Did you ever sell and regret it?

Do you sell for rational reasons?

How can you protect yourself.

Every day I publish my Chart of the Day which is the chart of a stock that has done very well over the past 6 months.  One of the most common comments I receive is:  I owned that but sold it too early. Have you ever gone back and analyzed why you sold it and what signs you may have missed.

In over 50 years of investing I've learned that there is no single signal that should trigger a sell 100% of the time.

I use Barchart and its many technical tools to give me the information I need to make a sell decision.  The only reason to sell a stock is : 

  1. I'm losing money and need to stop the bleeding to protect my principal
  2. I'm not making any money and need to replace this position with a better opportunity

I'll share with you the 4 things I look at before I push the sell button.  Each one may be a Sell Alert but no single one is enough for me to make a decision.

Here's my list:

Let's look at Adecoagro (AGRO)


Barchart technical indicators:

I think you can agree that this is a stock I should sell.

Now let's look at Dollar Tree (DLTR) a stock that has some but not all of my Sell Alerts.


Barchart technical indicators:

On a stock like this I might put in a sell stop loss at around 87 and move up that stop loss a little bit every week till I can see if it recovers.

My sell criteria might not work for you but I is a rational method I feel comfortable with.

I hope this explanation is helpful for you.