An Evaluation of Jim Cramer’s Action Alerts PLUS Charitable Trust

Chances are, if you are reading this article, then you already know a lot about Jim Cramer and his show on MSNBC called “Mad Money”. Jim is a controversial and colorful figure with as many critics as fans. As someone who has followed Jim’s advice, read his books, and occasionally lost money following his recommendations, I thought it might be interesting to take a look at his Charitable Trust Portfolio. In this portfolio, Jim truly manages a portfolio and gives away the profits to charity.

Many of Jim’s critics lambast him for stocks that tank after he recommends them on his show, just as Jim unerringly takes credit for recommendations that have done well. To really evaluate Jim’s performance, competence, etc., you have to take a look at his Charitable Trust, complete with dividends, position-sizing, entries and exits, etc.

I don’t plan to track Jim’s performance – you have to pay a hefty fee for his Action Alerts PLUS service. For a yearly fee, he sends you emails ahead of time on moves he plans to make in his portfolio. What I’ve done below is pulled together the key metrics for his current portfolio. I plan on updating this information regularly. I find it informative to see what kind of stocks Jim is actually buying with real money. My source for the list of stocks in his portfolio is this website. I assume it to be accurate as it has always been consistent with the comments Jim makes on his show.

Some over-arching comments on Jim’s Portfolio:

It is boring.

Most of the 20+ stocks in this portfolio are boring, low-volatility, big cap stocks. There are a lot of DOW stocks.

It emphasizes dividends.

Jim often preaches the wonder of dividends on his show. It is nice to see him practicing what he preaches. Only a couple of the stocks in the portfolio don’t pay dividends.

It does have a few notable high-octane stocks.

LRCX, Lam Research in the semi-conductor space, is a high-octance growth stock that has done well and is slated to continue to do so, while some of the other stocks in Jim’s Trust that have recently achieved great growth are going to come up on tough compares. However, enough about what I think – take a look for yourself and hopefully come up with some ideas. Remember to do your homework.

Aside: Earnings are approaching rapidly for Home Depot. It could move +/- 8% after earnings. Click here to see how much.

