Sean O'Shaughnessey on June 19th, 2018
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Rule #1 Don't lose money!

Rule #2 If you do lose money, get out fast and find a better investment.

You do not need to stay with the same investment that put you into a hole. It takes far more growth to recover from a drop in stock price than it originally took to get there.

profile12345 (Ivan Ivanoff) on StockTwits put out a great chart to show the difficulty. I have reproduced it here.

It may be easier to understand with some simple math:

You have $100 investment in a stock. It has a bad run and drops $20 to $80 (a 20% loss). You now have $80. In order for you to grow $80 back to $100, you would need to increase the value of your holding 25% (or $20). Therefore a 20% loss takes a 25% gain to recover (see the image above).

The great thing is that you do not have to go home with the girl that you brought to the dance. Dump a bad stock. The chances that this stock will be the most efficient stock to recover your portfolio is almost zero. Surely, there is a different stock out there that is growing at the same time that this dog stock is falling. Even if your dog stock is starting to recover, there is probably a stock that is already running hard while your stock is trying to reverse course. Cut your losses and ride a better horse to the finish. There is no loyalty in the stock market.

 

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Stock ticker Stock name Last Close Recommendation
AAPL Apple Inc. $188.7400 Very Concerned, may need to wait
ABMD ABIOMED, Inc. $443.1500 Strong Buy or Hold, but there are some concerns
ADBE Adobe Systems Incorporated $255.6900 Concerned, but watch close as good things may happen soon
ADS Alliance Data Systems Corporation $233.4700 Strong Buy or Hold, but there are some concerns
ALGN Align Technology, Inc. $370.1000 Strong Buy or Hold, but there are some concerns
ALXN Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. $118.6700 Concerned, but watch close as good things may happen soon
AMAT Applied Materials, Inc. $48.3200 Very Concerned, may need to wait
AMZN Amazon.com, Inc. $1723.7900 Strong Buy or Hold, but there are some concerns
ANET Arista Networks Inc $279.2200 Concerned, but watch close as good things may happen soon
BABA Alibaba Group Holding Ltd $208.5700 Concerned, but watch close as good things may happen soon
BKNG Booking Holdings $2145.2200 Strong Buy or Hold
CBPO China Biologic Products Holdings, Inc. $99.3900 Strong Buy or Hold, but there are some concerns
CRTO Criteo SA (ADR) $29.6700 Strong Buy or Hold
CRUS Cirrus Logic, Inc. $38.2900 Concerned, but watch close as good things may happen soon
DPZ Domino's Pizza, Inc. $281.7300 Strong Buy or Hold, but there are some concerns
FB Facebook Inc $198.3100 Strong Buy or Hold
GOOGL Alphabet Inc $1183.5800 Strong Buy or Hold, but there are some concerns
GTN Gray Television, Inc. $12.1000 Strong Buy or Hold
HSKA Heska Corp $108.9100 Concerned, but watch close as good things may happen soon
HZO MarineMax Inc $22.0000 Very Concerned, may need to wait
IBP Installed Building Products Inc $59.8000 Very Concerned, may need to wait
ILMN Illumina, Inc. $288.8500 Concerned, but watch close as good things may happen soon
LGIH LGI Homes Inc $57.0700 Very Concerned, may need to wait
LRCX Lam Research Corporation $174.2000 Very Concerned, may need to wait
LULU Lululemon Athletica inc. $129.6900 Strong Buy or Hold, but there are some concerns
MCK McKesson Corporation $146.0400 Concerned, but watch close as good things may happen soon
MEI Methode Electronics Inc. $44.1500 Strong Buy or Hold
MIDD Middleby Corp $106.6700 Possible Buy or Hold, but some concerns
MKTX MarketAxess Holdings Inc. $213.8700 Very Concerned, may need to wait
MRK Merck & Co., Inc. $60.9900 Very Concerned, may need to wait
MU Micron Technology, Inc. $58.4500 Very Concerned, may need to wait
NFLX Netflix, Inc. $390.4000 Strong Buy or Hold, but there are some concerns
NVDA NVIDIA Corporation $265.0900 Concerned, but watch close as good things may happen soon
REGN Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc $315.6100 Strong Buy or Hold
SBUX Starbucks Corporation $57.2200 Possible Buy or Hold, but some concerns
SCHW Charles Schwab Corp $55.4800 Very Concerned, may need to wait
STZ Constellation Brands, Inc. $232.2600 Strong Buy or Hold
SUI Sun Communities Inc $96.4600 Concerned, but watch close as good things may happen soon
SWKS Skyworks Solutions Inc $101.1000 Very Concerned, may need to wait
TGS Transportadora de Gas del Sur SA (ADR) $14.3500 Very Concerned, may need to wait
THRM Gentherm Inc $37.9500 Concerned, but watch close as good things may happen soon
TMO Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. $212.8200 Very Concerned, may need to wait
TMUS T-Mobile US Inc $60.3600 Strong Buy or Hold, but there are some concerns
TNET TriNet Group Inc $56.6500 Strong Buy or Hold
UNH United HealthGroup Inc $254.8700 Strong Buy or Hold
ULTA Ulta Beauty Inc $247.2600 Very Concerned, may need to wait
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Symbol Stock Price change today
CBPO China Biologic Products Holdings, Inc. 21.1482%
MEI Methode Electronics Inc. 5.4958%
THRM Gentherm Inc 3.5471%
HSKA Heska Corp 2.2533%
GOOGL Alphabet Inc 2.097%
ALGN Align Technology, Inc. 2.0515%
DPZ Domino's Pizza, Inc. 1.5829%
