Gian, this was a big mistake by yours truly...no question, but I'm not a total idiot. I have the same senses as you do re: market fluxuations and when to place buy and sell orders. The problem here is that I went against my own rules and listened to the advice of someone else. Now, after waiting for his prediction to kick in, I find myself in a situation I have never been in before. THIS is why I came here for the first time trying to find a way out that won't be too painful. I appreciate everyone's contributions and will let you know how it all ended in a day or two.