One of the biggest challenges in investing in the stock market is picking the best stocks. In my book, "The Confident Investor" I teach my readers how to pick Good Companies. This page is designed to show the raw performance of these companies. It is not designed to show my personal portfolio, which may or may not exceed the performance stated here. Since I use the trading system described in my book, you can assume that I beat the performance recorded here.

I have created three tables below. The first table is the general market - NASDAQ and S&P500. Every investor should try to beat the average of these two indexes. In this report, my larger Watch List beats this metric easily.

I must caution you, I do not actually propose that you "buy and hold" any given stock, but rather you should "buy to hold" the stock. My investing technique teaches you to efficiently move your money to the stocks that are currently increasing in value the most. I use my Watch List for this work, these are Good Companies that I wait for great buying opportunities. This strategy is well described in my book, "The Confident Investor" and tends to be a very safe strategy in bear markets while typically still providing above market returns in a bull or flat market.

My Short Term Watch List are 15 companies that are hot right now. I select this list every quarter. I evenly divide a portion of my portfolio among these 15 companies. The next quarter, I add or delete companies as necessary and then re-balance the portfolio. This tends to be a more risky strategy because I don't bail out on bad stock movement (at least until the end of the quarter). In a bull market or a flat market, these very well-run and high-performing companies tend to beat the general market by a significant margin.

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Stock Indexes Performance

1 week ago 1 month ago 1 quarter ago 1 year ago
Index Close Profit % Close Profit % Close Profit % Close Profit
^GSPC $2,328.95 0.85% $2,345.96 0.12% $2,265.20 3.69% $2,091.58 12.29%
^IXIC $5,805.15 1.82% $5,817.69 1.60% $5,552.94 6.44% $4,906.23 20.47%

Week average for Indexes: 1.33%
Month average for Indexes: 0.86%
Quarter average for Indexes: 5.06%
Year average for Indexes: 16.38%

