Pattern day trading? One stock x 4?

Discussion in 'Trading' started by GordonTheGekko, Sep 12, 2011.

  1. GordonTheGekko

    GordonTheGekko Guest

    Just a clarification, pattern day trading is when one opens and closes four positions in the same stock in five trading days?

    Not four positions in different stocks, or in five days, weekends included?

    Thanks for the help... allot of 'official' sites seem contradictory.
  2. no more then 3 trades a week.opened and closed 3 positions a week
  3. You cannot do more than 3 round trips every 5 business days other words you can only buy and sell a stock on the same day 3 times in 5 days.
  4. GordonTheGekko

    GordonTheGekko Guest

    Zero help
  5. get enough money to trade then

    :D :D
  6. rmorse

    rmorse ET Sponsor

    Pattern Day Trader

    FINRA rules define a “pattern day trader” as any customer who executes four or more “day trades” within five business days, provided that the number of day trades represents more than six percent of the customer’s total trades in the margin account for that same five business day period. This rule represents a minimum requirement, and some broker-dealers use a slightly broader definition in determining whether a customer qualifies as a “pattern day trader.” Customers should contact their brokerage firms to determine whether their trading activities will cause them to be designated as pattern day traders.

    A broker-dealer may also designate a customer as a “pattern day trader” if it “knows or has a reasonable basis to believe” that a customer will engage in pattern day trading. For example, if a customer’s broker-dealer provided day trading training to such customer before opening the account, the broker-dealer could designate that customer as a “pattern day trader.”

    Under FINRA rules, customers who are deemed “pattern day traders” must have at least $25,000 in their accounts and can only trade in margin accounts. For more information on pattern day traders and related FINRA margin rules, please read the SEC staff’s investor bulletin “Margin Rules for Day Trading.”
  7. Same stock or different stock. More than 3 roundtrips in a 5 day period = pattern daytrading.

    US stock market does not trade on weekends.

    Ohh wait you meant is the weekend included in those 5 days. No. If you do 3 round trips on Friday, you have to wait until next Friday before you can do another one.