Five Maverick Small-Cap Stocks for a Volatile Market
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The market has been on a roller coaster ride in recent weeks, charging higher one day and selling off the next. It's been a volatile brew that can turn huge profits or trigger extreme heartburn. In either case, traders are working hard for every dollar they earn these days, because even small lapses in concentration are triggering very unpleasant results.
When the indices churn through this level of volatility, I take a giant step back and look for stocks that move to the beat of their own drummer. These are the maverick issues immune to the big picture, attracting buying interest that doesn't depend on "Mad Money's" stockmeister or the latest data on interest rates.
In general, these plays don't fall into any particular sector or theme. However, most are speculative issues in which the company's current profitability isn't the primary reason for buying or selling. The category also favors small biotech or metals stocks, because those segments enjoy huge paydays when their stated plans carry to fruition.
Of course there's greater risk in trading standalone stocks because many things can go wrong on the journey to sustained growth. So get your stop placed as soon as you take a position and don't hesitate to jump ship if the Cinderella story starts to unravel.
Please note that due to factors including low market capitalization and/or insufficient public float, we consider Transcend Services, Ceragon Networks, Englobal, Premier Exhibitions and Premier Exhibitions to be small-cap stocks. You should be aware that such stocks are subject to more risk than stocks of larger companies, including greater volatility, lower liquidity and less publicly available information, and that postings such as this one can have an effect on their stock prices.
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