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How Much Can You Make vs. Lose in Stocks?

Top 5 Highest Performing Stocks, 2002‐2022

If the #5 stock turned a $1,000 investment into $222,887, imagine the #1 stock.

Top 5 Largest Stock Losses, 2002‐2022

It’s possible to lose all or most of your investment when trading a stock.

Stocks provide a flexible way to invest in companies you’re interested in. If you prefer to buy and sell for the short term, you can do that. Long term? You can do that too. It’s all up to you. As a stock investor, knowing the opportunities vs. risks is critical. See “risk vs. reward” examples.

Data provided by TradeStation Securities, Inc. as of March 31, 2022.


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Stock Trading Demystified: Your Guide to Understanding Stocks

Download Stock Trading Demystified to learn exactly how the stock market works. From deciding which stocks to buy to understanding key terms, this primer will give you an overview of the market and key concepts to up your trading game.

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Stocks eBook
  • How stock trading works
  • Why traders choose stocks
  • Answers to frequently asked stock questions
  • And much more

Trade big-name tech stocks and more

Have you ever used Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, or Google? Chances are you have, and while these tech giants are at the forefront of innovation and technology, with stocks, you have an opportunity to get in on the action by buying and selling shares in these companies.

Why choose TradeStation for trading stocks?

Educational resources

Web and mobile trading

Experienced customer support and trade-desk specialists

Special day-trading margin rates

Income-generating opportunities

Trade execution quality and price improvements

Unlock your stock trading toolkit

Whether you are an active trader looking to grow your account, or an experienced investor looking for long-term capital appreciation, TradeStation has trading platforms, investment products, and resources you need to make more informed trading decisions.

Still, learning? Put your strategies to the test – risk free

With our simulated trading account, you can test your strategies in real-time without having to risk your capital.

With access to one of the industry’s most extensive historical market databases, You can back-test your stock trading strategies on decades of historical market data.

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Easily identify stock market movers and shakers

A TradeStation favorite, Hotlists let traders see stock market movers and shakers to identify top gainers and losers. Traders can also focus on companies moving a lot on a percentage or dollar basis. Or find companies pushing close to new 52-week highs or lows.


Uncover hidden opportunities

TradeStation’s Matrix allows you to see the overall level and breadth of open orders in real-time to help you discover potentially profitable orders.

The Matrix combines the advantages of a highly detailed market depth window and order-tracking system in one window.



Get trade ideas throughout the trading day

One of our favorite trading tools, RadarScreen®, lets you monitor and rank up to 1,000 symbols in real-time, based on more than 180 technical and fundamental indicators. This fast-acting market monitoring tool also enables you to add your own custom criteria.


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Stay Connected with Mobile and Web Trading

Know what’s moving in the market when you’re on the move. TradeStation’s mobile and web trading apps make it easy to stay connected to the markets. It’s easier than ever, thanks to TradeStation’s award-winning* mobile app.

Get much more than an online stock trading platform

Along with an award-winning trading platform, TradeStation offers many resources and services to level up your trading & investing game.

Margin Trading

Get competitive margin rates

Leverage your account assets to increase your buying power with Margin trading. With competitive equities margin interest rates as low as 3.5%

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Order Execution

Price Improvement: Get fast, reliable order execution

TradeStation delivers fast, reliable order execution for our customers. We use a combination of advanced order routing technology, regular and rigorous reviews of speed, execution quality, and price improvement to support our customers’ trading experience.

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Earn extra income

Earn extra income while you wait for your next trade

Boost your account balance with our Fully Paid Stock Lending program. Your eligible stock positions may earn you extra income. When we lend out certain fully paid or excess margin securities in your account, you’ll receive a share of the interest we earn each day.

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Access to IPOs

Gain access to IPOs

TradeStation clients have access to certain ground-floor initial public offerings (IPOs), secondary offerings, and follow-on offerings. Browse IPOs and view the price range, anticipated offering date, SEC prospectus, and more.

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Want to learn more about online stock trading?

Stay up to date on the latest financial news with Market Insights. Get daily briefings on market activities, trading opportunities, and education, including earnings recaps and insights from industry veterans.

Stocks just completed back-to-back positive months for the first time in over a year as investors look for the Federal Reserve to slow aggressive interest-rate hikes. The S&P 500 rose 4 percent in November following an 8 percent surge in October. (The last set of consecutive gains was in July and August of 2021.) The 
The post Stocks Just Did Something For the 1st Time Since Bear Market Began: November Recap appeared first on Market Insights.

Stocks Just Did Something For the 1st Time Since Bear Market Began: November Recap

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Stocks are eying key resistance as the market attempts its second straight positive month. The S&P 500 rose 1.5 percent in the holiday-shortened week between November 18 and November 25. The index is up 4 percent so far in November. If the gains hold through Wednesday, it would be the first back-to-back winning months since 
The post Stocks Eye Key Resistance as the Fed Looks to Slow Interest Rate Hikes appeared first on Market Insights.

Stocks Eye Key Resistance as the Fed Looks to Slow Interest Rate Hikes

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Diabetes company DexCom has been fighting higher since June, and now it may be interesting to trend followers. The first pattern on today’s chart is the pair of bullish gaps last month. The initial rally came after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services proposed expanding access to one of the company’s glucose-monitoring products. The 
The post Technical Analysis: Potential Uptrend in DexCom appeared first on Market Insights.

Technical Analysis: Potential Uptrend in DexCom

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Some positive trends could be developing beneath the surface of the stock market, according to TradeStation analytics. A growing number of companies in the S&P 500 and Nasdaq-100 are above their 200-day moving averages. The change comes despite the indexes remaining below their 200-day MAs. That improving breadth may suggest widening risk appetite and greater 
The post Market Internals Could Be Improving. Here’s How to Follow the Trend. appeared first on Market Insights.

Market Internals Could Be Improving. Here’s How to Follow the Trend.

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