FWIW, take anything you read with a grain of salt. Folks will try to sell their view on "the" way to approach it but they are full of it.
What you need to learn is the meaning and significance of stock related statistics such as P/E.
The rest is mostly just keeping your ear to the ground, paying attention to news, and the final call essentially being an amalgamation of gut instinct and intuition.
To really be consistently successful, you need to have a talent at pattern recognition and analysis.
There is a reason why buy and hold investing is so often recommended. Keep that in mind.
This post was edited on 7/13 at 3:05 pm