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Wednesday, 5 December 2007
Commscope (CTV) and Bolt (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.

As part of my 'adventure' blogging here I am trying to learn how to execute what I would call 'trades', that is, relatively large positions purchased for short period of time.  This is in addition to my regular disciplined investment management strategy for the bulk of my holdings.

My last purchase of Bolt (BTJ) has been of mixed success after a resounding success with Graham (GHM).  I sold 400 shares of my 800 share position of Bolt at a small loss; I held on to the rest of the shares until today when I decided to go ahead and sell the remaining shares.  My 400 shares of Bolt (BTJ) were sold a few moments ago at an approximate price of $39.92.   These shares were acquired 11/27/07, just a few days ago, at a price of $37.34.  Thus I had a gain of $2.56/share or 6.9% on these shares. 

BOLT (BTJ) IS RATED A BUY 

I have discussed this purchase earlier.  I do think the market is recognizing the value of Bolt (BTJ) and the stock is still rated a BUY.  However, after looking at the list of top % gainers on the NYSE today, I saw a stock moving strongly higher in a strong market, that I have reviewed previously:  Commscope (CTV).  CTV is trading at $46.60, up $6.41 or 15.95% on the day.  Trying to ride the momentum on a stock that has strong fundamentals and reasonable valuation, I purchased 600 shares at $46.37.

I recently wrote up Commscope on May 31, 2007, on Stock Picks Bob's Advice so I am familiar with the stock. 

COMMSCOPE (CTV) IS RATED A BUY

Wish me luck!  I am modifying my rigid portfolio management system to give me the flexibility of doing a 'trade' in my account.  For the rest of my holdings I shall be keeping to my portfolio management system.  Time will tell if these moves are reasonable and wise in the context of a portfolio investment discipline.

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 10:44 AM CST | Post Comment | View Comments (2) | Permalink

Wednesday, 5 December 2007 - 2:37 PM CST

Name: "hap"
Home Page: http://hapmoorii.blogspot.com

This sounds a lot like what I've decided to do in one of our accounts.  Of course, today I'm kicking myself because one of my favorite trades from the aftermath of the tech. bubble materialized, and I missed it.  ETFC at $3.50 always bounces hard.  Granted, it may break down below support due to recent news, but that first hit brings a massive short cover rally based on the technicals.  Stupid, stupid, stupid.  An easy 3-6% just flew out the window.

 

Do you have any tentative rules you're following for your trades?  I have to admit to flying a bit by the seat of my pants.  I look at support and resistance points and determine the maximum pain I'm willing to endure along with possible profit-taking points.  But, I rarely sell fewer shares than what I bought so I can keep fees down.  I'm guessing you're paying percentage fees and not flat fees if you're selling in 1/2 lots???

    

Wednesday, 5 December 2007 - 2:46 PM CST

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

Hap,

I don't have any good rules for this.  And I have had only mixed results thus far.  I generally have been taking relatively large positions and sell 1/2 of my holding if the stock seems to be turning against me.  I would prefer to buy stocks making an initial move higher with all of the same criteria that I use for all of my holdings.  On CTV, if you read my latest post, I am a bit concerned about the 'technical' strength with the weak-appearing 'point & figure' chart. 

I would like to limit my 'trades' to a single position at a time unlike the rest of my portfolio.  And not, I do not get charged a % of the trade.  I pay something like $12 on my Fidelity account.  I am much more concerned about making the proper trade than the commission charge at this level.

Thanks again for writing and participating here on the website.

Bob

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