Timing is everything: Here are a few timing stats.
1) If you wait until 11am-12pm on the first Friday of the month (nonfarm payroll numbers are issued) to buy a stock, you will often score a better deal than you would at the open.
2) When institutions dump a stock or liquidate positions, they typically do it from 1:30pm-2:30pm EST on the trading day. If they can’t liquidate what they need to dump, the “Firm Reload” resumes the next trading day.
3) THE DATE to buy a stock with a dividend is, at the latest, the day before the X-Date.
4) You don’t typically want to buy an IPO before the lockup period expires. Wait to see the waist after the insiders sell.
5) Don’t take a position during earnings season, unless you absolutely have to. The unofficial kickoff to earnings season is the release of earnings by Alcoa (NYSE: AA).
6) If you see your stock in the New York Times, Businessweek or Forbes…the smart money has been already made. Don’t be a piker.