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Fight the Tape

To buy when most traders are selling and vice versa. Generally speaking, investors are advised not to fight the tape; most analysts consider it irrational behavior.

fight the tape

To trade securities against the trend. A trader fights the tape if he or she continues to buy stock in a declining market or sell stock in a rising market. One of the axioms of stock market trading is to not fight the tape. Of course, the premise is that a trader is actually able to determine what the tape is really saying.
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With that in mind, S&P doesn't recommend fighting the tape.