Selecting breakout stocks continues to be one of the most popular methods utilized by active investors. This technique seeks to identify those stocks whose prices are varying within a specific band. In case a stock falls below the lower bound of this band, it may be time to offload it from your portfolio. However, a stock breaking above this channel carries the promise of delivering strong gains.
Spotting Breakout Stocks
The first step to selecting the right breakout stocks is to calculate their support and resistance levels. A support level is the lower bound for stock movements while a resistance level refers to the maximum price which it trades within over a considerable period.
In other words, the demand for a stock is the lowest at its support level, which means most traders are willing to sell it. At the resistance level, most traders are willing to go long on the stock, which means that they would like to add them to their portfolios. The key to identifying breakout stocks is to pin down those that are on the verge of a breakout or those that have just broken above the resistance level.
Verifying Whether It’s for Real
Stocks which have breached their resistance level should ideally be in high demand among traders. But the test of whether this is a genuine breakout is whether they go on to attain higher prices and the old barrier becomes a new support. This is why it is important to determine whether a long-term price trend is about to emerge.
Only a study of long-term trends can determine whether the existing trading channel has been breached effectively. This indicates the strength of the support or resistance levels. If you can identify the effective channel for a stock, picking it even at a not-so-reasonable price would give you significant returns.
Percentage price change over four weeks between 10% and 20% (Stocks which are showing considerable price increases, but whose gains are not excessive.)
Current Price /52-Week High greater than or equal to 0.9 (Stocks which are trading 90% close to their 52-week highs.)
Zacks Rank less than or equal to #2 (Only Strong Buy and Buy rated stocks can get through.)
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Beta for 60 months less than or equal to 2
(Stocks which move by a greater degree than the broader market but within a reasonable limit.)
Current price less than or equal to $20 (Stocks which are reasonably priced.)
These criteria narrow down the universe of more than 7,284 stocks to only 16.
Here are four of the 16 stocks that passed the screen, each carrying a Zacks Rank #2:
Select Bancorp, Inc. is the bank holding company for Select Bank & Trust Company. The company’s expected earnings growth rate for the current year is more than 100%. CatchMark Timber Trust, Inc. is a real estate investment trust. It has an expected earnings growth rate of 55.6% for the current year. Black Stone Minerals, L.P. ( BSM Quick Quote BSM - Free Report) is an owner and manager of oil and natural gas mineral interests. The company’s expected earnings growth rate for the current year is 8.7%. First BanCorp. ( FBP Quick Quote FBP - Free Report) is the bank holding company for FirstBank Puerto Rico. The company’s expected earnings growth rate for the current year is more than 100%.
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