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Buying Penny Stocks

Are penny stocks only worth a penny? Well in most cases not even that much, but on the other hand, some $100 stocks are not worth the investment either. I’ve seen yahoo shares go from .78 to $118, back to $4.85 and now 4 years later $23. Home Depot in Dec of 1999 hit $70 a share and now 8 years later it $21.

If your looking for information to learn how to buy stocks for beginners, here’s some that will help you out immensely. Buying a penny stock is just as hard as buying a Dow 30 stock, but the rewards are far greater for a $1.00 stock to grow 100%. It just has to go to $2.00, where as a $100 stock has to go to $200, which is a far greater feat. Most of the time, a $100 stock will have revenues of $2 or $3 billion for its share price. To double in one year, revenues will have to grow to $4 or $6 billion, where as a $1 or $2 stock might have revenues of $50-$100 million. It’s easy for them to grow revenue to 100 or 200 million in a year. This is why the small cap market outperforms the Dow every year.

Just remember that most every company out there was once a stock under $5.00. I have always said that there’s a stock going up over 100% every day in the stock market and if you do your DD’s (due diligence) you can be the one who finds it. Just don’t look for them in the mid – large cap stock. Penny and small cap stocks are where you will find them. Look at the earnings report and make sure they are increasing 50% quarter over quarter minimally and then check out the chart. Look at the volume to see if it has been rising steadily and see if they have been in a trading range for a 3 to 6 months period. The trend is your friend.

Once you see them breakout from that trading range – BUY! The chart will always tell you what to do before the news comes out. Most of the time one or two week after a breakout, the news will come out and push the stock higher. Remember, you want to be ahead of the herd not with them. If you try to follow the herd, it’s likely that you missed the big gains or you got in too late and you missed it all together. Always remember to sell and secure your profits. As Jim Cramer likes to say, “bears make money, bulls make money and pigs get slaughtered.

This is just some of what has to be done, so when you’re ready to start buying stock online, do your DD’s first.

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What Exactly are Penny Stocks?

Before even thinking of buying penny stocks it’s probably a good idea to understand what they are and how they’re viewed by the investing world. Three basic categories of penny stocks are used to define the actual words. Each one has a separate meaning with entirely different investment potential, risk ratios, and trading strategies. You might already know one of these meanings, however if you are doing research or talking about trading with another trader, you need to be careful because the information could be referring to an entirely separate meaning. Therefore, you must understand each meaning in order to make sure everyone is talking about the same one.


True Share Value – When people who do not know much about investing hear “penny stock” this is what they assume is the meaning. This is when a penny stock is valued under a dollar. Usually people believe that the stock is only valued at one cent. This meaning is not used very often in publications, probably due to the fact that it makes perfect sense. If a trader is speaking of a stock that is traded on a major market, such as the NYSE, then it is typically worth no more than $5.00 for each share.


The Stock Market Exchange – On occasion, and in particular with penny stock brokers, the meaning of penny stocks is derived from the market on which the stock is traded. The most prevalent penny stock exchange is Over the Counter, or the pink sheets. Basically, this means that the stock is not qualified to be on one of the more conventional markets. Pink sheets have started to examine penny stocks to make sure they meet their requirements for their exclusive penny stock market.


Market Capitalization – This is the final category of a penny stock and it is based on the company’s value. Usually, the companies have to be worth under $100 million dollars. The essential aspect is the company’s size, rather than the actual value and the price of each penny stock share.

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Alternative Energy Gets Better Everyday

Alternative Energy has been on the minds of people for decades and as the time goes on the technology improves. The price of oil is once again on the rise. The cost of coal has risen and after the latest disaster in Kentucky it has shown us that we need to move towards alternative energy.

Out of all the different alternative energy sources, wind power seems to be the best choice of them all. Why do I say that? Well, it’s because wind power can cost as litter as $0.02 per kwh. One company that I’ve spoken about before and I still stand behind is Mass MegaWatts Wind Power Inc. (MMGW,OB: OTC). They have been doing the right thing in progressing towards a more efficient way in producing wind energy.

