Stock of the month - September 2019

I have green! Lots of it! After a washout of a summer in the capital growth department my portfolio finally seems to have got off the ground. So how did everyone do? Who was your star pupil and who’s in the naughty corner?

Burford continued its recovery and again was my top performer followed by Sports Direct. Both of these were badly wounded in the summer and while I back Burford to come back I am a bit surprised to see Sports Direct do so well. While I’m pretty much back on level pegging on Sports Direct the Burford fund is still 30% in the red, so hopefully faith will be restored in it soon. I think long term Burford will bounce back and Sports Direct will continue to hit the news for the wrong reasons.

Boohoo is one of the star performers for me this year at over 40% gain jumped 15%. I’m still not a fan of retail when it comes to investing, I feel brands and shops come and go so fast that long term investing is quite tricky. Boohoo being an online retailer escapes much of what sinks most UK high street shops - the cost of rent and rates and the ever growing cost of employing people. Even today Boohoo’s recent acquisition of Karen Millen & Coast chain shows it is still very much in the driving seat and is navigating the tricky area of retail from the backseat and out of sight.

Okta was the loser at 22%. However, I like this stock and think it really has a future. I was pleased to see that other investors who know a great deal more than me (see investorplace article if you google) also back it to move North. I plan on buying a bit more of this stock while it has dipped.

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Remember that past performance is no guarantee of future performance.
This is a discussion only thread and is not advice to invest in any particular stock.

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Love the tenacity :+1: Thanks for sharing @Rollingskies

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Loser for me this month was Draper Esprit, down another 10%, currently at £4.30/share. I have no idea why. Even if one of their investments went bust, it shouldn’t be a 10% drop.

I’ve been increasing my position every month. Will do so this month, and probably the next too.

Winner this month was Craneware, which is up 30+%. It’s not available on Freetrade. It’s an AIM listed health-tech company, based in Scotland, but aimed at the US market. They had an earnings miss earlier in the year, so I’m still down on my total investment - but I’m happy going long. They sell the type of enterprise software which clients find very hard to quit.

Top performers for me:

Low performer:

Thanks as always for sharing the post, @Rollingskies :raised_hands:


Thanks for the insight Ben on Okta and it’s dip. I will look into it this month. Albemarle the winner for me up +17% and the loser Innovative Industrial Properties -10%

Edit: My winner/loser’s are outside Freetrade but thought I’d share

GVC is my best at just under +15%

Network International is my low at just over -12%

Same here - ‘gambling’ on gambling shares! :smiley:


Good month for me with Woodford ( from a low base admittedly )

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Actually Slack (and not Draper) is my worst performer this month after disappointing earnings - down 17%. I generally stay away from IPOs, but got sucked into this one.

I know that Microsoft Teams is a good product and picking up a lot of users (I’m long MSFT), but believe that there is significant space for Slack to grow in non-MS environments.

Spotify is :arrow_down: but it’s for long-term holding. Focusing on dividend paying MOAT companies now.

It was that one shiny thing that looked so good since most of us probably use Slack (unlike Eventbrite). I had to dive into Microsoft’s investor relations’ page and read conference call transcripts to get rid of the temptation.

First of all, Slack was an accidental startup—it was an internal developer tool at first. Also, it’s effectively an “MSN” app and has low barriers of entry, so it’s a low-hanging fruit for platforms like Amazon or Microsoft who have cheap access to capital:

Also, if Slack is using Azure, AWS or GCloud, those big players must be seeing the rise in traffic. Look at Amazon Prime Video and Netflix (Amazon’s customer).

It’s not fair, but that’s life.

One of the best advices I heard when it comes to starting or looking at disruptor startups is from a Professor of Stanford—if you’re startup, focus on the problem you’re trying to solve and the data you are using and how you snowball the data, then do what the Cloud companies wouldn’t be doing i.e. very domain-specific stuff. E.g. Finance, healthcare.

So when it comes to looking at new companies, it’s a useful framework to use:

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Top performer for me Centamin at 18% followed by my free share GoPro at 15% :+1:t2:


My star performer is dividend stocks! £365 in dividends this month


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I’m looking to get mine upto around £1000 p/m. Your way ahead of me. Fair play to you Dave!

I don’t do that well every month, that’s a record! loads of bi annual companies pay out in september


Great effort! :clap: All safely ISA’ed I hope :moneybag:


Not all of it, I’ve maxed My ISA this year, but I won’t hit the dividend tax threshold


My winner is my one free referral share in Fitbit up a whopping 23%! Shame I just have one!

My ‘actual’ winner is Aviva up 12% (although I’m still red :sleepy:) closely followed by ITV up 8% :tada:


That’s a hefty return.
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