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Richard Aster Jr Buys Republic Services Inc., Wells Fargo & Company, Copart Inc., Sells Affymetrix Inc., Western Digital Corp., Seagate Technology

Rick Aster's funds were down about 30% last year. During the past 10 years, his value fund gained about 9.8% a year, and his growth fund gained 7% a year. These numbers are outstanding compared with the S&P500, which lost 1.38% a year during the past 10 years. Rick Aster is having high turnovers these days, too. These are his buys and sells during the 4th quarter.

Richard Aster Jr buys Republic Services Inc., Wells Fargo & Company, Copart Inc., Kohl's Corp., Commercial Metals Company, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Continental Resources Inc., Johnson Controls Inc., The Home Depot Inc., Nordstrom Inc., Microsoft Corp., Norfolk Southern Corp., BrownForman Corp., Sunoco Inc., AGL Resources Inc., sells Affymetrix Inc., Western Digital Corp., Seagate Technology, Shuffle Master Inc., Mine Safety Appliances Company, Liz Claiborne Inc., Carnival Corp., AnheuserBusch Companies Inc., Bunge Ltd., Arbitron Inc., Autoliv Inc., Angelica Corp., Quiksilver Inc. during the 3-months ended 12/31/2008, according to the most recent filings of his investment company, Meridian Fund. Richard Aster Jr owns 136 stocks with a total value of $1.9 billion. These are the details of the buys and sells.

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Added: VeriSign Inc. (VRSN)

Richard Aster Jr added to his holdings in VeriSign Inc. by 2532.39%. His purchase prices were between $17.57 and $23.13, with an estimated average price of $20.6. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 1.49%. His holdings were 1,576,799 shares as of 12/31/2008.

VeriSign is one of the leading providers of trusted infrastructure services to website owners enterprises electronic commerce service providers and individuals. The company's domain name registration digital certificate global registry and payment services provide the critical web identity authentication and transaction infrastructure that online businesses need to establish their web identities and to conduct secure electronic commerce or e-commerce and communications. VeriSign Inc. has a market cap of $3.75 billion; its shares were traded at around $19.46 with a P/E ratio of 22.8 and P/S ratio of 2.5. VeriSign Inc. had an annual average earning growth of 2% over the past 5 years.

Added: KBR Inc. (KBR)

Richard Aster Jr added to his holdings in KBR Inc. by 90.13%. His purchase prices were between $10.42 and $16.03, with an estimated average price of $14.1. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 0.52%. His holdings were 1,397,100 shares as of 12/31/2008.

KBR is a global engineering construction and services company supporting the energy petrochemicals government services and civil infrastructure sectors. The company offers a wide range of services through its Downstream Government and Infrastructure Services Technology Upstream and Ventures business segments. KBR Inc. has a market cap of $2.29 billion; its shares were traded at around $14.87 with a P/E ratio of 9 and P/S ratio of 0.26. The dividend yield of KBR Inc. stocks is 1.41%.

Added: Diebold Inc. (DBD)

Richard Aster Jr added to his holdings in Diebold Inc. by 33.5%. His purchase prices were between $23.57 and $29.46, with an estimated average price of $27.3. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 0.5%. His holdings were 1,379,700 shares as of 12/31/2008.

Diebold Incorporated develops manufactures sells and services automated teller machines electronic and physical security systems various products used to equip bank facilities software and integrated systems for global financial and commercial markets. Sales of systems and equipment are made directly to customers by the company's sales personnel and by manufacturer's representatives and distributors. The sales/support organization works closely with customers and their consultants to analyze and fulfill the customers' needs. Diebold Inc. has a market cap of $1.64 billion; its shares were traded at around $24.57 with and P/S ratio of 0.55. The dividend yield of Diebold Inc. stocks is 4.04%.

Added: CBRL Group Inc. (CBRL)

Richard Aster Jr added to his holdings in CBRL Group Inc. by 86.75%. His purchase prices were between $11.51 and $21.68, with an estimated average price of $18.2. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 0.49%. His holdings were 999,864 shares as of 12/31/2008.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc. formerly CBRL Group Inc. is principally engaged in the operation and development of the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store restaurant and retail concept. The format of Cracker Barrel stores consists of a rustic old country-store design with a separate retail area offering a variety of decorative and functional items featuring rocking chairs holiday and seasonal gifts and toys apparel cookware and foods including various old fashioned candies and jellies. CBRL Group Inc. has a market cap of $393.46 million; its shares were traded at around $18.43 with a P/E ratio of 6 and P/S ratio of 0.17. The dividend yield of CBRL Group Inc. stocks is 4.55%. CBRL Group Inc. had an annual average earning growth of 14.1% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated CBRL Group Inc. the business predictability rank of 4-star.

Added: Family Dollar Stores Inc. (FDO)

Richard Aster Jr added to his holdings in Family Dollar Stores Inc. by 1142.32%. His purchase prices were between $22.18 and $27.63, with an estimated average price of $25.3. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 0.49%. His holdings were 391,330 shares as of 12/31/2008.

Family Dollar Stores Inc. is one of the fastest growing discount store chains in the United States. The merchandising concept responsible for this growth provides consumers with good values in low cost basicmerchandise for family and home needs. The merchandise is sold at everyday low prices in a no frills low overhead self-service environment. Most merchandise is priced under $10.00. Stores generally range in size from 6000 to 8000 square feet and most are operated under leases. Family Dollar Stores Inc. has a market cap of $3.88 billion; its shares were traded at around $26.66 with a P/E ratio of 16.1 and P/S ratio of 0.56. The dividend yield of Family Dollar Stores Inc. stocks is 1.8%. Family Dollar Stores Inc. had an annual average earning growth of 9.2% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Family Dollar Stores Inc. the business predictability rank of 3-star.

Added: Carter's Inc. (CRI)

Richard Aster Jr added to his holdings in Carter's Inc. by 106.71%. His purchase prices were between $15.25 and $21.26, with an estimated average price of $18.4. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 0.47%. His holdings were 926,700 shares as of 12/31/2008.

Carters Inc markets baby apparel and young children's apparel in the United States. Carter's products are offered in department stores and retail stores. The company sells products under the Tykes brand in Target stores and under its Child of Mine brand in Wal-Mart stores. Carter's Inc. has a market cap of $956.79 million; its shares were traded at around $15.95 with a P/E ratio of 11.6 and P/S ratio of 1.59. Carter's Inc. had an annual average earning growth of 16.6% over the past 5 years.

Added: Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Inc. (JTX)

Richard Aster Jr added to his holdings in Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Inc. by 104.55%. His purchase prices were between $10.08 and $15.91, with an estimated average price of $13.1. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 0.43%. His holdings were 1,034,600 shares as of 12/31/2008.

Jackson Hewitt is the second largest paid tax return preparer in the United States. Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Inc. has a market cap of $381.23 million; its shares were traded at around $12.18 with a P/E ratio of 10.5 and P/S ratio of 1.36. The dividend yield of Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Inc. stocks is 5.44%.

Added: Kraft Foods Inc. (KFT)

Richard Aster Jr added to his holdings in Kraft Foods Inc. by 23.63%. His purchase prices were between $26.27 and $28.86, with an estimated average price of $27.2. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 0.28%. His holdings were 1,040,000 shares as of 12/31/2008.

Kraft Foods Inc. is the largest branded food and beverage company headquartered in the U.S. and the second largest in the world. They have a superior brand portfolio created and supported through dynamic product innovation worldclass marketing experienced management global scale and strategic acquisitions. Consumers of all ages around the world enjoy their brands across the entire spectrum of food and beverage occasions: breakfast lunch dinner and snacks. Brands include Kraft Nabisco Oscar Mayer Post Maxwell House Philadelphia and Jacobs. Kraft Foods Inc. has a market cap of $41.21 billion; its shares were traded at around $24.98 with a P/E ratio of 14 and P/S ratio of 1.11. The dividend yield of Kraft Foods Inc. stocks is 4.14%.

Added: Electronic Arts Inc. (ERTS)

Richard Aster Jr added to his holdings in Electronic Arts Inc. by 49.21%. His purchase prices were between $15.32 and $29.79, with an estimated average price of $21.4. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 0.25%. His holdings were 924,800 shares as of 12/31/2008.

Electronic Arts Inc. operates in two principal business segments globally: EA Core business segment: creation marketing and distribution of entertainment software and the EA.com business segment: creation marketing and distribution of entertainment software which can be played or sold online. Electronic Arts Inc. has a market cap of $4.95 billion; its shares were traded at around $16.84 with a P/E ratio of 168 and P/S ratio of 1.35.

Added: Schnitzer Steel Industries Inc. (SCHN)

Richard Aster Jr added to his holdings in Schnitzer Steel Industries Inc. by 73.74%. His purchase prices were between $18.45 and $35.32, with an estimated average price of $27.6. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 0.2%. His holdings were 247,400 shares as of 12/31/2008.

