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Saturday, 17 July 2004
"Looking Back One Year" A review of stock picks from the week of July 7, 2003






Hello Friends! I just finished posting Masonite (MHM) and now for a little house-cleaning...time for the retrospective on this blog. If you are a new reader, I like to pick lots of stocks on my blog, but to determine whether this is even working (!), I have always tried to look back and figure out what happened to these stocks. I must point out that the "system" that drives my trading portfolio includes sales at 8% losses, and other sales on gains as well. This review reflects a "buy and hold" philosophy that I do not personally practice....so my results would be affected by this. Please always remember, that I am an amateur investor, so please remember to consult with your own professional investment advisor to make sure if the investments discussed are appropriate and timely for you!

The week of July 7, 2003, was not a very busy week on this blog. In fact, I only posted two stocks. (About this time in the process, I am relieved to figure that out....so I can get to some personal "chores" around the house!)

On July 7, 2003, I posted FindWhat (FWHT) on Stock Picks Bob's Advice at a price of $22.16. FWHT closed at $18.23 on 7/16/04 for a loss of $(3.93) or (17.8)%.

The 1st quarter 2004 earnings results was released on April 26, 2004. Revenue in the first quarter ended March 31, 2004, increased 56% over the prior year. This represented 18 sequential quarters of revenue growth. Net income in the quarter came in at $3.8 million, or $.16/share, a 41% increase over the prior year's $2.7 million or $.13/share. In addition, FWHT raised fiscal 2004 guidance, based in part on acquisitions of Comet Systems and Espotting. The company does appear to be on track, but the stock price is certainly a bit disappointing....

On July 8, 2003, I posted Websense (WBSN) on Stock Picks Bob's Advice at $20.26. WBSN closed on 7/16/04 at $31.63 for a gain of $11.37 or 56.1%.

On May 7, 2004, WBSN filed a 10-Q report for the quarter ended March 31, 2004. Revenue for the quarter increased to $24.6 million from $18.5 million the prior year. Fully diluted earnings jumped to $.22/share from $.17/share the prior year. The company appears to be doing just fine.

So how did we do that week? Well, one winner WBSN with a 56.1% gain, and one loser, FWHT, with a (17.8)% loss. Ironically, both were the so-called "dot-com" stocks. Averaging these two stocks, we come out with a 19.2% gain on the week. Not too bad over the past year.

Thanks again for stopping by! If you have any questions, comments, or words of encouragement, please feel free to email me at bobsadviceforstocks@lycos.com .

Bob


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