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My Stock Picks Starting April 20, 2013

|Includes: AAPL, AMZN, BBY, IBM, NFLX, NYT, Prism Technologies Group, Inc. (PRZM), SAND, TSLA

4/27/2013: This is my first stock-pick Instablog in two years. The paper trades in my previous one (#4) didn't work out well. (I haven't computed the bottom line-too painful.) I think maybe I've learned something from the experience and from the reading I've done. So I'm going to start a new set of paper trades with a blank slate. I'm giving myself 300 "chips" to start.

Last weekend (about midnight Saturday) I tried to post my first paper trades in a new Instablog, but I didn't notice the Submit button at the bottom of the page, so SA didn't post it. The first trades I made were at Friday's closing price:

1. (NASDAQ:AAPL) Buy 10 chips @ 390.53.

2. (NYSEMKT:SAND) Sandstorm Gold. Buy 10 chips @ 7.08.

3. (NYSE:IBM) Short 10 chips if it hits 198. (Hasn't happened yet.)

This weekend (Friday night) I made these paper trades at Friday's close. (I posted them as a comment yesterday at the end of my Instablog #4, because that was the only way I thought I could post them.):

4. (NASDAQ:TSLA) Tesla Motors. Short 10 chips @ 51.20.

5. (NASDAQ:NFLX) Netflix. Short 10 chips @ 215.55.

6. (NYSE:BBY) Best Buy. Short 10 chips @ 23.50.

7. (NYSE:NYT) NY Times. Short 10 chips @ 8.92.

8. (PTNT) Internet Patents Corp. Buy 30 chips @ 3.62.

9. (WFM) - Whole Food Markets. Short 10 chips @ 88.61.

10. (SAND) Sandstorm Gold. Buy 10 more chips, @ 7.80.

So that's 120 chips committed, assuming IBM hits my selling point at 198.

Possible future trades: Short (NYSE:YELP) (25.45 at the close Friday) and (NYSE:CRM) - Salesforce (40.71). Buy (NASDAQ:RMBS) - Rambus (6.50).

Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.