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When reasonable people come together and make reasonable decisions, much can be achieved. That was my belief when I formed Wax Ink, and that is my belief today.

Through all of the highs and lows that are investing, I have tried to show interested investors that a portfolio that buys great companies at great prices, and then holds those great companies for extended periods of time, will yield superior returns when compared to a portfolio in which the holdings are continuously changed.

I invite you to follow the Wax Ink Portfolio as I continue my journey through a world never intended for working class investors.

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Performance – Week Ending 04/11/2014
The Wax Ink Portfolio was down 3.1% for the week. By comparison, the Dow was down 2.4%, the Nasdaq was down 3.1%, the S&P 500 was down 2.6%, the Russell 2000 was down 3.6%, and the Volatility Index, commonly known as the VIX, was up 22.0%.

Year to date, the Wax Ink portfolio is down 2.5%, the Dow is down 3.3%, the Nasdaq is down 4.2%, the S&P 500 is down 1.8%, the Russell 2000 is down 4.5%, and the VIX is higher by 24.1%.

The portfolio breakdown is 65% equities, 35% cash, and 0% bonds. There was no change in the total shares held.

This week’s winners were rubber and plastics container maker Myers Indudstries (NYSE: MYE), up 10%, rail, piling, and tubular products maker LB Foster (Nasdaq: FSTR), up 2%, and municipal and heavy construction contractor Layne Christensen (Nasdaq: LAYN), up 0.3%.

This week’s losers were steel cylinder maker Worthingtion Industries (NYSE: WOR), down 8%, drug maker Cubist Corporation (Nasdaq: CBST), down 8%, and cigarette paper king Schweitzer-Maudit International (NYSE: SWM), down 5%.

The portfolio’s worst performing stocks remain garage door and telephone headset maker Griffon Corporation (NYSE: GFF), down 38% since being added to the portfolio, and municipal/industrial construction company Layne Christensen (Nasdaq: LAYN), down 9% since being added to the portfolio.

Worksheets were updated this week for:
Avon Products (NYSE: AVP), Ecolab, Inc. (NYSE: ECL), Spartan Motors (Nasdaq: SPAR), Supreme Industries (NYSE: STS), Wabash National Corporation (NYSE: WNC), and BorgWarner, Inc. (NYSE: BWA).

Please note that worksheets are updated basis the most current SEC 10-K ANNUAL filing. To access any worksheet in this post, click on the associated company name.

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Performance – Week Ending 04/04/2014
The Wax Ink Portfolio was up 0.8% for the week. By comparison, the Dow was up 0.5%, the Nasdaq was down 0.7%, the S&P 500 was up 0.4%, the Russell 2000 was up 0.1%, and the Volatility Index, commonly known as the VIX, was down 3.1%.

Year to date, the Wax Ink portfolio is up 0.6%, the Dow is down 1.0%, the Nasdaq is down 1.2%, the S&P 500 is up 0.9%, the Russell 2000 is down 0.9%, and the VIX is higher by 1.7%.

The portfolio breakdown is 65% equities, 35% cash, and 0% bonds. There was no change in the total shares held.

This week’s winners were grease and chicken parts collection company Darling International (NYSE: DAR), up 7%, rubber and plastics container maker Myers Industries (NYSE: MYE), up 6%, and trucking company Arkansas Best Corporation (Nasdaq: ABFS), up 5%.

This week’s losers were agricultural chemicals company Agrium (NYSE: AGU), down 2%, drug maker Cubist Corporation (Nasdaq: CBST), down 2%, and rubber and tire king Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company (NYSE: GT), down 1%.

The portfolio’s worst performing stocks remain garage door and telephone headset maker Griffon Corporation (NYSE: GFF), down 35% since being added to the portfolio, and municipal/industrial construction company Layne Christensen (Nasdaq: LAYN), down 10% since being added to the portfolio.