Last Friday they released a report in regards to their new design in their turbine blades. Mass MegaWatts has multiple patents on their equipment and that alone will bring value to the company. With many other wind turbine designs, they are costly when it comes to repairs. Unlike other designs, Mass MegaWatts has put together a unit that doesn’t require huge cranes to make repairs to their blades. Mass MegaWatts have also designed a product that is not harmful to birds. The big GE wind turbines have killed many birds, including ones that are on the endangered list.

Presently the stock is sitting at around $0.70 per share and is ready for a break out. they have things in the works that will increase their revenue immensely. I’ve spoken to the company and from what we’ve talked about, this stock is ready to explode. In the coming weeks we will hear a lot of news from this company and I know that it will be positive and wall street will finally take notice of it’s potential. Currently there are no analyst covering this stock, which of course is good for investors looking to get in at good price before everyone else jumps on the “band wagon”.

Look for yourself and you will see that this is the next alternative energy company that will bring new and great things.

Happy Trading.

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Penny Stock Alerts

If you spend any time researching companies that you’re thinking of trading stock in, I’m sure you’ve seen the advertisements, the pop-up windows and the e-mails informing you of different websites that will give you alerts on penny stocks they believe will make you some great gains.

The only problem that I see with that is you really don’t know the person who is running the website. Quite a few of them are actually fund managers that use you to help pump up the price of the stock to help them make more money. Of course I’m not saying that all of them are like that but you need to be aware of who you might be dealing with.

I myself subscribe to many different alerts from websites just to see what’s going on. In many cases I watch their picks to see if they’re going to be right or wrong. Unfortunately many of the picks don’t really go anywhere after the initial jump. How I see it, many of these website/traders position themselves in a company, start hyping it up and tell their readers/subscribers that it will do great for them. As the price goes up they start scaling out their position. Most of the stocks that I’ve been watching over the last two months from these alerts would have lost me thousands of dollars. Don’t get me wrong, I would have made money on some of the picks, but not as much as I would have lost.

The latest stock that I’ve seen being pushed is Biocentric Energy Holdings (OTC:BEHL.PK). I saw this being pushed by several different websites. I figured that this too would be another pump-and-dump fiasco as I’ve seen before. I even saw some talk on a penny stock forum of how this is being pushed. The stock price was $0.023 per share when I first received the alert, after three positive days where it went to $0.07 I was waiting for the price to fall. To my surprise, it still hasn’t started to lose momentum. As of this morning, the price per share was to to $0.14, a gain of over 500% in just a week or so. If you were one of the many that jumped into this investment, you need to get out now. I’m telling you that this will not be in the category of “best penny stocks 2010”. The company doesn’t have anything really going on to sustain the gain in price.

I’ve talked about it before and said that buying penny stocks can be very rewarding, but at the same time you can lose a ton of money. Be careful when you trade penny stocks, even more so than you would with bigger cap companies.

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(NYSE:AGM) Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corp.

Back in October 2008 I wrote a post about Federal Agricultural Mortgage (NYSE:AGM). At the time the stock price went up by over 350% in just one week. Well the stock fell back down to it’s pre-spike price during the next three weeks, where it’s pretty much has been since then.
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Until Tuesday morning where it started it’s 113% price gain. That’s right the stock jumped after the earnings report was released showing that they’ve steered the company around to post a net income of $33.5 million or $3.31 per diluted share. What makes it interesting is that there are no analyst covering this company. As per Yahoo Finance.com, there is no info available for AGM.
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The main reason for such a great quarter was driven by the financial derivatives along with the trading assets.
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What I will say is that most of the gains in the share price happened before the markets even opened. Needless to say that means that most average Joes didn’t see much profits unless they jumped in the stock before the close of Monday trading hours. I you jumped in a the opening of the markets you would still have made over 7% with the trade. Typically a stock will continue on momentum for the next day or two, so don’t try to chase this stock since most of the gains have already happened. I may be wrong and it could take another good jump in price, but I wouldn’t recommend it. Especially since the financial sector took a beaten today and will most likely continue for the rest of the week.
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*DISCLAIMER* At the time of this post, I do not have a position in AGM.

