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Saturday, 17 May 2008
Happy Birthday to Me! Guess Who's 5?

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.

It is hard to believe that I am now five years old here on this blog.  In fact, I wanted to share this button with you!

On May 12, 2003, I wrote this entry:

"May 12, 2003

St Jude Medical

This is one I picked up today. STJ is the stock symbol. I do not as I write and publish this own any shares. Am thinking about suggesting this to my stock club. Company had a great day today with a nice move on the upside. Last Quarter was good and the past five years have been steady growth. Closed at $55.30 up $2.92. So the daily momentum helped it make the list.


Posted by bobsadviceforstocks at 6:01 PM CDT"

And the rest as they say is history.

By the way, St Jude closed 5/16/08 at $40.64.  Adjusted for a 2:1 stock split November 23, 2004, my pick price was $55.30/2 = $27.65, thus this stock pick had a gain of $12.99 or 47.0% since posting.

So how do I still think about this stock?  Well, let's check a few of the usual things I like to examine...but let's do this briefly :).

On April 18, 2008, STJ reported a solid 1st quarter 2008 report. They beat expectations and raised guidance.  Perfect!  Their 5-Yr Restated Financials on Morningstar are still gorgeous.

Finally, even the 'point & figure' chart from StockCharts.com looks solid when we take a long-term view that goes back to before 2003.

 

And NO, I don't own any shares or options on this stock.  But it is still a great holding for this blog don't you think?

Thus,

ST JUDE (STJ) IS RATED A BUY 

So now with 1,813 entries (!), and passing 200,000 visitors total, my blog is starting to show its age maybe just a little :).  This is still a 'one-man' amateur operation and I get only 157 visitors daily...but thanks to all of you who make the trek and visit.  You all are welcome to a piece of the birthday cake and maybe a party favor or two.

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

Here's to another five years of blogging!

Yours in investing,

 

Bob 


Posted by bobsadviceforstocks at 9:21 PM CDT | Post Comment | View Comments (2) | Permalink

Sunday, 18 May 2008 - 8:03 PM CDT

Name: "Teresa"
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Happy 5th.  I've enjoyed your opinions over the last few years.  Keep it up!

Monday, 19 May 2008 - 9:49 PM CDT

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

Teresa,

Thanks for being a loyal reader!  I shall work to earn your interest and shall try to continue to blog as long as time allows.  There wouldn't be any point to writing unless there are readers like you who make it worthwhile!

Bob 

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