March actually, with most indices suffering from more than 5% losses. The main concern continues to be the second wave of the pandemic which is inducing several governments to impose new lockdowns, however ‘soft’. The upcoming US presidential election is another cause of uncertainty as demonstrated by increased volatility levels: even though this coming Tuesday is election day, considering that many votes have been cast by mail, it is likely that the winner won’t be known until week after next or even beyond that. There is an unmissable Netflix special on US voting rights which is free to watch on Youtube.

Going back to last week, out of the markets we watch more closely, only Denmark had a more muted response and was only down 3.1% while the Stoxx was 5.4% lower and the Italian FTSEMIB suffered a 6.6% loss. In the US the Nasdaq was down 5.4%, the S&P500 5.6% and the Dow 6.4%. Here is an interesting video with a summary of the technical analysis for the US stock market: while valuation is the main ingredient in investing, momentum should not be ignored. Our Responsible Investor portfolio was down 3.9% which means that we have beat the market by 2%. Yesterday was the last trading day of October, which finished lower for most indices.

It was a big week for Q3 earnings with tech giants like $AMZN, $FB, $AAPL and $GOOG reporting on Thursday. Amazon had by far the most impressive top and bottom line numbers, while Apple somewhat disappointed. $TWTR dropped 21% the day after their earnings report came out: looks like an overreaction to me but I would not touch it until one of the two US president candidates concedes.

$NEM beat earnings doubling their profit yoy for what was their best quarter ever: the stock has had a good week compared to the various indices as investors turned to gold and I still consider it grossly undervalued based on the earnings growth projections.

$GRUB smashed their earnings on Wednesday. Their sales were up 54% yoy but the stock was down last week and followed the mainstream trend. The stock is poised for more growth based on estimates but it will be important to see whether momentum will be on its side too otherwise we will lock in our profits, pull the plug and put our money to work elsewhere.

$PCG missed on the bottom line while they matched revenue expectations: I will review our position and send an alert if I feel we need to act on our position. Finally $DSV.CO reported an earnings beat and finished the week with a 0.3% gain; they have also guided higher in terms of EBIT margin. Next week $DANSKE.CO and $BRK will report earnings.

We have made two buys on Thursday: $UMC, our first semiconductor play and $JD, a Chinese consumer mega-cap stock. I think they have a long way to go given their current a projected valuations but only time will tell!

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Responsible Investor Portfolio Weekly Update, October 24th, 2020 | $TCEHY $NEM $BK $SYF $CLIX $GRUB $PCG $LVMUY $LRLCY $PEUGF $WBD.MI $DSV.CO $DANSKE.CO $BRK $UMC $AAPL $JD $ADSK $BYDDF

The global markets were down this week, especially the European indices which are battling with rising covid-19 cases. The Italian stock market distinguished itself from the others thanks to Moody’s upgrading its outlook from negative to stable while maintaining the rating unchanged at BBB: the FTSEMIB recovered on Friday and finished the week with a 0.7% loss while the Stoxx was down 1.7%. The Danish stock market fell as much as 2.9% as the country saw the Rt growing again, effectively reversing the trend which was initially showing a containment of the second wave: despite this week’s fall, investing in the Danish stock market has been rewarding so far in 2020 as the Copenhagen OMX25 is up 22% YTD.

The US stock market indices were also down this week. Interestingly, the three main indices (Dow Jones, SP500 and Nasdaq) were mostly in sync in the first three trading days of the week, as if they were in waiting mode for the last US presidential debate which polarised the attention of the media and of the world on Wednesday night. While the debate was not as balanced as the ad by the two contenders of the Utah state, it did seems like a decent confrontation between Trump and Biden, especially compared to the first one. The last two trading days of the week, however saw the SP500 recover some of the losses and finish with a 0.4% decline while the Dow and the Nasdaq fell 0.85 and 0.9%, respectively.

