Back in January 2012, I wrote this article, suggesting that quality blue chip stocks were unfairly depressed, and looked at ten stocks that had taken big falls over the previous 52 weeks.
Just over four months later, the S&P / ASX 200 Index (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) has risen 2.2%. Had you started a portfolio of these stocks that day, your return would be over 7%. It would be a nice return above the market, while holding some quality and fairly low risk stocks.
That doesn’t include dividends (some fully franked), that all of these companies have paid out in recent months. To be fair, neither does the index, but these companies are likely to have paid more than the average ASX 200 dividend yield.
|Code||Company||Price then||Price Now||Change (%)|
|ANZ||Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ASX: ANZ)||$20.87||$23.17||11.0%|
|BHP||BHP Billiton Limited (ASX: BHP)||$37.14||$34.79||-6.3%|
|CPU||Computershare Limited (ASX: CPU)||$7.75||$8.42||8.6%|
|CSL||CSL Limited (ASX: CSL)||$30.62||$37.23||21.6%|
|ORG||Origin Energy Limited (ASX: ORG)||$13.57||$13.14||-3.2%|
|QBE||QBE Insurance Group Limited (ASX: QBE)||$11.64||$13.34||14.6%|
|SHL||Sonic Healthcare Limited (ASX: SHL)||$11.35||$12.44||9.6%|
|WBC||Westpac Banking Corporation (ASX: WBC)||$20.63||$22.75||10.3%|
|WOR||Worleyparsons Limited (ASX: WOR)||$27.51||$26.48||-3.7%|
|WOW||Woolworths Limited (ASX: WOW)||$24.73||$26.71||8.0%|
|S&P/ASX 200 Index||2.2%|
Source: Google Finance
Winners and Losers
The big winners since January have been ANZ, CSL, QBE and Westpac, all up by more than 10%. BHP, Origin Energy and Worleyparsons were the underperformers. Given those three are all resources or energy related stocks, this is reflecting the market’s concerns about these sectors.
Companies such as Computershare, CSL and QBE have benefited from rising optimism and a falling Australian dollar, as much of their earnings comes from offshore. I suspect all the rising stocks have benefited as the market realised they had been oversold.
Despite Woolworths’ issues such as price deflation, weak consumer sentiment and competition with both Coles, owned by Wesfarmers Limited (ASX: WES) and Metcash Limited (ASX: MTS), the company’s shares are still up by 8%.
The banks, ANZ and Westpac continue to perform, recently posting billion dollar profits for the last six months.
The Foolish bottom line
Given the recent volatility, investors may yet again get the chance to pick up quality stocks at unreasonably low prices.
We aren’t yet in a state of maximum pessimism or panic, with the market less jumpy than during the worst of 2008 and 2009, but market falls may well present investors with some golden buying opportunities.
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