I'm not usually one to play TOO much with my stock purchases. In truth, the only thing I really invest in is through my 401K and the HP stock purchase plan. For quite a while, I've had my ESPP deductions set at 1% (the lowest I can go without actually withdrawing). The idea was a fairly low faith in the stock over time, and a feeling that I could better use the money immediately elsewhere... but I wanted the option of increasing it if my faith in the stock increased and/or the purchase price vs. stock price was just too good to pass up... hence the 1% instead of withdrawl.
Well, the time has come to do something about it. The stock is hovering at some of the highest prices it's seen in almost 4 years... and I have faith it's going to go higher. I'm not an "inside trader"... I have no information that isn't available to the public... but I see what the stock is doing... what announcements the company has made... the people that the new CEO is pulling in and organizational changes being made... the upgrades we're getting from analysis companies... the "feeling" inside the company (which granted, most people wouldn't really know about, per se... but is still a personal evaluation, and not something that is performance-based in the company).
So... stock purchase is now back up to 10%... my hope is that it will be an easy double-my-money investment. The adjustment in pay isn't going to feel good... but I can't pass up what basically amounts to free money.
...now lets hope the SEC doesn't come after me for this post. :P