$SYF beat earnings on Tuesday and announced a multi-year extension of the financing and credit card relationship with $WMT and Sam’s Club. It also declared a $0.22/share quarterly dividend which corresponds to an annual forward yield of 3.27%. The stock goes ex-dividend on October 30th and the dividend is payable on November 12th. Next week $NEM, $DSV.CO, $GRUB and $PCG will report earnings.

You will remember that we had reduced our $GRUB position last week: the stock is down 2.5% since then, so it was good call. I will be watching its price action to determine whether the time is right to exit the rest of our position. As stock prices follow earnings and earnings expectations it will be critical to see what results the company reports this coming Tuesday for Q3.

Last week we talked about three stock on our watchlist which can benefit from the (post-)pandemic world. Those still apply but again I don’t like the volatility levels and the nearing US presidential election date won’t help in the short term. This week I would like to add a couple to our watchlist: the first one is an EV play, BYD Company Ltd (ticker: $BYDDF), and the other is a semiconductor stock, $UMC, out of Taiwan.

Our Responsible Investor portfolio was down 0.8% this week whereas the market was 0.9% lower which means that we have beaten the market again, however marginally.

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Responsible Investor Portfolio Weekly Update, October 17th, 2020 | $TCEHY $NEM $BK $SYF $CLIX $GRUB $PCG $LVMUY $LRLCY $PEUGF $WBD.MI $DSV.CO $DANSKE.CO $BRK $AMWL $AAPL $JD $ADSK

It was a choppy week for the stock markets which continue to be dominated by the two narratives of the US presidential election and of Covid-19 numbers. The US stock markets were mildly positive, led by the Nasdaq (+0.8%), while the Stoxx declined 0.8% and the Italian index was 1.0% lower. The Danish stock market continues its rise and added another 0.6% gain.

The first significant week of the Q3 earnings saw notable beats in the banks stocks which have been lagging for most of the year. One of our bank stocks, $BK reported better than expected earnings on Friday. But it was not all rosy in that sector as $WFC missed earnings and tumbled on Thursday. Our exposure to the bank sector is limited and we will likely keep it that way for a while.

The earnings of one of our consumer cyclical stocks, $MC.PA, were extremely positive thanks to a beat on both the top and the bottom line: Q3 revenue was up by almost 4B€ ! The stock rallied 5% and is now up 13.6% since we bought it. Next week $SYF will report earnings.

We have reduced our $GRUB position this week: the stock has run a lot, +13.2% just in this last week, and after the takeover news I felt we needed to protect our profits in case the market or the stock was attacked by sellers.

The Covid-19 numbers are exerting more pressure on the physical world while e-commerce and tech companies in general thrive. I am getting ready to make a move on an online retailer (spoiler: not $AMZN) and I would like to increase our exposure to the technology sectors with companies such as $AAPL and $ADSK. Let’s see if this week will be the right one.

Our Responsible Investor portfolio was up 1.6% this week: based on the weighting of our stocks relative to the indices they are traded on, this corresponds to a 2.0% market beat.

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Responsible Investor Portfolio Weekly Update, October 10th, 2020 | $TCEHY $NEM $BK $SYF $CLIX $GRUB $PCG $LVMUY $LRLCY $PEUGF $WBD.MI $DSV.CO $DANSKE.CO $BRK $DQ $AMWL $AAPL

All stock markets were markedly higher this week, led by the US indices which rallied for most of the week, fueled by the president’s alleged recovery from C-19 and the possibility of another stimulus bill being passed in the not too distant future. Biden has increased his lead in the run for the presidency and while his policies are not considered positive by most Wall Street investors, the markets love clarity and stability, which a clean win would provide. Uncertainty and unpredictability have often led to an increase of volatility.

Up to now very few S&P 500 companies have reported their Q3 earnings and next week the earnings season goes in full swing with some large banks and it will be interesting to see whether or not they will be able to deliver better results compared to previous quarters. Year to date investing in banks has meant being on the losing side and valuations are very currently attractive; whether or not the stock prices will rise will mainly depend on their ability to grow their earnings.

