- Dow Chemical (DOW) was in play 83 days before I was able to cash in for a $6,700 profit.
- General Electric (GE - Get Report) hung around for 81 days before I won $4,800.
- Forest Labs (FRX) stayed open 78 days, but brought home a $3,200 win.
- After 72 days, Wachovia (WB - Get Report) won me a huge payout of $13,200.
- Eli Lilly (LLY - Get Report) brought home the prize after 65 days for $4,200.
- Citigroup (C - Get Report) stayed in play 64 days and won to the tune of $7,250.
- Morgan Stanley (MS - Get Report) also lasted 64 days and drove in a $13,800 win.
The past six months have shown us the market's fickleness. There have been highs over 13,000 and lows under 8,000. It has been a confusing and tough time for many, but my picks have still been successful over that time frame. My average win takes just about three weeks, but some picks have stayed in play a pretty long time. My Pfizer ( PFE - Get Report) pick was open for an eye-popping 164 days, but it eventually netted me $4,600. A nice payday like that was worth the wait. Another example is Sysco ( SYY - Get Report), which hung around for 95 days before it crossed the finish line for $2,100. Tesoro ( TSO) was also on the board for a while. It lasted 85 days before I was able to ring the register to the tune of $7,100. What I am saying is that all wins are not created equal. Sometimes you take a pick to the bank in just a few hours. Others really test your allegiance to the system as well as your patience. As you can see, I am 78-0 with more than $200,000 in wins on the year and my picks that went to extras so far have been worth the wait. Here are some of the others that took a while to bring home the bacon.