ADBE Adobe Systems Incorporated 1.5368%
CRTO Criteo SA (ADR) 1.2974%
FB Facebook Inc 1.2561%
LULU Lululemon Athletica inc. 1.0283%
TNET TriNet Group Inc 0.9804%
TMUS T-Mobile US Inc 0.5832%
ADS Alliance Data Systems Corporation 0.4907%
AMZN Amazon.com, Inc. 0.4557%
MU Micron Technology, Inc. 0.3778%
BABA Alibaba Group Holding Ltd 0.274%
SBUX Starbucks Corporation 0.1926%
BKNG Booking Holdings 0.176%
REGN Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc 0.0983%
MIDD Middleby Corp 0.0469%
ILMN Illumina, Inc. 0.0346%
GTN Gray Television, Inc. 0%
SUI Sun Communities Inc -0.0415%
AAPL Apple Inc. -0.053%
NVDA NVIDIA Corporation -0.0641%
ABMD ABIOMED, Inc. -0.0969%
ULTA Ulta Beauty Inc -0.2501%
STZ Constellation Brands, Inc. -0.3262%
NFLX Netflix, Inc. -0.4031%
UNH United HealthGroup Inc -0.4336%
MKTX MarketAxess Holdings Inc. -0.5764%
SCHW Charles Schwab Corp -1.0875%
TMO Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. -1.3809%
SWKS Skyworks Solutions Inc -1.5579%
MRK Merck & Co., Inc. -1.6766%
IBP Installed Building Products Inc -1.8062%
AMAT Applied Materials, Inc. -2.0077%
ALXN Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. -2.3453%
LRCX Lam Research Corporation -2.3597%
ANET Arista Networks Inc -2.5818%
CRUS Cirrus Logic, Inc. -2.6195%
MCK McKesson Corporation -2.64%
LGIH LGI Homes Inc -2.7271%
TGS Transportadora de Gas del Sur SA (ADR) -3.367%
HZO MarineMax Inc -8.142%
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Stock ticker Stock name Last Close Recommendation
AAPL Apple Inc. $188.8400 Very Concerned, may need to wait
ABMD ABIOMED, Inc. $443.5800 Strong Buy or Hold, but there are some concerns
ADBE Adobe Systems Incorporated $251.8200 Very Concerned, may need to wait
ADS Alliance Data Systems Corporation $232.3300 Strong Buy or Hold, but there are some concerns
ALGN Align Technology, Inc. $362.6600 Strong Buy or Hold, but there are some concerns
ALXN Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. $121.5200 Strong Buy or Hold
AMAT Applied Materials, Inc. $49.3100 Very Concerned, may need to wait
AMZN Amazon.com, Inc. $1715.9700 Strong Buy or Hold, but there are some concerns
ANET Arista Networks Inc $286.6200 Strong Buy or Hold
BABA Alibaba Group Holding Ltd $208.0000 Very Concerned, may need to wait
BKNG Booking Holdings $2141.4500 Strong Buy or Hold
CBPO China Biologic Products Holdings, Inc. $82.0400 Very Concerned, may need to wait
CRTO Criteo SA (ADR) $29.2900 Strong Buy or Hold
CRUS Cirrus Logic, Inc. $39.3200 Strong Buy or Hold
DPZ Domino's Pizza, Inc. $277.3400 Strong Buy or Hold, but there are some concerns
FB Facebook Inc $195.8500 Strong Buy or Hold
GOOGL Alphabet Inc $1159.2700 Strong Buy or Hold
GTN Gray Television, Inc. $12.1000 Strong Buy or Hold
HSKA Heska Corp $106.5100 Very Concerned, may need to wait
HZO MarineMax Inc $23.9500 Very Concerned, may need to wait
IBP Installed Building Products Inc $60.9000 Very Concerned, may need to wait
ILMN Illumina, Inc. $288.7500 Strong Buy or Hold
LGIH LGI Homes Inc $58.6700 Very Concerned, may need to wait
LRCX Lam Research Corporation $178.4100 Very Concerned, may need to wait
LULU Lululemon Athletica inc. $128.3700 Strong Buy or Hold, but there are some concerns
MCK McKesson Corporation $150.0000 Possible Buy or Hold, but some concerns
MEI Methode Electronics Inc. $41.8500 Strong Buy or Hold
MIDD Middleby Corp $106.6200 Possible Buy or Hold, but some concerns
MKTX MarketAxess Holdings Inc. $215.1100 Concerned, but watch close as good things may happen soon
MRK Merck & Co., Inc. $62.0300 Concerned, but watch close as good things may happen soon
MU Micron Technology, Inc. $58.2300 Very Concerned, may need to wait
NFLX Netflix, Inc. $391.9800 Strong Buy or Hold, but there are some concerns
NVDA NVIDIA Corporation $265.2600 Concerned, but watch close as good things may happen soon
REGN Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc $315.3000 Strong Buy or Hold
SBUX Starbucks Corporation $57.1100 Very Concerned, may need to wait
SCHW Charles Schwab Corp $56.0900 Concerned, but watch close as good things may happen soon
STZ Constellation Brands, Inc. $233.0200 Strong Buy or Hold
SUI Sun Communities Inc $96.5000 Concerned, but watch close as good things may happen soon
SWKS Skyworks Solutions Inc $102.7000 Concerned, but watch close as good things may happen soon
TGS Transportadora de Gas del Sur SA (ADR) $14.8500 Very Concerned, may need to wait
THRM Gentherm Inc $36.6500 Concerned, but watch close as good things may happen soon
TMO Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. $215.8000 Concerned, but watch close as good things may happen soon
TMUS T-Mobile US Inc $60.0100 Strong Buy or Hold
TNET TriNet Group Inc $56.1000 Concerned, but watch close as good things may happen soon
UNH United HealthGroup Inc $255.9800 Strong Buy or Hold
ULTA Ulta Beauty Inc $247.8800 Very Concerned, may need to wait
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One of the biggest challenges in investing in the stock market is picking the best stocks. In my book, "The Confident Investor" I teach my readers how to pick Good Companies. This page is designed to show the raw performance of these companies. It is not designed to show my personal portfolio, which may or may not exceed the performance stated here. Since I use the trading system described in my book, you can assume that I beat the performance recorded here.