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Momentum In The Stock Market

This past week has been great for profits in the stock market, but only if you get out before the momentum stops and the prices come back down from the profit takers. After the DOW fell below 7000 in the last month, there hasn’t been much of a bright side to making money in the markets unless you’ve been shorting stocks. Of course of you don’t have a margin account, you’re not able to short stocks.
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In the past week there has been great gains a many of the stocks that were beaten up during the fall of the DOW. The only way for you to hold on to those gains is to sell. If you don’t take your profits, then you didn’t gain anything if the prices fall again.
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With what’s going on in Washington, it stands to reason that the upward movement that we’ve just experienced in this week, is just a temporary one. Capitalism is under fire with all the spending that is going on in the government. Many companies are laying off people and it will continue throughout the rest of this year. Even though Caterpillar has announced today that they will be hiring back many of the 2,400 employees that were recently laid off, there are other companies that are not in the same position as them. Caterpillar will be involved in many of the infrastructure contracts that will be created by the stimulus bill.
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If didn’t get into Caterpillar when it fell below $22, then you missed out on some of the great gains that the stock has made. It’s not too late to buy into Caterpillar even at the $26 range. I expect good things for the stock over the next year.
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As for other stocks that have made some good moves over the last week, Sirius XM Radio has moved from their recent low of $0.05 in the latter part of February to where it sits now at $0.3362 per share. I’ve talked about Sirius in the past and still favor the company to come back from their near extinction. With it great move of 43% just today, I will be taking some profits and look to get back in on a pull-back.
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Remember to be aware that the turmoil is far from over and there will be pull-backs on most of these stocks that have had momentum gains. Trade carefully and don’t be greedy.
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Happy Trading.

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A List Of Penny Stocks

Everybody wants to trade penny stocks. The reason for that is that they have the reputation of having big percentage gains (or losses) in any given day. You can make (or lose) a load boat load of money real quick.
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A list of penny stocks can be found almost anywhere on the internet. Why not, these companies need to raise capital so they can expand their business or even to buy the needed equipment so their company can grow one day be one of the big dogs. There are so many penny stocks out there that are traded everyday, but where are they list? On which board do they trade?
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Most of these stocks are traded on the secondary boards, OTCBB (over the counter bulletin board), Pink Sheets and a few others.
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The main reason that they are so popular is because they are cheap enough where the average person can afford them. How cheap? Well, a stock is considered a penny stock when it’s price per share is less than $5. Many of them are actually less than $1 (they really are penny stocks).
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Just because they are that cheap doesn’t mean that you’ll make a ton of money. Some of these stocks will sit at those levels for months and in a few cases, years. Many amateur traders or newcomers feel that these stocks are on their way up and also feel they can’t get any cheaper. That can’t be further from the truth. If you look around on some of these lists of penny stocks, you will see some even trade in what is referred to as sub-penny. Stay away from these types of stocks. Only one out of thousand will ever get out of this range.

If you want a list of penny stocks, go to Yahoo Finance and type in pink sheet or OTCBB, you will get a list of stocks that you can pick through. Be careful and do your due diligence on the company before investing.
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T Boone Pickens Update

For those who believe in alternative energy and expect big things from the industry may have to hold on a little longer. Throughout this week T. Boone Pickens has been going around speaking at events as well as being interviewed on CNBC on Wednesday saying that because of the credit crunch, his big plans for huge wind farms will be delayed.
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The financing just isn’t there and with falling prices natural gas that are used in power plants as well as oil prices hitting levels that haven’t been seen in over a year and a half are making his projects less economical.
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As I’ve writen before here on this blog, Pickens started a campaign to help the U.S. reduce their need for foreign oil. The plan is for major investment in the wind energy and the conversion of natural gas for vehicles
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He has said that this is just a temporary setback due to the financing of the project. When he spoke with the New York Times he was quoted in saying. “When we were looking at the project, we felt like we could do it with 30 percent equity and 70 percent debt.” The 70 percent debt is where we’re having a little slowdown.”
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Mesa Power, a company that he founded was given the job to oversee the massive wind farm in Texas that would be able to power over 1.3 million homes. The company has placed the orders for the first phase of the project. A total of 667 turbines from General Electric will be able to generate 1,000 megawatts of electricity that will power more than 300,000 average homes.
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Originally that part of the project was to go online in early 2011.
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This is just part of what we’ll see for the next several months with the condition of the credit crisis. So buckle up, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