Schnitzer Steel Industries Inc. collects processes and recycles metals by operating one of the largest metals recycling businesses in the United States. They also manufacture finished steel products at their technologically advanced steel mini-mill. Schnitzer Steel Industries Inc. has a market cap of $1.1 billion; its shares were traded at around $41.95 with a P/E ratio of 5.4 and P/S ratio of 0.3. The dividend yield of Schnitzer Steel Industries Inc. stocks is 0.17%. Schnitzer Steel Industries Inc. had an annual average earning growth of 31.4% over the past 5 years.

Added: BE Aerospace Inc. (BEAV)

Richard Aster Jr added to his holdings in BE Aerospace Inc. by 43.49%. His purchase prices were between $6.28 and $12.87, with an estimated average price of $8.8. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 0.19%. His holdings were 1,621,413 shares as of 12/31/2008.

B/E Aerospace Inc. is the world's leading manufacturer of aircraft cabin interior products serving virtually all the world's airlines and aircraft manufacturers. B/E designs develops manufactures sells and services a broad line of passenger cabin interior products for both commercial and business/VIP aircraft and provides interior design reconfiguration and conversion services to its customers throughout the world. BE Aerospace Inc. has a market cap of $961.86 million; its shares were traded at around $10.5 with a P/E ratio of 4.2 and P/S ratio of 0.57. BE Aerospace Inc. had an annual average earning growth of 38.4% over the past 5 years.

Added: Covidien Ltd. (COV)

Richard Aster Jr added to his holdings in Covidien Ltd. by 12.07%. His purchase prices were between $33.78 and $45.94, with an estimated average price of $38.8. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 0.14%. His holdings were 685,000 shares as of 12/31/2008.

Covidien is a leading global healthcare products company that creates innovative medical solutions for better patient outcomes and delivers value through clinical leadership and excellence. Covidien manufactures distributes and services a diverse range of industry-leading product lines including Surgical Devices Energy-Based Devices Respiratory and Monitoring Solutions Patient Care and Safety Products Imaging Solutions Pharmaceutical Products Medical Supplies and Retail Products. Covidien Ltd. has a market cap of $19.31 billion; its shares were traded at around $38 with a P/E ratio of 12.8 and P/S ratio of 1.95. The dividend yield of Covidien Ltd. stocks is 1.67%.

Added: EXTERRAN HOLDINGS INC. (EXH)

Richard Aster Jr added to his holdings in EXTERRAN HOLDINGS INC. by 39.58%. His purchase prices were between $13.52 and $22.41, with an estimated average price of $19.3. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 0.14%. His holdings were 440,850 shares as of 12/31/2008.

Exterran Holdings Inc. is the global market leader in full service natural gas compression and a premier provider of sales operations maintenance fabrication service and equipment for oil and gas production processing and transportation applications. Exterran serves customers across the energy spectrum from producers to transporters to processors to storage owners. EXTERRAN HOLDINGS INC. has a market cap of $1.43 billion; its shares were traded at around $22.75 with a P/E ratio of 7.4 and P/S ratio of 0.56. EXTERRAN HOLDINGS INC. had an annual average earning growth of 8.8% over the past 10 years.

Added: Tetra Technologies Inc. (TTI)

Richard Aster Jr added to his holdings in Tetra Technologies Inc. by 59.49%. His purchase prices were between $3.5 and $7.65, with an estimated average price of $5.4. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 0.12%. His holdings were 1,300,300 shares as of 12/31/2008.

TETRA Technologies Inc. is an energy services company with an integrated chemicals operation that supplies chemical products to energy markets as well as other markets. TETRA is comprised of three divisions - Fluids Well Abandonment/Decommissioning and Testing & Services. Tetra Technologies Inc. has a market cap of $389.37 million; its shares were traded at around $4.31 with a P/E ratio of 4 and P/S ratio of 0.4. Tetra Technologies Inc. had an annual average earning growth of 12% over the past 10 years.

Added: Nuance Communications Inc. (NUAN)

Richard Aster Jr added to his holdings in Nuance Communications Inc. by 45.24%. His purchase prices were between $7.2 and $10.37, with an estimated average price of $9.1. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 0.12%. His holdings were 701,795 shares as of 12/31/2008.

Nuance Communications Inc. is the leading provider of speech and imaging solutions for businesses and consumers around the world. Its technologies applications and services make the user experience more compelling by transforming the way people interact with information and how they create share and use documents. Nuance Communications Inc. has a market cap of $2.37 billion; its shares were traded at around $9.68 with a P/E ratio of 13.1 and P/S ratio of 2.73.

Added: Dynegy Inc. (DYN)

Richard Aster Jr added to his holdings in Dynegy Inc. by 20.69%. His purchase prices were between $1.77 and $3.75, with an estimated average price of $2.5. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 0.11%. His holdings were 6,422,400 shares as of 12/31/2008.

Dynegy Inc. is a provider of energy products and services in North America the United Kingdom and in continental Europe. Products marketed by the company's wholesale marketing operations include natural gas electricity coal emissions natural gas liquids crude oil liquid petroleum gas and related services. The company's wholesale marketing operations are supported by ownership or control of an extensive assetbase and transportation network. Dynegy Inc. has a market cap of $1.78 billion; its shares were traded at around $1.84 with a P/E ratio of 33.5 and P/S ratio of 0.57.

Added: Con-way Inc. (CNW)

Richard Aster Jr added to his holdings in Con-way Inc. by 15.76%. His purchase prices were between $21.15 and $37.84, with an estimated average price of $28.5. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 0.1%. His holdings were 560,500 shares as of 12/31/2008.

Con-way Inc.is a freight transportation and logistics company with businesses in less-than-truckload and full truckload freight services brokerage logistics warehousing supply chain management and trailer manufacturing. The company and its subsidiaries operate across North America. Con-way?s principal component companies: Con-way Transportation Services Menlo Worldwide and Road Systems operate in regional trucking ground expedite truckload brokerage air freight forwarding regional asset based truckload global logistics management e-commerce fulfillment and trailer manufacturing. The combined components of Con-way today provide the full range of supply chain management services. Con-way has operations on five continents and provides service to essentially every major business address in the United States. Con-way Inc. has a market cap of $1.01 billion; its shares were traded at around $22.46 with a P/E ratio of 8.3 and P/S ratio of 0.2. The dividend yield of Con-way Inc. stocks is 1.82%. Con-way Inc. had an annual average earning growth of 1.2% over the past 10 years.

Added: Intel Corp. (INTC)

Richard Aster Jr added to his holdings in Intel Corp. by 7.74%. His purchase prices were between $12.98 and $15.73, with an estimated average price of $14.2. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 0.1%. His holdings were 1,843,825 shares as of 12/31/2008.

Intel Corporation one of the world's largest semiconductor chip maker supplies the computing and communications industries with chips boards and systems building blocks that are integral to computers servers and networking and communications products. Its products are offered at various levels of integration and are used by industry members to create advanced computing and communications systems. Intel Corp. has a market cap of $71.75 billion; its shares were traded at around $14.08 with a P/E ratio of 12.4 and P/S ratio of 1.91. The dividend yield of Intel Corp. stocks is 4.34%. Intel Corp. had an annual average earning growth of 0.4% over the past 10 years.

Added: Avon Products Inc. (AVP)

Richard Aster Jr added to his holdings in Avon Products Inc. by 9.31%. His purchase prices were between $19.65 and $29.05, with an estimated average price of $23.9. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 0.09%. His holdings were 880,500 shares as of 12/31/2008.

Avon Products Inc. is one of the world's leading manufacturers and marketers of beauty and related products which include cosmetics fragrance and toiletries; beauty plus which consists of jewelry and accessories and apparel; and non-core which consists of gift and decorative and home entertainment products. Avon Products Inc. has a market cap of $8.72 billion; its shares were traded at around $21.31 with a P/E ratio of 9.3 and P/S ratio of 0.88. The dividend yield of Avon Products Inc. stocks is 3.91%.

Added: Transocean Inc. (RIG)

Richard Aster Jr added to his holdings in Transocean Inc. by 22.81%. His purchase prices were between $44.18 and $82.33, with an estimated average price of $63.1. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 0.09%. His holdings were 197,602 shares as of 12/31/2008.

Transocean LTD. formerly Transocean Inc. is an international provider of offshore contract drilling services for oil and gas wells. The company offers deepwater and harsh environment drilling oil and gas drilling management and drilling engineering and project management services as well as explores develops and produces oil and gas resources. The company is based in Houston Texas. Transocean Inc. has a market cap of $17.43 billion; its shares were traded at around $59.26 with a P/E ratio of 3.8 and P/S ratio of 2.73. Transocean Inc. had an annual average earning growth of 6% over the past 10 years.

Added: Newell Rubbermaid Inc. (NWL)

Richard Aster Jr added to his holdings in Newell Rubbermaid Inc. by 399.73%. His purchase prices were between $9.5 and $14.4, with an estimated average price of $12.2. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 0.07%. His holdings were 183,900 shares as of 12/31/2008.

