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When is the Best Time to Sell Stocks

Jan 20, 2008
A lot of work and time is put into selecting the right stock to invest in but it can be quite difficult, and frankly nerve racking to decided when to sell a stock. This is especially true if youre a new investor and investing in Penny Stocks. Much money can be lost by pulling out at the wrong time or holding onto a stock longer than you should have.

Now logic would say that should probably sell the stock if it is about to drop in price and your broker, if you have one, may even say the same thing but this isnt always the best thing to do believe it or not.

The stock market can be a roller coaster as you may already know. Depending on the economy and many other factors stocks can make dramatic jumps and drops. So its not as easy as just planning to sell before a stock goes down or on its way down. There is a good chance that if a stock is on its way down that it will come right back up again.

One thing is for sure, you must stay on top of the news of any company you invest in. Big and even small changes in a company can dramatically change the share price of a stock. If a company announces great financial figures you can almost always expect a jump in share price. If the company changes CEOs then the price could go either up or down. A change in the stocks particular industry could have a big impact as well. There are many things that when combined can be analyzed to determine what direction a stock will go. It can be time consuming sometimes but it is well worth it.

There are several good times to sell a stock. For example, if you know a stock is realistically valued at $50 a share but it rises to $150 on hype and speculation then you probably want to go ahead and sell. If you have your hands on some news that is going to negatively impact share prices for the long term then this is another good time to sell.

If you are a beginner then it is probably a good idea to talk to a broker and learn more about the best times to sell. Each company and industry is different when it comes to making this sort of decision. Take your time and learn the ropes first. Youll be glad you did.
About the Author
Scott Johns conducts research and analysis of stock market picks for a penny stock analysis company. To check out Best microcap stocks and Picks for some of his company's latest picks.
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