Worksheets were updated this week for: Carters, Inc. (NYSE: CRI), Superior Uniform Group, Inc. (NYSE: SGC), Deckers Outdoor Corporation (Nasdaq: DECK), and Tredgear Corporation (Nasdaq: TG).

Please note that worksheets are updated basis the most current SEC 10-K ANNUAL filing. To access any worksheet in this post, click on the associated company name.

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Performance – Week Ending 03/28/2014
The Wax Ink Portfolio was down 1.2% for the week. By comparison, the Dow was up 0.1%, the Nasdaq was down 2.8%, the S&P 500 was down 0.5%, the Russell 2000 was down 3.5%, and the Volatility Index, commonly known as the VIX, was down 3.9%.

Year to date, the Wax Ink portfolio is down 0.2%, the Dow is down 1.5%, the Nasdaq is down 0.5%, the S&P 500 is up 0.5%, the Russell 2000 is down 1.0%, and the VIX is higher by 5.0%.

The portfolio breakdown is 65% equities, 35% cash, and 0% bonds. During the course of the week, I closed my position in AAR Corporation (NYSE: AIR), having owned the stock 4513 days. The gain, net of all fees, was 241%.

This week’s winners were agricultural chemical company Agrium, Inc. (NYSE: AGU), up 3%, lots of stuff maker General Electric (NYSE: GE), up 2%, and technical services company URS Corporation (NYSE: URS), up 0.15%.

This week’s losers were cylinder maker Worthington Industries, Inc. (NYSE: WOR), down 10%, drug maker Cubist Corporation (Nasdaq: CBST), down 7%, and trucking company Arkansas Best Corporation (Nasdaq: ABFS), down 5%.

The portfolio’s worst performing stocks remain garage door and telephone headset maker Griffon Corporation (NYSE: GFF), down 34% since being added to the portfolio, and municipal/industrial construction company Layne Christensen (Nasdaq: LAYN), down 13% since being added to the portfolio.

Worksheets were updated this week for: Gilbraltar Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq: ROCK), Olympic Steel, Inc. (Nasdaq: ZUES), and Arch Coal, Inc. (NYSE: ACI).

Please note that worksheets are updated basis the most current SEC 10-K ANNUAL filing. To access any worksheet in this post, click on the associated company name.

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Performance – Week Ending 03/21/2014
The Wax Ink Portfolio was up 0.8% for the week. By comparison, the Dow was up 1.5%, the Nasdaq was up 0.7%, the S&P 500 was up 1.4%, the Russell 2000 was up 1.0%, and the Volatility Index, commonly known as the VIX, decreased by 15.8%.

Year to date, the Wax Ink portfolio is up 1.0%, the Dow is down 1.7%, the Nasdaq is up 2.4%, the S&P 500 is up 1.0%, the Russell 2000 is up 2.6%, and the VIX is higher by 9.3%.

The portfolio breakdown remains roughly 66% equities, 34% cash, and 0% bonds. There was no change in the total shares held.

This week’s winners were trucking company Arkansas Best Corporation (Nasdaq: ABFS), up 5%, small tool maker The L.S. Starrett Company (NYSE: SCX), up 5%, and cylinder maker Worthington Industries (NYSE: WOR), up 4%.

This week’s losers were aircraft repair company AAR Corporation (NYSE: AIR), down 6%, restaurant grease collection company Darling International (NYSE: DAR), down 1%, and cigarette paper maker Schweitzer-Maudit International (NYSE: SWM), down 1%.

The portfolio’s worst performing stocks remain garage door and telephone headset maker Griffon Corporation (NYSE: GFF), down 31% since being added to the portfolio, and municipal/industrial construction company Layne Christensen (Nasdaq: LAYN), down 11% since being added to the portfolio.

Worksheets were updated this week for: Continental Resources, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) CARBO Ceramics, Inc. (NYSE: CRR), and Exterran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: EXH).

