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The stock market is vanishing

The stock market isn’t what it used to be.

As noted by Steven DeSanctis, equity strategist at Jefferies, the sheer number of companies listed on stock exchanges has been dropping off precipitously.

The number of firms with shares publicly listed in the University of Chicago’s Center for Research in Security Prices aggregate index has fallen to 3,267 from a peak of 6,364 in 1997.

This, in fact, is the lowest number of listed stocks since 1984.

There are a number of possible reasons for this. Here’s DeSanctis’ breakdown:

“Between the lack of IPO activity. the pick-up of M A, and buybacks, the US equity world is becoming smaller and smaller, and this could be one of many reasons why active managers are lagging behind their indexes. Companies may not want to come public due to the additional cost of Sarbanes-Oxley or the fact that the private market has become a bigger source of financing than it has been in the past.”

While the answer is probably some combination of these factors, DeSanctis also thinks that the declining number of stocks may be affecting the performance of many professional stock pickers.

The argument is that with fewer companies to choose from, active managers are forced to crowd into certain stocks. Crowding makes it impossible to differentiate returns and causes these managers, in DeSanctis’ mind, to fall short of their benchmarks.

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02 Sep Exchequer returns for August show a significant fall in revenues collected during the month.

02 Sep US employment growth slowed more than expected in August after two straight months of robust gains and wage gains moderated.

02 Sep Tech giant Samsung has said it is suspending sales of its latest flagship smartphone Galaxy Note 7, as reports of exploding batteries threaten to damage the reputation of the South Korean electronics giant.

02 Sep Telecoms firm Eir has recorded its first year of annual revenue growth since 2008.

02 Sep Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has claimed that the EU Commission’s ruling over Apple’s tax operations in Ireland was an “attack on our corporate tax regime”.

02 Sep Heavy machinery maker Caterpillar has said it could lay off about 2,000 employees at a plant in Belgium, as it considers shifting production to other facilities as part of a restructuring programme announced last year.

02 Sep Irish Residential Properties REIT, or I-RES, is seeking planning permission for 492 apartments as well as retail space in Sandyford in Dublin.

02 Sep Peer-to-peer lending platform Linked Finance says 21 SMEs raised €600,000 in funding during the first two weeks of its new fixed rate loan offering.

02 Sep Activity in the services sector rose by 0.5% between June and July, with wholesale and retail trade seeing a 6.1% surge during the month.

02 Sep Currency movements have hit Fyffes’ banana business, according to the company’s first half results.

02 Sep Crude prices have risen today after losses of more than 3% yesterday, with investors treading cautiously ahead of key US employment data.

02 Sep RTÉ’s Europe Editor Tony Connelly looks at the Apple ruling and the possible impact of a similar case involving Spanish bank Santander.

02 Sep The Irish Times reports telecom firms have hit out at Eir for raising wholesale broadband prices for the second time in 14 months.

02 Sep Telecoms firm Eir has recorded its first year of annual revenue growth since 2008.

01 Sep Up to 250 jobs could go at US multinational Caterpillar’s plants in Northern Ireland, a spokesman has said.

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Grafton Chief Executive Gavin Slark discusses the builders’ merchant and DIY retailer’s double-digit growth in percentage terms in revenue and profit in H1

Bord Gáís Energy Managing Director Dave Kirwan said the firm is reducing its residential electricity prices by 5% and its residential gas prices by 2%

Just Eat Managing Director for Ireland Amanda Roche Kelly discusses the brand’s presence at the upcoming Electric Picnic festival





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Price Volume – Stocks with the highest price volume ratio #best #small #business

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Stocks Basics: What Causes Stock Prices To Change? #running #a #small #business

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Stocks Basics: What Causes Stock Prices To Change?

Stock prices change every day as a result of market forces. By this we mean that share prices change because of supply and demand. If more people want to buy a stock (demand) than sell it (supply), then the price moves up. Conversely, if more people wanted to sell a stock than buy it, there would be greater supply than demand, and the price would fall.

