The Top 3 Ways to Know When to Sell a Stock

01:26 03/21/2019

Anyone can buy a stock.  


That’s the easy part.  The hold part is knowing when to fold your cards, and sell.  However, these five steps should help clear up any issue on when to sell.


No. 1 – The Stock Hits your Stop Loss


When you buy a stock, the best thing to do is set a stop loss.  Some folks use anywhere from 5% to as much as 25%.  When it’s hit, you’re automatically out of the position.  Or, perhaps you have a trailing stop loss set up to protect current gains.  When and if the trailing stop is hit, you’re automatically kicked out of the position.


Both are great ways to remove emotion from a trade.


No. 2 – The Stock has Hit an Unsustainable Level


A good rule of thumb is to consider exiting a stock when the company’s valuation becomes significantly higher than its peers. Or, for example, it’s P/E begins to exceed its average P/E over the last five to 10 years.  Or, let’s say the company’s revenues are beginning to decline.  These are just some fundamental reasons to consider selling.


Or, let’s say you’re a technical trader.


Let's say Glu Mobile GLUU  appears to become overbought on Bollinger Bands (2,20), MACD, relative strength (RSI) and Williams’ %R, it’s often a good time to consider trimming a position.  


Another great way to protect wins after a big move is to consider taking part of the win off the table.  If you have a great profit, consider selling half of it, and allowing the second half of the trade to hopefully run a bit higher.


No. 3 – The Company Cuts its Dividends


When a company starts to cut its dividends, it’s time to seriously consider selling the stock.  A company dividend cut is a serious issue, and it can signal financial issues you should watch for.

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