Another Look at Some Low-Priced Stocks
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This random grouping represents an interesting cross-section of this speculative sector. Their picks may all be small, but that's where the similarities end. A couple of these stocks look ready to win best of breed, while others are just ugly mutts. I have to admit, the most beat-up dog in the pack was one of my long-term picks. When I see misfires like this, I try to remember that stock-picking is only an odds game.
Omega Healthcare Investment (OHI) is a great-looking stock that keeps popping up on my personal scans. OHI just broke out to a two-year high and may have another 3 points to rally before it hits substantial resistance. This one is definitely a thumbs-up.
VitalWorks (VWKS) has one big problem -- that tall candlestick reversal on May 23. This big spike should not be taken lightly, because it represents strong resistance, in the form of investors who got stuck holding the bag. You can bet they'll be looking to sell the next time VitalWorks rallies toward the high.
Japan Smaller Capitalization Fund (JOF) was a nice play on the Asian recovery, but what has it done for you lately? It began a pullback several weeks ago that carried way too far. It has bounced well since finding a short-term low late last week, but it's a long, long way back to that old high. It's likely the stock will show no further gains for the rest of this year.
Can you hear that sound? It's telling you to sell your Headwaters (HDWR) shares and move to the sidelines. The stock broke its 50-day moving average on high volume a few weeks ago and has now rallied back to the average. This is a classic time for short-sellers and disgruntled investors to take action. Neither of them will help the bull cause right now.
Chordiant Software (CHRD) is a noose around my technical neck. On
Intertrust Technologies (ITRU) is coming off a two-year base and could make further gains in the months ahead. Intertrust printed a nice little triangle the last three weeks and should head higher soon. The stock should have a tough time getting over $4, but that would be a price double from here.
It looks like the next move is up for Sitel (SWW), but what then? The stock shows substantial resistance just above the current price level. This means it can make progress, but probably at a very slow pace. Since speed of movement is one of the attractions of small stocks, there are much wiser picks for your trading account.
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