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As I have written about previously, I am now being tracked by Covestor. You can visit my Covestor Page and note my own trading account performance. One of the uses of Covestor has been to help me identify the weaker stocks within my own portfolio. Quality Systems (QSII) has been one of my top performing stocks in my entire portfolio. However, it has been lagging as of late.
There have been some 'clouds' around QSII that I have noted as an amateur investor reading the news stories on Yahoo. I didn't like the story about the Executive Vice President taking indeterminate leave for medical reasons. Previously on August 6, 2007, QSII reported 1st quarter results that missed expectations. The story isn't really over for QSII, I was just looking for something with a little bit more zip for my portfolio. While I am swapping out of QSII, I am thus reducing my rating for the stock:
QUALITY SYSTEMS (QSII) IS RATED A HOLD
Checking the list of top % gainers today, with an eye on something instead of QSII, I saw that Immucor (BLUD) a stock that I recently briefly reviewed, was acting well on the back of a solid 1st quarter earnings report that beat expectations. While not having a sale signal for my QSII, I sold my 88 shares of QSII at $38.70. These shares have been a terrific investment for me. I have sold my original shares of QSII multiple times (portions of my holding as it hit targeted appreciation prices over and over) and actually have a cost basis of $7.75 on them, purchased on 7/28/03. Thus, I had a gain of $30.95 or 399.4% since purchase! (How can I complain about that?)
Since I was making a 'swap' on my own judgment, I purchased 154 shares of Immucor (BLUD) at $37.9499 shortly after my QSII sale.
These sales and purchase are not strictly within my own trading rules. But since there appeared to be fundamental issues with QSII, and indeed the stock was lagging the rest of my portfolio, I decided it was a reasonable move. My only other stock at the present time that seems to be lagging is ResMed. However, ResMed, I believe, is involved in a temporary recall that is adversely affecting sales/profits. I will try to sit tight with that one for now.
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