Newell Rubbermaid Inc. is a global manufacturer and full-service marketer of name-brand consumer products serving the needs of volume purchasersincluding discount stores and warehouse clubs home centers and hardware stores and office superstores and contract stationers. The company's multi-product offering consists of name-brand consumer products in six business segments: Storage Organization & Cleaning; Home Decor; Office Products; Infant/Juvenile Care & Play; Food Preparation Cooking & Serving and Hardware & Tools. Newell Rubbermaid Inc. has a market cap of $2.24 billion; its shares were traded at around $7.76 with a P/E ratio of 6 and P/S ratio of 0.35. The dividend yield of Newell Rubbermaid Inc. stocks is 10.4%. Newell Rubbermaid Inc. had an annual average earning growth of 4.1% over the past 5 years.

Added: HarleyDavidson Inc. (HOG)

Richard Aster Jr added to his holdings in HarleyDavidson Inc. by 21.12%. His purchase prices were between $11.81 and $28.99, with an estimated average price of $18.9. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 0.03%. His holdings were 224,200 shares as of 12/31/2008.

Harley-Davidson is an American motorcycle manufacturer. The company operates in two segments: Motorcycles and Related Products and Financial Services. The Motorcycles segment designs manufactures and sells heavyweight touring custom and performance motorcycles as well as a complete line of motorcycle parts accessories and general merchandise. The Financial Services is engaged in the business of financing and servicing wholesale inventory receivables and consumer retail installment sales contracts (primarily motorcycles). HarleyDavidson Inc. has a market cap of $2.84 billion; its shares were traded at around $13.14 with a P/E ratio of 4 and P/S ratio of 0.51. The dividend yield of HarleyDavidson Inc. stocks is 10.84%. HarleyDavidson Inc. had an annual average earning growth of 20.6% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated HarleyDavidson Inc. the business predictability rank of 4-star.

New Purchase: Republic Services Inc. (RSG)

Richard Aster Jr initiated holdings in Republic Services Inc.. His purchase prices were between $19.7 and $24.5, with an estimated average price of $22.7. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 2.01%. His holdings were 1,572,864 shares as of 12/31/2008.

Republic Services Inc. is a leading provider of services in the domestic non-hazardous solid waste industry. They provide non-hazardous solid waste collection services for commercial industrial municipal and residential customers through their collection companies. They also own or operate transfer stations and solid waste landfills. Republic Services Inc. has a market cap of $4.71 billion; its shares were traded at around $23.58 with a P/E ratio of 13.8 and P/S ratio of 1.48. The dividend yield of Republic Services Inc. stocks is 2.94%. Republic Services Inc. had an annual average earning growth of 11.6% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Republic Services Inc. the business predictability rank of 5-star.

New Purchase: Wells Fargo & Company (WFC)

Richard Aster Jr initiated holdings in Wells Fargo & Company. His purchase prices were between $21.36 and $33.1, with an estimated average price of $28.3. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 0.83%. His holdings were 547,000 shares as of 12/31/2008.

Wells Fargo & Company is a diversified financial services company providing banking insurance investments mortgage and consumer finance services through stores its Internet site and other distribution channels across North America as well as internationally. (Company Press Release) Wells Fargo & Company has a market cap of $70.47 billion; its shares were traded at around $16.35 with a P/E ratio of 19.5 and P/S ratio of 1.36. The dividend yield of Wells Fargo & Company stocks is 7.2%. Wells Fargo & Company had an annual average earning growth of 10.8% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Wells Fargo & Company the business predictability rank of 4-star.

New Purchase: Copart Inc. (CPRT)

Richard Aster Jr initiated holdings in Copart Inc.. His purchase prices were between $25.63 and $34.9, with an estimated average price of $29.3. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 0.58%. His holdings were 412,040 shares as of 12/31/2008.

Copart Inc. provides vehicle suppliers primarily insurance companies with a full range of services to process and sell salvage vehicles through auctions principally to licensed dismantlers rebuilders and used vehicle dealers. Salvage vehicles are either damaged vehicles deemed a total loss for insurance or business purposes or are recovered stolen vehicles for which an insurance settlement with the vehicle owner has already been made. Copart Inc. has a market cap of $2.01 billion; its shares were traded at around $26.2 with a P/E ratio of 13.3 and P/S ratio of 2.56. Copart Inc. had an annual average earning growth of 19.7% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Copart Inc. the business predictability rank of 4-star.

New Purchase: Kohl's Corp. (KSS)

Richard Aster Jr initiated holdings in Kohl's Corp.. His purchase prices were between $26.15 and $35.68, with an estimated average price of $32.2. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 0.36%. His holdings were 195,200 shares as of 12/31/2008.

Kohl's Corporation operates family oriented specialty department stores primarily in the Midwest Mid-Atlantic and Northeast areas of the United States that feature quality national brand merchandise priced to provide exceptional value to customers. The company's stores sell moderately priced apparel shoes accessories and home products targeted to middle-income customers shopping for their families and homes. Kohl's stores feature easily accessible locations well laid out stores central checkout and good in-stock. Kohl's Corp. has a market cap of $11.19 billion; its shares were traded at around $37.36 with a P/E ratio of 11.5 and P/S ratio of 0.68. Kohl's Corp. had an annual average earning growth of 21% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Kohl's Corp. the business predictability rank of 4-star.

New Purchase: Commercial Metals Company (CMC)

Richard Aster Jr initiated holdings in Commercial Metals Company. His purchase prices were between $7.54 and $12.35, with an estimated average price of $10.4. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 0.25%. His holdings were 416,900 shares as of 12/31/2008.

Commercial Metals Company has three segments - manufacturing recycling and marketing and trading. Activities are primarily concerned with metals related activities. The manufacturing segment is the dominant and most rapidly expanding segment in terms of assets employed capital expenditures operating profit and number of employees. The recycling segment is engaged in processing secondary or scrap metals for further recycling into new metal products. The marketing and trading segment buys and sells primary and secondary metals and fabricated metals. Commercial Metals Company has a market cap of $1.31 billion; its shares were traded at around $12.22 with a P/E ratio of 4.6 and P/S ratio of 0.13. The dividend yield of Commercial Metals Company stocks is 4.17%. Commercial Metals Company had an annual average earning growth of 22.6% over the past 10 years.

New Purchase: JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM)

Richard Aster Jr initiated holdings in JPMorgan Chase & Co.. His purchase prices were between $22.45 and $41.14, with an estimated average price of $33.6. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 0.11%. His holdings were 65,500 shares as of 12/31/2008.

J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. is a leading global financial services firm. The firm is a leader in investment banking asset management private banking private equity custody and transaction services and retail and middle market financial services. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average JPMorgan Chase is headquartered in New York and serves more than 30 million consumer customers and the world's most prominent corporate institutional and government clients. JPMorgan Chase & Co. has a market cap of $95.21 billion; its shares were traded at around $24.62 with a P/E ratio of 23.6 and P/S ratio of 1.42. The dividend yield of JPMorgan Chase & Co. stocks is 5.96%.

New Purchase: Continental Resources Inc. (CLR)

Richard Aster Jr initiated holdings in Continental Resources Inc.. His purchase prices were between $13.54 and $32.39, with an estimated average price of $21.5. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 0.05%. His holdings were 51,400 shares as of 12/31/2008.

CONTINENTAL RESOURCES is a crude-oil concentrated independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company with operations in the Rocky Mountain Mid-Continent and Gulf Coast regions of the United States. The Company focuses its operations in large new and developing plays where horizontal drilling advanced fracture stimulation and enhanced recovery technologies provide the means to economically develop and produce oil and natural gas reserves from unconventional formations. Continental Resources Inc. has a market cap of $3.5 billion; its shares were traded at around $21.03 with a P/E ratio of 8.2 and P/S ratio of 6.01.

New Purchase: Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)

Richard Aster Jr initiated holdings in Microsoft Corp.. His purchase prices were between $19.12 and $23.77, with an estimated average price of $20.6. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 0.02%. His holdings were 16,700 shares as of 12/31/2008.

Microsoft develops manufactures licenses and supports a wide range of software products for a multitude of computing devices. Microsoft software includes scalable operating systems for servers personal computers and intelligent devices; server applications for client/server environments; knowledge worker productivity applications; and software development tools. The Company's online efforts include the MSN network of Internet products and services and alliances with companies involved with broadband access and various forms of digital interactivity. Microsoft Corp. has a market cap of $152.11 billion; its shares were traded at around $18.8 with a P/E ratio of 8.7 and P/S ratio of 2.52. The dividend yield of Microsoft Corp. stocks is 3.04%. Microsoft Corp. had an annual average earning growth of 10% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Microsoft Corp. the business predictability rank of 4-star.

New Purchase: Norfolk Southern Corp. (NSC)

Richard Aster Jr initiated holdings in Norfolk Southern Corp.. His purchase prices were between $43.96 and $59.09, with an estimated average price of $49.3. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 0.02%. His holdings were 6,800 shares as of 12/31/2008.

