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Cognx is up 17% in 2.5 months, do I sell 1/2 prior to Oct. 30 reporting?

Selling 1/2 because it went up will give you a taxable gain (if in a taxable account) to pay which will reduce your net profit and therefor give you less money to reinvest going forward.

Selling your winners will eventually clog up your portfolio with losers and prevent you from growing your portfolio.

I personally keep winners (and even add to them regularly) and minimize losers. Last loser I sold was 3 years ago. My portfolio currently consists mostly of winners. I have one new position I started about 3 months ago that I am in the process of building. It is about 2% of my portfolio and I have about a 1% loss not counting dividends received. All others are comfortably in the green with many years of growth behind them while occupying parts of my portfolio.
The new stock I am accumulating is trading about 20% below the high of 2015 and the current dividend is 47% higher than it was in 2015 and management has guided for 10% increases in both 2017 and 2018 while the business keeps growing.

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