Investors with an active approach often utilize a breakout investment strategy in their quest for appreciably high returns. This involves zeroing in on stocks trading within a tight band and buying them when they move out of this band. In keeping with this approach, such stocks are sold whenever they move below this narrow band. If properly implemented, such a strategy has the ability to deliver impressive returns.
Zeroing in on Breakout Stocks
In order to select the right breakout stock one has to first calculate its support and resistance level. 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, demand for a stock is at its 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 zero in on 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.)
• 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 7870 stocks to only 12.
Here are the top five stocks that meet these criteria:
TheStreet, Inc. is a leading web-based provider of original, timely, comprehensive and trustworthy financial news, commentary and information. TheStreet’s average EPS surprise over the last four quarters is more than 100%. TheStreet carries a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
The Joint Corp. (JYNT - Free Report) is a healthcare franchisor of chiropractic clinics. The Joint Corp has a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) and its average EPS surprise over the last four quarters is 12.5%.
Harvard Bioscience, Inc. (HBIO - Free Report) develops, manufactures and markets tools used in drug discovery research at pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, universities and government laboratories. Harvard Bioscience has a Zacks Rank #2 and its average EPS surprise over the last four quarters is 25%.
CPI Aerostructures, Inc. is engaged in contract production of structural aircraft parts and sub-assemblies for the commercial and military sectors of the aircraft industry. CPI Aerostructures has a Zacks Rank #2 and its average EPS surprise over the last four quarters is 43.4%.
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