Understanding supply and demand is easy. What is difficult to comprehend is what makes people like a particular stock and dislike another stock. This comes down to figuring out what news is positive for a company and what news is negative. There are many answers to this problem and just about any investor you ask has their own ideas and strategies.

That being said, the principal theory is that the price movement of a stock indicates what investors feel a company is worth. Don’t equate a company’s value with the stock price. The value of a company is its market capitalization. which is the stock price multiplied by the number of shares outstanding. For example, a company that trades at $100 per share and has 1 million shares outstanding has a lesser value than a company that trades at $50 that has 5 million shares outstanding ($100 x 1 million = $100 million while $50 x 5 million = $250 million). To further complicate things, the price of a stock doesn’t only reflect a company’s current value, it also reflects the growth that investors expect in the future.

The most important factor that affects the value of a company is its earnings. Earnings are the profit a company makes, and in the long run no company can survive without them. It makes sense when you think about it. If a company never makes money, it isn’t going to stay in business. Public companies are required to report their earnings four times a year (once each quarter). Wall Street watches with rabid attention at these times, which are referred to as earnings seasons. The reason behind this is that analysts base their future value of a company on their earnings projection. If a company’s results surprise (are better than expected), the price jumps up. If a company’s results disappoint (are worse than expected), then the price will fall.

Of course, it’s not just earnings that can change the sentiment towards a stock (which, in turn, changes its price). It would be a rather simple world if this were the case! During the dotcom bubble, for example, dozens of internet companies rose to have market capitalizations in the billions of dollars without ever making even the smallest profit. As we all know, these valuations did not hold, and most internet companies saw their values shrink to a fraction of their highs. Still, the fact that prices did move that much demonstrates that there are factors other than current earnings that influence stocks. Investors have developed literally hundreds of these variables, ratios and indicators. Some you may have already heard of, such as the price/earnings ratio. while others are extremely complicated and obscure with names like Chaikin oscillator or moving average convergence divergence .

So, why do stock prices change? The best answer is that nobody really knows for sure. Some believe that it isn’t possible to predict how stock prices will change, while others think that by drawing charts and looking at past price movements, you can determine when to buy and sell. The only thing we do know is that stocks are volatile and can change in price extremely rapidly.

The important things to grasp about this subject are the following:

1. At the most fundamental level, supply and demand in the market determines stock price.
2. Price times the number of shares outstanding (market capitalization) is the value of a company. Comparing just the share price of two companies is meaningless.
3. Theoretically, earnings are what affect investors’ valuation of a company, but there are other indicators that investors use to predict stock price. Remember, it is investors’ sentiments, attitudes and expectations that ultimately affect stock prices.
4. There are many theories that try to explain the way stock prices move the way they do. Unfortunately, there is no one theory that can explain everything.





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The Lowdown On Penny Stocks #business #sale

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The Lowdown On Penny Stocks

Successful companies aren’t born, they’re made. They have to work through the ranks like everyone else. Unfortunately, some investors believe that finding the next “big thing” means scouring through penny stocks in hopes of finding the next Microsoft or Wal-Mart. As we’ll explain in this article, this is probably not the best strategy.

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What Exactly Is a Penny/Micro-Cap Stock?
In this article we’ll use the terms “penny stocks” and “micro-cap stocks” interchangeably. Technically, micro-cap stocks are classified as such based on their market capitalization while penny stocks are looked at in terms of their price. Definitions vary, but in general a stock with a market capitalization between $50 and $300 million is a micro-cap. (Less than $50 million is a nano-cap.) According to the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) any stock under $5 is a penny stock. Again, definitions can vary, some set the cut-off point at $3, while others consider only those stocks trading at less than $1 to be a penny stock. Finally, we consider any stock that is trading on the Pink Sheets or OTCBB to be a penny stock.

The main thing you have to know about penny/micro stocks is that they are much riskier than regular stocks. For instance, junk bonds (bonds with a rating lower than BBB) are considered a much higher risk than those of investment grade (bonds with a rating higher than BBB). In the world of stocks the equivalent comparison is penny stocks vs. blue-chip.

