Is stock trading more an art than a science? The truth is it can be anything you want it to be, so long as you make money. The most effective way for me is to identify a trend. Once identified, I look for the bumps in the road that provide great opportunities to get on board.
Easier said than done?
Take a look at the following three stocks. Each one has buy and sell signals that were generated by a simple algorithm that's only task is to identify changes-in-trend. The most bullish patterns are LONG trends that briefly turn down then immediately reverse back LONG.
It took me a decade to figure out that success in the stock market is found not in the words of pundits, nor the occult of technical analysis, but in the inherent objectivity of algebra and algorithms.