The Big Picture: How to Decipher What the Market Is Saying

    by William J. O'Neil

    To be a successful investor, you can't just buy a good stock. You have to buy the very best stocks at the very best time.

    And it's not enough for you to simply study the stock itself, you also need to analyze the market conditions in which it is trading.

    Five decades of historical studies on past market cycles show that three out of four stocks decline when the general market averages correct. That's why market direction is one of the several critical factors in making money in stocks. How do you tell which way the market is headed?

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