What’s the Problem with These Stocks?
What makes penny stocks risky? Four major issues arise when you decide to buy these securities:

Lack of Information Available to the Public
One thing we always preach is that the key to any successful investment strategy is acquiring enough tangible information to make informed decisions. For micro-cap stocks, information is much more difficult to find. Companies listed on the pink sheets are not required to file with the SEC and are thus not as publicly scrutinized or regulated as the stocks represented on the NYSE and the Nasdaq exchanges; furthermore, much of the information available about micro-cap stocks is typically not from a credible source.

No Minimum Standards
Stocks on the OTCBB and Pink Sheets do not have to fulfill minimum standard requirements to remain on the exchange. Sometimes, this is why the stock is on one of these exchanges. Once a company can no longer maintain its position on one of the major exchanges, the company moves one of these smaller exchanges. While the OTCBB does require companies to file timely documents with the SEC, the Pink Sheets has no such requirement. Minimum standards act as a safety cushion for some investors and as a benchmark for some companies.

Lack of History
Many of the companies considered to be micro-cap stocks are either newly formed or approaching bankruptcy. These companies will generally have a poor track record or none at all. As you can imagine, the lack of histories of companies only magnifies the difficulty in picking the right stock.

Liquidity
When stocks don’t have much liquidity, two problems arise: first, there is the possibility that the stock you purchased cannot be sold. If there is a low level of liquidity, it may be hard to find a buyer for a particular stock, and you may be required to lower your price until it is considered attractive by another buyer. Second, low liquidity levels provide opportunities for some traders to manipulate stock prices, which is done in many different ways – the easiest is to buy large amounts of stock, hype it up and then sell it after other investors find it attractive (also known as pump and dump).

The Problem for Investors
Penny stocks have been a thorn in the side of the SEC for some time because micro-cap stocks’ lack of available information and poor liquidity make these groups of stocks an easy target for fraudsters. There are many different ways these people will try to part you from your money, but here are two of the most common:

Biased Recommendations � Some micro-cap companies pay individuals to recommend the company stock in different media, i.e. newsletters, financial television and radio shows. You may receive spam e-mail trying to persuade you to purchase particular stock. All e-mails, postings and recommendations of that kind should be taken with a grain of salt. Look to see if the issuers of the recommendations are being paid for their services as this is a giveaway of a bad investment and make sure that any press releases aren’t given falsely by people looking to influence the price of a stock.

Off-Shore Brokers� Under regulation S, the SEC permits companies selling stock outside the U.S. to foreign investors to be exempt from registering stock. These companies will typically sell the stock at a discount to offshore brokers who, in turn, sell them back to U.S. investors for a substantial profit. By cold calling a list of potential investors (investors with enough money to buy a particular stock) and providing attractive information, these dishonest brokers will use high-pressure “boiler room” sales tactics to persuade investors to purchase stock.

Buying These Stocks
Two common fallacies pertaining to penny stocks are that many of today’s stocks were once penny stocks and that there is a positive correlation between the number of stocks a person owns and his or her returns.

Investors who have fallen into the trap of the first fallacy believe Wal-Mart, Microsoft and many other large companies were once penny stocks that have appreciated to high dollar values. Many investors make this mistake because they are looking at the “adjusted stock price”, which takes into account all stock splits. By taking a look at both Microsoft and Wal-Mart, you can see that the respective prices on their first days of trading were $28 and $25 even though the prices adjusted for splits is $0.09722 and $0.02444 (at time of writing). Rather than starting at a low market price, these companies actually started pretty high, continually rising until they needed to be split.

The second reason that many investors may be attracted to penny stocks is the conception that there is more room for appreciation and more opportunity to own more stock. If a stock is at $0.10 and rises by $0.05, you will have made a 50% return. This together with the with the fact that a $1,000 investment can buy 10,000 shares convinces investors that micro cap stock are a rapid surefire way to increase profits. For some reason, people think of the upside but forget about the downside. A $0.10 stock can just as easily go down $0.05 and lose half its value. Most often, these stocks do not succeed, and there is a high probability that you will lose your entire investment.

