In order to generate superlative returns from the stock market, active investors should undoubtedly pick breakout stocks. This method involves zeroing in on those stocks whose prices vary within a narrow band. If the stock price falls below this channel, it could be the best time to sell it off. However, the best time to buy a stock as per this strategy is when it is about to break above this trading band. Such stocks offer the prospect of impressive gains.
To that end, Pearson PSO, Mercer International MERC and BCB Bancorp NJ BCBP have been selected as the breakout stocks for today.
Zeroing in on Breakout Stocks
In order to select the right breakout stock, one has first to 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 it trades within a considerable period.
In other words, the demand for a stock is at its lowest at its support level, which means that most traders are willing to sell it. At the resistance level, most traders are willing to go long on the stock, meaning they would like to add them to their portfolio. The key to identifying breakout stocks is to zero in on those on the verge of a breakout or those that have just broken above the resistance level.
Has a Genuine Breakout Occurred?
The primary risk associated with such a strategy is that the decision to buy an apparent breakout candidate has been incorrectly timed. When a stock moves above the resistance level, it should be a highly prized commodity for traders. However, whether such a breakout is genuine is another matter altogether.
For a bona fide breakout, the stock’s earlier resistance barrier should become its new support level. This only happens if the trading channel that has been established is tested by observing long-term price trends. The strength of the support and resistance levels can be ascertained only through such a study. Despite the risk of misidentification, correctly identifying such stocks can yield considerable returns, even at a price that may not seem attractive at first glance.
• Percentage price change over four weeks between 10% and 20% (Stocks showing considerable price increases but whose gains are not excessive.)
• Current Price /52-Week High greater than or equal to 0.9 (Stocks 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.)
No matter whether the market is good or bad, stocks with a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) or 2 (Buy) have a proven history of outperformance. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
• 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 reasonably priced.)
These criteria narrow down the universe of more than 6,853 stocks to only fourteen. Here’re the top 3 stocks:
Pearson is a global media conglomerate. Pearson currently carries a Zacks Rank #2. PSO has an expected earnings growth rate of 20.8% for the current year.
Mercer International owns and operates a diverse pulp and paper business in the southern German states of Saxony and Thuringia. Mercer International currently carries a Zacks Rank #1. MERC has an expected earnings growth rate of 57.4% for the current year.
BCB Bancorp operates as the holding company for BCB Community Bank, a state-chartered commercial bank that provides banking products and services to businesses and individuals in the United States. BCB Bancorp currently carries a Zacks Rank #1. BCBP has an expected earnings growth rate of 34.9% for the current year.
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