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13.05.06 11:41
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It seems like everyone is worried about interest rates these days. Not that that's anything new. Everyone's been worried about interest rates since before the Federal Reserve started its current string of rate hikes in June 2004. We even wrote an article about rising interest rates back in the March 2004 issue. Come to think about it, investors are always worrying about interest rates.

George Putnam recommended Apple Computer at $7.82 in November 2002. Now it trades for more than $70. Click here for Putnam's current turnaround stock model portfolio in the Turnaround Letter.

Rather than worry about them, should you actually do something now because of what is happening (or expected to happen) with interest rates? Our answer today is basically the same as it was in March 2004, when we wrote, "Notwithstanding our view that rates will rise, we do not recommend taking major action."

Click here for nine low-debt turnaround stocks.

Our position on rates has changed--we don't have a clue where they are going from here--but our advice is the same. As we have said before, you should not try to time the stock market for any reason, and that is especially true with respect to interest-rate forecasts. Most of those forecasts are wrong. And even when investors correctly predict how rates will move, the stock market often reacts to the rate move differently than they expect.

For example, stocks are generally expected to fall when interest rates rise. There is even an old adage, known as the "three steps and stumble rule," which says that the market will fall whenever the Fed raises rates three times in succession. Well, the Fed has raised rates 15 consecutive times since June 2004, and the Standard & Poor's 500 is up 18% over the same period.

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While we don't recommend making any major changes in your portfolio based on interest rates, we do have a couple of suggestions that may cause you to do a little tuning.

Our first suggestion is to avoid the stocks of companies with heavy debt loads. Many of these stocks have soared over the last few years because, with low interest rates and a strong economy, the financial leverage has worked to the companies' favor.

But leverage is a two-edged sword, and in many cases we expect it to soon begin to cut the other way. With interest rates at their highest levels in several years, the cost of carrying debt has become more onerous. Many of these leveraged companies are also facing higher energy costs and higher raw materials costs. Some of them are likely to default on their debt even if the economy remains strong. If the economy falters, we could see a torrent of defaults.

Our second suggestion is to avoid most of the homebuilding and mortgage stocks. These two industries have thrived over the last few years, as low interest rates and a strong economy have spurred demand for new houses financed with cheap mortgages.

As a result, many of the stocks in these sectors may look attractive today because they are trading at low price-to-earnings ratios and have generous dividend yields. However, if interest rates stay where they are or go higher, things will not look so rosy in the future.

We are particularly concerned about the mortgage-related stocks. Some mortgage lenders have boosted demand in recent years with creative new products that offer very low rates for a year or two before reverting to market-level interest rates. Many consumers may have been lured by these new products into taking out larger mortgages than they can really afford.

They now face a double whammy of the expiration of the low initial rates plus market rates being at higher levels. This should lead to rising mortgage delinquencies and defaults in coming quarters, which will hurt the mortgage stocks.

As we pondered the risks in highly leveraged stocks, it prompted us to think about companies at the other end of the debt spectrum. If we are indeed headed into a period characterized by high interest rates, high energy and raw materials costs and a softening economy, stocks of companies with little debt may provide some welcome stability.

Given our contrarian bent, we looked for low-debt companies that could be involved in a turnaround and whose stocks are well below their long-term highs or have otherwise not participated in the recent market strength. If these stocks do begin to rebound, they will contribute significant returns as well as stability in a challenging environment. The stocks highlighted in the accompanying slide show come from a diverse group of industries and cover a wide range of market capitalization.

Click here for nine low-debt turnaround stocks.

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9 unterbewertete Turnaroaunds Mme.Eugenie

Checkpoint Software

13.05.06 11:44
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Check Point Software (nasdaq: CHKP)

An Israeli provider of security software, Check Point saw its stock go through a boom and bust cycle during the tech bubble of the late 1990s. But since then, the stock has stabilized, and the company has built an attractive roster of customers and new products while maintaining strong cash flow and a solid balance sheet ($5.71 per share in cash).

Click here for more commentary and analysis from the Turnaround Letter.

