Thursday, September 25, 1997
by Jeff Fischer (JeffF@fool.com)
ALEXANDRIA, VA (Sept. 25, 1997) -- The U.K. Footsie-100 index was down 10 to 5066 at noon. Two days ago we reported that "Britain's largest pub company was formed when Inntrepreneur, a joint venture between Scottish & Newcastle and Foster's Brewing, was bought by Japan's largest securities house, Nomura for a cool £1.2bn."
What this had to do with today's market is negligible, but the Beating the Footsie portfolio... woah...
American Fools could have done better being invested in England today, though, as the U.S. market headed south. The Fool Port should have stayed home and played bridge, or spent the entire day in an English pub, having lost 1.8% in the wake of losses from every holding but for two.
3M was able to rise, and the drop in short Trump Hotels helped the Fool hold up its knickers with some respectability. Meanwhile, 3Com fell despite being rated a "buy" from A.G. Edwards yesterday following earnings.
There was little news today, so it's a good time to take a quick tour of the ever expanding Fool World. With the launch of Fool UK on Tuesday, the Fool has doubled the number of countries that it directly serves (gotta love being a "start-up" eh?). But where else can Le Fool be read? Can you read the Fool on a train, or in a plane, on a boat, or from a crane? Can you read it in the tub, while getting a back rub, or while lounging at a pub?
Of course you can. Aside from being on AOL and the Web, there is original Fool content to be had from several places. The Fool publishes a weekly column with Universal Press Syndicate that is currently in nearly 100 newspapers across the country, from the Los Angeles Times to the Miami Herald. Every newspaper to pick up the Fool column is seeing increased customer satisfaction, while those old fashioned, out of touch papers without the column are seeing circulation decline. (This is a fabrication of the author, who admits that the Fool is not responsible for this statement, and that there may be absolutely no truth to this statement -- yet.)
If you want to read original Fool content in your local newspaper, click that blue link up there and get the phone number for your newspaper, and give them a call. Or, check the long list of papers running the Fool column (provided by the link) and it's likely that there is a paper in your area serving up the Fool weekly.
The Fool also has original content posted on EE Times Online. Every two weeks either Randy Befumo (TMF Templr), Dale Wettlaufer (TMF Ralegh), or I have been writing a column exclusively for EE Times. The columns are all available on their Web site. Also, EE Times provides the Fool with excellent content every week, before it's available elsewhere. The content focuses on technology issues.
The Fool also has original content on the popular Slate online magazine, written by our own Jim Surowiecki. Every week Jim writes a compelling column on current events in finance, business and investing -- or wrongs in these industries. The current column is on the popular Wade Cook. The Fool also writes an original monthly column for Entrepreneur Magazine -- the print version. Every month one stock idea is presented in a column in the pages of Entrepreneur.
If for some reason you can't get to the Fool on AOL, or to www.fool.com, the Fool has content available on Yahoo!, Quicken Financial Network, USA Today Online, and several dozen newspaper Web sites through the Universal Press Syndicate. "More deals is in da works, too," as they say in Chicago. (How about them Bears? They're awful.)
As for the Fool offerings online... yikes. There are so many that we'll have to save most of that for another, in-depth "tour guide" column. Most of the Fool content online is available as email products as well (this Fool Portfolio column, the Lunchtime News, the Evening News, the Daily Trouble and Double -- all can be mailed to your box for peanuts), while every weekend the Fool's Industry Snapshot takes an in-depth look at an entire industry. Finally, if all the content (including the message boards) overwhelms you, the "Weekly Fool" may be the solution. This weekly publication summarizes and aggregates the best content each week. All of these products are in FoolMart under "subscriptions."
Finally, yesterday David Gardner wrote about the Fool crusade for decimal points on the stock exchanges. Instead of being quoted by 1/8ths and 1/16ths, stocks should, logically, be quoted with decimals. David received much email, including a note from the gentleman who was responsible for helping the NYSE move forward to decimals. Yup. The New York Stock Exchange is committed to changing to decimals by as early as May of 1998, after beginning to quote in 16ths during June of this year. The NYSE moved to 1/16ths as a first step toward the decimal system. The average expected spread once decimals are in place is five cents. All good news. All Foolish! That's progress.
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Stock Change Bid ---------------- AMZN -3 7/8 48.63 AOL -1 7/8 72.94 T - 1/8 44.94 ATCT - 3/8 5.13 CHV -1 7/8 82.69 DJT - 5/8 10.69 GM - 7/8 65.13 INVX - 1/4 32.75 IOM - 9/16 26.06 KLAC - 5/8 72.44 LU -1 7/16 80.13 MMM + 13/16 87.81 COMS -2 5/16 50.19Day Month Year History FOOL -1.80% 6.39% 24.17% 231.38% S&P: -0.70% 4.27% 26.62% 104.61% NASDAQ: -0.50% 5.77% 30.04% 133.12% Rec'd # Security In At Now Change 5/17/95 980 Iomega Cor 2.52 26.06 934.23% 8/5/94 355 AmOnline 7.27 72.94 902.87% 10/1/96 42 LucentTech 47.62 80.13 68.27% 8/11/95 125 Chevron 50.28 82.69 64.44% 8/24/95 130 KLA-Tencor 44.71 72.44 62.01% 8/12/96 110 Minn M&M 65.68 87.81 33.70% 9/9/97 290 Amazon.com 38.22 48.63 27.22% 8/12/96 280 Gen'l Moto 51.97 65.13 25.31% 6/26/97 325 Innovex 27.71 32.75 18.19% 8/12/96 130 AT&T 39.58 44.94 13.54% 8/13/96 250 3Com Corp. 46.86 50.19 7.10% 4/30/97 -1170 *Trump* 8.47 10.69 -26.20% 10/22/96 600 ATC Comm. 22.94 5.13 -77.66% Rec'd # Security In At Value Change 8/5/94 355 AmOnline 2581.87 25892.81 $23310.94 5/17/95 980 Iomega Cor 2594.53 25541.25 $22946.72 8/11/95 125 Chevron 6285.61 10335.94 $4050.33 8/12/96 280 Gen'l Moto 14552.49 18235.00 $3682.51 8/24/95 130 KLA-Tencor 5812.49 9416.88 $3604.39 9/9/97 290 Amazon.com 11084.24 14101.25 $3017.01 8/12/96 110 Minn M&M 7224.44 9659.38 $2434.94 6/26/97 325 Innovex 9005.62 10643.75 $1638.13 10/1/96 42 LucentTech 1999.88 3365.25 $1365.37 8/13/96 250 3Com Corp. 11714.99 12546.88 $831.89 8/12/96 130 AT&T 5145.11 5841.88 $696.77 4/30/97 -1170*Trump* -9908.50 -12504.38 -$2595.88 10/22/96 600 ATC Comm. 13761.50 3075.00-$10686.50 CASH $29541.35 TOTAL $165692.23