Investing in Funny Ticker Symbols: September Update

Young Rae Kim |

It's that time of the month to check up on's porfolio of funny ticker symbols. Once again, the "FUNY index" outperformed the S&P 500 with a return of 8.14 percent since August 16, while the S&P 500 had a return of 4.04 percent.

Here is a chart breaking down the performance of the "FUNY Index" during the timeframe (August 16 - September 19).



 VCA Antech Inc. [$WOOF] outperformed the competition this month with the highest return of 29.17 percent. Close behind was BioTelemetry Inc. [$BEAT] who continued to grow with stock prices reaching over $10 a share.

Harley-David Inc. [$HOG] also had a solid performance this month with a return of 12.85 percent. The company decided to go ex-dividend on September 13.

In the restaurant category, The Cheesecake Factory Inc. [$CAKE] came out on top with a return of 4.15 percent. Papa Johns Int'l Inc. [$PZZA] trailed behind with a return of 3.2 percent. The pizza company teamed up with the NFL and Pepsi earlier this month to offer special promotions to sports fans. Yum! Brands Inc. [$YUM] did not see much change from last month's return.

Olympic Steel Inc. [$ZEUS] was the only company that underperformed this month with shares dropping to $26.93. 

When comparing the "FUNY Index" to the S&P 500 over a longer period of time, the difference is much more significant. Since November 15, 2012 the "Funy Index" has a return that is over 40 percent higher than the S&P 500. 

Here is a chart breaking down the performance of the "FUNY Index" during the timeframe (November 2012 - September 2013).

The most remarkable figure is that BioTelemetry returned a whopping 319.17 percent in less than year. In addition, 10 out of the 15 companies in the "FUNY Index"  have reached a return of 40 percent or higher since November 2012. While it is never advised to base an investment on the name of a ticker symbol, the "FUNY  Index" continues to impress us with its strong performance.

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Symbol Name Price Change % Volume
BEAT BioTelemetry Inc. 18.25 -0.30 -1.62 70,633
BOOM Dynamic Materials Corporation 9.97 -0.36 -3.49 9,233
CAKE The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated 50.12 0.46 0.93 301,982
FIZZ National Beverage Corp. 49.00 0.25 0.51 67,305
HCHDF Hochschild Mng Plc Ord 3.28 -0.03 -0.86 550
HOG Harley-Davidson Inc. 56.06 0.45 0.81 1,191,727
LUV Southwest Airlines Company 42.08 -0.21 -0.50 2,444,005
OMG OM Group, Inc. n/a n/a n/a 0
PZZA Papa Johns International Inc. 80.40 0.42 0.53 100,702
WOOF VCA Inc. 66.65 -1.22 -1.79 262,929
YUM Yum! Brands Inc. 86.74 0.54 0.63 1,697,524
ZEUS Olympic Steel Inc. 23.32 0.00 0.00 17,124


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