Please note that worksheets are updated basis the most current SEC 10-K ANNUAL filing. To access any worksheet in this post, click on the associated company name.

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Performance – Week Ending 03/14/2014
The Wax Ink Portfolio declined 2.3% for the week. By comparison, the Dow was 2.4% lower, the Nasdaq was 2.1% lower, the S&P 500 was 2.0% lower, the Russell 2000 was down 1.8%, and the Volatility Index, commonly known as the VIX, increased by 26.3%.

Year to date, the Wax Ink portfolio is up 0.2%, the Dow is down 3.1%, the Nasdaq is up 1.6%, the S&P 500 is down 0.4%, the Russell 2000 is up 1.5%, and the VIX is higher by 29.9%.

The portfolio breakdown remains roughly 66% equities, 34% cash, and 0% bonds. There was no change in the total shares held.

This week’s winners were refiner HollyFrontier Corporation (NYSE: HFC), up 5%, and helicopter company Kaman Corporation (Nasdaq: KAMN), up 1%.

This week’s losers were small tool maker The L.S. Starrett Company (NYSE: SCX), down 13%, municipal/industrial construction company Layne Christensen (Nasdaq: LAYN), down 6%, and semiconductor maker International Rectifier Corporation (NYSE: IRF), down 4%.

The portfolio’s worst performing stocks remain garage door and telephone headset maker Griffon Corporation (NYSE: GFF), down 32% since being added to the portfolio, and municipal/industrial construction company Layne Christensen (Nasdaq: LAYN), down 14% since being added to the portfolio.

Worksheets were updated this week for Gordman’s Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq: GMAN), Williams-Sonoma, Inc., (NYSE: WSM), Pep Boys (NYSE: PBY), Dick’s Sporting Goods, Inc. (NYSE: DKS), Hibbett Sports, Inc. (Nasdaq: HIBB), Tiffany and Company, Inc. (NYSE: TIF), Coldwater Creek, Inc. (Nasdaq: CWTR), Francesca’s Holding Corporation (Nasdaq: FRAN), Staples, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS), Tech Data Corporation (Nasdaq: TECD), Mitcham Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq: MIND), Ulta Salon Cosmetics and Fragrance, Inc. (Nasdaq: ULTA), Sea Change International, Inc. (Nasdaq: SEAC), Sigma Designs, Inc. (Nasdaq: SIGM), and Semtech Corporation (Nasdaq: SMTC).

Please note that worksheets are updated basis the most current SEC 10-K ANNUAL filing. To access the worksheets for this post, click on the associated company name.

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Performance – Week Ending 03/07/2014
The Wax Ink Portfolio was increased 2.1% for the week. By comparison, the Dow was 0.8% higher, the Nasdaq was 0.7% higher, the S&P 500 was 1.0% higher, the Russell 2000 was up 1.7%, and the Volatility Index, commonly known as the VIX, increased by 0.8%.

Year to date, the Wax Ink portfolio is up 2.6%, the Dow is down 0.7%, the Nasdaq is up 3.8%, the S&P 500 is up 1.6%, the Russell 2000 is up 3.4%, and the VIX is higher by 2.8%.

The portfolio breakdown remains roughly 66% equities, 34% cash, and 0% bonds. There was no change in the total shares held.

This week’s winners were trucking company Arkansas Best Corporation (Nasdaq: ABFS), up 12%, airplane repair company AAR Corporation (NYSE: AIR), up 7%. and refiner Holly Frontier Corporation (NYSE: HFC), up 4%.

This week’s losers were cigarette paper maker Schweitzer-Maudit International, Inc. (NYSE: SWM), down 5%, container maker Myers Industries, Inc. (NYSE: MYE), down 3%, and drug company Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: CBST), down 3%.

The portfolio’s worst performing stocks remain garage door and telephone headset maker Griffon Corporation (NYSE: GFF), down 29% since being added to the portfolio, and municipal/industrial construction company Layne Christensen (Nasdaq: LAYN), down 9% since being added to the portfolio.

