After much research-I've decided to jump into swing trading with $5 K. Although, a small amount I accept the realization i might lose it all. So for newbies like me these were my steps: 1. Opened an account with Scottrade. 2. Bought 300 shares of Flex at $ 13.50 3. Shooting for $14.00 within 2-3 weeks. Analysis Approach: 1. 22-EMA, Slow Stochastics, MACD-2 lines, Force Index, Market News and some fundamental research. 2. I also look at volume in connection with price closing for entry and exit points. What is was telling me: After flex annouced its earnings people began to sell and volume increased, the trend dipped, then news of other contracts hit and price and volume increased. Currently price dipped at 13.29 however volume dipped which is normal market activity. Pro Traders-Let me know what i did wrong/right. I would appreciate if your steps in evaluating stocks were included with feedback. I will be adding more to my trading account based on two factors: 1. If im successful with my initial steps. 2. All my home renovations are complete. I'm treating this like a business and hopefully my emotions dont chart my course. Everyone, I welcome your help, guidance, comments and stock tips!! And if your ever in the Pacific Island areas-let me know.