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Stocks have rallied the last couple of days and this has put another of my stocks in the sale range on a gain. Mentor (MNT), as I write, is trading at $55.19, up $1.49 or 2.77% on the day. Earlier today, I sold 37 shares of Mentor at $55.24. This represented 1/4 of my 150 share position.
These Mentor shares were acquired on 2/3/05 at $34.37/share. Thus, these shares were sold with a gain of $20.87/share or a 60.7% gain over the initial purchase. This was my second sale of shares of Mentor, having sold 50 shares of my 200 share initial position on 7/28/05, a little over a month ago, at a price of $44.98, which represented a gain of $10.20 or 29.7%.
If you follow my blog, you know that I like to sell stocks quickly at a loss, using 8% as my limit, and also sell shares slowly at targeted gains, with 1/4 positions (of remaining shares) sold at 30%, 60%, 90%, 120%; (then by 60% intervals): 180%, 240%, 300%, 360%; (then by 90% intervals etc.). Thus, with Mentor, I shall try to sell another 1/4 position at 90% gain level, or unload all of my remaining shares if the stock retraces to a 45% gain point. (After selling more than once, I use a 50% retracement of the highest gain % as my sale point.)
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