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What: Shares of Star Scientific
So what: In many ways, the cigarette maker is a trader's dream. High-beta stocks such as Star Scientific -- which tends to move twice as much as the overall market -- offer plenty of opportunity to get in and out in a given day, eking out gains along the way.
Now what: Yet there’s a good reason we Fools advise caution when it comes to trading in Mr. Market's Mega Movers. One day of bad timing could cause years of portfolio grief. Bear that in mind before you "play" Star Scientific at these levels. Do you agree? Disagree? Weigh in using the comments box below.
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