Boring Portfolio

Boring Portfolio Report
Wednesday, September 3, 1997
by Mark Weaver, MD (MWEAV)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (Sept. 3, 1997) -- The Boring Portfolio added to its record performance of yesterday with a nice 0.92% gain, besting both the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq. The Borefolio is again closing in on the S&P's year-to-date return.

In last night's report Greg Markus stated that CISCO SYSTEMS (Nasdaq: CSCO) hadn't purchased another company. Well, about fifteen minutes after his report was filed Cisco announced that it had purchased DAGAZ technologies. The purchase is expected to have no impact on earnings in the first year but to be accretive thereafter.

From the press release I learned that "DAGAZ products enhance existing networks, offering scalable, cost-effective, media-independent solutions for passage of broadband multimedia applications such as voice, video and data to end users." Sounds like a good fit for Cisco.

On top of this announcement came the news that Everen Securities had initiated coverage of Cisco with an intermediate-term market perform rating and a long-term outperform rating. Price targets of $80 intermediate term and $92 long term were announced along with the ratings. Everen joins the crowd in coverage of Cisco, one of the ten most followed US stocks. Cisco closed up $5/8.

In other Borefolio news, GREEN TREE FINANCIAL (NYSE: GNT) coverage was initiated by CS First Boston with a buy rating. The stock was up $7/8 in spite of a dreary bond market. Even though I would expect Green Tree to be interest sensitive, in fact it seems to correlate weakly, if at all, with activity in the bond market.

Winners on no news included ATLAS AIR (Nasdaq: ATLS), BORDERS GROUP (NYSE: BGP), CARLISLE COMPANIES (NYSE: CSL), and OXFORD HEALTH PLANS (Nasdaq: OXHP). Oxford in particular has stabilized after recent weakness.

On the downside today were ORACLE CORP (Nasdaq: ORCL), PRIME MEDICAL SERVICES (Nasdaq: PMSI), and TIDEWATER (NYSE: TDW). All were down mere fractions and had no news.

On a sports note, I had a chance to sit in the stands at Busch Stadium last night and witness a very Boring home run, the longest ever at that ballpark. The 504 foot clout was launched by Mark McGwire, a very Boring ballplayer if there ever was one. Since being traded to the Cardinals, McGwire has fifteen hits, ten of them home runs. He is truly one of the great power hitters of all time.

In professional sports these days it has become the norm for batters to pose after they hit a long one, football players to dance in the end-zone and taunt opponents, mediocre basketball players to wave fingers in opponents faces, and on and on. These showboating displays are usually put on by the "nearly great," not the true superstars.

So, when McGwire hit this shot did he stand there and watch it? No way. He trotted around the bases spending no time showing up the other team or puffing himself up. He didn't need to. His home run did all the talking. When he was asked about the record setting blast after the game, he said that he didn't care about records like that, he was just doing his job. How exceptionally Boring.

It's just too bad that he did it against my White Sox, but oh well...

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Stock  Change    Bid
ATLS  +  9/16  28.06
BGP   +1 1/16  25.25
CSL   + 11/16  44.00
CSCO  +  5/8   77.81
GNT   +  7/8   46.00
ORCL  -  5/16  38.50
OXHP  +1 3/8   75.63
PMSI  -  5/8   13.00
TDW   - 11/16  54.81
                  Day   Month    Year  History
        BORING   +0.92%   2.90%  25.14%  44.00%
        S&P:     +0.03%   3.16%  25.26%  49.26%
        NASDAQ:  +0.01%   1.95%  25.34%  55.46%

    Rec'd   #  Security     In At       Now    Change
  2/28/96  400 Borders Gr    11.26     25.25   124.32%
  8/13/96  200 Carlisle C    26.32     44.00    67.14%
  5/24/96  100 Oxford Hea    48.02     75.63    57.47%
   2/2/96  200 Green Tree    30.39     46.00    51.38%
  6/26/96  100 Cisco Syst    53.90     77.81    44.36%
   3/8/96  400 Prime Medi    10.07     13.00    29.11%
   3/5/97  150 Atlas Air     23.06     28.06    21.70%
 11/21/96  150 Oracle Cor    32.43     38.50    18.71%
 12/23/96  100 Tidewater     46.52     54.81    17.81%

    Rec'd   #  Security     In At     Value    Change
  2/28/96  400 Borders Gr  4502.49  10100.00  $5597.51
  8/13/96  200 Carlisle C  5264.99   8800.00  $3535.01
   2/2/96  200 Green Tree  6077.49   9200.00  $3122.51
  5/24/96  100 Oxford Hea  4802.49   7562.50  $2760.01
  6/26/96  100 Cisco Syst  5389.99   7781.25  $2391.26
   3/8/96  400 Prime Medi  4027.49   5200.00  $1172.51
 11/21/96  150 Oracle Cor  4864.99   5775.00   $910.01
 12/23/96  100 Tidewater   4652.49   5481.25   $828.76
   3/5/97  150 Atlas Air   3458.74   4209.38   $750.64

                             CASH   $7890.00
                            TOTAL  $71999.38