Can you make money in the stock market buying and selling the same stock, but not all your shares; just buying at the lowest price and sell it at a higher price like the examples of recent trades:

I am new to the market and want to see if anyone uses this technique.

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    What alternative way of making money do you have in mind? It’s not like you can buy one stock and then sell a different one — if you buy a stock, it can only ever be with the intention of eventually selling it. – Mike Scott Aug 1 at 6:41
  • @Mke Scott than the buy and hold let grow with dividends natural growth of a strong company. – John Di Aug 1 at 8:13
  • The stock will still be sold eventually. Even if you keep it until you die, whoever inherits it will either sell it or leave it to someone else, and in the end it will be sold. – Mike Scott Aug 1 at 9:09
  • Just curious: What is the tool/service/platform shown in the picture? Is it an Excel spreadsheet you made? – Flux Aug 1 at 13:49
  • @Flux Yes, it is an Excel spreadsheet that I created for this particle trading technique. Excel has a feature that lets you get updates in the Data tab. Try it you will like it. :) – John Di Aug 1 at 22:46

Yes of course. If you sell when you've made more than your brokerage (buy & sell) you win, and of course you can't (generally) sell that which you haven't bought first. Timing the market is literally how speculation works. But consider that you need to ask yourself

a) So when should I sell? (obviously when it's lower than you bought)

b) Is there any more money on the table (will it go up or down from here)

c) Will it go up or down after you sell some? (should I buy more soon, leave it to go down more, or just sell the lot)

So basically you need to guess the market or do tons of research that might back up your hunch on timing.

If anyone knew the market in the future this would be a lot easier! Of course nobody does know so it's going to involve an element of risk and your reward will be the inverse of that in an efficient market.

I would say though, focusing on a small number of stocks may increase your likelihood of your research working for you as you become sensitive to things that matter to a specific stock, but you won't be alone in that. Now having said that, you may get great at watching and working a 5% swing in a particular stock but missing the opportunity of a 10% growth elsewhere.

If you're a beginner, you're as likely to lose money rather than make it so I'd go with a long term buy & hold on an ETF where the fund is something you believe in. But that's not an answer to your question.

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  • I have brokers who handle my larger accounts but I opened a small account (35K) on ROBINHOOD and just started trading on my own on April 1 2020. I am addicted to trading now and up about 45% overall.. Just seems too easy. i am trading about 50 stocks with this technique and it seems to be working. i made this averaging stock price tracker in Excel. I am not even sure if that is a term or not but i made it to get my average cost. i have some stocks that have over 1000% returns. i would show you if i could post other ones @LoztinSpace – John Di Aug 1 at 9:09
  • a) So when should I sell? (obviously when it's lower than you bought) b) Is there any more money on the table (will it go up or down from here) c) Will it go up or down after you sell some? (should I buy more soon, leave it to go down more, or just sell the lot) These are very good questions and important ones too. I look at the yearly, monthly and weekly volatility of the stock, volume traded, profit/loss, company history, board of directors, company reputation and sector to see what the market do in that area, among other things before I make a decision to buy and sell. – John Di Aug 1 at 9:23
  • You can sell before you buy. That's called shorting and can be done as long as shares are borrowable. – Bob Baerker Aug 1 at 12:22
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    @John Di - Congratulations on making 45% since April 1st. Not to diminish that accomplishment but this was a unique period in the market, dropping 35% during the one month pandemic collapse and then rising 45% since the bottom (25% since you began trading). Sometimes, the worst thing that can happen to a new trader is immediate success. With no knowledge of position sizing and other risk management concepts, it's like the lure of a Greek siren. – Bob Baerker Aug 1 at 12:31
  • @John Di - You are exactly in the situation I was in during the dot-com boom in the 90's. I couldn't lose picking stocks (of course everything was going up a ton). Ultimately it came crashing down and I learned an extremely expensive lesson that buying individual stocks is generally a bad idea. – JohnFx Aug 1 at 18:25

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