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Monday, 05/03/2004

DRIP Portfolio - A Weekly Progress Report
By Nich Sheldon

I have decided to add our hypothetical portfolio based upon my DRIP suggestions since taking over as the editor of DA in June of 2003. Below you will see each candidate listed by: date picked, picked price, current price, and the hypothetical gain/loss on each recommendation. Each week, I will update these numbers so we can get a clear picture of our progress (if any).

**************EDITOR'S NOTE**********************
Last weeks end of week market sell-off was the final brick in the wall for the month of April, which closed in the red. With so much uncertainty in the market, it is becoming increasingly more difficult to find quality drip investments. I could just spotlight another company which I hoped to prove worthy of your portfolio, but I am the type of investor that prefers quality over quantity, and I would hate to make an unprofitable suggestion just for the mere point of supplying you with one new DRIP recommendation every week.

I heard a great quote on the radio the other day, and I think that it can be applied to almost any traders psyche, "Success has many authors, while failure is an orphan" (mind you I could be recalling this quote wrong, but I think you get the point). It doesn't matter how many successful investments you have in your portfolio, if you have one or two big failures (orphans), your year-end profitability may suffer a huge dip. With that said, I would rather wait to spotlight a fundamentally solid DRIP recommendation, than just pick a stock that offers a drip and take a shot in the dark. Check the site on Friday for a new recommendation, should I find something worth featuring.

Editor,
Nich Sheldon
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DRIP Recommendations

	 Date	  Pick   Prices	 Gain/Loss  Percent	
Tick	Picked	  Price Apr-30th	    Change
XEL	06/06/03  15.20	 16.73	  1.53	    10%
TXU	06/13/03  21.90	 34.14	 12.24	    56%
LMT	06/20/03  48.63	 47.70	 -0.93	    -2%
BAC	06/27/03  79.61	 80.49	  0.88	     1%
UTX	07/03/03  71.44	 86.26	 14.82	    21%
MRK	07/11/03  61.44	 47.00	-14.44	   -24%
MCD	07/18/03  21.39	 27.23	  5.84	    27%
INTC	07/25/03  24.91	 25.73	  0.82	     3%
WMT	08/01/03  55.27	 57.00	  1.73	     3%
RWT	08/08/03  39.80	 51.10	 11.30	    28%  Dropped 04/16
JCP	08/22/03  19.88	 33.86	 13.98	    70%  Down 12% 
HD	08/29/03  32.16	 35.19	  3.03	     9%
CEG	09/05/03  37.62	 38.48	  0.86	     2%
KO	09/12/03  43.99	 50.57	  6.58	    15%
IBM	09/17/03  90.63	 88.17	 -2.46	    -3%
XOM	09/26/03  36.78	 42.55	  5.77	    16%
CAT	10/12/03  75.75	 77.73	  1.98	     3%
SCH	10/17/03  13.59	 10.29	 -3.30	   -24%
VZ	10/24/03  33.24	 37.92	  4.68	    14%
PX	10/31/03  34.79	 36.55	  1.76	     5%
ZION	11/07/03  63.12	 56.59	 -6.53	   -10%
BDK	11/14/03  45.81	 57.85	 12.04	    26%
NOC	11/21/03  93.25	 99.25	  6.00	     6%
NKE	11/28/03  67.25	 71.95	  4.70	     7%
EL	12/05/03  40.86	 45.71	  4.85	    12%
LOW	12/12/03  55.05	 52.06	 -2.99	    -5%
PEP	12/19/03  47.17	 54.49	  7.32	    16%
TAXI	01/02/04   9.25	  8.21	 -1.04	   -11%
NDSN	01/08/04  36.30	 34.56	 -1.74	    -5%
WTNY	01/16/04  41.52	 41.00	 -0.52	    -1%
BOL	01/30/04  53.75	 62.83	  9.08	    17%
SJM	02/06/04  46.73	 52.30	  5.57	    12%
DOW	02/13/04  43.29	 39.69	 -3.60	    -8%
FLO	02/25/04  26.60	 24.49	 -2.11	    -8%
JP	03/05/04  54.66	 49.59	 -5.07	    -9%
FO	03/12/04  71.30	 76.25	  4.95	     7%
MAS	03/19/04  29.82	 28.01	 -1.81	    -6%
WMI	04/02/04  30.45	 28.40	 -2.05	    -7%
HAN	04/08/04  39.61	 38.29	 -1.32	    -3%
ITT	04/23/04  78.82	 79.29	  0.47	     1%
FMBI	04/23/04  34.25	 33.77	 -0.48	    -1%

					
			
		 Average Average  Average   Percent 
		 Cost	 Price	  Change    Change

TOTALS		 45.53	 47.79	  2.25	     8%









 
 

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