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Kodak's new strategy comes into sharper focus

The Ironwood Smidcap Value Investment portfolio had a positive return of 0.45% in the March and appreciated 2.27% during the first quarter. In March, the portfolio's consumer discretionary stocks positively impacted performance while energy and technology stocks detracted from the month's gain.Some of the better performing stocks were Big Lots ( BIG ), Brocade Communications Systems ( BRCD ), and Calgon Carbon ( CCC ). The managements of these three companies are in various stages of executing on the transition strategy that we identified as a potential catalyst for stock price appreciation when we initiated our positions in the stock.Here's an update on portfolio positions we initiated in March.Eastman Kodak Company ( KODK ) emerged from Chapter 11 in September, 2013, as a simpler, more focused company with a solid balance sheet, led by the capable new CEO Jeff Clarke. Most of its iconic brands (including consumer films and document copying) along with a wide range of other operations...

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