Hope may not be the greatest investment strategy, however, we all hope for in increase in the share price once we have purchased it.  You can do the greatest most thorough DD in the world and still buy a bad stock.  Sometimes the market makes no sense, and sometimes it is manipulated.  People that bought Apple at $700.00 probably thought it was a great buy as most analysts were predicting over $1,000 a share.  I don't think we buy because of hope, we just hope the SP goes up.  There is a difference.  As far as prayer goes, you are in trouble it you pray for your investments.  I don't think God gives a rats a## if you win or lose.  I'm long on Woulfe and I "hope" they get their financing soon.