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Thursday, 29 May 2008
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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.

Earlier this morning, my Copart (CPRT) stock hit an appreciation target of a 30% gain triggering a partial sale of 1/7th of my position or 30 shares which were sold at $43.80/share.  This represented a gain of $10.08/share or 29.9% since purchase.  The shares were initially acquired 9/27/07 at a cost basis of $33.72/share.

As you may know, I use sales like today's sale as a 'signal' to buy an additional position if I am under my maximum of 20 positions.  Since, after yesterday's sale of ResMed (RMD), I am at my minimum of 5 positions, well under my maximum, this sale indeed did give me a 'permission slip' to be buying a new position. 

A few moments ago I purchased 70 shares of Visa (V) as that new position.  I shall be writing this up a little later. 

Even though I have sold shares of Copart (CPRT), with the company's solid second quarter results (even though they did miss expectations) and their strong Morningstar.com '5-Yr Restated' financials,

COPART (CPRT) IS RATED A BUY

When would I sell shares next and how many?  Well on the upside, my next sale point would be at a 60% appreciation target which with the cost basis being at $33.42, this would work out to 1.6 x $33.42 = $53.47.  At that time, my plan would be to sell 1/7th of the remaining shares which now at 180 shares would be 180/7 = 25 shares. 

On the downside, after a single sale (at the 30% appreciation level) I move my sale point up from an (8)% loss to break-even, or in this case would mean selling all of my remaining 180 shares if the stock should decline to $33.42.

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

Bob


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