Conclusion
Sure, some companies on the OTCBB and Pink Sheets might be good quality, and many OTCBB companies are working extremely hard to make their way up to the more reputable Nasdaq and NYSE. However, the flip-side is that there many good opportunities in stocks that aren’t trading for pennies. You need to understand that this is a high risk area that isn’t suitable for all investors. If you can’t resist the lure of micro-caps, make sure you do extensive research and understand what you are getting into.

by Investopedia Staff

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10 ways to trade penny stocks

MIAMI, Fla. (MarketWatch) — The allure of penny stocks is simple: They don’t cost much money and promise big profits. But trading penny stocks is also a good way to lose money.

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Omar Aguilar, chief investment officer at Charles Schwab, tells MarketWatch’s Jonathan Burton investors are transitioning to a search for growth from a flight to quality.

Sure, it’s possible to profit when you understand the game, but the odds are against you when you don’t. And worse: manipulators and scammers often run the penny-stock game.

For investors who can’t afford shares of Google or Apple, the potential gains from trades like this are too good to pass up. So penny-stock trading thrives. With a relatively small investment you can make a nice return if — and this is a big if — the trade works out. For example, say you buy 10,000 shares of a $.30 stock for $3,000. If the stock reaches $1, you’ve made $7,000, doubling your money. Read more: 5 strategies if you have less than $3,000 to invest. )

Dollars and sense

Penny stock promoters make sure to attach a disclaimer to their email, Twitter, or Facebook page, and take advantage of this language to embellish and deceive. Read more: Stock touts prey on investors’ inflation fears.

Penny stocks and their promoters also tend to stay one step ahead of securities regulators, though just last month the Securities and Exchange Commission charged a Florida-based firm, First Resource Group LLC, with penny-stock manipulation. Read more: Simple rule: Don’t buy a penny stock.

Even with these clear dangers, some people insist on trading the pennies. So, if you find yourself on the receiving end of a telephone call from a penny-stock promoter, or you spot an advertisement that promises dollars from your pennies — and you still decide that maybe penny stocks aren’t wooden nickels, just remember these 10 rules:

1. Ignore penny-stock success stories

Timothy Sykes, a penny-stock expert who trades both long and short, says you must not believe the penny-stock stories that are touted in emails and on social media websites.

“You have to say no,” Sykes said. “You can’t invest in penny stocks as if they were lotto tickets, but unfortunately that’s what most people do, and they lose again and again. Think of penny stocks as inmates in a prison that you can’t trust.”

Instead, Sykes says, focus on the profitable penny stocks with solid earnings growth and which are making 52-week highs.

2. Disregard tips and read the disclaimers

Penny stocks are sold more than bought — mostly via tips that come your way in emails and newsletters.

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“The free penny-stock newsletters are not giving you tips out of the goodness of their heart,” Sykes said. “If you read the disclaimers at the bottom of the newsletters, they are getting paid to pitch a stock because their investors want exposure for the company. There is nothing wrong with wanting exposure, but almost all penny newsletters make false promises about their crappy companies.”

Sykes says there is a difference between stocks making a 52-week high based on an earnings breakout and stocks making a 52-week high because three newsletters picked it. Reading the disclaimers at the bottom of the email or newsletter, which the SEC requires them to do, will usually reveal a conflict of interest.

“Most newsletters don’t tell you the truth,” Sykes said. “They are being compensated to pump up the stock, and they rarely tell you when to sell. Often it’s far too late.”

One allure of penny stocks is you can make 20% or 30% in a few days. If you make that kind of return with a penny stock, sell quickly.

Unfortunately, many traders get greedy, aiming for a 1,000% return. Considering that the penny stock you’re in might be getting pumped up, take any profits and move on.

4. Never listen to company management

In the murky penny-stock world, don’t believe what you hear from companies.

“You can’t trust anyone,” Sykes said. “The companies are trying to get their stock up so they can raise money and stay in business. There is no reliable business model or accurate data, so most penny stocks are scams that are created to enrich insiders.”

Sykes says large rings of the same people run promotions using different press releases and companies, including the reappearance of a notorious stock manipulator who was first convicted for an email pump-and-dump scheme when he was in high school.

Although shorting pumped-up penny stocks may seem attractive, don’t do it.