Norfolk Southern Corp. a Virginia-based holding company owns two major freight railroads Norfolk Southern Railway Company and Norfolk Western Railway Company which operates in numerous states the District of Columbia and the Province of Ontario. (Company Press Release) Norfolk Southern Corp. has a market cap of $14.2 billion; its shares were traded at around $38.4 with a P/E ratio of 7.8 and P/S ratio of 1.33. The dividend yield of Norfolk Southern Corp. stocks is 3.34%. Norfolk Southern Corp. had an annual average earning growth of 9.7% over the past 10 years.

New Purchase: Nordstrom Inc. (JWN)

Richard Aster Jr initiated holdings in Nordstrom Inc.. His purchase prices were between $7.68 and $18.08, with an estimated average price of $13.6. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 0.02%. His holdings were 23,700 shares as of 12/31/2008.

Nordstrom Inc. is one of the nation's leading fashion specialty retailers with stores located in a number of states including full-line stores Nordstrom Racks Faconnable boutiques and free-standing shoe stores. Nordstrom also operates Faconnable boutiques throughout Europe. Additionally Nordstrom serves customers through its online presence and through its direct mail catalogs. (Company Press Release) Nordstrom Inc. has a market cap of $2.73 billion; its shares were traded at around $13.21 with a P/E ratio of 4.9 and P/S ratio of 0.31. The dividend yield of Nordstrom Inc. stocks is 5.04%. Nordstrom Inc. had an annual average earning growth of 20.2% over the past 10 years.

New Purchase: Johnson Controls Inc. (JCI)

Richard Aster Jr initiated holdings in Johnson Controls Inc.. His purchase prices were between $15.26 and $21.92, with an estimated average price of $17.5. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 0.02%. His holdings were 17,900 shares as of 12/31/2008.

Johnson Controls Inc. is a global market leader in automotive systems and facility management and control. In the automotive market it is a major supplier of seating and interior systems and batteries. For non-residential facilities Johnson Controls provides building control systems and services energy management and integrated facility management. (Company Press Release) Johnson Controls Inc. has a market cap of $7.43 billion; its shares were traded at around $13.44 with a P/E ratio of 6.6 and P/S ratio of 0.2. The dividend yield of Johnson Controls Inc. stocks is 4.16%. Johnson Controls Inc. had an annual average earning growth of 7.9% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Johnson Controls Inc. the business predictability rank of 5-star.

New Purchase: AGL Resources Inc. (ATG)

Richard Aster Jr initiated holdings in AGL Resources Inc.. His purchase prices were between $25.89 and $30.11, with an estimated average price of $28.6. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 0.02%. His holdings were 13,400 shares as of 12/31/2008.

AGL Resources principal business is the distribution of natural gas to customers in central northwest northeast and southeast Georgia and the Chattanooga Tennessee area through its natural gas distribution subsidiary. AGL's major service area is the ten county metropolitan Atlanta area. AGL Resources Inc. has a market cap of $2.37 billion; its shares were traded at around $33.5 with a P/E ratio of 11.86 and P/S ratio of 0.95. The dividend yield of AGL Resources Inc. stocks is 5.45%. AGL Resources Inc. had an annual average earning growth of 34.7% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated AGL Resources Inc. the business predictability rank of 3.5-star.

New Purchase: The Home Depot Inc. (HD)

Richard Aster Jr initiated holdings in The Home Depot Inc.. His purchase prices were between $18.31 and $24.4, with an estimated average price of $21.7. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 0.02%. His holdings were 14,600 shares as of 12/31/2008.

Home Depot is the one of world's largest home improvement retailer. The company offers a level of service unprecedented among warehouse-style retailers. Home Depot stores cater to do-it-yourselfers as well as home improvement construction and building maintenance professionals. The Home Depot currently operates in the USA Canada Chile Puerto Rico and Argentina. The company also operates EXPO Design Centers across the U.S. and Villager's Hardware in New Jersey. The Home Depot Inc. has a market cap of $36.5 billion; its shares were traded at around $22.21 with a P/E ratio of 10.3 and P/S ratio of 0.47. The dividend yield of The Home Depot Inc. stocks is 4.18%. The Home Depot Inc. had an annual average earning growth of 19.5% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated The Home Depot Inc. the business predictability rank of 5-star.

New Purchase: Sunoco Inc. (SUN)

Richard Aster Jr initiated holdings in Sunoco Inc.. His purchase prices were between $23.79 and $42.25, with an estimated average price of $33.5. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 0.02%. His holdings were 9,800 shares as of 12/31/2008.

Sunoco Inc. is principally a petroleum refiner and marketer with interests in cokemaking. Sunoco's petroleum refining and marketing operations include the manufacturing and marketing of a full rangeof petroleum products including fuels lubricants and petrochemicals and the transportation of crude oil and refined products. These operations areconducted principally in the eastern half of the United States. Sunoco'scokemaking operations are conducted in Virginia and Indiana. Sunoco Inc. has a market cap of $5.41 billion; its shares were traded at around $37.15 with a P/E ratio of 8.7 and P/S ratio of 0.12. The dividend yield of Sunoco Inc. stocks is 2.59%. Sunoco Inc. had an annual average earning growth of 16.9% over the past 10 years.

New Purchase: BrownForman Corp. (BF-B)

Richard Aster Jr initiated holdings in BrownForman Corp.. His purchase prices were between $43.24 and $49.81, with an estimated average price of $46.6. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 0.02%. His holdings were 7,800 shares as of 12/31/2008.

Brown-Forman Corporation is a producer and marketer of fine quality beverage alcohol brands including Jack Daniel?s Southern Comfort Finlandia Vodka Tequila Herradura el Jimador Tequila Canadian Mist Fetzer and Bolla Wines and Korbel California Champagnes. BrownForman Corp. has a market cap of $6.98 billion; its shares were traded at around $44.48 with a P/E ratio of 13.9 and P/S ratio of 2.13. The dividend yield of BrownForman Corp. stocks is 2.53%. BrownForman Corp. had an annual average earning growth of 8.2% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated BrownForman Corp. the business predictability rank of 3.5-star.

Reduced: The CocaCola Company (KO)

Richard Aster Jr reduced to his holdings in The CocaCola Company by 24.19%. His sale prices were between $41.15 and $46.87, with an estimated average price of $44.2. The impact to his portfolio due to this sale was less than 0.01%. Richard Aster Jr still held 9,400 shares as of 12/31/2008.

The Coca-Cola Company is the world's largest beverage company and is the leading producer and marketer of soft drinks. Along with Coca-Cola recognized as the world's best-known brand The Coca-Cola Company markets four of the world's top five soft drink brands including diet Coke Fanta and Sprite. Through the world's largest distribution system consumers in nearly 200 countries enjoy The Coca-Cola Company's products at a rate of more than 1 billion servings each day. The CocaCola Company has a market cap of $98.84 billion; its shares were traded at around $40.67 with a P/E ratio of 12.9 and P/S ratio of 3.42. The dividend yield of The CocaCola Company stocks is 3.56%. The CocaCola Company had an annual average earning growth of 5.3% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated The CocaCola Company the business predictability rank of 2-star.

Reduced: Sysco Corp. (SYY)

Richard Aster Jr reduced to his holdings in Sysco Corp. by 23.74%. His sale prices were between $21.69 and $25.92, with an estimated average price of $23.5. The impact to his portfolio due to this sale was less than 0.01%. Richard Aster Jr still held 16,700 shares as of 12/31/2008.

Sysco Corporation is the largest North American distributor of food and food related products to the foodservice or `food-prepared-away-from-home` industry. The company provides its products and services to restaurants healthcare and educational facilities lodging establishments and other foodservice customers. Sysco Corp. has a market cap of $13.35 billion; its shares were traded at around $23.36 with a P/E ratio of 11.5 and P/S ratio of 0.36. The dividend yield of Sysco Corp. stocks is 4.31%. Sysco Corp. had an annual average earning growth of 13.3% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Sysco Corp. the business predictability rank of 4-star.

Reduced: Genuine Parts Company (GPC)

Richard Aster Jr reduced to his holdings in Genuine Parts Company by 24.16%. His sale prices were between $32.57 and $38.93, with an estimated average price of $36.3. The impact to his portfolio due to this sale was less than 0.01%. Richard Aster Jr still held 10,985 shares as of 12/31/2008.

GENUINE PARTS COMPANY is a distributor of automotive replacement parts in the U.S. Canada and Mexico. The Company also distributes industrial replacement parts in the U.S. and in Canada through its Motion Industries subsidiary. S. P. Richards Company the Office Products Group distributes product nationwide in the U.S. and in Canada. The Electrical/Electronic Group EIS Inc. distributes electrical and electronic components throughout the U.S. and in Canada and Mexico. Genuine Parts Company has a market cap of $5.11 billion; its shares were traded at around $34.04 with a P/E ratio of 10.4 and P/S ratio of 0.47. The dividend yield of Genuine Parts Company stocks is 4.87%. Genuine Parts Company had an annual average earning growth of 4.7% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Genuine Parts Company the business predictability rank of 2.5-star.

