I bought 1,000 shares of TXN in 1996, about 17 years ago. My cost basis was approximately $12k, $12 per share. Of course, a few years later, came the dot.com bubble. Shares of TXN popped, they split twice so I ended up owning 3,000 shares. The pps exploded to $100 per share, the value of my TXN shares was now $300k. This for a cost basis of $12k.
After reaching $100 a share, the dot.com bubble burst and so did TXN's pps. I sold a lot of 1,000 shares for $40k. I sold a second lot of 1,000 shares for $35k. I still own 1,000 shares of TXN from my original purchase, valued at $57k.
So, let's see how I did on my TXN investment. My cost basis for 1,000 shares (3,000 after splits) was $12,000. I cashed in two lots of shares for a total of $75k. And I still own 1,000 shares at $57k. Of course, over the years that I have owned TXN, they have paid me approx. $15,000 in dividends.
When I cashed in some of my TXN shares, for $75k, I further profited as I reinvested the proceeds elsewhere.
How much, I don't know.
Therefore, if you add up all my TXN present value, cashed in value, and dividends you come up with a $147,000 value for a cost basis of $12,000. A twelve-fold gain, I'll take it. This figure doesn't include the profits that I made from reinvestments from proceeds of TXN sales.
TXN has done okay by me. Good luck to all TXN longs.
If you want to be a real investor, invest in quality stocks for the long haul, stocks that pay dividends, and be patient. If you are just 'playing' the market for short term bets, then go to Vegas instead and bet on the roulette wheel.