Investors need to do what works for them in markets where trading action is extremely random.
It is to work at it every day, day after day, year after year.
The worse the market action becomes, the greater the likelihood it eventually will produce a new crop of sweet opportunities; here's how to find them.
Research from Value Line, S&P, Morningstar and the like are useful when looking at stocks, but before acting on the suggestions, remember to take a whiff and see if they're no good.
A look at the action on several stocks -- Chipotle, Shopify, Nucor and even Ulta Beauty -- shows this market is kind and offering up some juicy discounts.
Let's examine the hard-hit cloud stocks from a technical point of view.
We run Medical Properties Trust through our dividend-metric gauntlet to see whether the healthcare REIT can maintain its payout pace.
Salem Communications provides a good example of how to separate weak and strong dividend payers.
A thesis can impede our flexibility and cloud our objectivity, but it also provides a framework for a plan of attack.
It is not productive to have emotional reactions to every loss and every gain, as both are part of the business of trading and should be taken in stride.