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Saturday, 13 December 2003
"How are we doing?" A look back on the week of October 20, 2003
It has been about 7 weeks since we made our posts on the week of October 20, 2003. As I like to do on this website, I like to look back about this period of time and see how our "picks" are doing at least in the short-run. As we have also started doing, I will try to post this weekend on our 6 month follow-up as well. If I don't look and check what I have posted, I really won't have any idea and neither will you on how these selections are working out. Eventually, we will need to add a one year follow-up! As always, remember to discuss these ideas with your investment advisor as they may or may not lead to profits and may or may not be suitable for you!

The week of October 20 was a busy week posting new ideas. Nine stocks were listed and they consisted of Varian Medical Systems (VAR), Renal Care Group (RCI), and SFBC Int'l. (SFCC) on October 20, 2003. AirTran Holdings (AAI) and Exponent (EXPO) were listed on October 21, 2003. Headwaters (HDWR) was posted on 10/22/03. SM&A (WINS) and Shenandoah Telecom. (SHEN) were listed on October 23, 2003. On 10/24/03, Business Objects S.A. (BOBJ) was posted.
Of these stocks, I currently only own Exponent (EXPO) in my trading account. I was in and out of SFBC (SFCC) but took a quick loss and sold it!

VAR was picked on 10/20/03 at $60.78. It closed Friday, 12/12/03 at $69.29, for a gain of $8.51 or 14%.

RCI was selected on 10/20/03 at $36.31. It closed Friday, 12/12/03 at $40.67 for a gain of $4.36 or 12%.

SFCC was selected on 10/20/03 at $34.60. It closed Friday, 12/12/03 at $26.21. This was a LOSS of ($8.39) or (24.2%).

AirTran Holdings (AAI) was selected on 10/21/03 at $19.56. It closed Friday, 12/12/03 at $12.25 for a LOSS of ($7.31) or (37.4%).

Exponent (EXPO) was posted on 10/21/03 at $20.04. EXPO closed Friday, 12/12/03, at $21.35 for a gain of $1.31 or 6.5%.

HDWR was selected on 10/22/03 at $17.41. It closed on 12/12/03 at $19.35 $1.94 or 11.1%.

SM&A was selected on 10/23/03 at $13.248. It closed on 12/12/03 at $12.20 for a LOSS of ($1.048) or (7.9%).

Shenandoah Telecom was selected on 10/23/03 at $43.50. SHEN closed 12/12/03 at $50.26 for a gain of $6.76 or 15.5%.

Finally Business Objects (BOBJ) was picked on 10/24/03 at $32.15. BOBJ closed Friday, 12/12/03 at $33.25 for a gain of $1.10 or 3.4%.

The nine selections had an average LOSS of (.78%). Not a very exciting group of selections, but that WAS their performance! We will need to see how these perform long-term!

Thanks again for stopping by! If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at bobsadviceforstocks@lycos.com

Bob


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