A few good swing trades

At Brush Up on Stocks, I like to ferret out stocks to hold calmly for a few years for returns that beat the markets. That’s what I’ve delivered. On average, my stocks have outperformed every year, since launching the newsletter in 2010. (For a summary of returns, click here.)

However, I like a quick trade from time to time as much as the next person. That’s why I try to suggest opportunistic contrarian buys in great stocks on pullbacks that don’t seem to make sense. Preferably with an identifiable catalyst ahead.

With the first half of the year now one for the history books, I thought I’d take a quick look back at how my swing trades did.

The answer: Very nicely.

I suggested a dozen swing trades in the first half of the year, and they all produce excellent returns in a matter of days or weeks. The top two advanced 31% and 34.5% in a short time. Ten of them produced gains of 10% or more. The worst one was up 6.6%. On average, the dozen swing trades I suggested in the first half of the year were up 16.7% in a matter of days or weeks.

In the first half of the year, the market advanced about 7%.

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These results above are self reported, but as with all my performance numbers, I welcome anyone to double check my math, on request.

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