Maybe ours lines got crossed, if so I'm sorry. I'm more of a swing trader than day trader so to speak. I focus on about twenty stocks day after day, and develope a feel for when it will run. Sometimes I buy in the day or two before the run. Sometimes I wait till that morning to see a little trigger in the stock and I jump in before the main move. At worst when I've made a bad decesion I hold for maybe 10 days and it goes back up, because I traded on a stock I've watched everyday. I changed to this style a month ago and have not had any trade losses. I don't watch lots of stocks to see a run and then jump in and out, true that is very hard to make money in the long run. Stocks are not magical, they go up and down by the forces people put on them. Anticipate the public reaction before they react. Check any stock and look at its chart. You will see ups and downs, catch it when its down and sell it when its up. I'm not trying to be funny, but stick to the basics and you will profit, " Buy Low, Sell High ". The rest is just advertisement ploy to get your commissions on trades. If you study your charts you will see when you buy low, it will come back up. That is not true of bad stocks, but that shows in the charts too.