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Saturday, 24 September 2005
"Looking Back One Year" A review of stock picks from the week of July 19, 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 an amateur investor, so please remember to consult with your professional investment advisors prior to making any investment decisions based on information on this website.

In order to find out if all of my stock picks even work, are profitable, and that the reasons I selected them make sense, I have been reviewing past stock picks on about a rolling one year basis. Unfortunately, some weekends my life is so busy, I do not get to the blog, and thus, my trailing 52 weeks is now extending to about 60 weeks out.

Please remember that past performance is not a guarantee of future performance! Just because a stock has done well does not mean that it will continue to do well! Furthermore, these "picks" are not all stocks that I own. In fact, the stocks that I own are listed in my "Trading Portfolio". These are just stocks I have discussed and are potential candidates for purchase imho.

Enough of that. Let's get to the review. I have things to do today! Fortunately, the week of July 19, 2004, was rather quiet, as I "picked" only two stocks that week!

On July 19, 2004, I posted Stryker (SYK) on Stock Picks at $47.95. SYK closed at $50.30 on 9/23/05, for a gain of $2.35 or 4.9% since being listed on the blog.

On July 19, 2005, Stryker reported 2nd quarter 2005 results. Net sales climbed 16.8% to $1.2 billion, over prior year's $1.04 billion net sales figure. Net earnings jumped 20.7% to $184.3 million from $152.7 million last year, and diluted earnings per share climbed 21.6% to $.45/share up from $.37/share the prior year. Overall a solid picture from Stryker!

On July 20, 2004, I posted Florida Rock Industries (FRK) on Stock Picks at $42.21. FRK had a 3:2 split July 5, 2005, making my effective pick price actually $28.14. FRK closed at $58.30 on 9/23/05, giving us a gain of $30.16 on this pick or 107.2%! (This stock probably is viewed as another Hurricane Stock Pick by investors, as there will certainly be no let-up in the demand for concrete and cement as the Gulf Coasts rebuilds!)

On July 25, 2005, Florida Rock Industries announced 3rd quarter 2005 results. Consolidated sales grew 25% to $313.5 million from $251.6 million in the prior year same period. Net income climbed to $45.9 million from $33.1 million last year, and diluted earnings per share grew 38% to $.69 from $.50 the prior year same period. This was a solid quarter from FRK! My only regret is that I don't own any shares!

With the fabulous performance of Florida Rock and the satisfactory performance of Stryker, these two stocks had an average performance of a gain of 56.1% over this period.

Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting! If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them right here on the blog or email me at bobsadviceforstocks@lycos.com. I cannot answer all of my emails, but I try to answer as many as possible with comments published right on the website.

Bob




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