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The Hottest Afternoon Plays Right Now

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Written by Timothy Sykes
Updated 4/22/2024 5 min read

There are two main times you need to pay attention as a small-account trader:

  • In the morning, when stocks start to spike for the day.
  • In the afternoon, when stocks heat up before the market close.

Now, a lot of my students also work day jobs. And depending on the time zone they’re in, usually one of these trading schedules is more feasible than the other.

I focus on the mornings. That’s when I like to trade. And since I’m usually traveling to places like Japan, when the market opens at 9:30 A.M. Eastern, it’s easier for me to trade.

See my video below for some travel-trading content:

When I’m in Japan, the market opens at 10:30 P.M. Tokyo time. Usually I end my day with some volatile “morning” trades and then close my laptop and get some sleep.

But people in the U.S. might have an easier time trading in the afternoon, before the market closes at 4 P.M. Eastern.

Trading is all about what works for YOU.

Top Afternoon Setups

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These are not investment plays … It’s important for you to understand this.

The larger market is sliding lower. Investors are scared right now. Instead, why we focus on short term volatility:

  • Get in.
  • Get out.
  • Move to the next setup.

Look at the S&P 500 ETF Trust (NYSE: SPY) chart below, investors on Wall Street are scared stiff.

Every candle represents one trading day:

SPY chart multi-month, 1-day candles Source:

Instead of worrying about long-term plays … We focus on huge spikers like AGBA Group Holding Limited (NASDAQ: AGBA). It already ran 520%* in three trading days. And it could push higher …

On the chart below, every candle represents one minute:

AGBA chart multi-day, 1-minute candles: Source: StocksToTrade

Yes, there is a process to profit off of these runners.

The Next Trade Opportunity

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I’ve used this trading process to pull $7.6 million in profits from the market (that number includes my losses).

And I’m not alone, over 30 of my students have already used the same process to pull +$1 million each from the market.

Here’s the key:

Volatile stocks can follow popular patterns because people are predictable during times of high stress. Like when they’ve got a few thousand dollars in a stock spiking +100% … 

We see these trading patterns in the market on a weekly basis.

And since the birth of AI in 2023, I’ve been able to teach this process to an AI bot called XGPT.

XGPT scans the market every afternoon and looks for specific price action. On Friday last week, it alerted a perfect setup on AGBA.

Take a look at the chart below with the alert details. Every candle represents one minute:

AGBA chart intraday, 1-minute candles Source: StocksToTrade

Traders don’t need to be an expert with this process.

Instead, they can lean on the XGPT trading tool until they learn this profit strategy.

And now is the perfect time to start!

Here’s why: You saw a chart of the SPY index earlier … the market is dipping lower.

Three out of four stocks follow the market. Which means that stock spikes are less intense while the market sinks.

But there’s a huge rally on the horizon.

The last time this happened, the SPY rallied 100% and made new all-time highs! This time, we have about a month to prepare.

Everything that you need is in the link below …

  • Our XGPT bot.
  • Small-account trade instructions.
  • The $2 trillion government catalyst that’s about to hit the market.

Get educated right now!

When the market switches direction, everyone else will have to play catchup.



*Past performance does not indicate future results

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Timothy Sykes

Tim Sykes is a penny stock trader and teacher who became a self-made millionaire by the age of 22 by trading $12,415 of bar mitzvah money. After becoming disenchanted with the hedge fund world, he established the Tim Sykes Trading Challenge to teach aspiring traders how to follow his trading strategies. He’s been featured in a variety of media outlets including CNN, Larry King, Steve Harvey, Forbes, Men’s Journal, and more. He’s also an active philanthropist and environmental activist, a co-founder of Karmagawa, and has donated millions of dollars to charity. Read More

* Results are not typical and will vary from person to person. Making money trading stocks takes time, dedication, and hard work. There are inherent risks involved with investing in the stock market, including the loss of your investment. Past performance in the market is not indicative of future results. Any investment is at your own risk. See Terms of Service here

The available research on day trading suggests that most active traders lose money. Fees and overtrading are major contributors to these losses.

A 2000 study called “Trading is Hazardous to Your Wealth: The Common Stock Investment Performance of Individual Investors” evaluated 66,465 U.S. households that held stocks from 1991 to 1996. The households that traded most averaged an 11.4% annual return during a period where the overall market gained 17.9%. These lower returns were attributed to overconfidence.

A 2014 paper (revised 2019) titled “Learning Fast or Slow?” analyzed the complete transaction history of the Taiwan Stock Exchange between 1992 and 2006. It looked at the ongoing performance of day traders in this sample, and found that 97% of day traders can expect to lose money from trading, and more than 90% of all day trading volume can be traced to investors who predictably lose money. Additionally, it tied the behavior of gamblers and drivers who get more speeding tickets to overtrading, and cited studies showing that legalized gambling has an inverse effect on trading volume.

A 2019 research study (revised 2020) called “Day Trading for a Living?” observed 19,646 Brazilian futures contract traders who started day trading from 2013 to 2015, and recorded two years of their trading activity. The study authors found that 97% of traders with more than 300 days actively trading lost money, and only 1.1% earned more than the Brazilian minimum wage ($16 USD per day). They hypothesized that the greater returns shown in previous studies did not differentiate between frequent day traders and those who traded rarely, and that more frequent trading activity decreases the chance of profitability.

These studies show the wide variance of the available data on day trading profitability. One thing that seems clear from the research is that most day traders lose money .

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Citations for Disclaimer

Barber, Brad M. and Odean, Terrance, Trading is Hazardous to Your Wealth: The Common Stock Investment Performance of Individual Investors. Available at SSRN: “Day Trading for a Living?”

Barber, Brad M. and Lee, Yi-Tsung and Liu, Yu-Jane and Odean, Terrance and Zhang, Ke, Learning Fast or Slow? (May 28, 2019). Forthcoming: Review of Asset Pricing Studies, Available at SSRN: “https://ssrn.com/abstract=2535636”

Chague, Fernando and De-Losso, Rodrigo and Giovannetti, Bruno, Day Trading for a Living? (June 11, 2020). Available at SSRN: “https://ssrn.com/abstract=3423101”