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Dell Inc. (DELL), Staples, Inc. (SPLS), Exelon Corporation (EXC): One Person’s Trash Is Another Person’s Treasure Portfolio

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Last November, I announced my intention to create a portfolio of 10 companies that investors had effectively thrown away and given up on, in the hope of showing that deep-value investing, and contrarian thinking, can actually be a very successful investing method. I dubbed this the “One Person’s Trash Is Another Person’s Treasure” portfolio and, over a 10-week span, I highlighted companies that I thought fit this bill and would expect to drastically outperform the benchmark S&P 500 over the coming 12 months. If you’re interested in the reasoning behind why I chose these companies, then I encourage you to review my synopsis of each portfolio selection:

Now, let’s get to the portfolio and see how it fared this week:

Company Cost Basis Shares Total Value Return
Exelon (NYSE:EXC) $31.25 31.68 $1,177.23 18.9%
QLogic $11.46 86.39 $933.01 (5.8%)
Dendreon $5.97 165.82 $736.24 (25.6%)
Dell (NASDAQ:DELL) $13.37 74.05 $984.87 (0.5%)
Staples (NASDAQ:SPLS) $13.48 73.44 $920.94 (7%)
Arkansas Best (NASDAQ:ABFS) $10.83 91.41 $1,064.01 7.5%
Arch Coal $7.03 140.83 $670.35 (32.3%)
Skullcandy $6.71 147.54 $755.41 (23.7%)
France Telecom $11.64 85.05 $890.47 (10%)
Xerox (NYSE:XRX) $8.16 121.32 $1,015.45 2.6%
Cash $0.06
Dividends receivable $42.56
Total commission ($100.00)
Original investment $10,000.00
S&P 500 performance 5.1%
Performance relative to S&P 500 (13.2%)

Source: Yahoo! Finance.

This week’s winner
After tumbling by double digits last week, trucking company Arkansas Best Corporation (NASDAQ:ABFS) tacked on 14.6% to take the top spot this week. Shares rallied after the company announced a regular $0.03 quarterly cash dividend on Tuesday, payable to shareholders on May 21. Following stronger-than-expected results from many trucking companies, I feel quite confident that once Arkansas Best solves its union issues, it’ll be pedal to the metal.

This week’s loser
On the flipside, information technology and print services specialist Xerox Corporation (NYSE:XRX) tumbled 6.2% on the week after reporting uninspiring first-quarter earnings results. For the quarter, Xerox Corporation (NYSE:XRX) delivered $5.36 billion in total revenue and an adjusted profit of $0.27. Profits topped expectations by $0.03; however, revenue was $130 million shy of expectations. Xerox saw sales at its document technology segment fall 9%, while service revenue jumped 4%. As Xerox continues to transition toward a service-based model, these sales fluctuations will lessen dramatically. As a big catalyst, I’ll be looking for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to drastically boost its Medicare processing business next year in California.

Dell Inc.Also in the news …
Surprise! Dell Inc. (NASDAQ:DELL) is back in the news! Dell Inc. (NASDAQ:DELL)’s shares took a hit this week after The Blackstone Group L.P. (NYSE:BX) announced it was going to bow out of the running to buy the company. The Blackstone Group L.P. (NYSE:BX) cited the deterioration in PC sales in recent weeks as the reason for pulling its offers from the table. With only Carl Icahn’s partial buyout left on the table, the Dell Inc. (NASDAQ:DELL) buyout is looking murkier by the day. However, one positive note, and one of the reasons the dividends receivable column headed higher, is that we collected $0.08 per share for each Dell Inc. (NASDAQ:DELL) share we own this week. Ka-ching!

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