To be successful in day trading, one must be able to spot up and down patterns quickly in stocks they’re watching – But one question remains. That question is “What stocks should I be watching?” When you are able to master this one technique, then you will be a mile ahead of other day traders who are not using this technique.
For top day traders, they have what they call a ‘watch list.’ This watch list is the list they’re constantly watching, looking for patterns that indicate it would be a good time to buy. Watching stocks on their watch list is where the majority of a successful day trader’s trades come from.
What exactly are the criteria for choosing a good stock for your watch list?
One important criterion is liquidity. It is a good rule of thumb if a stock happens to trade at least 1.5 million shares a day. Even if the stock matches all the other criteria, it does no good if you can’t quickly buy or sell your stock. As most good day trading stocks trade in many millions a day, this is not too difficult to look for. For the huge liquid stocks, there are up to 30 million in one day. Keep out of thinly traded stocks. The Market Makers can manipulate their price movement too easily.
Looking at the volatility of stocks is the next thing you would need to do. As day trading profits are made when stock values change, make sure that a good stock for your watch list should be a highly volatile stock. Measuring and comparing companies you’re considering by day, week, and month is also a must.
High dividend stocks should be eliminated as well. Day trading is not a long-term investing strategy, and the more dividends a company pays, the less money they’re re-investing into the company’s growth.
Once you’ve got a list of candidates, select between five and thirty to put on your watch list. What you can do is start small in the beginning and you can work your way up to more stocks as you gain confidence and experience using your watch list.
You could earn thousands of dollars with this tip alone.