I bought 1000 shares of General electric using etrade marketrader via a limit order. I put i trade in yesterday for a limit of 30.25 since it looked like the price of that stock hits at least 30.30 or under. It automatically bought the 1000 shares for me and then I had a sell order set for today at 30.61 since it seems to hit that level or more in the day at some point. It sold today in the morning I made 360 with subtracting commission (9.99x2) I made 340.02 dollars Not a huge amount but it was not to bad I would venture to start out with. I did GE cause I figure it is pretty safe to get the hang of it. All those other stocks like banks and financial companies seem too risky and after reading about what happened to bear stearn I am too scared to touch them. I will practice just trading GE for now and only 1000 shares buy and sell. I bought 1000 shares again at 30.30 this time it did not seem like it wanted to go lower, I did miss it at a cheaper price but now GE seems to be going up. I will wait till 30.70 this time for my sell limit order instead. I like to monitor the level 2 quotes with the ticker tape on the side and on the other screen I am using the charts and the streaming news system to keep an eye for any interesting stuff.