I am a full-time trader. I trade currencies, commodities, stocks, options, futures. I do all of my own research. My strategy is to pick an industry, find every public company in that industry, and weed out the obvious losers. Then with the remaining companies, I delve deeper into each, including listening/reading the past few conference calls, reading the latest quarterly and annual report, and any announements they have made. I sometimes read articles that others have written, but I try not to put too much weight to these as I have read some very deceiving articles that I know were bending the truth or straight out lied.