This is an age old philosophy that let the gains keep going and cut the losses short and this is followed in true spirit by Rakesh Jhunjhunwala who is known to follow it 100% in letter and spirit.
Jhunjhunwala exited shares such as Karur Vysya Bank, Ion Exchange, Hind Oil Exploration and Reliance Broadcast, and reduced his holdings in VIP Industries. As per mandatory filing of 30 Sep 2012 his portfolio shows that he raised his stakes in Titan Industries, Rallis India, and Agro Tech and bought fresh into DB Realty, he cut his exposures to Crisil, Praj Industries and Adinath Exim Resources. He has also added more in Geometric Software, Autoline Industries, A2Z Maintenance, Delta Corp and Viceroy Hotels.
An earlier Business Standard report gives additional information on other Jhunjhunwala shares. Based on his disclosures to the stock exchange, the newspaper once again found a fairly high churn rate.
The moral of the whole story is one need not be a a buy-and-hold guy, but follow the principle of running the gains and cutting the losers or duds. Shares that didn’t perform need to be divorced without pity, contempt or remorse.