I must caution you, I do not actually propose that you "buy and hold" any given stock, but rather you should "buy to hold" the stock. My investing technique teaches you to efficiently move your money to the stocks that are currently increasing in value the most. I use my Watch List for this work, these are Good Companies that I wait for great buying opportunities. This strategy is well described in my book, "The Confident Investor" and tends to be a very safe strategy in bear markets while typically still providing above market returns in a bull or flat market.

My Short Term Watch List are 15 companies that are hot right now. I select this list every quarter. I evenly divide a portion of my portfolio among these 15 companies. The next quarter, I add or delete companies as necessary and then re-balance the portfolio. This tends to be a more risky strategy because I don't bail out on bad stock movement (at least until the end of the quarter). In a bull market or a flat market, these very well-run and high-performing companies tend to beat the general market by a significant margin.

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You can purchase my book wherever books are sold such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Books A Million. It is available in paperback as well as e-book formats for Nook, Kindle, and iPad.

WATCH LIST STOCK RESULTS

 

Stock
Ticker
Company
name
Current
price
Year
ago
Year ago
change
Quarter
ago
Quarter ago
change
Month
ago
Month ago
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Week
ago
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AAPL Apple Inc. $188.84 $140.08 34.81% $177.33 6.49% $186.99 0.99% $191.70 -1.49%
ABMD ABIOMED, Inc. $443.58 $143.39 209.35% $293.05 51.37% $379.94 16.75% $409.77 8.25%
ADBE Adobe Systems Incorporated $251.82 $137.84 82.69% $225.55 11.65% $236.85 6.32% $251.21 0.24%
ADS Alliance Data Systems Corporation $232.33 $252.44 -7.97% $228.46 1.69% $210.57 10.33% $222.38 4.47%
ALGN Align Technology, Inc. $362.66 $145.26 149.66% $270.41 34.11% $292.72 23.89% $346.67 4.61%
ALXN Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. $121.52 $113.98 6.62% $126.75 -4.13% $121.15 0.31% $118.33 2.70%
AMAT Applied Materials, Inc. $49.31 $42.69 15.50% $59.20 -16.71% $53.75 -8.25% $51.15 -3.60%
AMZN Amazon.com, Inc. $1,715.97 $987.71 73.73% $1,571.68 9.18% $1,581.76 8.48% $1,683.99 1.90%
ANET Arista Networks Inc $286.62 $151.58 89.09% $293.72 -2.42% $247.47 15.82% $273.75 4.70%
BABA Alibaba Group Holding Ltd $208.00 $134.87 54.22% $200.28 3.85% $196.02 6.11% $205.07 1.43%
BKNG Booking Holdings $2,141.45 $1,802.61 18.80% $2,171.49 -1.38% $2,089.11 2.51% $2,136.54 0.23%
CBPO China Biologic Products Holdings, Inc. $82.04 $110.34 -25.65% $83.00 -1.16% $78.71 4.23% $84.36 -2.75%
CRTO Criteo SA (ADR) $29.29 $46.87 -37.51% $30.02 -2.43% $24.30 20.53% $27.85 5.17%
CRUS Cirrus Logic, Inc. $39.32 $62.61 -37.20% $44.79 -12.21% $39.13 0.49% $37.53 4.77%
