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OK. I bit the bullet and finally made my first stock purchases Friday and Monday. I purchased all my Nasdaq stock after-hours so that I could take advantage of the no-commission-August promotion by Datek.

I still have two(2) more limit orders outstanding waiting on a seller at my price. I will keep you posted here on the portfolio.

Strategy
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There are so many different strategies for choosing stocks. The Foolish Four, Rule Maker, automated screens such as PEG5, etc. I decided to use the "Buy What You Use" method. These companies I frequent regularly.

Goal
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To get my feet wet, I decided to buy companies with a trivial $2000. I wanted to buy 8 companies. Therefore, I wanted to buy approximately $250 of each company. Since the stock price of a company rarely divides into $250 evenly, I rounded the number of shares to buy up or down based on how badly I wanted the stock.

I may or may not increase the investment amount. My return goal for this portfolio is to beat the Dow Jones Industrial Average (symbol: djia) within 1 year.

Tools
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I use Datek for purchasing and real-time quotes. I use the Island ECN real-time buyer/seller tool to also help decide what my offer price should be.

Wes
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Summary 99/8/16 5:20pm
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DJIA results = +6.62%
  ((11046.79 today - 73.14 gain)/11,046.79 today))
Wes Portfolio = -1.2%
  (1508.06 / 1527.23)

Note: The portfolio actually made a tiny bit of money today, but shows negative due to the one-time charge for purchase commissions.

Tick Company           Price   Shares Comm  $Inv
---- ----------------- ------- ------ ----- ------
AOL  America Online    96 1/4    2     9.99 $202.49
HD   Home Depot        63 1/4    5     9.99 $326.24
LOW  Lowes             48 3/8    5     0.00 $241.88
MSFT Microsoft         84 5/8    3     0.00 $253.88
WMT  Walmart           44 3/4    5     9.99 $233.74
YHOO Yahoo             134 1/2   2     0.00 $269.00
                                            -------
                                           $1527.23
Today's Closing Results:
Tick  Pt.Change  %Change  $Value   
----  ---------  -------  -------
AOL   -1 15/16   -2.00%   $189.88
HD    +5/8       +0.99%   $320.00
LOW   -11/16     -1.38%   $246.25
MSFT  -3/8       -0.44%   $252.94
WMT   +1 3/16    +2.65%   $230.00
YHOO  +0         +0%      $269.00
                          -------
                         $1508.06
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Summary 99/08/17 6:18pm EST
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DJIA results = +0.6%
  ((11117.08 today - 70.29 gain)/11117.08 today))
Wes Portfolio = -0.004%
  (1520.82 / 1527.23)

Note: Portfolio showed a profit again today but still trying to recover from commissions.

Tick Company           Price   Shares $Inv
---- ----------------- ------- ------ ------
AOL  America Online    97 1/2    2    $195.00
HD   Home Depot        63 1/16   5    $315.31
LOW  Lowes             48 7/8    5    $244.38
MSFT Microsoft         84 9/16   3    $253.69
WMT  Walmart           46 15/16  5    $234.69
YHOO Yahoo             138 7/8   2    $277.75
                                      -------
                                     $1520.82
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Summary 99/08/23 5:18pm EST
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Wes Portfolio  = +2.35%
DJIA Portfolio = +2.29%

Note: I have finally turned a profit!

Tick Company           Price   Shares $Inv
---- ----------------- ------- ------ ------
AOL  America Online    99        2    $198.00
HD   Home Depot        64 1/4    5    $321.25
LOW  Lowes             48 5/16   5    $241.56
MSFT Microsoft         86 7/16   3    $259.31
WMT  Walmart           47 3/4    5    $238.75
YHOO Yahoo             152 1/8   2    $304.25
                                      -------
                                     $1563.13

Calculations:
Wes Portfolio = (1563.13 today / 1527.23 on 8/16/99)
DJIA Portfolio = (11299.76 today / 11046.79 on 8/16/99)
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Summary 99/08/25 5:00pm EST
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Wes Portfolio  = +6.16%
DJIA Portfolio = +2.52%


Tick Company           Price   Shares $Inv
---- ----------------- ------- ------ ------
AOL  America Online    99        2    $198.00
HD   Home Depot        64 1/4    5    $321.25
LOW  Lowes             48 5/16   5    $241.56
MSFT Microsoft         86 7/16   3    $259.31
WMT  Walmart           47 3/4    5    $238.75
YHOO Yahoo             152 1/8   2    $304.25
                                      -------
                                     $1563.13

Calculations:
Wes Portfolio = (1,621.31 today / 1527.23 on 8/16/99)
DJIA Portfolio = (11,326.04 today / 11046.79 on 8/16/99)
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Previous append had correct percentages but I forgot to update the stock values. Here is the correction.