Worksheets were updated this week for New York and Company, Inc. (NYSE: NWY), Ross Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq: ROST), Shoe Carnival, Inc. (Nasdaq: SCVL), SteinMart, Inc. (Nasdaq: SMRT), The Buckle, Inc. (NYSE: BKE), The Cato Corporation (Nasdaq: CATO), The Children’s Place Retail Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCE), The Men’s Warehouse, Inc. (NYSE: MW), The Wet Seal, Inc. (Nasdaq: WTSL), Zumies, Inc. (Nasdaq: ZUMZ), J.C. Penny Company, Inc. (NYSE: JCP), The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq: BONT), Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE: BIG), Dollar General Corporation (NYSE: DG), Fred’s, Inc. (Nasdaq: FRED), The Kroger Company, Inc. (NYSE: KR), Conn’s, Inc. (Nasdaq: CONN),Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW).

Please note that worksheets are updated basis the most current SEC 10-K ANNUAL filing. To access the worksheets for this post, click on the associated company name.

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Performance – Week Ending 02/28/2014
The Wax Ink Portfolio was up 2.4% for the week. By comparison, the Dow was up 1.4%, the Nasdaq was up 1%, the S&P 500 was up 1.3%, the Russell 2000 was up 1.6%, and the Volatility Index, commonly known as the VIX, decreased by 4.4%.

Year to date, the Wax Ink portfolio is up 0.5%, the Dow is down 1.5%, the Nasdaq is up 3.1%, the S&P 500 is up 0.6%, the Russell 2000 is up 1.7%, and the VIX is higher by 2%.

The portfolio breakdown remains roughly 66% equities, 34% cash, and 0% bonds. There was no change in the total shares held.

This week’s winners were container maker Myers Industries, Inc. (NYSE: MYE), up 9%, pipe, rail, and piling company L.B. Foster (Nasdaq: FSTR), up 9%, and airplane repair company AAR Corporation (NYSE: AIR), up 6%.

This week’s losers were garage door and telephone headset maker Griffon Corporation (NYSE: GFF), down 1%, refiner Holly Frontier Corporation (NYSE: HFC), down 1%, and municipal/industrial construction company Layne Christensen (Nasdaq: LAYN), down 1%.

The portfolio’s worst performing stocks remain garage door and telephone headset maker Griffon Corporation (NYSE: GFF), down 31% since being added to the portfolio, and municipal/industrial construction company Layne Christensen (Nasdaq: LAYN), down 13% since being added to the portfolio.

Worksheets were updated this week for G-III Apparel Group, Ltd.. (Nasdaq: GIII), lulumon athletica, inc. (Nasdaq: LULU), Oxford Industries, Inc. (NYSE: OXM), Perry Ellis International, Inc. (Nasdaq: PERY), Phillips Van Husen Corporation (NYSE: PVH), Brown Shoe Company, Inc. (NYSE: BWS), Vera Bradley, Inc. (NYSE: VRA), Krispy Kreme Doughnuts (NYSE: KKD), Pandora Media, Inc. (NYSE: P), Aeropostale, Inc. (NYSE: ARO), American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. (NYSE: AEO), Ann, Inc. (NYSE: ANN), Destination XL Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DXLG), Citi Trends, Inc. (Nasdaq: CTRN), DSW, Inc. (NYSE: DSW), Express, Inc. (Nasdaq: EXPR), Foot Locker, Inc. (NYSE: FL), Genesco, Inc. (NYSE: GCO), Guess?, Inc. (NYSE: GES), Jos. A. Bank Clothiers, Inc. (Nasdaq: JOSB).

Please note that worksheets are updated basis the most current SEC 10-K ANNUAL filing. To access the worksheets for this post, click on the associated company name.

