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Regardless of what the loudmouthed know-it-all in the locker room thinks, retail investors (that's code for you and me) don't have much of an impact on stock prices.
It might be fun to think that buying 100 shares of Apple Inc. is somehow part of some larger force of collective wisdom pushing stock prices higher - but with average liquidity of nearly $5 billion (in AAPL shares) the only players with enough might to make the stock move are the big boys - institutional buyers.
When I say institutional buyers, I'm referring to mutual funds, hedge funds, pension funds, and insurance companies.
It's nearly impossible for a stock to deliver a huge upside run without the deep-pocketed firepower of institutional buying - and that's why it's so important to look for clues indicating they're building positions and scooping shares.
After all, wouldn't you rather go sailing with the wind doing the work rather than paddling back to shore?
I know I sure would. And here's how we can...