2 Under-$5 Stocks Crying for a Buy Out
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- By and large, the world of sub-$5.00 stocks exists for suckers. Sure, you'll pull some winners out of the pile, but low-priced stocks are not all that different than out-of-the-money options. You can equate their "cheapness" with your low odds of having success trading and investing in them.
It's not that the low price of these equities causes your bad odds; rather, it should make you think about why they are so darn "cheap" to begin with. They're not inexpensive, they're flat out cheap.
With options, calls and puts get cheaper the farther out-of-the-money you go because as you drift away from the strike price, the odds decrease that your contract will go in-the-money leading up to or at expiration. Deep ITM calls and puts cost more the farther ITM you go for the inverse reason.
With stocks, it's a different ballgame. Most represent sucker bets for reasons not associated with the trade itself. Stocks often get cheap because there's something wrong with the share structure, the company or both.
While not in sub-$5 territory just yet, Research in Motion(RIMM) provides a good example.