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Friday, 23 February 2007
Bolt Technology Corp (BTJ) "Trading Transparency"

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 advisers prior to making any investment decisions based on information on this website.

I am a bit old-fashioned about my sales of stock at targeted appreciation levels.  That is, I don't do this automatically.  I just check my portfolio and when I see a stock hitting a sale point, I execute the trade.  Apparently, Bolt (BTJ), had a big trading day and moved higher, especially later in the day yesterday, hitting my first sale point without me realizing it!

This morning, Bolt was still above my first sale target (which is a 30% appreciation level) and I sold 1/6th of my holding, or 50 shares out of 300 shares, at a price of $23.18.   These shares were actually acquired just last month on 1/12/07, at a cost basis of $17.44.  So this represented a gain of $5.74/share or 32.9% since my purchase.

When will my next sale be?  On the upside, if Bolt hits a 60% appreciation target, or 1.6 x $17.44 = $27.91, then I plan on selling another 1/6th of my remaining shares or 250/6 = 41 shares, at that level.  On the downside, after a single sale at the first appreciation target, I plan on allowing Bolt to drift back down to its purchase price, or $17.44/share, prior to unloading all of my remaining shares. 

How does this affect my overall portfolio strategy?  Since I am at 16 positions, under my maximum of 25 holdings, this sale at a gain gives me a "permission slip" to add a new position.  As I like to say, that nickel is already burning a hole in my pocket!  So I shall have to examine the list of top % gainers today, and see if anything fits the bill!

Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting!  I hope that my commentary is helpful to you!  If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to leave them on the blog or email me at bobsadviceforstocks@lycos.com.  If you get a chance, be sure and visit my Stock Picks Podcast Website, where you can hear me talk about many of the same stocks and issues I write about on this website!

Bob 

 


Posted by bobsadviceforstocks at 11:46 AM CST | Post Comment | View Comments (2) | Permalink

Sunday, 25 February 2007 - 12:39 AM CST

Name: "Jake K"
Home Page: http://blackbook-hdgking71.blogspot.com/

Hey there bob. I was just checking out the new social picks site and decided I want to be your other half. As im sure you no every trade must have its up and down side. Goods and bads im sure u get it. The reason I am sending you this is I am proposing you help me I help you. By help i mean give me the negatives on my picks and why and ill give you mine. Ok to start your most recent pick BTJ. I am a technician bob so let me analyze you on  that basis. The pick does look techniclly sound all except for one but. And that is a big but. Why would you buy before a break above 23.8. The stock pitter patered up and sorta died out at resistance why not wait for the break and set your out right below the prior by a little. The way you set it up yes you have your dollar or what extra but that comes with the risk. Other then that and a potential for a weak market in the coming months it looks like a good trade. Please review my prop. and get back to me. thanks J.K

Monday, 26 February 2007 - 10:07 PM CST

Name: "Robert Freedland"
Home Page: http://bobsadviceforstocks.tripod.com/bobsadviceforstoc

"Jake K" wrote:
Hey there bob. I was just checking out the new social picks site and decided I want to be your other half. As im sure you no every trade must have its up and down side. Goods and bads im sure u get it. The reason I am sending you this is I am proposing you help me I help you. By help i mean give me the negatives on my picks and why and ill give you mine. Ok to start your most recent pick BTJ. I am a technician bob so let me analyze you on that basis. The pick does look techniclly sound all except for one but. And that is a big but. Why would you buy before a break above 23.8. The stock pitter patered up and sorta died out at resistance why not wait for the break and set your out right below the prior by a little. The way you set it up yes you have your dollar or what extra but that comes with the risk. Other then that and a potential for a weak market in the coming months it looks like a good trade. Please review my prop. and get back to me. thanks J.K

J.K.,

I am not really interested in committing to any particular relationship with other writers at this time.  However, anytime you would like to bounce a stock off me, then go ahead.  I do think BTJ appears a bit over-extended.  I have already hit a 30% gain in a month though.  And Bolt closed up another $2.69 or 11.7% since you wrote your comment.  I really don't know whether Bolt will move higher or lower tomorrow.  I think it really has moved way too high too fast...but I cannot predict.  

Thanks for writing.  And thanks for visiting my writing on Social Picks as well.

Bob

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