Our Responsible Investor portfolio was up 2.4% this week. We have finally seen some positive movement on Webuild which closed the week 5.3% higher. The opening of the Gerald Desmond Replacement Bridge in the US was a significant milestone: let’s see whether the growth will continue over the next few weeks. The banks and financial stocks in our portfolio were on fire this week: $SYF is now up 34% since we bought it in late May. $GRUB has now reached the 30% mark and I would also like to mention our recent buy in the transportation sector $DSV.CO which is up 7% in less than 3 weeks.

We have made one buy this week, Warren Buffet’s $BRK-B which is a well known diversified business. While the purchase was triggered by a technical signal, it is intended to have a stabilising function similar to the one a position in bonds would have in a portfolio which mainly consists of stocks. In the past I have typically owned a 10-15% position in governmental bonds, mostly from BBB countries, but in this period I find corporate bonds or stable companies like Berkshire -which offer a moderate yet steady capital appreciation in the long term- more attractive.

The current positions of our portfolio amount to about 42% of the available capital, which means that we have 58% in cash. I am therefore always on the lookout for new buys: on my watchlist I have a renewable energy company like $DQ, a telemedicine play like $AMWL as well as $AAPL which will deliver a special event next week during which the launch of the new iPhone 12 is expected.

Some of our stocks pay a dividend, either yearly or quarterly: from this week onwards I will report the dividend adjusted growth of our portfolio. So far the dividends received have increased our overall performance by 0.8%, which is significant given that less than 5 months have passed since inception.

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Responsible Investor Portfolio Weekly Update, October 3rd, 2020 | $TCEHY $NEM $BK $SYF $CLIX $GRUB $PCG $LVMUY $LRLCY $PEUGF $WBD.MI $DSV.CO $DANSKE.CO $NOW $QCOM $DQ $FDX $AMWL $CIEN $AAPL $GOOG

September is finally over and has seen the global markets go lower despite the uptrend in the last trading days of the month. Our Responsible Investor portfolio has beaten the market over this period by 0.9%. In mid to long term investing this is crucial because compounding is amplified relative to the market average performance. When friends ask me how to invest 10k € I suggest that they buy a US market index ETF because that´s too small a sum to diversify your portfolio with a group of stocks with which you can aspire to beat the market. Starting from 30 to 40k €, however, one can have about 25 to 35 different stocks, ETF or bond positions and it makes more sense to pick a diversified group of superior stocks rather than accepting the market average return.

I don´t normally keep a stock beyond a loss of 10% and in that respect construction company Webuild is a “stinker”: because I believe the stock has a great potential for capital appreciation and is somewhat subject to the fluctuations of the Italian stock market, I have not pulled the plug yet. This week I have lowered the stop loss price as you can see from the table below and when the technicals are right, I might even send an accumulation alert.

Volatility seems range-bound lately, especially in the last 3 weeks. It remains well above 20 and the news flow is such that there are less opportunities for it to reduce particularly considering there are now only 30 days to the US presidential election and one of the candidates has contracted Covid-19. The recent pullback has provided an entry point to a few good stocks such as $CIEN $AAPL $GOOG and $ORSTED.CO, let’s see if the coming week will be a good time to make a purchase.

Banks and financials were the strongest positions of our portfolio this week, with $SYF advancing by 9.2%, followed by $DANSKE.CO (5.7%) and $BK (4.0%). Our two consumer cyclical stocks, both trading on the French stock market also showed their strength as $MC.PA gapped 3.9% higher and $OR.PA rose by 1.9%. In the meantime very soft inflation data were published in Europe and with the second wave in full swing in most countries, it will be interesting to see what is the next move the ECB will make on the monetary policy side.

