Chicago, IL – May 4, 2010 – Stocks in this week’s article include America Service Group Inc. (NASDAQ: ASGR), CAI International, Inc. (NYSE: CAP), Cooper Tire & Rubber Company (NYSE: CTB), Sturm Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) and Standard Motor Products, Inc. (NYSE: SMP). Kevin Matras explains why monitoring stocks is as important as picking them.

Screen of the Week written by Kevin Matras of Zacks Investment Research:

After a fantastic run, I thought now would be a good time to talk about paying attention to your portfolio; keeping an eye on your holdings, monitoring your watchlists, pulling profits and getting rid of losers or underperformers.

It’s ironic, but during great times like these when it seems like all of your stocks are going up, investors can form bad habits or get lazy. Even bad decisions can sometimes get rewarded in a bull market.

But when the market stops going straight up, that’s when you can really get into trouble.

So you need to keep paying attention.

Deciding which stocks to enter, of course, is important. But once you’re in, it doesn’t mean your work is over.

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