9 unterbewertete Turnaroaunds Mme.Eugenie

Die gute Coca Cola

13.05.06 11:47
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Coca-Cola (nyse:KO)

The comapny has struggled recently after years of spectacular growth. Coke may never be a go-go stock again, but as Chief Executive Neville Isdell shakes up the company, it has good rebound potential.

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Dell Computer

13.05.06 11:49
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Dell (nyse: DELL)

The company's stock has been weak for the last year or so, as investors worry about the commoditization of the personal computer business. Nonetheless, the company is still the lowest-cost producer, and it has held onto market share while expanding its product line. There is also plenty of room for growth outside the U.S.

Click here for more commentary and analysis from the Turnaround Letter.

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13.05.06 13:16
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Yahoo! (nasdaq: YHOO)

Stock in Yahoo! has been weak thus far in 2006, as investors worry about the threat from Google. However, the latest quarterly results were encouraging. With substantial cash flow and little debt, Yahoo! has good appreciation potential.

Click here for more commentary and analysis from the Turnaround Letter.

9 unterbewertete Turnaroaunds Mme.Eugenie

Chiphersteller Intel

13.05.06 13:18
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Intel (nasdaq: INTC)

Intel's venerable armor has been dented, as indicated by slipping market share and weaker earnings. While there is no denying that Intel faces headwinds, a forward P/E of just 16 and a decent dividend suggest that the stock could be quite rewarding at current levels.

Click here for more commentary and analysis from the Turnaround Letter.

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Johnson & Jonhnson

13.05.06 13:22
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Johnson & Johnson (nyse: JNJ)

The company has compiled an enviable long-term record, but its growth has slowed, and the stock has fallen about 16% in the last year. We think investors have more than adequately discounted the firm's prospects. With a forward P/E of 15, some $13 billion in cash, low debt and a decent dividend, the stock presents an attractive investment package.

Click here for more commentary and analysis from the Turnaround Letter.

9 unterbewertete Turnaroaunds Mme.Eugenie

Microsoft, der große Kurskiller

13.05.06 13:24
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Microsoft (nasdaq: MSFT)

The must-own company of the 1990s has languished in the new millennium. Microsoft should not be written off, however, as it stands to be a major beneficiary of converging technologies (computers, televisions/home entertainment systems, phones, smart appliances, etc.) that will all need to be connected with software. Microsoft also has ample international opportunities.

Click here for more commentary and analysis from the Turnaround Letter.

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Tootsie Roll (nyse: TR) Süßwaren

13.05.06 13:26
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Tootsie Roll (nyse: TR)

The company markets such famous candy brands as Junior Mints, Dubble Bubble, Charleston Chew, Dots and, of course, Tootsie Rolls. While the stock has languished since the late 1990s, the company has maintained consistent growth. With its bite-sized market cap, strong brands and solid balance sheet, Tootsie Roll would be an attractive acquisition candidate if the controlling family decides to let go.

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Wind River (WIND)

13.05.06 13:28
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Wind River Systems (nasdaq: WIND)

The company provides software to improve the functionality of a range of products used within the aerospace/defense, automotive, consumer, industrial and networking industries. After a roller-coaster ride over the last decade, the business appears to have stabilized recently under a new management team. Though more speculative than some of the other names discussed here, Wind River has appeal.

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Anti Lemming:

Zu JSDU und Intel hab ich auch Threads aufgemacht

25.05.06 20:38
Bei JSDU ebenfalls, als die Aktie bei 1,50 USD stand (heute: über 3 USD).

Bei Intel vor knapp zwei Jahren, als die Aktie bei 20 USD stand (sie ging seitdem zwischenzeitlich bis 29 USD). Heute notiert sie am Langzeittief von 17,85 USD.

Dazu auch gleich ein aktuelles MÄRCHEN:

9 unterbewertete Turnaroaunds Mme.Eugenie

up o. T.

29.10.06 01:19
9 unterbewertete Turnaroaunds Sitting Bull


heute ist (HOFFENTLICH!) der Tag, an dem die 29 Dollarmarke endlich geknackt wird. Es sieht gut aus!

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