DPZ Domino's Pizza, Inc. $277.34 $208.87 32.78% $229.33 20.94% $246.06 12.71% $269.50 2.91%
FB Facebook Inc $195.85 $150.64 30.01% $185.09 5.81% $183.76 6.58% $189.10 3.57%
GOOGL Alphabet Inc $1,155.89 $958.62 20.58% $1,134.42 1.89% $1,081.26 6.90% $1,132.71 2.05%
GTN Gray Television, Inc. $12.35 $14.05 -12.10% $13.40 -7.84% $11.60 6.47% $11.40 8.33%
HSKA Heska Corp $106.64 $92.53 15.25% $78.50 35.85% $102.43 4.11% $106.89 -0.23%
HZO MarineMax Inc $23.85 $18.15 31.40% $20.70 15.22% $23.90 -0.21% $24.65 -3.25%
IBP Installed Building Products Inc $62.35 $53.50 16.54% $61.35 1.63% $59.85 4.18% $64.75 -3.71%
ILMN Illumina, Inc. $288.13 $171.86 67.65% $253.91 13.48% $268.45 7.33% $282.03 2.16%
LGIH LGI Homes Inc $59.93 $37.19 61.13% $65.20 -8.09% $59.28 1.09% $62.28 -3.78%
LRCX Lam Research Corporation $180.16 $146.26 23.17% $220.72 -18.38% $202.23 -10.91% $188.03 -4.19%
LULU Lululemon Athletica inc. $128.01 $52.97 141.67% $80.76 58.51% $102.00 25.50% $122.02 4.91%
MCK McKesson Corporation $150.45 $158.35 -4.99% $151.97 -1.00% $150.63 -0.12% $145.37 3.49%
MEI Methode Electronics Inc. $42.00 $40.36 4.07% $41.38 1.49% $42.50 -1.18% $41.75 0.60%
MIDD Middleby Corp $106.06 $131.17 -19.15% $129.99 -18.41% $103.96 2.02% $104.19 1.79%
MKTX MarketAxess Holdings Inc. $213.90 $204.09 4.81% $224.13 -4.56% $202.82 5.46% $214.89 -0.46%
MRK Merck & Co., Inc. $61.41 $60.98 0.70% $55.24 11.16% $58.61 4.76% $62.10 -1.11%
MU Micron Technology, Inc. $58.30 $29.86 95.23% $60.58 -3.77% $54.70 6.57% $61.39 -5.04%
NFLX Netflix, Inc. $394.44 $152.38 158.85% $318.45 23.86% $325.22 21.28% $360.57 9.39%
NVDA NVIDIA Corporation $265.98 $151.20 75.91% $250.33 6.25% $247.56 7.44% $262.28 1.41%
REGN Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc $313.38 $459.91 -31.86% $343.30 -8.72% $308.00 1.75% $308.10 1.71%
SBUX Starbucks Corporation $57.09 $58.91 -3.10% $58.69 -2.73% $57.20 -0.19% $56.60 0.87%
SCHW Charles Schwab Corp $56.08 $41.61 34.78% $55.62 0.83% $59.32 -5.46% $57.73 -2.86%
STZ Constellation Brands, Inc. $232.96 $178.92 30.20% $227.78 2.27% $222.15 4.87% $227.28 2.50%
SUI Sun Communities Inc $96.49 $88.10 9.52% $89.61 7.68% $91.50 5.45% $96.89 -0.41%
SWKS Skyworks Solutions Inc $102.72 $100.66 2.05% $110.27 -6.85% $99.39 3.35% $99.81 2.92%
TGS Transportadora de Gas del Sur SA (ADR) $14.88 $15.91 -6.47% $21.19 -29.78% $17.81 -16.45% $17.34 -14.19%
THRM Gentherm Inc $36.70 $37.80 -2.91% $33.85 8.42% $35.05 4.71% $37.15 -1.21%
TMO Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. $215.86 $174.31 23.84% $210.27 2.66% $210.84 2.38% $216.85 -0.46%
TMUS T-Mobile US Inc $60.01 $63.13 -4.95% $64.76 -7.34% $56.68 5.87% $57.80 3.81%
TNET TriNet Group Inc $56.10 $31.62 77.42% $46.74 20.03% $53.22 5.41% $55.92 0.32%
UNH United HealthGroup Inc $255.98 $179.75 42.41% $227.86 12.34% $242.96 5.36% $250.68 2.11%
ULTA Ulta Beauty Inc $247.88 $295.94 -16.24% $221.88 11.72% $257.60 -3.77% $253.06 -2.05%

