Monday, February 22, 2016

Time to dump some positions...again





Most of these companies have had insane runs since the middle of last month. I couldn't resist locking in some gains especially considering my portfolio has gained about $6k in the last week.

My Exxon shares will most likely be called away by the end of this week.

I'll be watching for falling prices from here. :-)


DEFY MEDIOCRITY

17 comments:

  1. Have fun next tax season.

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  2. Good for you to sell on strength. This is the type of market that should be traded.

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    1. BUG SMITH,

      Thanks. Oddly many people sell on weakness and buy on strength. Fortunately I picked up most of the positions during the middle of January so I was able to pick up some really good gains.

      MDP

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  3. Good for you to raise some cash MDP, but I never pictured you as a stock trader. We also have been selling our high priced, low growth, investments lately. I hope/think we'll get better opportunities in the future. Have a great week
    -Bryan

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    1. Income Surfer,

      I have been making some unusual moves lately. When I sold off most of my portfolio during the end of 2015 I still had some short term losses that I had to carry over into 2016.

      Fortunately I had a pile of cash going into the January pullback and picked up some great names. Between option trades and these short term gains, I have made about $2700 in profits so far this year.

      I want to add to get my cash position to a certain level and maintain it. Everything after that will be used to buy KO, PG, JNJ, XOM etc. In the mean time, it has felt good making some money again.

      MDP

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  4. Good for you. You trade your divi stocks similar to me albeit maybe a little more aggressive but I am old. Question: do you trade all in and all out or do you scale?

    I usually laugh at anyone that brings up taxes or trade costs. Just funny that way of thinking. I really like my CPA and he needs to eat too.

    Good luck,
    Lou

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    1. Anonymous,

      I really don't have a set pattern. I use my gut more than anything.

      As far as my CPA goes, you are correct! A good one is worth his weight in gold.

      MDP

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  5. MDP,

    I understand locking in gains, though that kind of selling is out of my league and plans - still I understand why you did it. What a balance though, $100k - that is a number I think everyone can admire.

    - Gremlin

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    1. DG,

      Thanks buddy! I got lucky with my timing again. I am already getting an itchy trigger finger though. TD and BNS are falling like a rock today. :-)

      MDP

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  6. Whew! Now that's a list of sells! Should be interesting to read where you go from here with those sells. Keep us posted.

    -Dividend Monster

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    1. DM,

      I will post my buys and sells as always. Markets are already starting to look inviting again! :-)

      MDP

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  7. If you're looking to day trade, it's not a bad time to sell actually since you bought them when the DOW was in the 15000s. Nice job! Some gurus was saying "sell at any rallies". I'm try not to buy and sell as I don't have any desire to be a day trader :P.

    Like you, I'm watching very closely on COP or any other oil companies for buying opportunities.

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    1. vivianne,

      Day trading is definitely not for me, however I have been taking advantage of the market volatility to do some options trades and stock purchases.

      Soon it will be back to the humdrum dividend stock purchases. :-)

      MDP

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  8. Hey, I like to see at least someone who is selling. I am itching to sell some of my winners... still remember how KMI used to one of them... not long time ago... and only if I would sell... :) when do you usually sell stock? when it reach some certain level of earnings?

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    1. HHWG,

      I just felt like taking advantage of some gains to offset some of my energy losses. I plan to get back to dividend investing in the coming months.

      MDP

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  9. Nice blog and content
    Equity Tips

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