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One of the hardest things about being a blogger, and now a Seeking Alpha contributor, is the necessity of doing everything so publicly! I just got around to posting about my 'brilliant' decision to switch my Graham (GHM) holdings into Johnson Controls (JCI) and now my entire plan is hitting headwinds. Perhaps a bit of turbulence from Gustav?
It is my strategy to sell a holding should it hit an 8% loss. I don't really care whether that holding has been held for a year or 15 minutes. After an initial purchase, if that stock drops the required 8% out it goes.
And Johnson Controls (JCI) hit that (8)% loss for me this morning. And I sold my shares.
In fact, I sold my 210 shares of JCI at $29.5223. These shares were just purchased two days ago (yikes!) at a price of $32.0477. Thus, they had declined by $(2.5254) or (7.88)%. JCI as I write is trading at $29.47, down $(1.05) or (3.44)% on the day.
While Johnson Controls has indeed been talking about steps it will take to deal with the slowdown in the auto industry and the slowdown in construction---including taking a $450 to $500 million charge to account for the cutting of jobs and closing of plants---probably the biggest thing driving this stock down today is the overall market, which as I write, the Dow is down (281.30) points at 11,251.58, and the Nasdaq is down (58.91) points at 2,274.82. The market is down even with oil showing continued weakness, trading at $107.20 down $(2.15) on the day.
I still am long-term a fan of Johnson Controls (JCI), so even though my trading system requires me to be a seller of shares, my rating is being reduced:
JOHNSON CONTROLS (JCI) IS RATED A HOLD
And with my sale on 'bad news', I shall be 'sitting on my hands' with the proceeds, waiting for one of my other holdings to hit a sale on an appreciation target, what I call 'good news' prior to looking for a new position in which to place the proceeds.
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Yous in investing,