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Responsible Investor Portfolio Weekly Update, September 26th, 2020 | $TCEHY $NEM $BK $SYF $CLIX $GRUB $PCG $LVMUY $LRLCY $PEUGF $WBD.MI $DSV.CO $DANSKE.CO $NOW $QCOM $DQ $FDX $AMWL $SNOW

If it wasn’t for a strong day on Friday, all US markets indices would have been down this week, but the Nasdaq somehow pulled off a 1.2% weekly push higher, whereas the S&P500 was 0.6% lower and the Dow lagged with a 1.7% decline. The Russell 2000 (the US small caps index) tanked finishing the week 4% lower. The situation wasn’t that different in Europe as the Stoxx was down 1.1%, the Italian FTSEMIB even lower with a 1.4% decline and the Danish OMX25 was only nominally higher.

Finally a buy, and the first stock from the transportation sector in our Responsible Investor portfolio: DSV Panalpina ($DSV.CO), a Danish shipping company. I have been meaning to go long on this stock for months and waited for a pull back that never came. This is one of the typical mistakes of irrational investors who are often unwilling to buy a stock that is always going up. In fact, if the stock is undervalued, the fact that it is appreciating is a pro, not a con, because investors have all they need, ie valuation and momentum, on their side.

The pressure is mounting on Nikola ($NKLA), the latest hype in the EV stocks as the CEO resigned just days after Hindenburg Research released a report accusing the CEO of overstating claims on the readiness of Nikola’s technology and misinforming investors. After a fall of 42% in just one week the stock is still worth 7B$ with annual sales of 440k$: think about that for a moment. The stock is still up 88% YTD but has fallen 75% from the July high. I will keep staying away from it and have another EV stock on my watchlist.

Our portfolio was down this week, but not as much as the market. This is thanks to tech stocks like $GRUB, utility company $PCG and our latest purchase $DSV.CO, all up 3+%. $NEM was hit because of the sharp decline in the price of Gold. Both our banks stocks were affected by the weekly downturn. Overall, though, it is good to see our RI portfolio having beaten the market this week.

It looks like there is no going back to the previous normalcy, at least not in the near future given the rising number of Covid-19 cases globally, therefore shipping stocks are poised for further growth. On my watchlist I have $FDX which looks grossly undervalued based on future earnings estimates. It is up 57% YTD whereas competitor companies like $UPS and $DPW.DE are up 37% and 11%, respectively.

After months of depreciation relative to the euro, the dollar has been showing signs of strength: the EUR/USD is down from 1.18 to 1.16 and is now at the 138.2% Fib level from the March 11th relative high: will it rebound from here ? I periodically report on the the EUR/USD as our portfolio is calculated in USD and has a mix of stocks traded in USD, EUR or DKK, the latter being pegged to the EUR.

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Responsible Investor Portfolio Weekly Update, September 19th, 2020 | $TCEHY $NEM $BK $SYF $CLIX $GRUB $PCG $LVMUY $LRLCY $PEUGF $WBD.MI $NOW $QCOM $DQ $DPW.DE $AMWL $SNOW

This past week was better that it might seem for the stock markets which were affected by the weakness in the technology sector. Because of the relative weight of the FAANG stocks the performance of main indices was dragged down by their underperformance. The Nasdaq and the S&P500 were down 0.6% and 0.7%, respectively, while the Dow, which does not feature as many tech stocks as the two other main US indices, was basically flat.

One can be amused by the IPO frenzy that is roaming the markets of late, suffice to consider this week’s debut of $SNOW, but should thread very carefully when investing in them. Most of the time these stocks are very volatile and their track record is either not there, or comes from quarters preceding the IPO in which the company did not have to follow the stringent reporting requirements set by the SEC: be careful out there, and invest responsibly !

In the meantime many headlines keep the market volatile, from the premature death of US Supreme Court Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg (suggest you listen to Michael Moore’s latest Rumble podcast) to Democratic-party nominee Joe Biden desperately seeking latino votes in swing states and the rising number of Covid-19 cases globally which is causing another round of lockdowns in some European countries. Despite this, the European Stoxx index was up 0.3% this week, while Italy’s stock market lagged behind, and was down 1.5%.

