Day Trading

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Day trading is when investors buy and sell a certain stock or various stocks during the course of one day. Because most stock prices typically do not rise or fall very much during any one day, the day trader hopes to make a lot of trades that individually make only a small amount of profit but taken as a whole make an acceptable profit through sheer trading volume. Day trading has always existed but it came to prominence during the technology boom in the late 1990s when, helped by the relative ease of Internet trading, many people tried their hand at it. Traditionally, investors in the stock market buy and hold stock in a company for longer than a day, and have researched the stocks they buy. Day traders tend not to do much research and as a result their trades are more like betting a stock will move up or down during the course of hours or even minutes.