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Wax Ink is a baseline equity research company not licensed or registered with any government agency
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Performance – Week Ending 02/21/2014
The Wax Ink Portfolio was up 1.8% for the week. By comparison, the Dow was down 0.3%, the Nasdaq was up 0.5%, the S&P 500 was down 0.1%, the Russell 2000 was up 1.3%, and the Volatility Index, commonly known as the VIX, increased by 8%.

Year to date, the Wax Ink portfolio is down 1.9%, the Dow is down 2.9%, the Nasdaq is up 2.1%, the S&P 500 is down 0.7%, the Russell 2000 is up 0.1%, and the VIX is higher by 6.8%.

The portfolio breakdown remains roughly 66% equities, 34% cash, and 0% bonds. There was no change in the total shares held.

This week’s darlings of the portfolio were after market auto parts maker Dorman Products (Nasdaq: DORM), up 7%, drug maker Cubist Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: CBST), up 6%, and technical and government services contractor URS Corporation (NYSE: URS), up 6%.

This week’s portfolio stinkers were maker of lots of stuff General Electric Company (NYSE: GE), down 3%, pipe, rail, and piling company L.B. Foster (Nasdaq: FSTR), down 2%, and steel cylinder maker Worthington Industries (NYSE: WOR), down 2%.

The portfolio’s worst performing stocks remain garage door and telephone headset maker Griffon Corporation (NYSE: GFF), down 31% since being added to the portfolio, and municipal/industrial construction company Layne Christensen (Nasdaq: LAYN), down 12% since being added to the portfolio.

Worksheets were updated this week for Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE: JWN), Kohl’s Corporation (NYSE: KSS), The TJX Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TJX), Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT), Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT), Titan Machinery, Inc. (Nasdaq: TITN), Verint Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: VRNT), and Raven Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq: RAVN).

Please note that worksheets are updated basis the most current SEC 10-K ANNUAL filing. To access the worksheets for this post, click on the associated company name.

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Wax Ink is a baseline equity research company not licensed or registered with any government agency
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Performance – Week Ending 02/14/2014
The Wax Ink Portfolio was up 2.2% for the week. By comparison, the Dow was up 2.3%, the Nasdaq was up 2.9%, the S&P 500 was up 2.3%, the Russell 2000 was up 2.9%, and the Volatility Index, commonly known as the VIX, decreased by 11.2%.

Year to date, the Wax Ink portfolio is down 3.7%, the Dow is down 2.5%, the Nasdaq is up 1.6%, the S&P 500 is down 0.5%, the Russell 2000 is down 1.2%, and the VIX is lower by 1.1%.

The portfolio breakdown remains roughly 66% equities, 34% cash, and 0% bonds. There was no change in the total shares held.

This week’s darlings of the portfolio were rubber king Goodyear Tire and Rubber (NYSE: GT), up 14%, municipal/industrial construction company Layne Christensen (Nasdaq: LAYN), up 9%, and small tool maker The LS Starrett Company (NYSE: SCX), up 7%.

This week’s portfolio stinkers were technical services company URS Corporation (NYSE: URS), down 9%, and after market auto parts maker Dorman Products (Nasdaq: DORM), down 1%.

The portfolio’s worst performing stocks remain garage door and telephone headset maker Griffon Corporation (NYSE: GFF), down 31% since being added to the portfolio, and municipal/industrial construction company Layne Christensen (Nasdaq: LAYN), down 13% since being added to the portfolio.

Worksheets were updated this week for Autodesk, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADSK), Marvel Technology Group, Ltd. (Nasdaq: MRVL), Virco Manufacturing Corporation (Nasdaq: VIRC), Movado Group (NYSE: MOV), Blyth, Inc. (NYSE: BTH), Aerosonic Corporation (NYSE: AIM), TiVo, Inc. (Nasdaq: TIVO), Abercrombie and Fitch Company, Inc. (NYSE: ANF),The Gap, Inc. (NYSE: GPS).

Please note that worksheets are updated basis the most current SEC 10-K ANNUAL filing.