Penny stocks are too volatile, and if you’re on the wrong side of the trade, you could easily lose 50% or more on a short squeeze. Another problem is that it’s difficult to find shares of penny stock to short, especially those that made huge moves based on hype and newsletter tips. Leave shorting penny stocks to the pros.

6. Focus only on penny stocks with high volume

Stick with stocks that trade at least 100,000 shares a day. If you trade stocks with low volume, it could be difficult to get out of your position.

“You must be aware of the number of shares traded and the dollar volume,” Sykes said. He also suggests that you trade penny stocks that are priced at more than 50 cents a share. “Stocks that are trading less than 100,000 shares a day and are under 50 cents a share are not liquid enough to be in play,” he added.

Because the bid-ask spreads on many penny stocks can be high, as much as 10%, hard stop-losses can actually cause you to lose money.

Although it takes more concentration, use mental stops. “I focus more on risk-reward than stops,” Sykes said. “If I want to make a dollar a share on a three-dollar stock, I will cut my losses at 20 cents so I have a 5:1 risk reward. I aim for 3:1 or 4:1, but not 1:1 or 2:1. If I think a dollar stock has only 50-cents upside (2:1), my mental stop loss will be at 10 cents because the risk-reward is better.”

8. Buy the best of the bunch

Sykes looks to buy penny stocks that have had an earnings breakout.

“I love buying penny stocks when they have good earnings, or when they are breaking out to 52-week highs on volume that is at least a quarter million shares a day,” he said. “They are easy to find if you look.”

The challenge is to find stocks that make 52-week highs that aren’t due to a pump-and-dump scheme. Examples of penny stocks that have fit Syke’s criteria in the past include Tangoe TNGO, +3.15%. Magal Security Systems MAGS, +0.21%. and Staar Surgical Co. STAA, +2.87%.

9. Don’t trade large positions

“You really need to be careful with position sizing,” Sykes said. “I learned the hard way not to trade big. My rule now is not to trade more than 10% of the stock’s daily volume.”

In addition, he said, limit your share size so you can get out of the stock faster.

10. Don’t fall in love with a stock

Every penny stock company wants you think it has an exciting story that will revolutionize the world. If you enter the penny stock arena, be cynical, do your own research, and diversify, even if a friends or family member is touting a stock.

Penny stocks have earned their bad reputation, so beware.

Michael Sincere (www.michaelsincere.com) is the author of “Understanding Options,” “Understanding Stocks,” and “Start Day Trading Now.”

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Stocks Basics: What Causes Stock Prices To Change? #creative #business #names

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Stocks Basics: What Causes Stock Prices To Change?

Stock prices change every day as a result of market forces. By this we mean that share prices change because of supply and demand. If more people want to buy a stock (demand) than sell it (supply), then the price moves up. Conversely, if more people wanted to sell a stock than buy it, there would be greater supply than demand, and the price would fall.

Understanding supply and demand is easy. What is difficult to comprehend is what makes people like a particular stock and dislike another stock. This comes down to figuring out what news is positive for a company and what news is negative. There are many answers to this problem and just about any investor you ask has their own ideas and strategies.

That being said, the principal theory is that the price movement of a stock indicates what investors feel a company is worth. Don’t equate a company’s value with the stock price. The value of a company is its market capitalization. which is the stock price multiplied by the number of shares outstanding. For example, a company that trades at $100 per share and has 1 million shares outstanding has a lesser value than a company that trades at $50 that has 5 million shares outstanding ($100 x 1 million = $100 million while $50 x 5 million = $250 million). To further complicate things, the price of a stock doesn’t only reflect a company’s current value, it also reflects the growth that investors expect in the future.

The most important factor that affects the value of a company is its earnings. Earnings are the profit a company makes, and in the long run no company can survive without them. It makes sense when you think about it. If a company never makes money, it isn’t going to stay in business. Public companies are required to report their earnings four times a year (once each quarter). Wall Street watches with rabid attention at these times, which are referred to as earnings seasons. The reason behind this is that analysts base their future value of a company on their earnings projection. If a company’s results surprise (are better than expected), the price jumps up. If a company’s results disappoint (are worse than expected), then the price will fall.

