A friend of mine has begged me for at least a year for a column on a particular topic. Not an expose of all the thieving chief executives whose comeuppance has punished the lousy stocks he owned over the past few years. And not a piece explaining Dow 30 underfunded pension liabilities.
No, the piece my friend and probably thousands of others still want to read would end up with a headline like this: "Ten $5 Stocks to Buy Now!"
It's hard to believe, after all we've been through, that the life-affirming human penchant for getting rich on an investment of pennies still thrives. But since we're all about service here at SuperModels, this week I finally ran my screen for Fantastic Fivers with high hopes of finding a few cheapos worth the pocket change.
Here are the results. But I can't give them my strongest recommendation, because this is still a bear market -- and in bear markets, it pays to be a net seller of stocks, not a buyer.
| Fabulous Fivers?
|Company Name||SS Rating||Sector||Avg. vol.||Sept. 30 close|
|TriZetto Group (TZIX)||9||Technology||103,900||4.98|
|Cardinal Financial (CFNL)||9||Finance||23,600||4.16|
|ClearOne Communications (CLRO)||8||Technology||148,500||3.41|
|OrthoLogic (OLGC)||8||Health Care||96,800||3.87|
|Monterey Pasta (PSTA)||8||Consumer non-durables||51,200||4.65|
|Trover Solutions (TROV)||8||Health Care||32,000||4.01|
|SM&A (WINS)||8||Consumer services||22,300||3.04|