Reduced: Comerica Inc. (CMA)

Richard Aster Jr reduced to his holdings in Comerica Inc. by 37.6%. His sale prices were between $16.86 and $28.87, with an estimated average price of $22.3. The impact to his portfolio due to this sale was less than 0.01%. Richard Aster Jr still held 12,445 shares as of 12/31/2008.

Comerica Inc. is a registered bank holding company. Its operations made up of three lines of business: Business Bank Individual Bank and Investment Bank. The Business Bank is comprised of middle market lending asset-based lending large corporate banking treasury management and international financial services. The Individual Bank includes consumer lending consumer deposit gathering mortgage loan origination and servicing small business banking and private banking. The Investment Bank is responsible for the sale of mutual fund and annuity products. Comerica Inc. has a market cap of $2.51 billion; its shares were traded at around $15.66 with a P/E ratio of 9.2 and P/S ratio of 0.64. The dividend yield of Comerica Inc. stocks is 7.92%. Comerica Inc. had an annual average earning growth of 14.7% over the past 5 years.

Reduced: Johnson & Johnson (JNJ)

Richard Aster Jr reduced to his holdings in Johnson & Johnson by 37.26%. His sale prices were between $55.39 and $62.13, with an estimated average price of $59. The impact to his portfolio due to this sale was -0.01%. Richard Aster Jr still held 6,735 shares as of 12/31/2008.

Johnson & Johnson is engaged in the manufacture and sale of a broad range of products in the health care field in many countries of the world. The company's worldwide business is divided into three segments: Consumer; Pharmaceutical; and Professional. Johnson & Johnson has a market cap of $160.07 billion; its shares were traded at around $56.73 with a P/E ratio of 12.3 and P/S ratio of 2.51. The dividend yield of Johnson & Johnson stocks is 3.19%. Johnson & Johnson had an annual average earning growth of 12.5% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Johnson & Johnson the business predictability rank of 4.5-star.

Reduced: Reynolds American Inc. (RAI)

Richard Aster Jr reduced to his holdings in Reynolds American Inc. by 29.92%. His sale prices were between $40.25 and $47.97, with an estimated average price of $42.5. The impact to his portfolio due to this sale was -0.01%. Richard Aster Jr still held 9,605 shares as of 12/31/2008.

Reynolds American Inc. is the parent company of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company Inc. Lane Limited and R.J. Reynolds Global Products Inc. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company the second- largest U.S. tobacco company manufactures about one of every three cigarettes sold in the United States including five of the nation's 10 best-selling brands: Camel Winston KOOL Salem and Doral. Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company Inc. manufactures Natural American Spirit cigarettes. Reynolds American Inc. has a market cap of $11.13 billion; its shares were traded at around $38.86 with a P/E ratio of 8.1 and P/S ratio of 1.23. The dividend yield of Reynolds American Inc. stocks is 8.91%. Reynolds American Inc. had an annual average earning growth of 20.6% over the past 5 years.

Reduced: Sonoco Products Company (SON)

Richard Aster Jr reduced to his holdings in Sonoco Products Company by 27.23%. His sale prices were between $21.91 and $25.1, with an estimated average price of $23.5. The impact to his portfolio due to this sale was -0.01%. Richard Aster Jr still held 16,300 shares as of 12/31/2008.

Sonoco is one of the world's largest manufacturers of packaging materials for industrial and consumer markets. In addition the company is one of the leading producers of recycled paperboard utilizing more than a million tons of recovered paper annually in its papermaking operations. Sonoco products are used by many of the world's leading industries including food processing beverages textiles supermarkets plastics papermaking pharmaceuticals material converting material handling agriculture personal care health care and many others. Sonoco Products Company has a market cap of $2.29 billion; its shares were traded at around $20.99 with a P/E ratio of 9.3 and P/S ratio of 0.57. The dividend yield of Sonoco Products Company stocks is 4.71%. Sonoco Products Company had an annual average earning growth of 0.1% over the past 10 years.

Reduced: Automatic Data Processing Inc. (ADP)

Richard Aster Jr reduced to his holdings in Automatic Data Processing Inc. by 31.65%. His sale prices were between $32.35 and $40.71, with an estimated average price of $35.9. The impact to his portfolio due to this sale was -0.01%. Richard Aster Jr still held 10,800 shares as of 12/31/2008.

Automatic Data Processing Inc. is one of the largest providers of computerized transaction processing data communication and information services in the world. ADP Employer Services offers a comprehensive range of payroll human resources benefits administration time and attendance tax filing and reporting professional employer organization compliance management and retirement plan services to employers in the United States Canada Europe and Latin America. Automatic Data Processing Inc. has a market cap of $18.45 billion; its shares were traded at around $37.58 with a P/E ratio of 15.1 and P/S ratio of 2.1. The dividend yield of Automatic Data Processing Inc. stocks is 3.63%. Automatic Data Processing Inc. had an annual average earning growth of 4.1% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Automatic Data Processing Inc. the business predictability rank of 2-star.

Reduced: AT&T Inc. (T)

Richard Aster Jr reduced to his holdings in AT&T Inc. by 30.26%. His sale prices were between $22.1 and $28.15, with an estimated average price of $26.3. The impact to his portfolio due to this sale was -0.01%. Richard Aster Jr still held 14,980 shares as of 12/31/2008.

SBC Communications Inc. is in the communications industry. Through its subsidiaries' trusted brands and world-class network SBC and its affiliated companies provide voice data networking and e-business services including local and long-distance voice high-speed Internet access and data transport voice and data network integration software and process integration Web site and application hosting e-marketplace development paging and messaging as well as cable and satellite TV and directory advertising and publishing. (Company Press Release) AT&T Inc. has a market cap of $145.09 billion; its shares were traded at around $24.56 with a P/E ratio of 8.3 and P/S ratio of 1.17. The dividend yield of AT&T Inc. stocks is 6.66%. AT&T Inc. had an annual average earning growth of 12.7% over the past 5 years.

Reduced: Vulcan Materials Company (VMC)

Richard Aster Jr reduced to his holdings in Vulcan Materials Company by 27.85%. His sale prices were between $40.07 and $67.85, with an estimated average price of $57.4. The impact to his portfolio due to this sale was -0.01%. Richard Aster Jr still held 5,700 shares as of 12/31/2008.

Vulcan Materials Company is the nation's foremost producer of constructionaggregates a major producer of other construction materials and a leadingchemicals manufacturer supplying chloralkali and other industrial andspecialty chemicals. They lead the nation in the production of construction aggregates; primarily crushed stone sand and gravel. They are also a leader in the production of other construction materials as well as a major manufacturer of chemicals. Vulcan Materials Company has a market cap of $5.45 billion; its shares were traded at around $47.34 with a P/E ratio of 16.7 and P/S ratio of 1.64. The dividend yield of Vulcan Materials Company stocks is 3.96%. Vulcan Materials Company had an annual average earning growth of 7.7% over the past 10 years.

Reduced: Waste Management Inc. (WMI)

Richard Aster Jr reduced to his holdings in Waste Management Inc. by 33.7%. His sale prices were between $25.53 and $31.21, with an estimated average price of $29.6. The impact to his portfolio due to this sale was -0.01%. Richard Aster Jr still held 12,790 shares as of 12/31/2008.

Waste Management Inc. provides integrated waste management services in North America and internationally. In North America the company provides solid waste management services including collection transfer recycling and resource recovery services and disposal services. Included in its international operations is the collection and transportation of solid hazardous and medical wastes and recyclable materials and the treatment and disposal of recyclable materials. Waste Management Inc. has a market cap of $15.3 billion; its shares were traded at around $28.3 with a P/E ratio of 13 and P/S ratio of 1.15. The dividend yield of Waste Management Inc. stocks is 3.46%. Waste Management Inc. had an annual average earning growth of 2.1% over the past 10 years.

Reduced: McDonald's Corp. (MCD)

Richard Aster Jr reduced to his holdings in McDonald's Corp. by 48%. His sale prices were between $52.59 and $62.72, with an estimated average price of $57.1. The impact to his portfolio due to this sale was -0.01%. Richard Aster Jr still held 6,500 shares as of 12/31/2008.

McDonald's Corporation develops operates franchises and services a worldwide system of restaurants that prepare assemble package and sell a limited menu of value-priced foods. The company operates primarily in the quick-service hamburger restaurant business. All restaurants are operated by the company or under the terms of franchise arrangements by franchisees who are independent third parties or by affiliates operating under joint-venture agreements between the company and local business people. McDonald's Corp. has a market cap of $64.67 billion; its shares were traded at around $57.28 with a P/E ratio of 15.5 and P/S ratio of 2.75. The dividend yield of McDonald's Corp. stocks is 3.45%. McDonald's Corp. had an annual average earning growth of 7.2% over the past 10 years.

