First of all, I would say this does not apply to scalping or day trading but mostly to larger swing or position trades. When I say doesn't apply I mean in a useful way, obviously everything applies at some level, but the returns are so tiny on smaller scales they are not worth it IMO.
Trading the crowd behavior generally referrers to the way people take profits or risks, in other words the psychological decisions that individual traders make are sometimes very similar across the universe of traders, which results in the market doing something in uniform.
You can observe patterns after a stock runs up that there will be a slight drawdown again as people take profits. I am doing a lot of analysis in this area with my new platform, scanning the behavior of 5,000 tickers on a daily basis and how this plays out. I suggest taking a look at it.
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To me anyone who is currently in profit is a target of the crowd. Like politics the higher you are
the more you become a target. In this case if you are holding a profitable position I expect the crowd to challenge it
and take it from you if they can.
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although we are trying to apply the less-emotional approach to trading, the crowd is emotional.
the crowd is the bandwagon analogy, slow to start, slow to continue, but then when the party is obvious, the crowd piles on, then the earlier movers of the move take profits others exit and the final move can look extended, exhausted and the late comers are trapped
it doesn't matter who they all are, some are machines, hft's, institutions, some have longer term goals and don't mind the late entry, others are scalpers, etc
the crowd looks like a highly emotional group using irrational motivations for their entries and exits
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