Leading supermarket operator Tesco plc (LON:TSCO) was in number two spot.
One of Warren Buffett's famous investing sayings is "be fearful when others are greedy and greedy only when others are fearful" -- or, in other words, sell when others are buying and buy when they're selling.
But we might expect Foolish investors to know that, and looking at what Fools have been selling recently might well provide us with some ideas for investments that are past their prime
So, in this series of articles, we're going to look at what customers of The Motley Fool ShareDealing Service have been selling in the past week or so, and what might have made them decide to do so.
A lot to like
At number 2 in the latest 'Top Ten Sells'* is supermarket giant Tesco (LSE: TSCO) (NASDAQOTH: TSCDY.US). At first glance, that seems puzzling. Anyone who bought Tesco this time last year is currently sitting on a gain of 17% -- that means Buffet, who bought around £480m worth in mid-January 2012, is now up over £80m on that deal. And on a current price-to-earnings ratio of under 12, and a forward yield of almost 4%, Tesco might well still seem an attractive proposition.
But all has not been well at the supermarket chain. Although it's hardly the only food brand to have been affected by the recent horsemeat scandal, it was the first of the big name supermarkets to be involved, which may well have tarnished its reputation more than its competitors, however unfair that may seem. It also can't help that Tesco was recently voted the worst supermarket in a Which? consumer satisfaction survey. There's a feeling that some of the magic that catapulted Tesco to the top of the supermarket charts seems to have disappeared. But has it gone for good?
The horsemeat scandal, which has since been shown to be Europe-wide, should eventually blow over, as politicians, food regulators and retailers address labelling issues. The decline in customer satisfaction is clearly a significant issue, but CEO Philip Clarke seems intent that Tesco will correct that. Indeed, he blamed some of Tesco's poor financial performance in 2012 on the company's decision "to forego some short-term profit to re-invest in the long-term health of the business, with a clear focus on improving the shopping trip for customers". Only time will tell if that will happen, and restore Tesco's fortunes.
A high-quality income share
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> Jon owns shares in Tesco. The Motley Fool also owns shares in Tesco.
* based on aggregate data from The Motley Fool ShareDealing Service.