I've been following SteveTvardek's advice on the NYSE. I started trading lower volume stocks and I had my second week of profit. Feels good, but there's more work that needs to be done. I noticed, though, that whenever there's news on a stock or if there's abnormal volume, that I have a difficult time with the stock. It seems like the general rules go out the window, and mysteriously powerful buyers and sellers come in and blow out every level that would normally require immense buying power to take out. I get caught in little traps where escaping with small losses becomes immensely more difficult. Usually, I try to keep losses to less than 2 cents if I can; however, when there's a LOT of volume, in some cases this becomes extremely difficult. Things I have observed: - The spreads widen significantly - What I perceive as floor broker/specialist activity in typical situations is much more transient; i.e., what I think is institutional-size blocks for sale at various levels changes dramatically. What's quoted in one second disappears altogether only a few seconds later. - The moves are much, much stronger in magnitude, but the ends of moves move in the opposite direction just as maniacally as they did on the way down So my question to the experienced folk: Do you guys change your trading style during periods of higher volume? Do you throw out the standard rules of trading, try to spot a trend, and widen your acceptable losses? Or do you simply wait for a period of quiet before entering again, in hopes that you'll be on the right side of chaos when it strikes again? Thanks all.