day trader


Definition of day trader

: a speculator who seeks profit from the intraday fluctuation in the price of a security or commodity by completing double trades of buying and selling or selling and covering during a single session of the market

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day-trade \ ˈdā-​ˌtrād How to pronounce day trader (audio) \ noun or verb

Examples of day trader in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Wess Philome, a local activist and day trader, pointed out the virus' outsized effect on people of color and people in low-wage jobs who can't afford to take time off work. Pam Louwagie, Star Tribune, "North Dakota trying to cope as nation's new top virus hot spot," 31 Oct. 2020 Any indicator tied to the big tech stocks shows how sentiment is extremely positive, aided by the return of the day trader. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "Where Danger Lurks in the Big Tech Rally," 6 Sep. 2020 Portnoy has recently made a name for himself on Wall Street as a day trader. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "Barstool Sports backer gets ready to take on DraftKings," 1 July 2020 Coronavirus lockdowns have fueled the home-trading boom, said Thomas Peterffy, chairman of Interactive Brokers Group Inc., an online brokerage popular with day traders. Alexander Osipovich, WSJ, "Coronavirus Updates: Boeing, Airbus and GE to Cut Costs," 30 Apr. 2020 Back in 2015, day traders used this sector to play the broader market. Shuli Ren | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Why China’s Stock Market Is Scarier Than 2015," 7 July 2019 Phillip Hawkins, a single 29-year-old video editor and day trader from Baldwin Hills, had a similar nonanswer. Lz Granderson, ajc, "Many of us haven't touched another human for weeks. What's the price of no contact?," 16 Apr. 2020 The all-stock takeover, announced Thursday, will combine a Wall Street firm in the late innings of a decadelong turnaround with a discount broker built on the backs of dot-com day traders. Liz Hoffman, WSJ, "Morgan Stanley Is Buying E*Trade, Betting on Smaller Customers," 20 Feb. 2020 Arrambide, founder of Day Trading Academy and co-founder of SpeedUpTrader, a funding company for aspiring day traders; connect with Marcello on Instagram and LinkedIn 6. The Oracles, USA TODAY, "10 essential pieces of advice for anyone who wants to leap from employee to entrepreneur," 25 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of day trader

1953, in the meaning defined above

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“Day trader.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of day trader

: a person who tries to earn money by buying stocks and then selling them very quickly after they increase slightly in value

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