Stock PE Price/Sales Div Yield Volatility
AAPL 13.1 2.7 2.3% 0.26
AIG 22.85 1.1 0.2% 0.25
BRCM 31.81 1.9 1.6% 0.23
BA 23.66 1.2 1.5% 0.22
BMY 31.13 5.3 2.7% 0.26
CVX 9.74 1.1 2.4% 0.12
CVS 17.94 0.6 1.4% 0.16
DVN N/A 2.4 1.4% 0.21
DIS 20.41 2.8 1.1% 0.19
DD 11.91 1.6 2.9% 0.16
ETN 21.07 1.6 2.3% 0.24
EBAY 25.25 4.4 N/A 0.25
EMC 19.28 2.2 0.8% 0.21
EMR 24.22 1.9 2.5% 0.15
ETP 23.18 0.4 6.8% 0.16
GE 20.41 1.9 2.8% 0.18
HD 22.97 1.4 1.9% 0.16
IBM 12.71 2 2% 0.22
JPM 12.19 2.1 2.5% 0.22
KEY 13.96 2.8 1.6% 0.22
LRCX 45.48 2.3 N/A 0.23
MCD 17.71 3.5 3.1% 0.1
NKE 26.27 2.7 1.1% 0.19
SLB 19.36 2.7 1.3% 0.17
STI 15.46 2.5 0.8% 0.2
WFC 11.25 2.8 2.7% 0.15
WY 26.08 2.1 2.7% 0.21
Stock EPS Qtr. On Qtr. Growth Rev Qtr. On Qtr. Growth
AAPL -4.7%   10/2013
-19.8%   7/2013
-18%   4/2013
-0.4%   1/2013
4.2%   10/2013
0.9%   7/2013
11.3%   4/2013
17.7%   1/2013
AIG 29.2%   10/2013
38.3%   8/2013
-12.9%   5/2013
N/A   2/2013
-11.3%   10/2013
6.8%   8/2013
-9.2%   5/2013
17.3%   2/2013
BRCM 44.7%   10/2013
N/A   7/2013
120%   4/2013
-4.9%   1/2013
0.8%   10/2013
6%   7/2013
9.7%   4/2013
14.3%   1/2013
BA 11.9%   10/2013
11%   7/2013
18%   4/2013
-30.9%   1/2013
10.6%   10/2013
9.1%   7/2013
-2.5%   4/2013
14%   1/2013
BMY N/A   10/2013
-15.8%   7/2013
-42.2%   4/2013
12.2%   1/2013
8.8%   10/2013
-8.9%   7/2013
-27%   4/2013
-23.2%   1/2013
CVX -4.5%   10/2013
-24.3%   7/2013
-2.8%   4/2013
43.9%   1/2013
0.8%   10/2013
-8.4%   7/2013
-6.4%   4/2013
1%   1/2013
CVS 29.1%   11/2013
21.3%   8/2013
30.5%   5/2013
12%   2/2013
5.8%   11/2013
1.8%   8/2013
-0.1%   5/2013
10.8%   2/2013
DVN N/A   11/2013
42.4%   8/2013
N/A   5/2013
N/A   2/2013
45.8%   11/2013
20.8%   8/2013
-21%   5/2013
-0.2%   2/2013
DIS 12.5%   11/2013
0%   8/2013
31.7%   5/2013
-3.7%   2/2013
7.3%   11/2013
4.4%   8/2013
9.6%   5/2013
5.2%   2/2013
DD N/A   10/2013
-9.8%   7/2013
126.6%   4/2013
-66.7%   1/2013
6.4%   10/2013
-2.1%   7/2013
3%   4/2013
-1.4%   1/2013
ETN 4.9%   10/2013
-7.1%   8/2013
-13.2%   4/2013
-56.5%   2/2013
41.9%   10/2013
37.7%   8/2013
34.1%   4/2013
7.4%   2/2013
EBAY 17.8%   10/2013
-7.5%   7/2013
15.9%   4/2013
-62.1%   1/2013
14.3%   10/2013
14.1%   7/2013
14.4%   4/2013
18.1%   1/2013
EMC -3.6%   10/2013
10.3%   7/2013
-3.7%   4/2013
3.6%   1/2013
4.9%   10/2013
5.7%   7/2013
5.8%   4/2013
8.2%   1/2013
EMR 184.3%   11/2013
-74%   8/2013
4.1%   4/2013
24%   2/2013
1.7%   11/2013
-2.2%   8/2013
0.7%   4/2013
4.6%   2/2013
ETP N/A   11/2013
N/A   8/2013
-85.5%   5/2013
52%   2/2013
560.4%   11/2013
623.7%   8/2013
720.1%   5/2013
508.3%   2/2013
GE -6.1%   10/2013
3.4%   7/2013
17.2%   4/2013
8.7%   1/2013
-1.5%   10/2013
-3.5%   7/2013
-0.2%   4/2013
4.4%   1/2013
HD 22.8%   8/2013
22.1%   5/2013
35.8%   2/2013
5%   11/2012
9.5%   8/2013
7.4%   5/2013
14%   2/2013
4.6%   11/2012
IBM 10.5%   10/2013
-12.9%   7/2013
3.4%   4/2013
11.2%   1/2013
-4.2%   10/2013
-3.3%   7/2013
-5.1%   4/2013
-0.6%   1/2013
JPM N/A   10/2013
32.2%   7/2013
33.6%   4/2013
54.9%   1/2013
-8.1%   10/2013
13.7%   7/2013
-3.6%   4/2013
10.2%   1/2013
KEY 26.1%   10/2013
-8.3%   7/2013
5%   4/2013
-25.6%   1/2013
-4.9%   10/2013
1.5%   7/2013
1.3%   4/2013
18.5%   1/2013
LRCX 2400%   10/2013
276.2%   7/2013
-71.1%   4/2013
-85.2%   1/2013
11.9%   10/2013
32.9%   7/2013
28.2%   4/2013
47.4%   1/2013
MCD 6.3%   10/2013
4.5%   7/2013
2.4%   4/2013
3.8%   1/2013
2.4%   10/2013
2.4%   7/2013
0.9%   4/2013
1.9%   1/2013
NKE 41%   9/2013
24.5%   6/2013
58.3%   3/2013
-16%   12/2012
7.7%   9/2013
7.4%   6/2013
9.4%   3/2013
7.4%   12/2012
SLB 20.6%   10/2013
49.5%   7/2013
-3.1%   4/2013
-2.6%   1/2013
10.5%   10/2013
17.8%   7/2013
7.4%   4/2013
11.6%   1/2013
STI -83.3%   10/2013
36%   7/2013
37%   4/2013
389.5%   1/2013
-50.5%   10/2013
-6.5%   7/2013
-4.7%   4/2013
12.1%   1/2013
WFC 12.5%   10/2013
19.5%   7/2013
22.7%   4/2013
24.4%   1/2013
-3.4%   10/2013
0.4%   7/2013
-1.8%   4/2013
6.6%   1/2013
WY 22.7%   10/2013
118.8%   7/2013
225%   4/2013
116.4%   1/2013
23.1%   10/2013
19.4%   7/2013
30.6%   4/2013
23.8%   1/2013

