Picture Perfect
...is a picture worth a 1,000 words?

by Phil Weiss
(pweiss@homemail.com)

TOWACO, NJ (July 9, 1998) -- It's been a bit of a rough week filled with lots of early morning travel, so recognizing that, like me, many of you also need a break from time-to-time, I'm going to keep tonight's report short and sweet.

With help from the Fool's Big Charts service on the Web, I created charts for each of our Cash-King stocks in which I compared their performance to the S&P 500 over the past decade. Now, I know that past performance is no guarantee of future results, but I gotta admit that I really like what I see. The nice thing is that even if these stocks perform only half as well over the next ten years as they did over the last ten, our portfolio will trounce the S&P 500.

If you want to try some of these charts yourself, all you need to do is put your stock's ticker symbol in the box at the top left of almost any Fool Web page -- including the Web page holding this daily Cash-King column -- and then click on "get info," then click on "charts," then pick your timeframe and select which index to compare the stock to.

Here are the links to each of the Cash-King charts:

1. Gap (NYSE: GPS) vs. S&P 500 over the last decade.

2. Cisco (Nasdaq: CSCO) vs. S&P 500 over the last decade.

3. Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) vs. S&P 500 over the last decade.

4. Intel (Nasdaq: INTC) vs. S&P 500 over the last decade.

5. Pfizer (NYSE: PFE) vs. S&P 500 over the last decade.

6. T. Rowe Price (Nasdaq: TROW) vs. S&P 500 over the last decade.

7. American Express (NYSE: AXP) vs. S&P 500 over the last decade.

8. Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO) vs. S&P 500 over the last decade.

My favorite is Cisco's chart. This stock has gone up so much over the last decade that it makes the S&P chart look nearly like a straight line!

Have a Foolish evening. I'll be back tomorrow night to share some experiences I had with a financial related course I recently took.

Fool on,

Phil Weiss

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07/09/98 Close

Stock  Change    Bid 
 ---------------- 
 AXP   -  3/16  114.31 
 CHV   -2 1/16  81.13 
 CSCO  -1 1/4   92.94 
 KO    -  9/16  86.69 
 GPS   -1 3/8   64.63 
 EK    +  1/16  74.38 
 XON   -1 7/16  71.75 
 GM    -2       71.19 
 INTC  +1 1/2   79.75 
 MSFT  +1 1/16  110.94 
 PFE   +1 11/16 115.19 
 TROW  +  1/8   39.50 
 
                  Day   Month    Year  History 
         C-K      -0.37%   3.18%  17.67%  17.67% 
         S&P:     -0.67%   2.18%  15.71%  15.71% 
         NASDAQ:  +0.23%   2.38%  17.36%  17.36% 
  
 Cash-King Stocks 
  
     Rec'd    #  Security     In At       Now    Change 
     2/3/98   24 Microsoft     78.27    110.94    41.74% 
     2/3/98   22 Pfizer        82.30    115.19    39.96% 
     5/1/98   37 Gap Inc.      51.09     64.63    26.49% 
    2/27/98   27 Coca-Cola     69.11     86.69    25.44% 
     2/6/98   56 T. Rowe Pr    33.67     39.50    17.30% 
    5/26/98   18 American E   104.07    114.31     9.85% 
    6/23/98   23 Cisco Syst    86.35     92.94     7.63% 
    2/13/98   22 Intel         84.67     79.75    -5.82% 
  
 Foolish Four Stocks 
  
     Rec'd    #  Security     In At     Value    Change 
    3/12/98   20 Eastman Ko    63.15     74.38    17.78% 
    3/12/98   20 Exxon         64.34     71.75    11.53% 
    3/12/98   17 General Mo    72.41     71.19    -1.68% 
    3/12/98   15 Chevron       83.34     81.13    -2.66% 
  
 Cash-King Stocks 
  
     Rec'd    #  Security     In At     Value    Change 
    5/26/98   18 American E  1873.20   2057.63   $184.43 
     2/3/98   24 Microsoft   1878.45   2662.50   $784.05 
     2/3/98   22 Pfizer      1810.58   2534.13   $723.55 
     5/1/98   37 Gap Inc.    1890.33   2391.13   $500.80 
    2/27/98   27 Coca-Cola   1865.89   2340.56   $474.67 
     2/6/98   56 T. Rowe Pr  1885.70   2212.00   $326.30 
    6/23/98   23 Cisco Syst  1985.95   2137.56   $151.61 
    2/13/98   22 Intel       1862.83   1754.50  -$108.33 
  
 Foolish Four Stocks 
  
     Rec'd    #  Security     In At     Value    Change 
    3/12/98   15 Chevron     1250.14   1216.88   -$33.27 
    3/12/98   20 Eastman Ko  1262.95   1487.50   $224.55 
    3/12/98   20 Exxon       1286.70   1435.00   $148.30 
    3/12/98   17 General Mo  1230.89   1210.19   -$20.70 
  
                               CASH     $94.76 
                              TOTAL  $23534.32 
   
 *The year for the S&P and Nasdaq will be as of 02/03/98