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If a stock gives a sell signal, should I wait until the dividend is paid before selling?

The key to investing and trading is to have a written plan AND STICK TO IT. If you do not have a plan, don't invest or trade until you do. If you have a plan and it does not address this question, stop trading till your plan is complete. If your plan does address this issue, why are you rethinking it on the run - this is a certain way to lose money.

Personally, I do not bring the dividend into this equation because I find the potential for capital loss is usually greater than the dividend. However, this is open to argument and you need to make up your own mind on it after studying many examples in the past.