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5 Stocks Under $10 Set to Soar


Another under-$10 stock that's just starting to trigger a major breakout trade here is Solazyme ( SZYM), which is in the business of transforming a range of low-cost plant-based sugars into high-value oils. This stock has been trending strong so far in 2013, with shares up by 21%.

This company just reported earnings on Wednesday, posting a loss that met Wall Street's expectations but coming up short on beating revenue expectations. Revenue decreased 50.59% to $6.7 million from the year-earlier quarter.

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If you take a look at the chart for Solazyme, you'll notice that this stock has been uptrending strong for the last month, with shares soaring higher from its low of $7.15 to its intraday high of $9.86 a share. During that uptrend, shares of SZYM have been mostly making higher lows and higher highs, which is bullish technical price action. That move has started to push shares of SZYM into breakout territory and back above its 200-day moving average of $9.35 a share.

Market players should now look for long-biased trades in SZYM if it manages to break out above some near-term overhead resistance levels at $9.50 to $9.90 a share with high volume. Look for a sustained move or close above those levels with volume that registers near or above its three-month average action of 556,451 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then SZYM will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $12 to $13 a share.

Traders can look to buy SZYM off weakness to anticipate that breakout and simply use a stop that sits right below some key near-term support at $8.75 a share. One can also buy SZYM off strength once it clears those breakout levels with volume and then simply use a stop right below its 200-day moving average of $9.35 a share, or right below $9 a share.

This stock is very popular with the short-sellers, since the current short interest as a percentage of the float for SZYM is extremely high at 21.7%. This stock has big time short-squeeze potential, so make sure to put this on your breakout trading radar.

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