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Results for Contrarian, Wanger, and Oshaughnessy

By SumOfSome | April 25, 2009

To avoid generating rankings prematurely, I wait to generate scores until a screen or experts picks have 5 sets of picks which have reached the 10-week maturity mark. The Contrarian, Wanger GARP, and OShaughnessy Growth investment strategies have now reached this mark, and are listed in the most recent stock strategy scores post. All three of them have thus far performed better than the S&P in all four categories: Lifetime results, Recent results (the past 5 screens), Bear market (ranking for picks made during a bear market cycle), and Bull market (ranking for picks made during a bull market cycle). The Contrarian strategy has even landed itself a place in the top 5 for Lifetime and Bear while the Oshaughnessy Growth has made top 5 for Bull. It seems that the The Street strategies which have reigned supreme for so long may have some competition.

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The best market experts and stock screens 2009-04-24

By SumOfSome | April 25, 2009

Updated scores for the market experts and screens have been calculated for January 2009. The bulleted list below contains investment strategies which I do not currently calculate scores for. These will be calculated once they have five screens reach the 10-week maturity mark. This will help to limit large fluctuations in the scores and prevent leaping to conclusions too soon. Details for these screens can still be found in the stock market strategies section.

Analyst - Screen Lifetime Recent Bull Bear
The Street - Fast Growth 9 8 7 9
Briefing Active Portfolio 4 4 -2 6
Warren Buffett Mimic 2 1 -5 3
Fool - CAPS Rated 4 -1 0 5
Fool - CAPS Leader 6 4 0 7
ClearStation A-List 9 4 1 9
ClearStation Community 0 3 -22 3
ClearStation ClearPick 4 -1 -3 7
Contrarian 15 5 1 17
Wanger GARP 10 3 2 9
Jubak Journal 10 5 2 12
Peter Lynch Mimic 9 12 1 10
MarketWatch Most 7 1 -2 11
Future Blue Chips 11 5 2 13
All Season Growth 16 12 13 15
MSN Stock Scouter 10 2 3 12
Screen of Screens 3 0 4 3
CNN Sivy 70 6 4 -1 9
The Street - All Around 17 10 7 18
The Street - LargeCap 11 4 -2 11
The Street - MidCap 11 4 3 10
The Street - SmallCap 17 10 1 18
Martin Zweig Mimic 1 1 -1 1
OShaughnessy Growth 9 5 7 7

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Stock Screen and Market Expert Picks – 2009-04-24

By SumOfSome | April 25, 2009

New picks are generated based on the Stock Market Strategies every two to six weeks, and are tracked to create the scores which are also posted on a regular basis. No new screens or experts were added this period. Click continue reading to view each of the individual stocks which will be tracked for this period.
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Even Distressed Stocks Aren’t an Option

By SumOfSome | February 24, 2009

I have added the “Distressed Stocks” screen defined on the MSN screener to the market strategies tracked by Sum of Some. However, in our wonderful economy, even this screen fails to find any hope when run. Obviously it can locate the “distress” in many many stocks (those at or near their 52-week lows), but another criteria of the screen is to look for positive momentum, good analyst expectations, and a previous year of growth. Out of all the hundreds of companies that the screener diligently scours (I would say thousands, but a baseline market cap of > 50 million is set to restrict the set), not a single shimmer of light appears at the end of the tunnel. This has been the case for the past month, and possibly longer, though I have only recently been checking. Alas, we will continue to run the screen, and eventually, it will find hope, and we will see if this hope can make some bank.

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Sum Of Some knows how to return first place Google search results

By SumOfSome | February 5, 2009

Since a few readers email me to ask not about financial topics, but about the site itself, I decided I will post a few articles throughout the year which give updates on website statistics, useful finance related blogging tools, and other similar site-focused content. In this first post, I will discuss Sum of Some’s Google search result rankings and provide a few details on how I believe the site achieved such good ratings.

When our hosting provider, SynWare, set up this site for us, they introduced us to a few analytical tools to help better understand our audience, site trends, etc. These tools being Google Analytics and AWStats. Without going into further detail about the tools, I will just say that since I am somewhat obsessed with statistics, as can be seen from this site, and I quite enjoyed these.

Key Lesson Learned: Target Specific Terminology

One item these tools track are the search terms that lead viewers to the site. There were obvious search terms I expected, such as “finance screens”, “analyst trades”, etc. But the majority of terms that brought in the viewers were for very specific items, such as “contrarian investors technical indicators pe ratios”, “highest rated stocks by analysts”, and “martin zweigs fundamentals”. Thinking about it for a second, this made sense. Trying to rank highly for generic key words like “finance” across all of the Internet would be next to impossible for a small site like this. Thinking about this further, I decided to Google for a lot of the key words and phrases I felt were repeated themes throughout this site, and the results were quite surprising. As of early January, here are the terms and Google search result rankings where Sum of Some popped up:

What I found the most surprising and amusing about this is that I had captured first place rankings for terms such as “clearstation picks”, “fool top rated”, and “briefing active”, beating out the companies who created these terms! I wonder if E*Trade is mad that with all the millions they spend on marketing, I was still able to capture the number 1 Google search result without spending a penny. Maybe I should get into the SEO biz ;) But back to the point, as you can see, the only generic term I could think up to search for which Sum of Some placed in the top 10 for was “stock market screens”. All of the other terms were specific to a stock market strategy or another analyst’s terminology. Now, I have to admit, during the initial creation of the site, I did read quite a few “how to write a blog” type sites. I am sure they would all be ashamed of me for not linking to them here to boost their link count and to provide myself with link-back comments, but I am daunted by the sheer number of sites in my favorites right now, sorry, I will try to do this someday. From this reading, I picked up some other good advice which I must contribute to this Google search result success as well.

Additional Success Factors for High Google Search Result Ranks

Since I am not trying to recreate a “how to” guide, I will just quickly point to some of the additional rules I try to adhere to.