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Friday, 14 January 2005
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Hello Friends! Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting my blog, Stock Picks Bob's Advice. As always, remember I am an amateur investor, so please consult with your professional investment advisors prior to making any decisions based on information on this website!

I was looking through my "Trading Portfolio" earlier today and noted that my stock in Exponent (EXPO) had a sharp drop in an otherwise strong market. In fact, as I write, EXPO is trading at $25.90, down $3.19 or 10.97%. Now, since I had already sold a portion of my holdings at a 30% gain, and the EXPO stock was still selling at about a 30% gain, this was not a sell signal by price alone. However, I was determined to get to the bottom of the price drop!

Yesterday, after the close of trading, EXPO announced preliminary 4th quarter results and 2005 guidance. They announced that the fourth quarter would come in under previous guidance due to some delays in anticipated contracts and that the 1st half of 2005 also would come in a little slower than expected. This is not the kind of news I like to hear!

I purchased these 150 shares on October 21, 2003, so it has been more than a year that I have held on to them. In fact, they were purchased with a cost basis of $19.77/share. Thus, at the current price of $25.90, I have a gain of $6.13/share or 31%.

Thus, I have a new "rule" for trading. If I sell a stock in my portfolio "pre-emptively", that is on the announcement of bad news affecting fundamentals, then as long as I have a gain of significance, then I can replace that stock with another purchase! (You know how those nickels burn a hole in my pocket.)

So I am out of Expo and am now looking for a new position to replace it. I will keep you posted. Meanwhile, if you have any questions, comments, or words of encouragement, please feel free to email me at bobsadviceforstocks@lycos.com .

Bob


Posted by bobsadviceforstocks at 1:13 PM CST | Post Comment | View Comments (2) | Permalink

Saturday, 15 January 2005 - 10:13 PM CST

Name: Philip Curtis
Home Page: http://www.mrpotts.com

Bob,

I need a little help. What do you think of this? I sent this off to the SEC. I can give you more information if you like.

Phil
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January 14, 2005
Hello,

Cannondale Corporation filed for bankruptcy in January 2003, and at that time changed their name to Cannondale Bicycle Corporation and the ticker symbol changed from BIKE to BIKEQ.

The SEC continues to list BIKEQ as Cannondale Corporation and according to current documentation, is a publicly traded common stock. Cannondale Bicycle Corporation, formally BIKE, is the USA bicycle manufacturer located in Pennsylvania. SEC and other legal documentation show the corporate headquarters of each company to be the same, located at 16 Trowbridge Dr, Bethel, CT 06801-2858, telephone 203-749-7000.

Cannondale Bicycle Corporation's CFO, Ron Lomdardi, informed me in a telephone conversation today that since January 2003 Cannondale Bicycle Corporation has been a private corporation with no publicly traded stock.

It was a shock to learn from the CFO, Ron Lomdardi, that Cannondale Corporation, BIKEQ, is an "empty shell corporation with no assets."

I have been buying Cannondale bicycle stock since 2002 along with many other investors. Can you explain how a company that has no assets & is an empty shell corporation continues to be traded?

Sincerely,

Philip Curtis
904-629-1255
Phil@MrPotts.com

Saturday, 15 January 2005 - 11:36 PM CST

Name: BobsAdvice
Home Page: http://bobsadviceforstocks.tripod.com

Phil,

Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, this is out of my sphere of knowledge and I would suggest that you discuss this with a professional investment advisor.

Please feel free to visit here and post additional comments and questions!

Bob

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