This is certainly a hot topic at any time and one that brings strong opinions on both sides. I am a chart trader and rarely look at fundamentals as I believe the big traders (hedge and mutual funds, big money, etc.) will always have more and better fundamental information than I, as a small trader will ever have. As such, by reading charts I am "following" what the big money is doing, or likely to do, rather than trying to analyze the stock myself. In addition, being a chart trader I never get married to an evaluation as my ego is not involved. This prevents me from ever taking a big loss on any trade by staying with the stock through bad times because of my fundamental beliefs the stock will "ultimately" do what I think it is going to do. I would like to debate this issue here and see how many people are traders and how many are fundamentalists, and why.