Watch List Performance

1 week ago 1 month ago 1 quarter ago 1 year ago
Stock Close Profit % Close Profit % Close Profit % Close Profit
AAPL $141.05 0.86% $140.92 0.96% $119.56 18.99% $103.49 37.47%
ABMD $124.61 0.34% $123.75 1.03% $111.57 12.06% $101.83 22.78%
ALGN $113.73 4.14% $112.55 5.23% $92.04 28.68% $73.87 60.34%
ALXN $118.35 -1.29% $120.26 -2.86% $131.49 -11.16% $159.10 -26.57%
AMAT $37.52 6.05% $38.85 2.42% $33.65 18.23% $20.81 91.21%
AMZN $884.67 1.57% $847.38 6.04% $817.88 9.86% $620.50 44.81%
AYI $172.72 2.85% $202.19 -12.14% $207.22 -14.27% $255.42 -30.45%
AZPN $58.50 2.65% $57.30 4.80% $55.44 8.32% $37.42 60.48%
BABA $110.21 2.63% $108.25 4.49% $98.41 14.94% $79.89 41.58%
BWLD $150.75 7.30% $148.05 9.25% $152.00 6.41% $144.31 12.09%
CBPO $108.34 5.30% $99.48 14.68% $111.21 2.58% $128.74 -11.39%
COF $81.02 2.04% $83.78 -1.32% $86.47 -4.40% $73.93 11.82%
CRUS $61.64 3.70% $59.37 7.66% $58.44 9.38% $34.20 86.90%
CVCO $114.80 1.48% $116.45 0.04% $95.25 22.31% $89.35 30.39%
DPZ $174.04 3.02% $184.35 -2.74% $166.63 7.60% $131.04 36.82%
EW $94.30 3.68% $94.30 3.68% $95.00 2.92% $108.33 -9.75%
EXR $78.10 3.03% $75.50 6.58% $74.22 8.42% $82.63 -2.61%
FB $139.39 3.08% $139.53 2.97% $128.93 11.44% $110.56 29.96%
GOOGL $840.18 2.23% $839.65 2.30% $844.43 1.72% $737.77 16.43%
GTN $14.50 1.03% $13.80 6.16% $10.85 35.02% $12.73 15.08%
GWR $64.80 3.69% $65.33 2.85% $75.07 -10.50% $65.99 1.82%
HDSN $6.51 2.76% $6.62 1.06% $7.51 -10.92% $3.32 101.51%
HOG $59.70 -6.52% $60.53 -7.80% $58.88 -5.22% $47.29 18.03%
HSKA $101.64 3.47% $98.23 7.07% $78.73 33.58% $28.78 265.43%
HZO $20.70 7.25% $21.45 3.50% $18.20 21.98% $19.52 13.73%
IDXX $153.60 3.59% $152.89 4.07% $117.74 35.15% $81.11 96.18%
LNCE $39.92 -17.38% $39.98 -17.51% $37.57 -12.21% $30.88 6.79%
LULU $51.22 3.63% $63.08 -15.85% $66.86 -20.61% $66.24 -19.87%
MCK $143.20 -5.08% $145.82 -6.79% $149.04 -8.80% $177.03 -23.22%
MEI $42.30 3.43% $43.76 -0.02% $40.86 7.06% $30.91 41.56%
MET $51.12 0.29% $52.05 -1.50% $53.70 -4.53% $45.31 13.14%
MIDD $134.18 2.65% $135.73 1.48% $133.32 3.32% $108.82 26.58%
MNST $44.90 1.09% $46.56 -2.51% $43.52 4.30% $122.99 -63.09%
MRK $62.61 -1.15% $63.28 -2.20% $61.37 0.85% $55.05 12.43%
NFLX $142.92 -0.03% $141.84 0.73% $137.39 3.99% $95.90 48.98%
NVDA $95.49 6.48% $107.09 -5.05% $104.96 -3.12% $36.01 182.37%
PCLN $1,738.77 0.76% $1,748.33 0.21% $1,554.99 12.67% $1,338.50 30.89%
REGN $370.37 -0.07% $365.02 1.40% $354.36 4.45% $404.38 -8.47%
SAM $139.05 0.00% $148.95 -6.65% $155.90 -10.81% $159.41 -12.77%
SBUX $57.51 5.39% $55.85 8.52% $57.50 5.41% $56.76 6.78%
STZ $168.95 1.86% $162.72 5.76% $151.15 13.86% $153.29 12.27%
SUI $82.02 3.19% $80.44 5.22% $78.36 8.02% $65.85 28.54%
SWKS $97.47 4.24% $96.50 5.28% $89.90 13.02% $70.43 44.25%
THRM $34.65 1.88% $36.95 -4.47% $33.85 4.28% $42.71 -17.35%
TMO $152.18 1.88% $154.65 0.25% $142.66 8.68% $146.27 6.00%
TRN $25.52 2.39% $26.09 0.14% $27.74 -5.79% $19.58 33.48%
UA $17.76 -1.30% $17.44 0.52% $24.96 -29.77% $44.74 -60.82%
ULTA $282.68 -1.12% $281.22 -0.61% $266.02 5.07% $205.39 36.08%

Week average for Watch List stocks: 1.73% compared to indexes for same period at: 1.33%
Month average for Watch List stocks: 0.76% compared to indexes for same period at: 0.86%
Quarter average for Watch List stocks: 5.26% compared to indexes for same period at: 5.06%
Year average for Watch List stocks: 27.89% compared to indexes for same period at: 16.38%

