My limit for PACT kicked in today at $8.50. I also had a chance to pick up more shares at $7.80, and sold it for $8.30. I was actually surprised all my BUY and SELL limits got taken out so soon. Oh wells, at least I profited.
Broker: AmeriTrade iZone (previously FreeTrade) account.
5/23/05 BUY PACT 7.60 250 1,905.00
6/1/05 SELL PACT 8.30 250 2,075.00
6/1/05 BUY PACT 8.00 250 2,000.00
6/2/05 BUY PACT 7.80 250 1,950.00
6/2/05 SELL PACT 8.30 250 2,075.00
6/2/05 SELL PACT 8.50 250 2,125.00
Commissions = 6 transactions x $5/transaction = $30
Gross Profit = $420
Net Profit = $390
Here’s my loss from yesterday:
5/11/05 BUY AA 28.30 175 4952.5
6/1/05 SELL AA 27.50 175 4812.5
Commissions = 2 transactions x $7/transaction = $14
Net Loss = $126
I’ve decided to let go of AA on my long term list. I’m planning to add PACT to my long term list. If there is a huge drop, I’ll load up on the shares. I’ll also use partial holdings to do some swing trades.
I know there will be taxes on short term trading, but I can justify the tax costs with higher profits. Taxes alone will not stop me from selling. I’ve made that mistake before. I’m holding a stock where it had gone up to over 100% of my purchase price in less than a year, but I have not sold it. And then the stock had really bad news and it dropped more than 30%. Had I taken profits, I would have to pay 25% taxes (my last year’s tax bracket) on the short term gains, but I would still have come out more money.
Therefore, I’ve come up with a more effective strategy. I will load up a large amount of shares for a fast growing company, and trade with a portion of my holdings. Of course, this will only work with a certain type of stocks, so it is important that I find high growth stocks and buy at low prices. For a different type of stock, you will use a different strategy. High yielding dividend stocks are good buys at huge dips. Accumulate at drops and hold long term. Look at SJT. What a great holding stock. I wish I had loaded up a year ago and I’ll be just sitting here collecting nice dividends.
What kind of strategies do you use? What kind of stocks do you buy?