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Performance – Week Ending 02/07/2014
The Wax Ink Portfolio was down 1.7% for the week. By comparison, the Dow was up 0.6%, the Nasdaq was up 0.5%, the S&P 500 was up 0.8%, the Russell 2000 was down 1.3%, and the Volatility Index, commonly known as the VIX, decreased by 16.9%.

Year to date, the Wax Ink portfolio is down 5.7%, the Dow is down 4.7%, the Nasdaq is down 1.2%, the S&P 500 is down 2.8%, the Russell 2000 is down 4.0%, and the VIX is higher by 11.4%.

The portfolio breakdown remains roughly 66% equities, 34% cash, and 0% bonds. There was no change in the total shares held.

This week’s darlings of the portfolio were container maker Myers Industries (NYSE: MYE), up 3%, small tool maker The L.S. Starrett Company (NYSE: SCX), up 3%, and specialty chemical company W.R. Grace and Company (NYSE: GRA), up 2%.

This week’s portfolio stinkers were trucking company Arkansas Best Corporation (Nasdaq: ABFS), down 10%, steel cylinder maker Worthington Industries (NYSE: WOR), down 6%, and cigarette paper maker Schweiter-Maudit International (NYSE: SWM), down 5%.

The portfolio’s worst performing stocks remain garage door and telephone headset maker Griffon Corporation (NYSE: GFF), down 30% since being added to the portfolio, and municipal/industrial construction company Layne Christensen (Nasdaq: LAYN), down 20% since being added to the portfolio.

Worksheets were updated this week for Alco Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq: ALCS), Rex American Resources, Inc. (NYSE: REX), Hastings Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: HAST), Trans World Entertainment Corporation (Nasdaq: TWMC), Petsmart, Inc. (Nasdaq: PETM).

Please note that worksheets are updated basis the most current SEC 10-K ANNUAL filing.

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Performance – Week Ending 01/31/2014
The Wax Ink Portfolio was down 0.6% for the week. By comparison, the Dow was down 1.1%, the Nasdaq was down 0.6%, the S&P 500 was down 0.4%, the Russell 2000 was down 1.2%, and the Volatility Index, commonly known as the VIX, increased by 1.5%.

Year to date, the Wax Ink portfolio is down 4.0%, the Dow is down 5.3%, the Nasdaq is down 1.7%, the S&P 500 is down 3.6%, the Russell 2000 is down 2.8%, and the VIX is higher by 34.2%.

The portfolio breakdown remains roughly 66% equities, 34% cash, and 0% bonds. There was no change in the total shares held.

This week’s darlings of the portfolio were trucking company Arkansas Best Corporation (Nasdaq: ABFS), up 6%, rubber king The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company (NYSE: GT), up 3%, and paper company Schweitzer-Maudit International (NYSE: SWM), up 2%.

This week’s portfolio stinkers were garage door and telephone headset maker Griffon Corporation (NYSE: GFF), down 10%, municipal/industrial construction company Layne Christensen (Nasdaq: LAYN), down 3%, and semiconductor maker International Rectifier Corporation (NYSE: IRF), down 3%.

This week’s straining to go stocks remain garage door and telephone headset makerGriffon Corporation (NYSE: GFF), down 30% since being added to the portfolio, and municipal/industrial construction company Layne Christensen (Nasdaq: LAYN), down 16% since being added to the portfolio.

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Performance – Week Ending 01/24/2014
The Wax Ink Portfolio was down 2.7% for the week. By comparison, the Dow was down 3.5%, the Nasdaq was down 1.7%, the S&P 500 was down 2.6%, the Russell 2000 was down 2.1%, and the Volatility Index, commonly known as the VIX, increased by 45.8%.

Year to date, the Wax Ink portfolio is down 3.5%, the Dow is down 4.2%, the Nasdaq is down 1.2%, the S&P 500 is down 3.1%, the Russell 2000 is down 1.7%, and the VIX is higher by 32.2%.