Short Term Watch List

1 week ago 1 month ago 1 quarter ago 1 year ago
Stock Close Profit % Close Profit % Close Profit % Close Profit
AAPL $141.05 0.86% $140.92 0.96% $119.56 18.99% $103.49 37.47%
ABMD $124.61 0.34% $123.75 1.03% $111.57 12.06% $101.83 22.78%
ALGN $113.73 4.14% $112.55 5.23% $92.04 28.68% $73.87 60.34%
AMAT $37.52 6.05% $38.85 2.42% $33.65 18.23% $20.81 91.21%
AMZN $884.67 1.57% $847.38 6.04% $817.88 9.86% $620.50 44.81%
AZPN $58.50 2.65% $57.30 4.80% $55.44 8.32% $37.42 60.48%
CRUS $61.64 3.70% $59.37 7.66% $58.44 9.38% $34.20 86.90%
DPZ $174.04 3.02% $184.35 -2.74% $166.63 7.60% $131.04 36.82%
HDSN $6.51 2.76% $6.62 1.06% $7.51 -10.92% $3.32 101.51%
HSKA $101.64 3.47% $98.23 7.07% $78.73 33.58% $28.78 265.43%
MEI $42.30 3.43% $43.76 -0.02% $40.86 7.06% $30.91 41.56%
NFLX $142.92 -0.03% $141.84 0.73% $137.39 3.99% $95.90 48.98%
NVDA $95.49 6.48% $107.09 -5.05% $104.96 -3.12% $36.01 182.37%
SUI $82.02 3.19% $80.44 5.22% $78.36 8.02% $65.85 28.54%
ULTA $282.68 -1.12% $281.22 -0.61% $266.02 5.07% $205.39 36.08%

Week average for Short Term Watch List stocks: 2.70% compared to indexes for same period at: 1.33%
Month average for Short Term Watch List stocks: 2.25% compared to indexes for same period at: 0.86%
Quarter average for Short Term Watch List stocks: 10.45% compared to indexes for same period at: 5.06%
Year average for Short Term Watch List stocks: 76.35% compared to indexes for same period at: 16.38%

Total Execution Time: 99.627380132675 Sec

This information was calculated on Apr 23, 2017 and is based on the closing value of the most recent trading day which may not be today.
This information is based on the Yahoo Historical Pricing and is only as good or as current as that data.
My Short Term Watch List (including $ALGN) grew by 76.35% over the last year

My Watch List (including $MRK) grew by 27.89% over the last year

My Short Term Watch List (including $ALGN) grew by 76.35% over the last year

Company name IDEXX Laboratories, Inc.
Stock ticker IDXX
Live stock price [stckqut]IDXX[/stckqut]
P/E compared to competitors Good

MANAGEMENT EXECUTION

Employee productivity Poor
Sales growth Fair
EPS growth Good
P/E growth Good
EBIT growth Fair

ANALYSIS

Confident Investor Rating Fair
Target stock price (TWCA growth scenario) $240.64
Target stock price (averages with growth) $239.16
Target stock price (averages with no growth) $109.63
Target stock price (manual assumptions) $183.59

The following company description is from Google Finance: http://www.google.com/finance?q=idxx

IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. develops, manufactures and distributes products and provides services for the companion animal veterinary, livestock and poultry, dairy and water testing markets. The Company also sells a line of portable electrolytes and blood gas analyzers for the human point-of-care medical diagnostics market. Its segments include diagnostic and information technology-based products and services for the veterinary market, which the Company refers to as the Companion Animal Group; water quality products; diagnostic products and services for livestock and poultry health, which the Company refers to as Livestock, Poultry and Dairy, and Other operating segment, which combines and presents products for the human point-of-care medical diagnostics market with its pharmaceutical product line and its out-licensing arrangements. Its products and services include point-of-care veterinary diagnostic products, comprising instruments, consumables and rapid assay test kits, among others.

 

Confident Investor comments: At this time, I think that a Confident Investor can cautiously invest in IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. as long as the price is correct. Most of the fundamentals of this company are good but there are some concerns. I am adding this company to my Watch List.

If you would like to understand how to evaluate companies like I do on this site, please read my book, The Confident Investor. You can review the best companies that I have found (and I probably invest my own money in most of these companies) in my Watch List.

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