? asked in Business & FinanceInvesting · 2 months ago

I want to buy some stocks. is it better to sell in green or sell in red. Should I ever sell in red.?

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  • Steve
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    Its better to sell in the green, but often times when a stock is in the red that is an insignificant amount of money anyhow. If a stock is falling greatly on consecutive days, that may be a signal to sell before it gets worse. Look at the news about that business. If there is good or bad news about the company, it will be written about. Decide what to do with the stock based on the news. Sometimes a situation will arise that you want to put your money in a different stock that you think will do better in the long run compared to what you own. Sell in the red if need be. Hopefully the stock you sell has already gone well past what you bought it at so that you have a gain anyway even if it went down in value that day. Often times a stocks performance has as much or more to do with the way people react with their buying and selling of it compared to the fundamental statistics of the company. As I said here on another post, its your money so look after it. Even the experienced stock market people on here have sold in the red. Weve all lost money on stocks as well, so dont think everyone constantly wins at this stock thing. Ive learned a few things over the years and so will you as long as you stick with it. Good luck to you.

  • 2 months ago

    The small day to day fluctuations of stock prices are absolutely immaterial to my evaluation of an investment. Long term prospects, the books (income statement, balance sheet etc.) and so much more are way more important than if the stock is up or down a nickel.  

    Source(s): Been doing this for nearly 40 years.
  • 2 months ago

    If your not sure you should really just be buying ETFs or a Mutual Fund. I actually like to buy more on the dips not sell but only if I am confident or a rebound in the next few quarters. And yes there will be times when you need to sell in the red. Look at the JCP and GE investors who held on too long.

  • 2 months ago

     <<<is it better to sell in green or sell in red.>>>

    No. The fact that the stock is in the green or in the red is not a good reason to sell a stock. The decision to sell should be based on the future risk v reward, not the past.<<<Should I ever sell in red.>>>

    Yes, if the expected reward no longer justifies the risk.

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  • 2 months ago

    Green = stock increased in value

    Red = stock decreased in value

    You SHOULD NOT buy any stock because you don't know the itty bitty basics of stock investing.

    Obviously, it's better to sell when you are in the GREEN = that is the ONLY reason to own stock.

    If the stock is tanking, it's better to get out before it hits rock bottom or worse the company goes bankrupt.  If you want until it's bankrupt, you have lost everything.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    I have about 35 years of extensive investing experience. I have no idea what green or red is.  You mean if its up or down on the day?  That is not something I pay much attention to. I buy for significant price appreciation and that sometimes means holding for years. Or decades. 

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