Reduced: KimberlyClark Corp. (KMB)

Richard Aster Jr reduced to his holdings in KimberlyClark Corp. by 35.29%. His sale prices were between $51.11 and $60.67, with an estimated average price of $55.5. The impact to his portfolio due to this sale was -0.01%. Richard Aster Jr still held 7,150 shares as of 12/31/2008.

Kimberly-Clark Corporation is one of the leading consumer products companies. Its global tissue personal care and health care brands include Huggies Pull-Ups Kotex Depend Kleenex Scott Kimberly-Clark Safeskin Tecnol Kimwipes and Wypall. Other brands well known outside the U.S. include Andrex Scottex Page Popee and Kimbies. Kimberly-Clark also is a major producer of premium business correspondence and technical papers. (Company Press Release) KimberlyClark Corp. has a market cap of $21.3 billion; its shares were traded at around $49.32 with a P/E ratio of 11.9 and P/S ratio of 1.1. The dividend yield of KimberlyClark Corp. stocks is 4.51%. KimberlyClark Corp. had an annual average earning growth of 4.9% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated KimberlyClark Corp. the business predictability rank of 2.5-star.

Reduced: Chevron Corp. (CVX)

Richard Aster Jr reduced to his holdings in Chevron Corp. by 25.68%. His sale prices were between $57.33 and $79.01, with an estimated average price of $70.5. The impact to his portfolio due to this sale was -0.01%. Richard Aster Jr still held 5,500 shares as of 12/31/2008.

Chevron is the fifth-largest integrated energy company in the world. Headquartered in San Ramon California and conducting business in approximately 180 countries this highly competitive corporation is engaged in every aspect of the oil and natural gas industry including exploration and production; refining marketing and transportation; chemicals manufacturing and sales; and power generation. Chevron Corp. has a market cap of $143.28 billion; its shares were traded at around $71.12 with a P/E ratio of 5.9 and P/S ratio of 0.65. The dividend yield of Chevron Corp. stocks is 3.69%. Chevron Corp. had an annual average earning growth of 14.5% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Chevron Corp. the business predictability rank of 3.5-star.

Reduced: Leggett & Platt Inc. (LEG)

Richard Aster Jr reduced to his holdings in Leggett & Platt Inc. by 32.19%. His sale prices were between $12.91 and $17.36, with an estimated average price of $15.2. The impact to his portfolio due to this sale was -0.01%. Richard Aster Jr still held 26,125 shares as of 12/31/2008.

Leggett & Platt Inc. is one of the leading manufacturers of engineered products serving several major markets. Sales and production are focused on residential furnishings commercial furnishings aluminum products industrial materials and specialized products. The company has facilities throughout North America and in numerous international locations. (Company Press Release) Leggett & Platt Inc. has a market cap of $1.95 billion; its shares were traded at around $12.97 with a P/E ratio of 11.4 and P/S ratio of 0.45. The dividend yield of Leggett & Platt Inc. stocks is 8.01%. Leggett & Platt Inc. had an annual average earning growth of 0.3% over the past 10 years.

Reduced: Charles River Laboratories International (CRL)

Richard Aster Jr reduced to his holdings in Charles River Laboratories International by 23.88%. His sale prices were between $21.45 and $44.42, with an estimated average price of $28.7. The impact to his portfolio due to this sale was -0.06%. Richard Aster Jr still held 181,700 shares as of 12/31/2008.

Charles River Laboratories is a leading provider of critical research tools and integrated support services that enable innovative and efficient drug discovery and development. Charles River is the global leader inproviding the animal research models required in research and development for new drugs devices and therapies and has been in this business for more than 50 years. Charles River Laboratories International has a market cap of $1.65 billion; its shares were traded at around $27.56 with a P/E ratio of 8.6 and P/S ratio of 1.34. Charles River Laboratories International had an annual average earning growth of 6.4% over the past 5 years.

Reduced: Polaris Industries Inc. (PII)

Richard Aster Jr reduced to his holdings in Polaris Industries Inc. by 27.04%. His sale prices were between $21.12 and $34.06, with an estimated average price of $28. The impact to his portfolio due to this sale was -0.07%. Richard Aster Jr still held 171,900 shares as of 12/31/2008.

Polaris Industries Inc. designs engineers and manufactures snowmobiles all terrain vehicles motorcycles and personal watercraft and markets themtogether with related replacement parts garments and accessories through dealers and distributors. The company's line of all terrain vehicles consist of fourteen models includes general purpose sport and four-wheel drive utility models. The company produces a full line of snowmobiles consisting of thirty-three models ranging from utility and economy models to performance and competition models. Polaris Industries Inc. has a market cap of $688.94 million; its shares were traded at around $20.06 with a P/E ratio of 5.8 and P/S ratio of 0.35. The dividend yield of Polaris Industries Inc. stocks is 7.15%. Polaris Industries Inc. had an annual average earning growth of 8% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Polaris Industries Inc. the business predictability rank of 3-star.

Reduced: Network Appliance Inc. (NTAP)

Richard Aster Jr reduced to his holdings in Network Appliance Inc. by 23.27%. His sale prices were between $12.2 and $13.6, with an estimated average price of $13. The impact to his portfolio due to this sale was -0.14%. Richard Aster Jr still held 837,588 shares as of 12/31/2008.

NetApp Inc. formerly Network Appliance Inc. is a leading provider of innovative data management solutions that simplify the complexity of storing managing protecting and retaining enterprise data. Market leaders around the world choose NetApp to help them reduce cost minimize risk and adapt to change. Network Appliance Inc. has a market cap of $4.9 billion; its shares were traded at around $14.93 with a P/E ratio of 14.7 and P/S ratio of 1.48. Network Appliance Inc. had an annual average earning growth of 20.4% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Network Appliance Inc. the business predictability rank of 3-star.

Reduced: Briggs & Stratton Corp. (BGG)

Richard Aster Jr reduced to his holdings in Briggs & Stratton Corp. by 21.71%. His sale prices were between $12.61 and $16.51, with an estimated average price of $14.6. The impact to his portfolio due to this sale was -0.14%. Richard Aster Jr still held 726,300 shares as of 12/31/2008.

Briggs & Stratton Corp. is one of the world's largest producers of air cooled gasoline engines for outdoor power equipment. The company designs manufactures markets and services these products for original equipment manufacturers worldwide. These engines are primarily aluminum alloy gasoline engines. Briggs & Stratton Corp. has a market cap of $736.72 million; its shares were traded at around $15.23 with a P/E ratio of 23.7 and P/S ratio of 0.34. The dividend yield of Briggs & Stratton Corp. stocks is 5.95%.

Reduced: Albany International Corp. (AIN)

Richard Aster Jr reduced to his holdings in Albany International Corp. by 35.31%. His sale prices were between $11.76 and $18.83, with an estimated average price of $14.7. The impact to his portfolio due to this sale was -0.16%. Richard Aster Jr still held 670,100 shares as of 12/31/2008.

ALBANY INTERNATIONAL CORP. designs manufactures and markets paper machine clothing for each section of the paper machine. It is the largest producer of paper machine clothing in the world. Paper machine clothing consists of large continuous belts of custom designed and custom manufactured engineered fabrics that are installed on paper machines and carry the paper stock through each stage of the paper production process. Paper machine clothing is a consumable product of technologically sophisticated design that is made with synthetic monofilament and fiber materials. Albany International Corp. has a market cap of $299.12 million; its shares were traded at around $10.14 with a P/E ratio of 4.4 and P/S ratio of 0.27. The dividend yield of Albany International Corp. stocks is 4.8%.

Reduced: Cabot Corp. (CBT)

Richard Aster Jr reduced to his holdings in Cabot Corp. by 70.15%. His sale prices were between $13.99 and $26.21, with an estimated average price of $20.4. The impact to his portfolio due to this sale was -0.18%. Richard Aster Jr still held 311,300 shares as of 12/31/2008.

Cabot Corporation is a global specialty chemicals and materials company. Cabot's major products are carbon black fumed silica inkjet colorants and aerogels. Cabot has manufacturing plants located in countries around the world. (Company Press Release) Cabot Corp. has a market cap of $874.04 million; its shares were traded at around $12.91 with a P/E ratio of 11.3 and P/S ratio of 0.27. The dividend yield of Cabot Corp. stocks is 5.39%. Cabot Corp. had an annual average earning growth of 4.2% over the past 5 years.

Reduced: American Medical Systems Holdings Inc. (AMMD)

Richard Aster Jr reduced to his holdings in American Medical Systems Holdings Inc. by 37.05%. His sale prices were between $8.63 and $13.76, with an estimated average price of $10.4. The impact to his portfolio due to this sale was -0.2%. Richard Aster Jr still held 1,178,900 shares as of 12/31/2008.

