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.
Picking Prospective Candidates
In order to identify breakout stocks, you must first determine their resistance and support levels. A resistance level is the barrier which must be broken so as to be identified as a breakout stock. Meanwhile, a support level is the floor for the stock’s movement.
At the breakout level, the demand for the stock has peaked, making it a natural choice for traders. On the other hand, when a stock hits the support floor, traders are eager to offload it. In order to spot breakout stocks, you would have to see which of these are on the brink of breaking the resistance barrier or those that have just breached this level.
Determining 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 7869 stocks to only 19.
Here are the top five stocks that meet these criteria:
Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc. (LIND - Free Report) is a provider of adventure travel and expedition cruising services. Lindblad Expeditions has a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) and its average EPS surprise for the last four quarters is more than 100%.
Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. (CLF - Free Report) is an iron ore mining company primarily in the United States. Cleveland-Cliffs’ average EPS surprise for the last four quarters is 49.9%. Cleveland-Cliffs has a Zacks Rank #1. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
Marine Products Corporation (MPX - Free Report) is the third-largest distributor of sterndrive powerboats in the United States. Marine Products has a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) and its average EPS surprise for the last four quarters is 15.3%.
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 for the last four quarters is more than 100%.
ChannelAdvisor Corporation (ECOM - Free Report) offers cloud-based e-commerce solutions and services. ChannelAdvisor has a Zacks Rank #2 and its average EPS surprise for the last four quarters is 46%.
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