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Friday, 16 April 2004
"Trading Transparency" CLSR, VMSI

Hello Friends! Am not seeing any NEW stocks out there that fit our criteria, but did see VMSI make a nice move today. This morning VMSIannounced 1st quarter 2004 results which were quite nice and at the same time upped guidance for 2004. Both of these were bullish for the share price which as I write is trading at $46.85 up $4.64 or 10.99% on the day. I first posted VMSI on Stock Picks Bobs Advice on 12/23/03, about 4 months ago when it was trading at $39.80. Oh well, we own some shares now!

A few moments ago, I sold my 150 shares of CLSR in my "Current Trading Portfolio" at a price of $23.381/share. I had purchased these shares almost one year ago on 7/17/03 at a cost of $22.91, so we did eke out a few cents of profit on this sale. Fortunately, on this lot, I sold 50 shares on 9/8/03 with a gain of $54.19, and another 50 shares on 11/24/03 with a gain of $624.66....so this stock has done well for us...or at least adequately. In the CANSLIM book by William O'Neill, he relates the importance of not letting gains turn into losses...so exercising that lesson, I went ahead and sold my CLSR as it was approaching the break-even point!

What drove CLSR down was a first quarter 2004 earnings report which on first glance seems just fine but apparently analysts on the street were quite concerned about comments on the following 2nd quarter results, which they were warning might not be as strong as analysts had expected. In any case, it was trading quite poorly and out it went before we hit a loss...and in came a stock with a company RAISING earnings estimates..a nice change!

Please remember to do your own due diligence on all of the stocks mentioned on this blog and website and use your investment advisors if you have any question about the investments mentioned here.

If you have any questions, comments, or words of encouragement, please write to me at bobsadviceforstocks@lycos.com and I will try to respond on the blog!

Bob


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Updated: Friday, 16 April 2004 12:01 PM CDT

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