American Medical Services is a leading independent company focused solely on supplying medical devices to physicians specializing in the treatment of urological disorders. The company manufactures and markets a broad and well-established line of proprietary products directly to urologists with its principal focus on the three major urological disorders: incontinence erectile dysfunction and prostate disease. With its reputation for quality and innovative products and relationships with urological surgeons the company is well position to benefit from the growth in the urology market.positi American Medical Systems Holdings Inc. has a market cap of $781.82 million; its shares were traded at around $10.59 with a P/E ratio of 16.5 and P/S ratio of 1.69. American Medical Systems Holdings Inc. had an annual average earning growth of 20.7% over the past 5 years.

Reduced: SVB Financial Group (SIVB)

Richard Aster Jr reduced to his holdings in SVB Financial Group by 37.45%. His sale prices were between $24.41 and $51.45, with an estimated average price of $39.9. The impact to his portfolio due to this sale was -0.21%. Richard Aster Jr still held 416,200 shares as of 12/31/2008.

SVB Financial Group is an international financial services holding company serving the technology life science private equity and premium wine industries primarily through the following subsidiaries: Silicon Valley Bank SVB Capital SVB Global Financial Services SVB Alliant SVB Securities SVB Asset Management SVB India Advisors SVB Europe Advisors. SVB Financial Group has a market cap of $681.05 million; its shares were traded at around $20.45 with a P/E ratio of 7.6 and P/S ratio of 1.14. SVB Financial Group had an annual average earning growth of 15.1% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated SVB Financial Group the business predictability rank of 2-star.

Reduced: TERADATA CORP (TDC)

Richard Aster Jr reduced to his holdings in TERADATA CORP by 45.16%. His sale prices were between $12.01 and $16.86, with an estimated average price of $14.4. The impact to his portfolio due to this sale was -0.25%. Richard Aster Jr still held 713,700 shares as of 12/31/2008.

Teradata Corporation is the world's largest company focused on raising intelligence through data warehousing and enterprise analytics. Teradata is located in more than forty countries. Teradata is a trademark or registered trademark of Teradata Corporation in the United States and other countries.Number of employees in Teradata Corporation is 5300 TERADATA CORP has a market cap of $2.31 billion; its shares were traded at around $13.05 with a P/E ratio of 9.1 and P/S ratio of 1.36.

Reduced: Dun & Bradstreet Corp. The (DNB)

Richard Aster Jr reduced to his holdings in Dun & Bradstreet Corp. The by 20.3%. His sale prices were between $69.83 and $80, with an estimated average price of $74.1. The impact to his portfolio due to this sale was -0.26%. Richard Aster Jr still held 320,025 shares as of 12/31/2008.

D&B Corp. is a provider of business information. Their information and technology solutions help businesses reduce credit risk find profitable customers manage customer and vendor relationships more efficiently and collect cash and receivables. Businesses also use their information and technology to authenticate and verify potential trading partners online increasing their trust and confidence in e-commerce business transactions. Dun & Bradstreet Corp. The has a market cap of $4.1 billion; its shares were traded at around $78.49 with a P/E ratio of 14.1 and P/S ratio of 2.37. The dividend yield of Dun & Bradstreet Corp. The stocks is 1.58%.

Reduced: STERIS Corp. (STE)

Richard Aster Jr reduced to his holdings in STERIS Corp. by 44.29%. His sale prices were between $23.4 and $33.86, with an estimated average price of $28.9. The impact to his portfolio due to this sale was -0.27%. Richard Aster Jr still held 494,800 shares as of 12/31/2008.

STERIS Corporation is a leading provider of infection prevention contamination prevention and surgical support systems products services and technologies to healthcare scientific research and industrial Customers throughout the world. The Company has over 4000 Associates (employees) worldwide including more than 1200 direct sales service and field support personnel. Customer Support facilities are located in major global market centers with manufacturing operations in theUnited States Canada Germany and Finland. STERIS Corp. has a market cap of $1.57 billion; its shares were traded at around $26.92 with a P/E ratio of 12.5 and P/S ratio of 1.24. The dividend yield of STERIS Corp. stocks is 1.2%. STERIS Corp. had an annual average earning growth of 10.1% over the past 10 years.

Reduced: Progress Energy Inc. (PGN)

Richard Aster Jr reduced to his holdings in Progress Energy Inc. by 25.67%. His sale prices were between $34.84 and $39.21, with an estimated average price of $37.8. The impact to his portfolio due to this sale was -0.34%. Richard Aster Jr still held 648,000 shares as of 12/31/2008.

CP & L Energy Inc. is primarily engaged in the generation transmissiondistribution and sale of electricity in portions of North and South Carolina and Florida and the transmission distribution and sale of natural gas in portions of North Carolina. The company provides these and other services through its business segments: electric natural gas and other. Progress Energy Inc. has a market cap of $10.19 billion; its shares were traded at around $38.35 with a P/E ratio of 12.8 and P/S ratio of 1.11. The dividend yield of Progress Energy Inc. stocks is 6.4%. Progress Energy Inc. had an annual average earning growth of 0.4% over the past 10 years.

Reduced: C.R. Bard Inc. (BCR)

Richard Aster Jr reduced to his holdings in C.R. Bard Inc. by 20.57%. His sale prices were between $78.44 and $88.09, with an estimated average price of $82.3. The impact to his portfolio due to this sale was -0.35%. Richard Aster Jr still held 391,177 shares as of 12/31/2008.

C.R. Bard Inc. is one of the worldwide leaders in developing manufacturing and supplying healthcare products that focus on Vascular Urology and Oncology Disease States. In addition Bard offers a complete line of advanced Surgical Specialty products and services that address needs in hernia repair performance irrigation hemostasis and other areas. C.R. Bard Inc. has a market cap of $8.49 billion; its shares were traded at around $85 with a P/E ratio of 18.8 and P/S ratio of 3.46. The dividend yield of C.R. Bard Inc. stocks is 0.75%. C.R. Bard Inc. had an annual average earning growth of 14.5% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated C.R. Bard Inc. the business predictability rank of 3-star.

Reduced: Millipore Corp. (MIL)

Richard Aster Jr reduced to his holdings in Millipore Corp. by 54.84%. His sale prices were between $47.51 and $56.14, with an estimated average price of $51.4. The impact to his portfolio due to this sale was -0.38%. Richard Aster Jr still held 258,600 shares as of 12/31/2008.

Millipore Corporation is a leading provider of products and services that improve productivity and results in biopharmaceutical manufacturing and in clinical analytical and research laboratories. The Company is organized in two operating divisions. Its Bioprocess Division helps pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to optimize their manufacturing productivity ensure the quality of drugs and scale up the production of difficult-to-manufacture biologics. Its Bioscience Division helps optimize laboratory productivity and workflows by providing reagents kits and other enabling technologies and products for life science research and development. Millipore has a deep understanding of its customers' research and manufacturing process needs and offers reliable and innovative tools technologies and services. Millipore Corp. has a market cap of $3.05 billion; its shares were traded at around $57.52 with a P/E ratio of 15.5 and P/S ratio of 1.99. Millipore Corp. had an annual average earning growth of 5.6% over the past 10 years.

Sold Out: Angelica Corp. (AGL)

Richard Aster Jr sold out his holdings in Angelica Corp.. His sale prices were between $25.89 and $30.11, with an estimated average price of $28.6. The impact to his portfolio due to this sale was less than 0.01%.

Angelica Corporation provides products and services to a wide variety of institutions and individuals which are in primarily three markets: health services hospitality and other service industries. Angelica Corp. has a market cap of $210.14 million; its shares were traded at around $32.55 with a P/E ratio of 38.9. The dividend yield of Angelica Corp. stocks is 2.2%.

Sold Out: Western Digital Corp. (WDC)

Richard Aster Jr sold out his holdings in Western Digital Corp.. His sale prices were between $10.38 and $16.47, with an estimated average price of $13.4. The impact to his portfolio due to this sale was less than 0.01%.

Western Digital Corp. designs develops manufactures and markets a broad line of hard drives featuring leading-edge technology. The company's hard drives are designed for the desktop PC market and the high-end hard drive market and recently for the emerging market for hard drives specially designed for audio-visual applications such as new video recording devices. The company sells its products worldwide to computer manufacturers for inclusion in their computer systems or subsystems and to distributors resellers and retailers. Western Digital Corp. has a market cap of $3.25 billion; its shares were traded at around $16.55 with a P/E ratio of 3.8 and P/S ratio of 0.4. Western Digital Corp. had an annual average earning growth of 55.8% over the past 5 years.

Sold Out: Affymetrix Inc. (AFFX)

Richard Aster Jr sold out his holdings in Affymetrix Inc.. His sale prices were between $2.16 and $5.44, with an estimated average price of $3.3. The impact to his portfolio due to this sale was less than 0.01%.

