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Monday, 4 August 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.

I really hated to do this.  After owning this stock for one whole day (if you don't count the weekend) I am bailing.

I hit my 8% loss limit and sold my shares.  

I know what all of my 'Seeking Alpha' critics will say.  Trading publicly and writing about every one of your trades, including your mistakes, is just something I do around here.  It must be one of my masochistic tendencies :).

But rules are rules, and after a purchase of a position, I sell the shares if they decline 8%.  No matter what.

A few moments ago I sold my 280 shares of comScore (SCOR) at $19.52.  These shares were purchased this past Friday on August 1, 2008, at a cost of $21.505.  Thus, I had a loss of $(1.985) or (9.2)% on this position.

I still like the stock and am selling the stock not because of some fundamental reason that I know about, but rather because the sheer negative price pressure resulted in a loss that triggered my sale.

Thus, I am reducing my rating a notch.

COMSCORE (SCOR) IS RATED A HOLD

Unfortunately, I can already hear the hoots and howls over at SA.  They are well deserved.  

How can I reduce my rating so quickly?  I can only answer, would it be fair to leave my rating as "BUY" when I go and SELL?  

Furthermore, would it be fair to lower my rating to "SELL" just because I have sold my own shares?  Especially when I use my own idiosyncratic approach to buying and selling my shares?

I don't have a good answer for these questions.

I do know that trading in the public's eyes isn't easy.  But I shall be sticking to all of my rules as I try to make heads or tails of investing on my Blog and in my actual trading account.

Wish me luck.  I needed some of that today.

Yours in investing,

 

Bob


Posted by bobsadviceforstocks at 9:56 AM CDT | Post Comment | View Comments (4) | Permalink

Monday, 4 August 2008 - 6:06 PM CDT

Name: "danny"
Home Page: http://www.sestinaresearch.com

I WISH YOU THE BEST OF LUCK, BUT I THINK YOU SOLD SCOR WAY TOO EARLY.

I DID STATISTICAL WORK ON THIS STOCK AND MOVES LIKE THIS ARE NORMAL...ALSO, THE VOLUME WAS LIGHT.

SEE THE COMMENTS I LEFT FOR YOU OVER AT SEEKING ALPHA

THIS STOCK IS A DOUBLE IN 3 YEARS BASED OFF A DCF AND ASSUMPTION THAT REVS STAY GRWOING AT 25% AT LEAST .. THERE IS JUST TOO MUCH OPERATIONAL LEVERAGE IN THIER MODEL FOR THE STOCK NOT TOO SEE SOME SERIOUS MARGIN BALOONING

 

 

Monday, 4 August 2008 - 9:52 PM CDT

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

Sell SCOR too soon?  I do not disagree with you.

My 'portfolio management strategy' dictates that I sell at an 8% loss.  Otherwise, I would be sticking with the stock.

Thank you for your comments over at Seeking Alpha and here as well.  

I respect and appreciate your insight and intelligent observations.

Bob

Tuesday, 5 August 2008 - 12:05 PM CDT

Name: "Dan"
Home Page: http://www.sestinaresearch.com

not a problem, but as you can see, stock is up almost 7% today. I do not worry about 10% moves either way -- the variance on this stock is crazy.

Tuesday, 5 August 2008 - 1:56 PM CDT

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

I just checked the price on SCOR and see the big rise.  I like the numbers and all, but I am trying hard to work on my portfolio management discipline.  I generally pick GREAT stocks, like this one, but occasionally my timing is awful in terms of the overall trend of the market.  

It would be useless for me to ignore my own trading rules.  I just need to work on my selections and technicals on stocks as I pick them to purchase I guess.

Thanks for understanding and commenting. 

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