I wd wish to recount my experience of todays trading............ For the amateur investor. 1. I saw a scrip which I have been tracking for last 5 days, which had higher buyers than sellers in the ratio of 3:1. This made me think that the scrip is in buying phase. And hence I took an exposure. But Lo and behold when the market tanked around noon, this also dropped like a stone. Reasoning: I got trapped in an operator driven stock. Solution: Look at total traded quantity and if selling qty is only near about it, whereas the buying qty is manifold higher, this could be operated. Normally I have seen is that Buying Qty/ Selling Qty should vary only 1.2 to 0.6 for a normal stock, and should not be more than 50% of the TT qty. If it is on the higher side be careful. Look at other parameters b4 entering. 2. I was given a tip by a top notch Co....to exit a blue chip share. Since I was in profit, I thought of day trading, as the scrip was higher by abt 4 %, where as normal movmt for the share was abt 2 %. But though the market had turned weak, this zoomed............................... Solution: Look at earlier reasoning and find an intermediate answer. Do not exit when buying strength is there. Exit only when volume is lower than that of previous day and enter only when vol is higher.