Of course, it’s not just earnings that can change the sentiment towards a stock (which, in turn, changes its price). It would be a rather simple world if this were the case! During the dotcom bubble, for example, dozens of internet companies rose to have market capitalizations in the billions of dollars without ever making even the smallest profit. As we all know, these valuations did not hold, and most internet companies saw their values shrink to a fraction of their highs. Still, the fact that prices did move that much demonstrates that there are factors other than current earnings that influence stocks. Investors have developed literally hundreds of these variables, ratios and indicators. Some you may have already heard of, such as the price/earnings ratio. while others are extremely complicated and obscure with names like Chaikin oscillator or moving average convergence divergence .

So, why do stock prices change? The best answer is that nobody really knows for sure. Some believe that it isn’t possible to predict how stock prices will change, while others think that by drawing charts and looking at past price movements, you can determine when to buy and sell. The only thing we do know is that stocks are volatile and can change in price extremely rapidly.

The important things to grasp about this subject are the following:

1. At the most fundamental level, supply and demand in the market determines stock price.
2. Price times the number of shares outstanding (market capitalization) is the value of a company. Comparing just the share price of two companies is meaningless.
3. Theoretically, earnings are what affect investors’ valuation of a company, but there are other indicators that investors use to predict stock price. Remember, it is investors’ sentiments, attitudes and expectations that ultimately affect stock prices.
4. There are many theories that try to explain the way stock prices move the way they do. Unfortunately, there is no one theory that can explain everything.





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How to Invest in Stocks – Stock Investing 101 #carpet #cleaning #business

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How to Invest in Stocks – Stock Investing 101 – TheStreet

Stocks are an equity investment that represents part ownership in a corporation and entitles you to part of that corporation’s earnings and assets.

Common stock gives shareholders voting rights but no guarantee of dividend payments. Preferred stocks provides no voting rights but usually guarantees a dividend payment.

In the past, shareholders received a paper stock certificate — called a security — verifying the number of shares they owned. Today, share ownership is usually recorded electronically, and the shares are held in street name by your brokerage firm.

Investing in stocks can be tricky business. In fact, it’s best to treat all of your investment pursuits as a business. Heck, that’s what Benjamin Graham (Warren Buffett’s stock market mentor) recommended.

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Penny Stocks to Watch for September 2016 (BGI) #small #business #ideas

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Penny Stocks to Watch for September 2016 (BGI)

Trading and investing in penny stocks requires special skills attuned to unique price action at the low-end of the market’s value spectrum. The SEC defines penny stocks as stocks that trade for less than $5, so when trading penny stocks, aggressive risk management is needed because many of these low-priced equities have descended from much higher levels for good reasons that include declining earnings, sector headwinds, and accounting blow-ups. (For further reading, see: How to Invest in Penny Stocks . )

That said, not all low-priced stocks are bad. It’s a different story for up-and-coming companies listed at low prices on national exchanges because they often go public with limited revenues, but excellent growth potential, or at least a bullish story that will attract healthy speculation. Even so, there are no guarantees they’ll prosper in the competitive marketplace so aggressive risk management is needed to avoid significant or unexpected losses. While low-priced stocks are risky, they can produce handsome yields. Below are five penny stocks to watch this September.

1. Birks Group Inc. ( BGI )

Montreal-based Birks Group Inc. (BGI ) sells jewelry and other luxury products through 26 retail outfits in Canada and the United States. This is an old company founded in 1879, but it just listed on the NYSE in 2006. A quick rally into 2007 posted an all-time high at 9.13, ahead of a steep plunge that finally came to rest at 20-cents in March 2009. A recovery wave into 2010 stalled above 2.00, yielding sideways action ahead of a successful test at the bear market low in February 2016.

The stock took off in a high volume rally after the company reported an unexpected profit in July, rising more than 300% in a single session and dropping into a consolidation pattern that just broke support at the .618 Fibonacci rally retracement at 2.20. On Balance Volume (OBV) indicates shareholders are hanging tough, raising odds for renewed buying interest when price nears the confluence of the rising 200-day exponential moving average(EMA ) and .786 retracement at 1.42.

