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Started:December 25th, 2012 (12:02 PM) by mdl060374 Views / Replies:962 / 10
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Stocks vs other instruments

Old June 1st, 2013, 05:45 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I assume you trade intraday, are you looking for intraday trends? or are you looking for more macro trending (dailycharts) stocks, then making decisions off them?

THe reason I ask is that often, it seems that once a trend gets established intraday, the move has been made, the stock usually flatlines or even retraces slowly as it loses momentum.

THe one thing I don't like about stocks is the whole gapping issue.. It makes taking advantage of intraday moves much more difficult, b/c a stock can move +/- a decent % opver the course of 3 days, but a lot of that move gets priced in b/w the close and next days open, making it untradeable unless you want to assume overnight risk..

That alone makes me think about giving up equities.

No. I only swing trade. I usually hold for a couple days to 2 weeks or more. Iím considering adding a time stop to my strategy but havenít yet. Iím not sure of an optimum time to give a stock. If I have a day trade it's because my stop got hit the same day as I entered.

Ya, gaps present a challenge. For that reason I don't hold a stock during earnings announcements. News caused gaps are part of the business. Nothing I have control over so I donít really worry about them. My experience is about 50/50 in my favor. However I end up taking bigger losses on gaps than my plan calls for.

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