May was a good month for our some of our stocks and a volatile one for others. But overall, our portfolio is looking great. The two stocks that were in negative territory at the end of April are recovering nicely.
The big winner in May was Magna International, with a 39% gain. (Clearly, their stock price didn’t suffer after the press reported an explosion at their plant on May 1.) As a group, our Canadian stocks are doing really well, and they continue to outpace their US counterparts.
If you’ve followed along since the beginning of the year, you’ll know by now that stock prices jump around a lot, month to month. I understand why “The Neatest Little Guide to Stock Market Investing” offers a lot of advice on the psychology of investment. You really do have to take the long view and ignore the fluctuations in price, or you’ll drive yourself crazy.
|Company Name||Closing Price
|AEterna Zentaris Inc.||2.38 CDN||2.15 CDN||-10%|
|Bombardier Inc.||3.76 CDN||4.70 CDN||+25%|
|Callaway Golf Co.||6.50 US||6.85 US||+5%|
|Cameron International Corp.||56.46 US||60.87 US||+8%|
|Canadian Tire Corp.||81.00 CDN||96.76 CDN||+19%|
|Cott Corp.||8.03 US||8.19 US||+2%|
|Indigo Books & Music||10.68 CDN||10.90 CDN||+2%|
|Koninlijke Philips Electronics||26.54 US||28.27 US||+7%|
|Magna International Inc.||49.68 CDN||69.14 CDN||+39%|
|Research in Motion Ltd.||11.80 CDN||14.45 CDN||+22%|
|Ryder Systems Inc.||49.93 US||63.04 US||+26%|
|Sherwin-Williams Co.||153.82 US||188.53 US||+23%|
|Sparton Corp.||13.87 US||16.62 US||+20%|
|USG Corp.||28.07 US||27.33 US||-3%|
|Westjet Airlines Ltd.||19.81 CDN||23.25 CDN||+17%|
|Total Value $CDN||$179.11||$221.35||+24%|
|Total Value $US||$343.22||$399.70||+16%|