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Investing in Funny Ticker Symbols: August Update

  +Follow August 16, 2013 8:24AM
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Equities.com continues to track its portfolio of funny ticker stocks against the performance of the S&P 500 and there have been major updates since last month’s review.

Since its inception, the “FUNY Index” has more than doubled the S&P 500 for a return of 47.77 percent, while the S&P500 had a return of 22.76 percent since the November low. Here is a breakdown of the FUNY Index during the timeframe (November 15 – August 15).



BioTelemetry, Inc. (BEAT) was the winner again this month with a whopping return of 235 percent. Biotelemetry, formally called Cardionet, changed the company name on Tuesday. The company is a developer of heartbeat monitoring technology who has soared all the way up to just around $8 per share.

Moving onto the food industry, two popular pizza chains Papa Johns, Int’l Inc. (PZZA) and Pizza Hut owned by Yum! Brands Inc. (YUM) , went head-to-head, putting their best pizzas forward. Papa Johns came up on top with a return of 47.39 percent while Yum! Brands had a return of just 4.27 percent.

However, Yum! Brands has also recouped after being down 4.54 percent last month. Over the last five years, Papa Johns has steadily gained value, jumping from around $8 per share to almost $70. Finishing up the restaurant section, The Cheesecake Factory, Inc. (CAKE) is also showing significant return, up 30.96 percent since Nov. 15.  The company announced the opening of a new restaurant in Novi, Michigan on Tuesday.

Other companies that enjoyed profits during this period include Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV) , which posted a return of 52.22 percent, and OM Group Inc. (OMG) , which has improved drastically since November.  

All stocks from the FUNY Index have improved since the November low. The three names--Asia Tigers Fund Inc. (GRR) , Thoratec Corp. (THOR) , and YUM! Brands--were actually down last month, but brought themselves back up, improving the overall return of the FUNY Index. However, this does not come as a huge surprise considering the S&P 500 rose by over 4 percent from last month.

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Results for BEAT
Biz News Pioneer
22 Aug 14 15:06:55
$BEAT: BioTelemetry 's (BEAT) CEO Joseph Capper on Q1 2014 Results - Earnings Call Transcript http://t.co/9wnwsdx7yR http://t.co/sTY2W0nKbe
Daily Contracts
22 Aug 14 14:55:01
Real-Time feed of company contracts, original agreements and executive updates from Cardionet $BEAT http://t.co/aRa1VntlWk
22 Aug 14 08:38:24
RT @MONEYEMPIRE: $BEAT looks ready
22 Aug 14 08:37:47
$BEAT looks ready
22 Aug 14 08:35:56
Watch $BEAT here...Vol coming in
20 Aug 14 04:18:33
$BEAT daily chart held that 6.50 support again but has been tested many times http://t.co/XeEEMO4Azl
Aaron Groshong
19 Aug 14 14:56:20
RT @DrBoblin: Aug 20 watchlist $AIG $BRX $BEAT $CAVM $CDI $GPS $GTT $IDTI $MGEE $NWHM $AEO $LAWS $COVS $SBLK http://t.co/vL3ggG3jKl
19 Aug 14 14:52:35
Aug 20 watchlist $AIG $BRX $BEAT $CAVM $CDI $GPS $GTT $IDTI $MGEE $NWHM $AEO $LAWS $COVS $SBLK http://t.co/vL3ggG3jKl
Market News
19 Aug 14 12:06:47
$BEAT: BioTelemetry, Inc. to Release Second Quarter 2014 Earnings Results on July 31, 2014 http://t.co/Ijb3TK8rz9 http://t.co/dpE0ZB6i6Y
BNK Invest
19 Aug 14 11:40:07
$BEAT Insiders vs. Shorts #stocks http://t.co/UQNEUAy6h4
Thomas Herbert
19 Aug 14 08:58:51
Doing well on our current swing trades. $KATE UP $VJET mixed mostly up $SFTBY up $BEAT flat
Eli Pritsker
17 Aug 14 18:48:56
17 Aug 14 18:25:59
15 Aug 14 15:01:06
$BEAT may go down 19.83% if the bear pattern is confirmed. Chk confirmation [50%] @ http://t.co/RIYA11K9ap. Short level:6.7200.
15 Aug 14 09:09:14
#SmallCap Best & Worst Report $CBK $SABA $TWIN $BABY $MATW $MSTR $EVC $GIGM $TELK $BEAT $FLWS http://t.co/GkZxor1yAc
15 Aug 14 01:25:03
Watch BioTelemetry, Inc. ring the #NASDAQ Opening Bell! #dreamBIG $BEAT Source: http://faceb http://t.co/nduWCRDNS5 #BioTelemetry, Inc
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