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Friday, 27 April 2007
Jones Soda (JSDA) "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.

A  few moments ago I sold my remaining 215 shares of Jones Soda (JSDA) at $23.55/share.  I had purchased these shares just last month on 3/12/07 at a price of $18.22/share so this represented a gain of $5.33/share or 29.3% on the purchase.  

Why did I sell?  This sale was simply a result of the price movement of Jones more than any fundamental issue.  It may well be a mistake to have sold this stock as I do not particularly see anything fundamentally wrong with the company.  It is just an extremely volatile stock that hit my own sale target on the downside.

You may recall, if you follow this blog, that I have a very disciplined selling strategy for the stocks I own.  I sell stocks slowly and partially on the upside at appreciation targets of 30, 60, 90, 120, 180, etc. % targets.  On the downside, after an initial purchase I sell a stock if it declines 8%.  If I have sold once at a gain, I allow the stock to go to break-even before unloading it.  If I have sold the stock more than once, I allow the stock to go to 50% of the highest appreciation sale and then sell the remaining shares.

After purchasing Jones on 3/12/07, the stock quickly appreciated, and I sold 50 shares of my 300 on 4/4/07 at a 30% appreciation point, another 35 shares on 4/16/07 at a 60% appreciation point.  With the stock now declining back to the 30% appreciation level, a sale was triggered (even if I do it manually!) to unload all of my shares.  And I did.

I hope this was the right move.  My strategy depends on disciplined trading and management of my portfolio.  Time will tell if it is a good approach.  I am not certain.  But I intend to stick to my rules even if it does occasionally mean parting with a stock that later goes to higher price levels.

If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to leave them on the blog or email me at bobsadviceforstocks@lycos.com.

Bob 


Posted by bobsadviceforstocks at 10:09 AM CDT | Post Comment | View Comments (3) | Permalink

Friday, 27 April 2007 - 12:52 PM CDT

Name: "Bill aka NO DooDahs!"
Home Page: http://www.billakanodoodahs.com

It's a given that any rule will be wrong some of the time; hopefully we make them "rules" because they are more often profitable than not.  Similarly, it is hard to determine whether we, by using "discretion," actually add value or subtract value from our trading.  I also bought JSDA and it has hit my trailing "profit-taking sell" stop point, but I have decided to hold despite my rules.  We shall see what happens!

Friday, 27 April 2007 - 3:41 PM CDT

Name: bobsadviceforstocks
Home Page: http://bobsadviceforstocks.tripod.com

Bill,

Good point.  I think this one will work out for you.  I have very rigid rules that I believe will help me manage my portfolio long-term.  Unfortunately, I tend to get "shaken out"  of positions that otherwise are perfectly good ideas.

Thanks for dropping by and commenting.

Bob 

Friday, 13 July 2007 - 10:56 AM CDT

Name: "dan"
Home Page: http://www.pennysleuth.com/rpt/beveragestock.html

The one good thing about Jones soda is that it has intorduced me to a lot of new beverage stocks. I found a report online that details 2 companies similar to Jones, in size and scope, but are not as widely traded, so they're cheaper too...

 http://www.pennysleuth.com/rpt/beveragestock.html

-Cheers! 

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