Swing trader buy stocks after a period of weakness as it starts new swing . Some buy in anticipation. But key is to buy as early as possible in a swing move. Where was the low risk entry in GOOG. If you buy it today and call yourself swing trader, may be your definition of swing needs re examination.
Buy near swing start and sell near swing end. That is the essence of swing trading. And do it hundreds of times in a year. But if you buy at wrong place , it is unlikely you will survive to make those many trades.
If you are buying a stock on 3rd or 5th day of swing you are starting with low probability entry.Those who have trouble deciding which day of swing is this , should practice and identify at least 500 swing start days before attempting to trade momentum bursts.
As one of the stockbee member put it "Mathematically it makes sense as the better your entry:
1) Easier to withstand a shakeout (which usually and always occurs) 2) Lower risk (Stops relatively closer) 3) Higher reward if Momentum continues + can risk more with stops being closer
In a universe of 10,000 things to buy question becomes do we have patience and discipline to wait and take only the best setups. There is no shortage of setups so why enter on the 3rd or 5th day of the move?"
That is such a basic skill to develop but time and again beginners or some veterans also can not overcome the temptation to buy later in swing.
Buy a swing trade preceded by some weakness in last 4 to 5 days or flat action. If a stock is already up ask yourself , what were you doing on first day of start of move ?
If you want to make money trading do the right thing.