Boring Portfolio

Boring Portfolio Report
Friday, August 9, 1996

by Greg Markus (MF Boring)

ANN ARBOR, MI (August 9) -- When will I learn?

Last night, I wrote: "I won't mention that this marks the Borefolio's eighth consecutive advance and its eleventh gain in twelve sessions, because last time I drew attention to a similar string, the market gods smacked the Boring stocks good and hard."

Today, naturally, the Borefolio got hit for a loss. Not a significant one, to be sure -- only 15/100ths of a percentage point. But a loss, nonetheless.

The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq indices slipped slightly on the day, while the Dow lost 32 points -- and was close to triggering down-side collars at one point -- as stocks of companies in the nicotine delivery and lung cancer industry sold off following an adverse (to them) decision in a civil suit.

For the week, the DJIA and S&P 500 were virtually unchanged, while the Nasdaq managed about a one percentage-point gain. The Boring Portfolio, in contrast, enjoyed a 4.44% enhancement of its net asset value. That's nearly $2,400. Not bad for a week's work.

Speaking of work, I was up to my ears in *real* work today and didn't glance at the market once. It appears that Boring stock mavens did likewise. I was unable to locate a single story on the wires about any Borefolio holding. In addition, trading activity in Boring stocks was unusually low: not one of them showed action that was even half of its typical daily volume, and activity in a number of Boring issues was 75% (or more) below 30-day average volume. Zzz-z-z.

As for closing prices, two stocks were unchanged on the day, while the largest change among the remaining six was a mere 3/8ths of a point. Now *that*, my friends, is boring!

I see that the neighbors in the Foolish Portfolio will spice things up a bit next week by making some new buys. Sounds good to me. I've got my eye on two (or possibly three) stocks myself. Assuming I can get a write-up cobbled together over the week-end, let's see if we can rouse the Borefolio with a new purchase or two next week, okay? Sort of like back-to-school shopping!

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Transmitted: 8/9/96


TODAY'S NUMBERS
BGP + 1/8 ...CSCO - 3/8 ...GNT ---...OXHP - 3/8 ...PMSI ---...
SHAW + 1/4 ...SPY - 7/32...TXI - 3/8 ...

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                   Day   Month    Year  History
        BORING   -0.15%   7.40%  12.51%  12.51%
        S&P 500  -0.07%   3.46%   6.51%   6.51%
        NASDAQ   -0.02%   5.25%   9.25%   9.25%


    Rec'd  #   Security     In At       Now    Change

  2/28/96 200 Borders Gro    22.51     35.50    57.69%
  4/12/96 100 The Shaw Gr    18.84     27.75    47.28%
   3/8/96 400 Prime Medic    10.07     13.88    37.80%
  1/29/96 100 Texas Indus    54.50     68.00    24.77%
   2/2/96 200 Green Tree     30.39     36.75    20.94%
  6/26/96 100 Cisco Syste    53.90     58.25     8.07%
  7/23/96 100 S&P Deposit    64.15     66.22     3.22%
  5/24/96 100 Oxford Heal    48.02     45.38    -5.52%


    Rec'd  #   Security      Cost     Value    Change

  2/28/96 200 Borders Gro  4502.49   7100.00  $2597.51
   3/8/96 400 Prime Medic  4027.49   5550.00  $1522.51
  1/29/96 100 Texas Indus  5449.99   6800.00  $1350.01
   2/2/96 200 Green Tree   6077.49   7350.00  $1272.51
  4/12/96 100 The Shaw Gr  1884.16   2775.00   $890.84
  6/26/96 100 Cisco Syste  5389.99   5825.00   $435.01
  7/23/96 100 S&P Deposit  6414.99   6621.88   $206.89
  5/24/96 100 Oxford Heal  4802.49   4537.50  -$264.99

                             CASH   $9693.43
                            TOTAL  $56252.81



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