On December 1st, 2009 I bought 1,000 shares of WXYZ stock at $10 per share. Bad news came out on the stock and on December 5th, 2009 I sold 1,000 shares of WXYZ stock at $9 per share. In my account for calendar year 2009 I have significant realized capital gains as the result of stock sales. Assuming that I make no more transactions in WXYZ, can I reduce my 2009 capital gains by this $1,000 loss OR since I sold the stock within 30 days of buying it, would this be considered a wash sale? If this is a wash sale and I have no other transactions in WXYZ, when would I be able to deduct this loss? I looked at IRS Publication 550, page 55, but I didn't see this situation covered there.