 

Stock Current Qtr
EPS Growth
Forecast
Next Qtr
EPS Growth
Forecast
Current Qtr
Rev Growth
Forecast
Next Qtr
Rev Growth
Forecast
AAPL 6.8% ( High )
1.2% ( Ave. )
-2.3% ( Low )
17.8% ( High )
6.7% ( Ave. )
-11.3% ( Low )
8.8% ( High )
4.9% ( Ave. )
1.8% ( Low )
13% ( High )
4.3% ( Ave. )
-2.4% ( Low )
AIG ( High ) N/A
( Ave. ) N/A
( Low )N/A
-16.8% ( High )
-28.2% ( Ave. )
-40.9% ( Low )
-43.4% ( High )
-43.8% ( Ave. )
-44.4% ( Low )
-3.5% ( High )
-38.8% ( Ave. )
-46.1% ( Low )
BRCM 39.1% ( High )
18.2% ( Ave. )
-21.2% ( Low )
66.7% ( High )
36.4% ( Ave. )
-3% ( Low )
-3.8% ( High )
-4.8% ( Ave. )
-7.7% ( Low )
3.2% ( High )
-3.2% ( Ave. )
-6.7% ( Low )
BA 32.8% ( High )
20.3% ( Ave. )
9.5% ( Low )
30.6% ( High )
22.9% ( Ave. )
18.1% ( Low )
4.4% ( High )
0.5% ( Ave. )
-4.3% ( Low )
25.7% ( High )
17.9% ( Ave. )
10.4% ( Low )
BMY -17.4% ( High )
-22.8% ( Ave. )
-31.8% ( Low )
27% ( High )
21.6% ( Ave. )
16.2% ( Low )
5.2% ( High )
2.8% ( Ave. )
-1.9% ( Low )
13.3% ( High )
8.1% ( Ave. )
5.2% ( Low )
CVX -9.1% ( High )
-22% ( Ave. )
-31.9% ( Low )
6.3% ( High )
-6.6% ( Ave. )
-17.9% ( Low )
26.2% ( High )
8.5% ( Ave. )
-6.5% ( Low )
18.3% ( High )
10.7% ( Ave. )
-9.3% ( Low )
CVS 28.4% ( High )
22.9% ( Ave. )
20.7% ( Low )
29.9% ( High )
22.1% ( Ave. )
14.3% ( Low )
7.7% ( High )
4.3% ( Ave. )
3.1% ( Low )
11.8% ( High )
4.6% ( Ave. )
2.1% ( Low )
DVN ( High ) N/A
( Ave. ) N/A
( Low )N/A
( High ) N/A
( Ave. ) N/A
( Low )N/A
21.3% ( High )
9.6% ( Ave. )
-7% ( Low )
61.8% ( High )
46% ( Ave. )
27.8% ( Low )
DIS 26% ( High )
15.6% ( Ave. )
-1.3% ( Low )
19.3% ( High )
10.8% ( Ave. )
2.4% ( Low )
10.8% ( High )
7.4% ( Ave. )
4.4% ( Low )
7.8% ( High )
5.8% ( Ave. )
3.1% ( Low )
DD 336.7% ( High )
314.2% ( Ave. )
261.4% ( Low )
-47.5% ( High )
-50.6% ( Ave. )
-52.8% ( Low )
4.7% ( High )
2.7% ( Ave. )
0.1% ( Low )
7.3% ( High )
4.8% ( Ave. )
1.2% ( Low )
ETN 138.5% ( High )
127.7% ( Ave. )
114.8% ( Low )
39.2% ( High )
30.4% ( Ave. )
13.9% ( Low )
32.9% ( High )
28.3% ( Ave. )
25.8% ( Low )
7% ( High )
5.5% ( Ave. )
4.5% ( Low )
EBAY 42.5% ( High )
42.5% ( Ave. )
37.2% ( Low )
54.9% ( High )
43.1% ( Ave. )
35.3% ( Low )
15.5% ( High )
14.2% ( Ave. )
11.2% ( Low )
17.4% ( High )
15% ( Ave. )
12.6% ( Low )
EMC 54.4% ( High )
51.9% ( Ave. )
44.3% ( Low )
76.9% ( High )
65.4% ( Ave. )
50% ( Low )
11.8% ( High )
10.4% ( Ave. )
7% ( Low )
10.3% ( High )
8.4% ( Ave. )
5.8% ( Low )
EMR 25.8% ( High )
9.7% ( Ave. )
1.6% ( Low )
20.8% ( High )
11.7% ( Ave. )
5.2% ( Low )
5.7% ( High )
