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2. Don't quit when you get back to even.

My

ActionAlertsPlus.com Alerts are littered with missives about how I am "battling" individual stocks as they go down to get a better cost basis and then quitting just when I get ahead.

In 2002, I decided that

ABB

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, a Swiss engineering company that was one of the few companies on earth that maintained the ability to build nuclear power plants during the dry spell of construction, was making a comeback. It had been damaged by some serious exposure to asbestos lawsuits. I first bought the stock at $13, but every time an asbestos lawsuit hit the tape, even if it was the good news of a settlement, the stock got hammered back to $11. I was able, after a considerable amount of buying over many months' time, to get my basis -- that is, what the entire position cost me -- from $13 to $12 a share.

It was a classic siege and I was conscious of the heroic effort that it took to buy little increments each time it ticked at $11 and change. After five months, the stock finally got back to where I initially bought it. I declared victory, saying I had gotten back to even and then some! I was so proud and relieved that I had outlasted the stock. The fact that I had actually made a dollar despite the bad first buy was icing on the cake. I had won. I rang the register.

A year later, I bumped into a friend who had gotten the first Alert, but didn't see the second because he was on sabbatical for a year in Switzerland. He wanted to know if it was time to ring the register on ABB. The stock was at $24. He had done much more than get back to even. Oh, and the big orders for nuke plants? The reason I bought it? They finally happened, just as I had predicted. Usually when you get back to even, the stock you own has a lot more upside left. Don't get out at the ground floor.

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. Look for more sneak previews every day, and get your free copy with your annual subscription to Action Alerts Plus; click here for details. Catch Cramer in person to get it signed: Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. EST in New York City's Union Square Barnes & Noble; Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. in Bridgewater, N.J.'s Borders; and Saturday, Jan. 12, at 1 p.m. in Westbury, Long Island's Costco. Missed the first sneak previews? Read the book intro and the rules of getting and staying rich: Rule 1 and Rule 2.

From Jim Cramer's Stay Mad for Life by James J. Cramer and Cliff Mason. Copyright

2007 by Jim Cramer. Reprinted by permission of Simon & Schuster, Inc.

At the time of publication, Cramer had no positions in any of the stocks mentioned in this column.

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