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“Why would I want to touch a stock that just plummeted?”
My answer, “Why not?”
What many traders don’t understand is that many pullbacks create opportunities, especially when it happens to a well-known stock.
But that doesn’t mean you should run out and buy any stock because it pulled back.
When it comes to technical analysis, moving averages are essential.
For example, for more than 20 years, I’ve relied on two specifically – the 50-day and the 200-day simply moving average. Not only am I looking for crossovers for golden and death crosses, I want to see if a stock is holding its own above them.
All of a sudden, there’s a gap in the chart of your favorite stock.
Surprise news, earnings, something unexpected caused a bout of extreme optimism or pessimism that resulted in the move.
If done properly, technical analysis can work up to 80% of the time. Granted, there is no Holy Grail, but if we use the right indicators, we increase our odds of success. Especially if we apply those indicators to well known stocks that may only be down temporarily.
Traders are often told to buy excessive fear or greed.
Unfortunately, many aren’t aware of when to actually pull the trigger, or realize when fear or greed have gotten way out of control.
But there’s a simple way to know exactly when to buy and when to sell.
It’s not about having the perfect strategy.
It’s about the rule you abide by with each trade.
One of the biggest issues facing all walks of traders is a severe lack of discipline and structure in stock buying habits. Many fail to use stop losses, or even protect gains with a simple trailing stop loss strategy. Others risk far too much.