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.
Determining Breakout Levels
The key to this strategy is calculating the support and resistance levels of a stock. The floor of a stock’s trading channel is its support level and it should be sold as soon as it threatens to fall lower. On the other hand, the resistance is a stock's breakout level and it can gain substantially if it breaks the resistance level.
When a stock is close to its support level, demand is literally hitting the floor. On the other hand, demand rises when it is breaching its resistance level, signaling the right time to make a lucrative addition to your portfolio. The idea is to pick stocks which have just broken above their resistance barriers or are very closing to doing so.
Checking Whether It's for Real
Stocks that have breached their resistance levels should ideally be in high demand among traders. But the test of whether this is a genuine breakout is when 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.)
• 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 over 7865 stocks to only 14.
Here are the top five stocks that meet these criteria:
Stoneridge, Inc. (SRI - Free Report) is an independent designer and manufacturer of highly engineered electrical and electronic components, modules and systems for the automotive, medium and heavy-duty truck, and agricultural vehicle markets. Its average EPS surprise over the last four quarters is 15.8%. Stoneridge carries a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
Synthetic Biologics, Inc. (SYN - Free Report) is a biotechnology company focused on the development of synthetic DNA-based therapeutics and innovative disease-modifying medicines for serious illnesses. Synthetic Biologics has a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) and its average EPS surprise over the last four quarters is 51.6%.
IRadimed Corporation (IRMD - Free Report) engages in developing, manufacturing, marketing, and distributing magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) compatible products. IRadimed has a Zacks Rank #2 and its average EPS surprise over the last four quarters is 148.6%
Syntel, Inc. (SYNT - Free Report) is a worldwide provider of advanced technology services to Fortune 1000 companies, as well as to government entities. Syntel has a Zacks Rank #2 and its average EPS surprise over the last four quarters is 5.8%.
AXT, Inc. (AXTI - Free Report) designs, develops, manufactures and distributes high-performance compound semiconductor substrates, as well as opto-electronic semiconductor devices. AXT has a Zacks Rank #2 and its average EPS surprise over the last four quarters is 68.8%.
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