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Earlier today I made two trades in my Trading Account that I wanted to keep you updated on. Both of these trades are examples of my investment strategy that defines my portfolio management approach.
First trade was Harris Corporation (HRS), which hit a sale point on appreciation yesterday to a 30% appreciation level. As you may recall, I have targeted appreciation levels which are set at 30, 60, 90, 120, then 180, 240, 300, 360, and 450%, etc. When a stock hits these levels, I sell 1/7th of my holding and use this sale on 'good news' as a signal to add a new position (assuming I am not already at my maximum 20 position portfolio size).
I sold 17 shares of HRS, representing 1/7th of 120 shares of the stock, earlier today at $65.81. My shares in Harris Corporation were originally purchased 1/31/07, at a cost basis of $50.05. Thus, at $65.81, this represented a gain of $15.76 or 31.5% since my original purchase. Since I am under 20 positions, this entitled me or gave me a "permission slip" to add a new position.
When would I sell Harris (HRS) next? Well, being optimistic, if the stock should rise to a 60% appreciation level or 1.60 x $50.05 = $80.08, then I would be selling 1/7th of my 103 shares or 16 shares at that level. On the downside, after a single sale at a 30% appreciation level (much like what happened with my WWW shares), if the stock should decline to break-even, then ALL remaining shares are sold.
HARRIS (HRS) IS RATED A BUY
The other sale today was my sale of my shares of U.S. Global Investors (GROW). In this particular case, I sold ALL of my shares which worked out to a sale of 245 shares at $19.7101. These shares had been purchased recently, in fact they were purchased 10/10/07 at a cost basis of $21.27. Thus, I had a loss of $(1.56) or (7.3)% since purchase. I initiated the sale when the stock was at a loss of (8)%.
U.S. GLOBAL INVESTORS (GROW) IS RATED A HOLD
I have reduced my rating on GROW to "hold" because nothing fundamental has changed. However, my own sale was due to a technical price change and nothing fundamental that I have determined.
The question arises is what I should do with the proceeds of these two sales. My sale of HRS entitles me to buy a new position, and my sale of GROW requires me to 'sit on my hands' with the proceeds. I shall be doing both. That is, I shall look for a new position based on my HRS sale. However, I shall not be replacing my GROW position with a new position. I hope that makes sense :).
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