Summary 99/08/25 5:00pm EST
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Wes Portfolio = +6.16%
DJIA Portfolio = +2.52%


Tick Company Price Shares $Inv
---- ----------------- ------- ------ ------
AOL America Online 103 3/16 2 $206.38
HD Home Depot 65 7/8 5 $329.38
LOW Lowes 48 1/8 5 $240.63
MSFT Microsoft 95 5/16 3 $285.94
WMT Walmart 48 3/8 5 $241.88
YHOO Yahoo 158 9/16 2 $317.13
-------
$1621.31

Calculations:
Wes Portfolio = (1,621.31 today / 1527.23 on 8/16/99)
DJIA Portfolio = (11,326.04 today / 11046.79 on 8/16/99)

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Summary 99/09/24 7:00pm EST
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Wes Portfolio =  +6.35%
DJIA Portfolio = -6.95%


Tick Company           Price     Shares $Value
---- ----------------- -------   ------ -------
AOL  America Online    103 3/16  2      $206.38
HD   Home Depot        65 7/8    5      $329.38
LOW  Lowes             48 1/8    5      $240.63
MSFT Microsoft         95 5/16   3      $285.94
WMT  Walmart           48 3/8    5      $241.88
YHOO Yahoo             158 9/16  2      $317.13
                                        -------
                                       $1624.13

Calculations:
Wes Portfolio = (1,624.13 today / 1527.23 on 8/16/99)
DJIA Portfolio = (10,279.33 today / 11046.79 on 8/16/99)
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Summary 99/10/06 6:00pm EST
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Wes Portfolio =  +14.02%
DJIA Portfolio = -4.15%


Tick Company           Price     Shares $Value
---- ----------------- -------   ------ -------
AOL  America Online    120       2      $240.00
HD   Home Depot        72 7/16   5      $362.19
LOW  Lowes             49 15/16  5      $249.69
MSFT Microsoft         93 11/16  3      $281.06
WMT  Walmart           51 3/8    5      $256.88
YHOO Yahoo             175 3/4   2      $351.50
                                        -------
                                       $1741.31

Calculations:
Wes Portfolio = (1,741.31 today / 1527.23 on 8/16/99)
DJIA Portfolio = (10,588.34 today / 11046.79 on 8/16/99)
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Summary 99/10/28 6:00pm EST
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Wes Portfolio =  +16.47%
DJIA Portfolio = - 3.84%


Tick Company           Price     Shares $Value
---- ----------------- -------   ------ -------
AOL  America Online    120       2      $246.00
HD   Home Depot        72 7/16   5      $372.50
LOW  Lowes             49 15/16  5      $261.88
MSFT Microsoft         93 11/16  3      $269.63
WMT  Walmart           51 3/8    5      $278.75
YHOO Yahoo             175 3/4   2      $350.00
                                        -------
                                       $1778.75

Calculations:
Wes Portfolio = (1778.75 today / 1527.23 on 8/16/99)
DJIA Portfolio = (10622.53 today / 11046.79 on 8/16/99)
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* New purchase of 5 MSFT @ $88 7/8.

Summary 99/11/24 6:00pm EST
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Wes Portfolio =  +17.11%
DJIA Portfolio = - 3.50%


Tick Company           Price     Shares $Value
---- ----------------- -------   ------ -------
AOL  America Online    83 3/4    2      $167.50
HD   Home Depot        79 1/2    5      $397.50
LOW  Lowes             51 3/4    5      $258.75
MSFT Microsoft         91 11/16  8      $733.50
WMT  Walmart           57 15/16  5      $289.69
YHOO Yahoo             231       2      $462.00
                                        -------
                                       $2308.94

Calculations:
Wes Portfolio = (2308.94 today / 1971.61 on 11/22/99)
DJIA Portfolio = (11008.17 today / 11046.79 on 8/16/99)

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Summary 00/07/06 5:00pm EST
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Wes Portfolio =  +12.49%
DJIA Portfolio = - 5.09%


Tick Company           Price     Shares $Value
---- ----------------- -------   ------ -------
AOL  America Online    56 1/4    4      $225.00
HD   Home Depot        51 1/4    7      $358.75
LOW  Lowes             41 15/16  5      $209.69
MSFT Microsoft         80 15/16  8      $647.50
WMT  Walmart           57 1/2    5      $287.50
YHOO Yahoo             122 3/8   4      $489.50
                                        -------
                                       $2217.94

Calculations:
Wes Portfolio = (2217.94 today / 1971.61 on 11/22/99)
DJIA Portfolio = (10483.59 today / 11046.79 on 8/16/99)


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