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Welcome to the dark side. Random thoughts in no particular order.

I think the number of stocks is fine for that amount of money. It's probably less than 1 percent commission per trade at worst. Negligible.

Studies show that anybody with a plan outperforms everybody without a plan. Give or take a couple of lucky outliers. So my advice is to synthesize exactly what you were looking for into writing for yourself. EXACTLY which value and performance metrics drew you to these companies? Was it current yield, projected dividend growth, or what? Write them down. Write down the scores for each company. I know you can't quantify product's etc., but if there's an analytical source you are using for that kind of input, you can grade them too.

In 2 or 3 months, which these are historically good stock market months, do your assessment against those metrics as well as you can. Did the successful ones share a trait? Did the less successful ones share a trait? Be sure and assess them against the market, which CAPS is excellent at. If it went up 15%, but the market did 20, it actually sucked. Adjust your future scanning accordingly.

Holding periods, patience, panic and buy sell decisions are all personal traits. You don't know what's in your ruby slippers until you make the journey to Oz.
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