Affymetrix scientists invented the world's first high-density microarray and began selling the first commercial microarray. Since then Affymetrix GeneChip technology has become the industry standard in molecular biology research. Affymetrix technology is used by the world's top pharmaceutical diagnostic and biotechnology companies as well as leading academic government and not-for-profit research institutes. Affymetrix' patented photolithographic manufacturing process provides the most information capacity available today on an array enabling researchers to use a whole-genome approach to analyzing the relationship between genetics and health. Affymetrix Inc. has a market cap of $223.25 million; its shares were traded at around $3.27 with and P/S ratio of 0.54.

Sold Out: Autoliv Inc. (ALV)

Richard Aster Jr sold out his holdings in Autoliv Inc.. His sale prices were between $15.08 and $22.4, with an estimated average price of $20.1. The impact to his portfolio due to this sale was less than 0.01%.

Autoliv Inc. is a worldwide leader in automotive safety a pioneer in both seatbelts and airbags and a technology leader with the widest product offering for automotive safety. All the leading automobile manufacturers in the world are our customers. Autoliv Inc. has a market cap of $1.29 billion; its shares were traded at around $19.82 with a P/E ratio of 6.1 and P/S ratio of 0.19. The dividend yield of Autoliv Inc. stocks is 8.92%. Autoliv Inc. had an annual average earning growth of 6.8% over the past 10 years.

Sold Out: Mine Safety Appliances Company (MSA)

Richard Aster Jr sold out his holdings in Mine Safety Appliances Company. His sale prices were between $21.21 and $26.82, with an estimated average price of $24.4. The impact to his portfolio due to this sale was less than 0.01%.

MINE SAFETY APPLIANCES manufactures and sells products designed to protect the safety and health of workers throughout the world. Principal products include respiratory protective equipment that is air-purifying air-supplied and self-contained in design. Mine Safety Appliances Company has a market cap of $702.14 million; its shares were traded at around $19.51 with a P/E ratio of 9.2 and P/S ratio of 0.7. The dividend yield of Mine Safety Appliances Company stocks is 4.89%. Mine Safety Appliances Company had an annual average earning growth of 11.6% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Mine Safety Appliances Company the business predictability rank of 4-star.

Sold Out: Carnival Corp. (CCL)

Richard Aster Jr sold out his holdings in Carnival Corp.. His sale prices were between $15.77 and $29.59, with an estimated average price of $23.2. The impact to his portfolio due to this sale was less than 0.01%.

Carnival Corporation is one of the world's largest multiple-night cruise companies. The company offers a broad range of cruise brands serving the contemporary cruise sector of the vacation market through Carnival Cruise Lines and Costa the premium cruise sector through Holland America Line and the luxury cruise sector through Cunard Line Seabourn Cruise Line and Windstar Cruises. Carnival Corp. has a market cap of $11.36 billion; its shares were traded at around $21.21 with a P/E ratio of 6.5 and P/S ratio of 0.78. The dividend yield of Carnival Corp. stocks is 8.8%. Carnival Corp. had an annual average earning growth of 17% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Carnival Corp. the business predictability rank of 4-star.

Sold Out: AnheuserBusch Companies Inc. (BUD)

Richard Aster Jr sold out his holdings in AnheuserBusch Companies Inc.. His sale prices were between $56.6 and $68.58, with an estimated average price of $63.1. The impact to his portfolio due to this sale was less than 0.01%.

Anheuser-Busch Companies is the holding company parent of Anheuser-BuschIncorporated and to a number of subsidiaries that conduct variousother business operations. The company's operations are comprised of thefollowing business segments: domestic beer international beer entertainment packaging such as aluminum beverage container recycling malt production rice milling real estate development turf farming metalized paper label printing and transportation services.. AnheuserBusch Companies Inc. had an annual average earning growth of 6.6% over the past 10 years.

Sold Out: Bunge Ltd. (BG)

Richard Aster Jr sold out his holdings in Bunge Ltd.. His sale prices were between $34.46 and $48.07, with an estimated average price of $40.8. The impact to his portfolio due to this sale was less than 0.01%.

Bunge Ltd. is an integrated global agribusiness and food company spanning the farm-to-consumer food chain. Bunge processes produces moves distributes and markets food on five continents. Bunge Ltd. has a market cap of $5.22 billion; its shares were traded at around $49.91 with a P/E ratio of 4.1 and P/S ratio of 0.12. The dividend yield of Bunge Ltd. stocks is 1.77%. Bunge Ltd. had an annual average earning growth of 2.7% over the past 5 years.

Sold Out: Arbitron Inc. (ARB)

Richard Aster Jr sold out his holdings in Arbitron Inc.. His sale prices were between $11.02 and $39.64, with an estimated average price of $22.3. The impact to his portfolio due to this sale was less than 0.01%.

Arbitron Inc. is an international media and marketing research firm serving radio broadcasters cable companies advertisers advertising agencies and outdoor advertising companies in the United States Mexico and Europe. Arbitron's core businesses are measuring network and local market radio audiences across the United States; surveying the retail media and product patterns of local market consumers; and providing application software used for analyzing media audience and marketing information data. Arbitron Inc. has a market cap of $396.3 million; its shares were traded at around $13.59 with a P/E ratio of 10.2 and P/S ratio of 1.17. The dividend yield of Arbitron Inc. stocks is 2.66%.

Sold Out: Shuffle Master Inc. (SHFL)

Richard Aster Jr sold out his holdings in Shuffle Master Inc.. His sale prices were between $2.77 and $4.87, with an estimated average price of $3.8. The impact to his portfolio due to this sale was less than 0.01%.

Shuffle Master Inc. develops manufactures and markets automatic card shuffling equipment and gaming products such as table games and slot machine game software for the gaming industry. Additionally the company distributes casino chip sorting machines and accessories. The company's growth strategy is to develop or acquire innovative gaming products and systems including productivity enhancing equipment new table and slot games and game processing hardware and software technology and market these products worldwide. Shuffle Master Inc. has a market cap of $181.86 million; its shares were traded at around $3.05 with a P/E ratio of 10.1 and P/S ratio of 0.96. Shuffle Master Inc. had an annual average earning growth of 29.2% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Shuffle Master Inc. the business predictability rank of 3.5-star.

Sold Out: Liz Claiborne Inc. (LIZ)

Richard Aster Jr sold out his holdings in Liz Claiborne Inc.. His sale prices were between $1.79 and $11.95, with an estimated average price of $5.3. The impact to his portfolio due to this sale was less than 0.01%.

Liz Claiborne Inc. designs and markets an extensive range of brandedwomen's and men's fashion apparel and accessories appropriate for occasions ranging from casual to dressy. The company also markets fragrances for women and men. The company's brands include Claiborne Crazy Horse Curve Dana Buchman Elisabeth Emma Jeans First Issue Laundry by Shelli Segal Liz Claiborne Lucky Brand Russ Sigrid Olsen and Villager. Liz Claiborne Inc. has a market cap of $208.35 million; its shares were traded at around $2.58 with a P/E ratio of 2.3 and P/S ratio of 0.05.

Sold Out: Seagate Technology (STX)

Richard Aster Jr sold out his holdings in Seagate Technology. His sale prices were between $4.13 and $8.58, with an estimated average price of $5.7. The impact to his portfolio due to this sale was less than 0.01%.

Seagate Technology is the worldwide leader in the design manufacture and marketing of hard disc drives providing products for a wide-range of applications including Enterprise Desktop Mobile Computing Consumer Electronics and Branded Solutions. Seagate's business model leverages technology leadership and world-class manufacturing to deliver industry-leading innovation and quality to its global customers and to be the low cost producer in all markets in which it participates. The company is committed to providing award- winning products customer support and reliability to meet the world's growing demand for information storage. Seagate Technology has a market cap of $1.85 billion; its shares were traded at around $4.1 with a P/E ratio of 3 and P/S ratio of 0.15. The dividend yield of Seagate Technology stocks is 12.66%. Seagate Technology had an annual average earning growth of 21.1% over the past 5 years.

Sold Out: Quiksilver Inc. (ZQK)

Richard Aster Jr sold out his holdings in Quiksilver Inc.. His sale prices were between $0.89 and $3.69, with an estimated average price of $2. The impact to his portfolio due to this sale was less than 0.01%.

Quiksilver Inc. is the world's leading outdoor sports lifestyle company which designs produces and distributes a diversified mix of branded apparel wintersports and golf equipment footwear accessories and related products. The Company's apparel and footwear brands represent a casual lifestyle for young-minded people that connect with its boardriding culture and heritage while its wintersports and golf brands symbolize a long standingcommitment to technical expertise and competitive success on the mountains and on the links. The reputation of Quiksilver Inc.'s brands is based on different outdoor sports. The Company's Quiksilver Roxy DC Shoes and Hawk brands are synonymous with the heritage and culture of surfing skateboarding and snowboarding and its beach & water oriented swimwear brands include Raisins Radio Fiji and Leilani. Quiksilver Inc. has a market cap of $268.03 million; its shares were traded at around $1.59 with a P/E ratio of 2.4 and P/S ratio of 0.12. Quiksilver Inc. had an annual average earning growth of 16.5% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Quiksilver Inc. the business predictability rank of 5-star.

 


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