The portfolio breakdown remains roughly 66% equities, 34% cash, and 0% bonds. There was no change in the total shares held.

This week’s darlings of the portfolio were small tool maker The L.S. Starrett Company (NYSE: SCX), up 5%, after market auto parts maker Dorman Products (Nasdaq: DORM), up 2%, and pill maker Cubist Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: CBST), unchanged.

This week’s portfolio stinkers were mega company General Electric (NYSE: GE), down 6%, rubbers king Goodyear Tire and Rubber (NYSE: GT), down 6%, and specialty chemicals company W.R> Grace (NYSE: GRA), down 5%.

This week’s straining to go stocks remain garage door and telephone headset maker Griffon Corporation (NYSE: GFF), down 22% since being added to the portfolio, and municipal/industrial construction company Layne Christensen (Nasdaq: LAYN), down 14% since being added to the portfolio.

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Wax Ink is a baseline equity research company not licensed or registered with any government agency
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Performance – Week Ending 01/17/2014
The Wax Ink Portfolio was up 0.1% for the week. By comparison, the Dow was up 0.1%, the Nasdaq was up 0.5%, the S&P 500 was down 0.2%, the Russell 2000 was up 0.3%, and the Volatility Index, commonly known as the VIX, increased by 2.5%.

Year to date, the Wax Ink portfolio is down 0.6%, the Dow is down 0.7%, the Nasdaq is up 0.5%, the S&P 500 is down 0.5%, the Russell 2000 is up 0.4%, and the VIX is lower by 9.3%.

The portfolio breakdown remains roughly 67% equities, 33% cash, and 0% bonds.

This week’s darlings of the portfolio were pill maker Cubist Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: CBST), up 6%, metals processor Worthington Industries (NYSE: WOR), up 4%, and agricultural chemicals company Agrium (NYSE: AGU), up 3%.

This week’s portfolio stinkers were after market auto parts maker Dorman Products (Nasdaq: DORM), down 7%, rubbers king Goodyear Tire and Rubber (NYSE: GT), down 6%, and oil refiner Holly Frontier (NYSE: HFC), down 4%.

This week’s straining to go stocks remain garage door and telephone headset maker Griffon
Corporation
(NYSE: GFF), down 21% since being added to the portfolio, and municipal/industrial construction company Layne Christensen (Nasdaq: LAYN), down 9% since being added to the portfolio.

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Performance – Week Ending 01/10/2014
The Wax Ink Portfolio was up 0.5% for the week. By comparison, the Dow was down 0.2%, the Nasdaq was up 1.0%, the S&P 500 was up 0.6%, the Russell 2000 was up 0.7%, and the Volatility Index, commonly known as the VIX, was down 11.8%.

Year to date, the Wax Ink portfolio is down 0.8%, the Dow is down 0.8%, the Nasdaq is unchanged, the S&P 500 is down 0.3%, the Russell 2000 is up 0.1%, and the VIX is down 11.5%.

The portfolio breakdown remains roughly 67% equities, 33% cash, and 0% bonds.

This week’s darlings of the portfolio were rubbers king Goodyear Tire and Rubber (NYSE: GT), up 11%, municipal and heavy industry constructor Layne Christensen Company (Nasdaq: LAYN), up 10%, and small tool maker The L.S. Starrett Company(NYSE: SCX), up 7%.

This week’s stinkers of the portfolio were after market auto parts maker Dorman Products (Nasdaq: DORM), down 3%, metals processor Worthingtion Industies (NYSE: WOR), down 3%, and chicken gonand processor Darling International (NYSE: DAR), down 2%.

This week’s straining to go stocks remain garage door and telephone headset maker Griffon Corporation (NYSE: GFF), down 23% since being added to the portfolio, and municipal/industrial construction company Layne Christensen (Nasdaq: LAYN), down 8% since being added to the portfolio.

