Hello Friends! I wanted to pass on a trade today that I just did in my "Trading Portfolio". I just sold my last 225 shares of RAD at $3.71. One thousand shares were acquired at $2.62 12/19/02, so I have held them almost two years. In fact, they really DON'T fit into my investment strategy on this blog but I have held them and managed them the same way. Thus, I made $1.09/share or 41.6%.
If I was ahead so much why did I sell? RAD is currently trading at $3.72, down $.83 or 18.24% today. They dropped because of a management announcement that sales for the year ending Feb. 26, 2005, would be between $16.9 billion and $17 billion with same store sales up 2.75% to 3.25%. Previous guidance was for sales between $17.1 and $17.3 billion with same store sales up 3.75% to 4.75%. With the cutting of estimates, the stock tumbled.
This was not my first sale. I sold 400 shares at $3.77 5/6/03 for a gain of $1.15/share or 43.9%. I then sold 150 shares 6/16/03 at $4.33 for a gain of $1.71/share or 65.3%, 150 shares on 9/3/03 for $4.93 for a gain of $2.31/share or 88.2%, and 75 shares at $5.93 for a gain of $3.31 or 126%. Today, with the decline dropping me below my 50% retracement of the last gain, I pulled the plug and let RAD go.
Currently I am down to 17 positions in my Trading Account. I plan on a maximum of 25 positions, but will wait until I have sold a portion of one of my holdings at a gain before adding another position.
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