1% ( Ave. )
-3.3% ( Low )
5.4% ( High )
0.2% ( Ave. )
-3.2% ( Low )
ETP 24.2% ( High )
-6.9% ( Ave. )
-42.6% ( Low )
66.7% ( High )
0% ( Ave. )
-66.7% ( Low )
12.1% ( High )
-1.3% ( Ave. )
-27% ( Low )
12.8% ( High )
1.2% ( Ave. )
-21.6% ( Low )
GE 41.2% ( High )
38.6% ( Ave. )
35.9% ( Low )
8.8% ( High )
2.9% ( Ave. )
-5.9% ( Low )
5% ( High )
1.4% ( Ave. )
-0.8% ( Low )
1.5% ( High )
-0.6% ( Ave. )
-3.5% ( Low )
HD 50.8% ( High )
41.3% ( Ave. )
36.5% ( Low )
18.4% ( High )
6.7% ( Ave. )
-2% ( Low )
7.3% ( High )
5.7% ( Ave. )
3.9% ( Low )
6.1% ( High )
-2.1% ( Ave. )
-4.9% ( Low )
IBM 19.4% ( High )
17.3% ( Ave. )
12% ( Low )
30% ( High )
21.5% ( Ave. )
12.2% ( Low )
-0.9% ( High )
-3.7% ( Ave. )
-7.8% ( Low )
1.2% ( High )
-0.4% ( Ave. )
-3% ( Low )
JPM 4.8% ( High )
-4.5% ( Ave. )
-26.8% ( Low )
3.1% ( High )
-6.3% ( Ave. )
-20.8% ( Low )
7.1% ( High )
0.7% ( Ave. )
-3.6% ( Low )
8.6% ( High )
1.3% ( Ave. )
-3.3% ( Low )
KEY 14.7% ( High )
2% ( Ave. )
-10.8% ( Low )
23.8% ( High )
14.3% ( Ave. )
4.8% ( Low )
-8.8% ( High )
-10.5% ( Ave. )
-11.4% ( Low )
3.2% ( High )
0.2% ( Ave. )
-6.5% ( Low )
LRCX 2575% ( High )
2475% ( Ave. )
2400% ( Low )
1100% ( High )
909.1% ( Ave. )
809.1% ( Low )
30.1% ( High )
27.8% ( Ave. )
25.5% ( Low )
44.4% ( High )
36.1% ( Ave. )
30.2% ( Low )
MCD 7.2% ( High )
1.4% ( Ave. )
-0.8% ( Low )
9.5% ( High )
4.8% ( Ave. )
2.4% ( Low )
6.9% ( High )
2.6% ( Ave. )
-0.9% ( Low )
5.8% ( High )
3.9% ( Ave. )
1.3% ( Low )
NKE 50% ( High )
38.1% ( Ave. )
26.2% ( Low )
-11.6% ( High )
-17.9% ( Ave. )
-23.2% ( Low )
11.2% ( High )
8.1% ( Ave. )
4.8% ( Low )
11.7% ( High )
8.8% ( Ave. )
6.2% ( Low )
SLB 37.3% ( High )
34.3% ( Ave. )
30.4% ( Low )
55.3% ( High )
37.2% ( Ave. )
19.1% ( Low )
6.5% ( High )
4.6% ( Ave. )
0.1% ( Low )
12.2% ( High )
10.2% ( Ave. )
8.6% ( Low )
STI 17.2% ( High )
6.4% ( Ave. )
-15.2% ( Low )
19% ( High )
6.3% ( Ave. )
-6.3% ( Low )
-7.6% ( High )
-9.8% ( Ave. )
-12.4% ( Low )
0.3% ( High )
-3.6% ( Ave. )
-6.9% ( Low )
WFC 11% ( High )
7.7% ( Ave. )
2.2% ( Low )
12% ( High )
2.2% ( Ave. )
-9.8% ( Low )
2% ( High )
-6% ( Ave. )
-8.8% ( Low )
5.4% ( High )
-2.6% ( Ave. )
-6.5% ( Low )
WY 30.1% ( High )
7.1% ( Ave. )
-12% ( Low )
46.2% ( High )
3.8% ( Ave. )
-23.1% ( Low )
22% ( High )
14% ( Ave. )
9% ( Low )
18.9% ( High )
10.7% ( Ave. )
3% ( Low )

Here is the most interesting of Jim’s stocks with the growth plotted. It LRCX has had quite a run and its forcasted growth doesn’t suggest the run is over.

Source: QoQ Charts