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Thanks everyone for the advice. I actually did not know that it was the amount OVER that gets taxed, which is really great news to me. We'll only be over the 15% bracket by a bit. I was concerned that the whole capital gain would be taxed - so that's a load off.

I don't have a Kansas connection - born and bred in New York.

One of you mentioned that I could "gift" the stock to someone else. Can I "gift" stocks into a Coverdell ESA or 529 plan for my son? Is that possible without triggering tax liability?

The idea of setting up trailing stop orders is also a good one. I wonder if it costs money to have those orders in place for a while before they get activated...

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