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mldelargy,

Welcome to the Fool!

I am a new investor and bought a huge amount of J&J in the low 40's.....what's the most I can expect to get from this stock?

I think that's a very good question. Since you are new to investing there are a few things you should know -- unfortunately, most things to learn are not cut-and-dried to make life easier. It may seem like a pain in the neck, but really there is much to understand in just making one stock purchase. To answer your question requires that you take a journey.

First of all, since you've already bought, learn all you can about JNJ. Start with the link to the right under Announcements which says "Johnson & Johnson FAQ". dmcclell2000 has put together a very nice set of information about JNJ.

Johnson & Johnson also has an excellent website: http://www.jnj.info/faq.html

It's also important to find out what kind of investor you are, depending on your age, your spare time, and your ability to stomach roller coasters. There are a lot of different boards here that suit different styles, and (more importantly) people in different situations, such as Retired Fools, Baby Boomers, Living Below Your Means, Consumer Credit/Credit Cards... the list goes on and on and on. Click the Discussion Boards button in the page toolbar above.

There's more, and I could make this post 20 times as long but it's too much. Two more suggestions -- Ask A Foolish Question (AFQ) discussion board ( http://boards.fool.com/Messages.asp?bid=100000 ) and Fool's School ( http://www.fool.com/school.htm ). I strongly recommend you start at the AFQ Board.

Oh yeah, once you understand how to read a financial statement don't forget to read up on the latest 10-K: http://quote.fool.com/sec/sec.asp?date=03/20/2002&currTicker=jnj&symbols=jnj&guid=%7BD875D5CB%2D37DC%2D4DEC%2D8038%2DDDF4CACDFEB8%7D (hint: Don't try to read it straight through unless you have insomnia.)

Most of all, don't let this all overwhelm you. It's important to take plenty of time to soak it all in. Keep it simple.

Best regards,
yellowcard
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