No purchases this week for our RI portfolio but I am itching for new buys! I just don’t trust the environment at the minute and especially these volatility levels. Patience is a virtue and that’s especially true for responsible investors. On my watchlist are stocks like $DQ (energy), $DPW.DE (courier services), and $AMWL (telemedicine).

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Responsible Investor Portfolio Weekly Update, September 12th, 2020 | $TCEHY $NEM $BK $SYF $CLIX $GRUB $PCG $LVMUY $LRLCY $PEUGF $WBD.MI $NOW $QCOM $ZS

Happy Saturday from Copenhagen whose stock market continues to push higher. After a negative week, in the last 5 days the OMX index rose by 2.1% to levels now very close to all time highs. The European stock markets in general had a very good week, with the Stoxx index up 1.7% and the Italian FTSEMIB growing by 2.2%. As our portfolio consists in European stocks for 65%, it is not surprising that we have had a great week ourselves with a 2.3% increase versus a market performance of 0.4%.

The US stock markets were down, especially the Nasdaq which fell by 4%. The technology sector was the laggard and yet our two tech stocks, $GRUB and $TCEHY outperformed the Nasdaq which is a sign of their relative strength. After a long period which started in late March when it almost seemed that it didn’t matter which stock investors decided to buy we are now back to a market of stocks and picking the right one will be key.

There were several good news of our Italian stocks: Inwit and Raiway rose by 9.1 and 7.5%, respectively. On the automotive side, $UG.PA continues its rise: with this week’s 6.1% increase it is up 17% since my buy alert. Consumer discretionary also had a good week, especially in the luxury sector as the 3.4% weekly increase of $MC.PA demonstrated. It was a negative week for the bank sector and our two positions weren’t immune: it will be interesting to see if this downward trend continues in which case we will have to pull the plug.

I continue to like lots of candidate stocks to add to our portfolio, such as $NOW, $QCOM or $ZS but I would like to see the volatility reduce before we make our next buys. As always I will send a Buy Alert on this website and on Twitter if the time is right.

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Responsible Investor Portfolio Update, September 5th, 2020 | $TCEHY $NEM $BK $SYF $CLIX $GRUB $PCG $LVMUY $LRLCY $PEUGF $WBD.MI

At the beginning of the week the stock markets kept going higher as if there was no tomorrow but on Thursday they came to a screeching halt. More importantly, the Friday morning rally did not last long and the week ended with a second consecutive down day. I cannot even remember when we had two red days in a row last time !

While nobody knows what happens next, with the upcoming US presidential election and economies around the world still struggling to pick up, I cannot see governments stopping the support of the stock markets with more “propping” policies. Analysts are raising S&P500 quarterly earnings estimates for the first time since Q2 2018, Factset reports. Only time will tell and we will be quick in raising cash if the downtrend continues.

Despite the end of week selloff the Dow and the S&P500 managed to pull off a nominal increase of 0.24 and 0.16%, respectively, whereas the Nasdaq fell 1.6%. The European stock markets had a similar decline with the Stoxx down by 1.25%; the FTSEMIB retraced by 1.49% and the Copenhagen Nasdaq fell by 2.5%. The Danish stock market currently has a whopping P/E of 32.8 which is even higher than that of the S&P500 which stands at 30.5.

No changes to our portfolio this week. For the second week in a row our best performer was $SYF which is up 23.2% since we bought it and has now overtaken $GRUB. Car-maker UG.PA had a great week and was up 3.8%. Our other tech stock $TCEHY fell 4.7% but the fundamentals remain intact.

On my watchlist there are stocks like $VEEV, $QCOM and $GOOG. This recent selloff can present an opportunity for shopping at more reasonable prices.

The table below summarises the portfolio performance since inception.

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