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Stock Market Scams


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In these trouble times of the stock market no one is really sure what stock is going to break out and post some beautiful gains. Of course there are many out there that will offer you their services. I’m here to tell you, beware of wolves on sheep’s clothing.
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When you go ahead and type “stock market” or anything similar to that in Google search, you will get several million returned pages. The results are astounding as to the different types of sites you will find. many of them are site designed to get you to buy into their program or at least to leave your e-mail.
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The one and only purpose to these site are to make money off of you not to help you make money in the stock market. In some cases you will find that they offer you “tips” after you subscribe to their service. Sometimes it’s a monthly service, but mainly it’s by the year. The reason why many of them don’t do it by the month is because after the first or second month you would cancel once you see that you’re not making gains in your portfolio.
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The other way these sites will make money off of you is a little more shady that the other. These are the sites that will go ahead and say that they will send you daily notices for no charge. You only have to give them your e-mail. The way that they make money is that they will send you “tips” on stocks that they are already in or that they’ve just recently pumped up. Showing you graphs and charts showing that the stock is at the break out point. What they don’t tell you is that they are the ones pumping it.
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If enough people jump into the stock it will cause the price to rise, at which point they start dumping their position leaving you and others hold the bag.
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There is one stock right now that I’ve been watching because of one of these services. I learned about it through Twitter. I will not disclose the person or the stock for obvious reasons, but I will tell the rest. The person posts on Twitter the the particular stock has moved X amount on X amount of volume. This stock jumped 66% that day, the next day it jumped 125%. In the last week it dropped 95%. With these moves the stock now sit 56% below from where the person started hyping it.
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Just in case you were wondering what type of stock has movements that big in percentage. Penny stocks move like that all the time. That is why you shouldn’t invest more than 10% of your portfolio to penny stocks. You can lose all that you invest in these kinds of plays.
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To make matters worse, the Bid price never rose above the starting price until two days ago where it went to the height of the hype just long enough for one entity to dump several thousand shares. That is also why the stock is now down more than it was in the beginning.
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In the mist of all these types of people out there, there are those that are legitimate and very helpful. The only one that I would at this time recommend is Jim Cramer from TheStreet.com

Because of who he is and the influence that he has, he is not allowed to invest in the stock market himself. Instead he has a portfolio that the money goes to charity. We have an affiliate program with him that offers you a free
two week trial. I suggest that you give it a try. What the heck, it’s free.

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Sell-Off’s And Rallies


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As we see with the way the stock market performed today, the sell-off kicks back into high gear. Investors are still concerned about the condition of the economy no matter who won the election.
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The rally that took place over the last week in alternative energy was erased today with the sell off. First Solar Inc. (NASDAQ:FSLR) which was up $70 in the past week gave back $24 (-13%) in today’s trading.
The rest of the sector did just as bad with Suntech Power Holdings (NYSE: STP) taking the biggest hit of almost 21%. Suntech was trading last week at $11 and gained almost 90% before today’s beat-down. The one stock in the sector that escaped the abuse of today was Biofuel Energy Corp (NASDAQ:BIOF) which gained just over 28%, take in mind though that this stock is a penny stock and gains like that are quite common.
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In the financial area of the stock market, the sector was another wash-out with nearly if not all of the stocks lost ground. Out of the ones that I really keep an eye on, the best performers still lost over 5%.
Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corp. (NYSE:AGM), a stock that I’ve talked about before here on this blog took the biggest hit, losing over 25%. Last week the stock traded as low as $2.85 (where I picked up 200 shares) and yesterday hit an intraday high of $8.40, a gain of almost 200% in just a few days.
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I’ve been saying it for some time now, but you need to be ready for when the stock market will turn (good or bad). If I didn’t sell out of AGM when I did, I would have lost some great gains. Don’t get me wrong, I did keep some shares (since I’m now trading with their money). When you get big gains like the one I just spoke about, you need to remember not to be greedy and SELL.
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*DISCLAIMER* At the time of this post Billy is long AGM and has no position in FSLR, BIOF and STP

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