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Performance – Week Ending 01/03/2014
The Wax Ink Portfolio was down 0.6% for the week. By comparison, the Dow was down 0.1%, the Nasdaq was down 0.6%, the S&P 500 was down 0.5%, the Russell 2000 was down 0.4%, and the Volatility Index, commonly known as the VIX, was down 0.2%.

Year to date, the Wax Ink portfolio is down 1.2%, the Dow is down 0.6%, the Nasdaq is down 1.1%, the S&P 500 is down 0.9%, the Russell 2000 is down 0.7%, and the VIX is up 0.3%.

The portfolio breakdown remains roughly 67% equities, 33% cash, and 0% bonds.

This week’s darlings of the portfolio were heavy industry constructor Layne Christensen Company (Nasdaq: LAYN), up 3%, cylinder maker Worthington Industries (NYSE: WOR), up 2%, and small tool maker The L.S. Starrett Company (NYSE: SCX) was up 2%.

This week’s portfolio smellers were airplane repair company AAR Corporation (NYSE: AIR), down 6%, container maker Myers Industries (NYSE: MYE), down 5%, and cigarette papers maker Schweitzer-Maudit International (NYSE: SWM), down 2%.

This week’s straining to go stocks remain garage door and telephone headset maker Griffon Corporation (NYSE: GFF), down 23% since being added to the portfolio, and municipal/industrial construction company Layne Christensen (Nasdaq: LAYN), down 17% since being added to the portfolio.

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2013 Portfolio Performance
The Wax Ink Portfolio closed up 48.5% for the year. By comparison, the Dow was up 26.5%, the Nasdaq was up 38.3%, the S&P 500 was up 29.6%, the Russell 2000 was up 37%, and the Volatility Index, commonly known as the VIX, was down 10%.

By way of year-over-year comparison, the Wax Ink portfolio closed 2012 up 18.2%, while the Dow 2012 closed up 7.3%, the Nasdaq closed up 15.9%, the S&P 500 closed up 13.4%, and the Russell 2000 closed up 14.6%.

The portfolio ended the year with roughly 66% of holdings in equities, 34% in cash, and 0% in bonds.

Admittedly, had it not been for the Federal Reserve keeping bond yields artificially low during 2013, there is no way the portfolio could have performed as it did last year.

So thank you Mr. Bernanke, my portfolio is sad to see you go.

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Performance – Week Ending 12/27/2013
The Wax Ink Portfolio was up 1.2% for the week. By comparison, the Dow was up 1.6%, the Nasdaq was up 1.3%, the S&P 500 was up 1.3%, the Russell 2000 was up 1.3%, and the Volatility Index, commonly known as the VIX, was down 9.6%.

Year to date, the Wax Ink portfolio is up 47.6%, the Dow is up 25.7%, the Nasdaq is up 37.7%, the S&P 500 is up 29.1%, the Russell 2000 is up 36.7%, and the VIX is down 18.2%.

The portfolio breakdown remains roughly 66% equities, 34% cash, and 0% bonds.

This week’s moving on up stocks were rubber and heavy industry constructor Layne Christensen Company (Nasdaq: LAYN), up 5%, keep on truckin’ company Akansas Best Corporation (Nasdaq: ABFS), up 3%, and small tool maker The L.S. Starrett Company (NYSE: SCX) was up 3%.

This week’s floaters in the bunch bowl were airplane repair company AAR Corporation (NYSE: AIR), down 2%, container maker Myers Industries (NYSE: MYE), down 2%, and after- market auto parts maker Dorman Products (Nasdaq: DORM), down 2%.

With the recent changes to the portfolio, the new portfolio choke and puke stocks are garage door and telephone headset makerGriffon Corporation (NYSE: GFF), down 26% since being added to the portfolio, and municipal/industrial construction company Layne Christensen (Nasdaq: LAYN), down 19% since being added to the portfolio.

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