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Sunday, 10/03/2004

DRIP Portfolio - A Weekly Progress Report
By Nich Sheldon

Below you will see each DRIP Recommendation 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

My, oh my, what a week it has been. Well that's with the exception of Merck (NYSE:MRK). After hanging onto MRK for nearly 15 months, its time to drop this DRIP from the portfolio. When Merck fell 20 points approximately a month after being picked, I kept it in my hypothetical portfolio because I felt that its lower premium would entice new buyers. While there was hardly any interest in Merck from the short-term investors, I was glad to keep it in my portfolio for the simple fact that my normal monthly investment bought me more ownership into the firm. After all, I only had to pay for the $60 level in my initial investment, and over the past year I was getting my shares at the $40 level. When the stock lost an additional 25% over the past week of trading, I decided that this would be the best time to redirect my risk capital. If you are participating in Merck's dividend investment plan, I advise you to consider a new stock for your portfolio.

On a more positive note, the active portfolio has tacked on a $1.71 or 4 percent over the past week. Only time will tell if we can hold our gains over the benchmark 10% level!

Remember, these are hypothetical portfolios.

Until Next Week,
Nich Sheldon
Editor In Chief
www.dripadvisor.com
questions@DripAdvisor.com

DRIP Recommendations

	 Date	  Pick   Prices	 Gain/Loss  Percent	
Tick	Picked	  Price Oct-03rd            Change
XEL	06/06/03  15.20	 17.52	   2.32	     15%
LMT	06/20/03  48.63	 56.32	   7.69	     16%
BAC**	06/27/03  39.80	 44.16	   4.36	     11%
JCP	08/22/03  19.88	 35.38	  15.50	     78%
HD	08/29/03  32.16	 39.25	   7.09	     22%
CEG	09/05/03  37.62	 40.24	   2.62	      7%
KO	09/12/03  43.99	 40.31	  -3.68	     -8%
XOM	09/26/03  36.78	 48.89	  12.11	     33%
PAYX	10/03/03  35.73	 30.68	  -5.05	    -14%
CAT	10/12/03  75.75	 80.60	   4.85	      6%
PX	10/31/03  34.79	 42.71	   7.92	     23%
ZION	11/07/03  63.12	 61.52	  -1.60	     -3%
BDK	11/14/03  45.81	 77.60	  31.79	     69%
NOC**	11/21/03  46.63	 53.70	   7.07	     15%
NKE	11/28/03  67.25	 79.88	  12.63	     19%
EL	12/05/03  40.86	 42.13	   1.27	      3%
PEP	12/19/03  47.17	 50.08	   2.91	      6%
NDSN	01/08/04  36.30	 35.25	  -1.05	     -3%
WTNY	01/16/04  41.52	 42.83	   1.31	      3%
BOL	01/30/04  53.75	 67.00	  13.25	     25%
SJM	02/06/04  46.73	 44.27	  -2.46	     -5%
DOW	02/13/04  43.29	 45.37	   2.08	      5%
FLO	02/25/04  26.60	 26.28	  -0.32	     -1%
JP	03/05/04  54.66	 50.63	  -4.03	     -7%
FO	03/12/04  71.30	 74.80	   3.50	      5%
MAS	03/19/04  29.82	 34.93	   5.11	     17%
WMI	04/02/04  30.45	 27.68	  -2.77	     -9%
HAN	04/08/04  39.61	 38.10	  -1.51	     -4%
ITT	04/23/04  78.82	 80.25	   1.43	      2%
FMBI	04/23/04  34.25	 35.52	   1.27	      4%
BDX	05/08/04  50.45	 52.85	   2.40	      5%
SC	06/04/04  43.87	 45.07	   1.20	      3%
JH	06/10/04  30.78	 31.65	   0.87	      3%
AVB	06/18/04  55.85	 61.40	   5.55	     10%
EQT	06/29/04  51.00	 54.77	   3.77	      7%
SU	07/07/04  25.79	 32.73	   6.94	     27%
PBCT	07/16/04  30.93	 35.63	   4.70	     15%
HBAN	07/23/04  23.89	 25.15	   1.26	      5%
ASN	07/30/04  29.43	 32.34	   2.91	     10%
SRE	08/13/04  35.53	 36.50	   0.97	      3%
KIM	08/20/04  48.96	 50.98	   2.02	      4%
NSC	09/03/04  29.27	 30.27	   1.00	      3%
LHO	09/10/04  28.75	 28.54	  -0.21      -1%
GBCI	09/17/04  29.94	 29.96	   0.02	      0%





	
		 Average Average  Average   Percent 
		 Cost	 Price	  Change    Change

TOTALS		  41.65	 45.27	   3.61	     10%





**Pick Price Reflects 2:1 Stock Split!

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Suggested Drops

	 Date	  Pick   Prices	 Gain/Loss  Percent Drop	
Tick	Picked	  Price  May-14th	    Change  Date

TXU	06/13/03  21.90	 35.11	 13.21	     60%   05/14/04
UTX	07/03/03  71.44	 83.25	 11.81	     17%   05/14/04
MRK	07/11/03  61.44	 33.31**-28.13	    -46%   08/03/04
MCD	07/18/03  21.39	 26.17	  4.78	     22%   05/14/04
INTC	07/25/03  24.91	 27.01	  2.10	      8%   05/14/04
WMT	08/01/03  55.27	 55.06   -0.21	      0%   05/14/04
RWT	08/08/03  39.80	 51.10*	 11.30	     28%   04/16/04
IBM	09/17/03  90.63	 86.41	 -4.22	     -5%   05/14/04
SCH	10/17/03  13.59	  9.69	 -3.90	    -29%   05/14/04
VZ	10/24/03  33.24	 36.36    3.12	      9%   05/14/04
LOW	12/12/03  55.05	 50.58	 -4.47	     -8%   05/14/04
TAXI	01/02/04   9.25	  7.91	 -1.34	    -14%   05/14/04
								
		 Average Average  Average   Percent 
		 Cost	 Price	  Change    Change				

TOTALS		 39.68	 42.60	  2.93	      8%

(W/ addition of MRK on October 1st, 2004)
TOTALS           41.49	 41.83	  0.34	      4% 
	

*  Price as of market close on April 16th, 2004		
** Price as of market close on October 1st, 2004	


 
 

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