I caught a quick pop in GWW when it broke 95 made $314. I also went long WWY right after it opened and made around $185. These 2 trades basically made my day. I traded a lot more shares later on but my net have not improved.
I have been trading for 5 years. It took close to a year before I became profitable. I find that I am improving gradually each year.
My method of choice is scalping. My edge lies in tape reading NYSE stocks and staying on the side of the specialist. That is the method I learned when I started. As I build up my capital I will try new styles and trade new markets.
In late 2006 my trading hit a rough patch after the introduction of the NYSE Hybrid system. For most of 2007, I have been on a search for new strategies that would help me adapt to the market.