Over the last year, my Watch List returned 32.27%
Over the last quarter, my Watch List returned 5.59%
Over the last month, my Watch List returned 6.42%
Over the last week, my Watch List returned 1.75%

 

SHORT TERM WATCH LIST STOCK RESULTS

 

Stock
Ticker
Company
name
Current
price
Year
ago
Year ago
change
Quarter
ago
Quarter ago
change
Month
ago
Month ago
change
Week
ago
Week ago
change
ABMD ABIOMED, Inc. $443.58 $143.39 209.35% $293.05 51.37% $379.94 16.75% $409.77 8.25%
ADBE Adobe Systems Incorporated $251.82 $137.84 82.69% $225.55 11.65% $236.85 6.32% $251.21 0.24%
ALGN Align Technology, Inc. $362.66 $145.26 149.66% $270.41 34.11% $292.72 23.89% $346.67 4.61%
AMZN Amazon.com, Inc. $1,715.97 $987.71 73.73% $1,571.68 9.18% $1,581.76 8.48% $1,683.99 1.90%
ANET Arista Networks Inc $286.62 $151.58 89.09% $293.72 -2.42% $247.47 15.82% $273.75 4.70%
BABA Alibaba Group Holding Ltd $208.00 $134.87 54.22% $200.28 3.85% $196.02 6.11% $205.07 1.43%
DPZ Domino's Pizza, Inc. $277.34 $208.87 32.78% $229.33 20.94% $246.06 12.71% $269.50 2.91%
LGIH LGI Homes Inc $59.93 $37.19 61.13% $65.20 -8.09% $59.28 1.09% $62.28 -3.78%
LULU Lululemon Athletica inc. $128.01 $52.97 141.67% $80.76 58.51% $102.00 25.50% $122.02 4.91%
MU Micron Technology, Inc. $58.30 $29.86 95.23% $60.58 -3.77% $54.70 6.57% $61.39 -5.04%
NFLX Netflix, Inc. $394.44 $152.38 158.85% $318.45 23.86% $325.22 21.28% $360.57 9.39%
NVDA NVIDIA Corporation $265.98 $151.20 75.91% $250.33 6.25% $247.56 7.44% $262.28 1.41%
SCHW Charles Schwab Corp $56.08 $41.61 34.78% $55.62 0.83% $59.32 -5.46% $57.73 -2.86%
TNET TriNet Group Inc $56.10 $31.62 77.42% $46.74 20.03% $53.22 5.41% $55.92 0.32%

Over the last year, my Short Term Watch List returned 89.70%
Over the last quarter, my Short Term Watch List returned 15.22%
Over the last month, my Short Term Watch List returned 11.82%
Over the last week, my Short Term Watch List returned 3.23%

Short Term List returned 90%
High growth stock: ABIOMED, Inc. ($ABMD) at 209%
Total Execution Time: 2.7283561229706 Sec

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