I've often watched the ticker here with interest. Some of the gainers are rather impressive while the losers can be quite painful! Do you ever take information from the ticker and act on it immediately? Or is it common knowledge that an investor should wait for a while and not make decisions on a large gain without watching for a while first? What I've done is to look the stock up independently and then check out the ups and downs for a month, three months, a year, etc. It's often not as impressive that way. Is that a good way to choose what I want to buy? Or am I totally on the wrong track? This is so much scarier than the real estate investments I'm used to!