Welcome to week 147 of my stock-picking throwdown with Mr. Market. Let's get right to the numbers:
|Harris & Harris||$6.22||$4.98||(19.9%)|
|S&P 500 SPDR||$119.45**||$127.05||6.36%|
Source: Yahoo! Finance.
* Tracking began on Aug. 7, 2008.
** Adjusted for dividends and other returns of capital.
Another week, another beating. Mr. Market took another percentage point from me in our three-year contest to see who can create the most value for investors. August can't come soon enough, it seems. (This series kicked off on Aug. 8, 2008.)
Most indexes rallied last week but the Nasdaq, down 1.03%, fell about as much as my five tech stocks. Of the remainder, the Dow snapped a six-week losing streak with a 0.44% gain while the Russell 2000 rallied 0.30% and the S&P 500 eked out a 0.03% gain for the week, CNBC reports.
Investors remain fearful, however. The CBOE Volatility Index, or VIX, rose to its highest level since mid-March this week before settling at 21.72. History says we should expect more turbulence as a result. But looking back also shows we've been here before. My Foolish colleague Morgan Housel recently took a look at more than 60 years of financial reporting and found 10 quotes that ought to encourage the Nervous Nellies among us.
Moving to the week's top gainers, M&F Worldwide
Among large caps, shares of outdoorwear specialist Timberland
The week in tech
Among the digital headliners, IPOs once more led the way with Pandora Media
We'll see plenty more tech IPOs before the summer is out, with both Groupon and Zynga filing S-1s. But the most interesting prospectus I've seen comes from HomeAway, which this week updated its filing to include pricing data. The vacation rentals specialist aims to raise as much as $248 million when it debuts, which could be as soon as next week.
A better market for IPOs means more money for disruptors and bad news for the disrupted. Take Research In Motion
Fortunately, there are other ways to profit from the decline of these and other tech incumbents. How so? The same suppliers that help Nokia build handsets are breaking ground in other areas. Littlelfuse
These are the sorts of opportunities David Gardner looks for. He produced a decade of 20% returns in the real-money Rule Breaker portfolio by betting on innovators, and then holding them for the long-term. Tom Gardner's "simpleton portfolio" was also a 10-year winner. I believe that, with my tech portfolio, I will achieve similar success.
Now let's move on to the rest of today's update:
- Never one to shy away from a fight, Oracle is now asking for up to $6.1 billion in damages against Google for allegedly infringing the database king's Java patents. (Oracle says The Big G owes for using Java tools and concepts in creating and sustaining the Android mobile operating system.)
There's your checkup. See you back here over the weekend for more tech stock talk. In the meantime, don't forget to keep up with my tech portfolio by adding these stocks to your watchlist today: