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"Looking Back One Year" A review of stock picks from the week of May 24, 2004





Hello Friends! Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting my blog, Stock Picks Bob's Advice. As always, please remember that I am truly an amateur investor so PLEASE consult with your professional investment advisors prior to acting on any information on this website!

If you are new to this blog, well "Welcome!" and please make yourself at home. I have lots of stocks that I have taken a look at you are welcome to my thoughts. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to email me at bobsadviceforstocks@lycos.com and I will try to get back to you.

One of the things I like to do on this blog is to review my past "picks" and see how they have done over the year since posting. These analyses assume a buy and hold approach that I do not in fact employ in practice. I believe in selling losing stocks quickly and gaining stocks slowly. I use an approximately 56 week trailing period for review and each week review the next week of selections.

On May 24, 2004, I posted PetMed Express (PETS) on Stock Picks at a price of $7.36. PETS closed at $8.07 on 7/15/05, for a gain of $.71 or 9.6% since posting.

On May 16, 2005, PETS announced 4th quarter 2005 results. For the quarter ended March 31, 2005, net sales increased 10% to $23.5 million, from $21.5 million in the prior year same quarter. Net income came in at $2.4 million or $.10/diluted share, up 67% from $1.3 million or $.06/diluted share.

On May 25, 2004, I posted Coldwater Creek (CWTR) on Stock Picks at a price of $25.40. CWTR has been a VERY strong stock since posting and has had TWO 3:2 stock splits: the first on 7/26/04, and the second on 3/21/05, since posting. This makes our effective stock pick price actually $11.29/share. CWTR closed at $23.70 on 7/15/05, giving me a gain of $12.41 or 110% since posting!

On May 25, 2005, CWTR reported 1st quarter 2005 results. Net sales increased 25% for the quarter ended April 30, 2005, from $124.5 million in the same quarter last year. Net income increased 60% to $3.2 million or $.14/diluted share up from $5.3 million or $.09/diluted share the prior year same quarter.

On May 26, 2004, I posted Copart (CPRT) on Stock Picks at $23.02. CPRT closed at $24.83, for a gain of $1.81 or 7.9%.

On June 1, 2005, CPRT announced 3rd quarter 2005 results. For the quarter ended April 30, 2005, revenues increased 12% to $130.4 million from $116.6 million the prior year. Earnings grew 24% to $30.9 million or $.33/diluted share, up from $25.0 million or $.27/diluted share last year.

The last stock pick that week was Wendy's (WEN) which I posted on Stock Picks on May 28, 2004 at a price of $37.43. WEN closed at $45.88 on 7/15/05 for a gain of $8.45 or 22.6% since posting.

Because of the "finger in the chili" case scandal, sales at Wendy's restaurants were adversely affected, and sales grew during the 1st quarter 2005, results of which were posted on 4/28/05. Revenue grew 7.1% to $894 million. Earnings, however, were flat at $.45, compared with $.45/share a year ago.

So overall, this was another great week for Stock Picks! All four stocks discussed that week had nice gains ranging from a 7.9% gain for Copart to a 110% gain for Coldwater Creek. The average performance of all four stocks "picked" that week works out to a gain of 37.5%.

Thanks so much for visiting here! Please remember that past performance is NO guarantee of future performance, that I am truly an amateur and that you should check with your professional investment advisors, and always do homework on all stock market ideas yourself prior to investing!

Have a great week trading everyone!

Bob


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