5 Stocks Under $10 Poised to Pop
Just take a look at some of the hot movers in the under-$10 complex from Wednesday, including HMN Financial (HMNF) , which skyrocketed by 39%; Jacksonville Bancorp (JAXB) , which soared by 25.7%; Atlantic Coast Federal (ACFC) , which ripped higher by 21.8%; and Consumer Portfolio Services (CPSS) , which trended up by 10.4%. You don't even have to catch the entire move in lower-priced stocks such as these to make outsized returns when trading.
Low-priced stocks are something that I tweet about on a regular basis. I frequently flag high-probability setups, breakout candidates and low-priced stocks that are acting technically bullish. I like to hunt for low-priced stocks that are showing bullish price and volume trends, since that increases the probability of those stocks heading higher. These setups often produce monster moves higher in very short time frames.
I'm not as eager to recommend investing long-term in stocks that trade less than $10 a share because these names can be very speculative, and the odds for picking the long-term winners aren't great. But I definitely love to trade stocks that are priced below $10. I like to view them as a trading vehicle with lots of volatility and lots of upside when the trade is timed right.
When I trade under-$10 names, I do it almost entirely based off of the charts and technical analysis. I also like to find under-$10 names with a catalyst, but that's secondary to the chart and volume patterns.
With that in mind, here's a look at several under-$10 stocks that look poised to trade higher from current levels.
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One under-$10 stock that's trending very close to triggering a major breakout trade is Rubicon Technology (RBCN) , which manufactures synthetic electronic materials for opto-electronic, semiconductor fabrication, telecommunications and optical and laser applications. This stock has been hit hard by the bears during the last six months, with shares down by 30%.
If you take a look at the chart for Rubicon Technology, you'll notice that this stock has been trending range bound for the last three months, with shares moving between $5.82 on the downside and $6.98 on the upside. Shares of RBCN have just started to move back above its 50-day moving average of $6.40 a share and it's quickly moving within range of triggering a breakout trade above the upper-end of its recent sideways trading pattern.