2. MGT Capital Investments Inc. ( MGT )

MGT Capital Investments Inc. ( MGT ) develops mobile and online gaming technology. It came public in 2006 at 167 (post a 15 for 1 stock split in 2012) and entered an immediate downtrend that lasted for more than ten years, dropping the stock to 15-cents in January 2016. It ground sideways into May and took off in a vertical rally that added more than 5 points into a three-year high at 5.58.

A quick decline to 2.27 got bought, with that level offering support in the last three months. The sideways action has drawn the outline of a symmetrical triangle that could yield a fresh rally wave into double digits. The stock is now trading in the dead center of the pattern and needs to rally above the August 5 high at 3.74 to set a breakout into motion. A September 8 shareholder meeting could offer a catalyst for that buying wave.

3. Gold Standard Ventures Corp. ( GSV )

Canadian junior miner, Gold Standard Ventures Corp. (GSV ) ended a strong uptrend at 3.05 in May 2012 and entered a steep downtrend that finally ended at 26-cents in July 2015, well ahead of the December low posted by the gold futures contract. The subsequent uptick eased into a rising channel in November, with price gains continuing into July when dropped into a pullback that tested the 50-day EMA. Aggressive buyers emerged, lifting the stock 15-cents above the 2012 high, to 3.20 and its highest high since listing on the U.S. exchanges in 2010.

This level marks major resistance, predicting a consolidation period before a breakout drives the stock to much higher ground. Watch the rising 50-day EMA for buying interest just above 2.00, with that level now aligned closely with the August 10 gap between 1.96 and 2.06. It may take a gap fill to bring prospective shareholders off the sidelines.

4. Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. ( NAK )

Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. ( NAK ). also based in Vancouver, Canada has been listed on the NYSE since October 2003, when it came public at 2.83. A rally into 2007 posted a top at 15.61, ahead of a steep decline during the 2008 to 2009 bear market. It bottomed out at 1.69, with the bounce finally reaching 2007 resistance in 2012, ahead of a breakout that posted an all-time high at 21.76 in 2011.

The subsequent downtrend may have finally ended at 20-cents in January 2016, with price action since that time carving an Elliott 5-wave pattern that’s lifted price to a two-year high at 1.16. It’s been pulling back for the last week and could drop as low as the 50-day EMA, currently rising from 61-cents, before gathering the buying interest needed to test the high and start the next leg of the trend advance.

5. TOP Ships, Inc. ( TOPS )

Greek shipper, TOP Ships, Inc. (TOPS ) has struggled since coming public on U.S. exchanges in 2004, posting four reverse splits that now set its first-day value at an astounding 14238. It entered a massive downtrend just four months after public listing, falling to an all-time low at 13-cents in January 2016. It ground sideways into February and went vertical, rising from 21-cents to 3.00 in a single session, after completing another reverse split.

A sideways pattern gave way to an early August breakout above the March high at 4.44, with the stock rising above 8 and then reversing sharply. It’s now filling the August 1 gap, which is located just under the breakout level at 4.44. The 50-day EMA is rising toward falling price and could provide the support needed to generate a strong bounce that sets the stage for a rally into double digits.

The Bottom Line

The low-priced, penny stock universe includes both beaten down entries and newly-minted start-ups hoping to become the next Microsoft Corp. ( MSFT ) or Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL ). It’s important to keep in mind that secondary offerings, warrants. and other financing games pose a significant risk with stocks under $5.00. Since low revenues force many of these companies to issue stock repeatedly or enter sweetheart deals with big investors, who will get paid before public investors when the company finally grows, and the stock’s valuation expands. (For tips on how to avoid being scammed, read: The Risks and Rewards of Penny Stocks ). The most successful strategy at this end of the pricing spectrum treats each candidate according to its unique risk profile, taking extra care with new uptrends forced to navigate multiple resistance levels put into place by long downtrends. The above-mentioned stocks are key penny stocks to watch this fall.





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Price Volume – Stocks with the highest price volume ratio #business #name

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