DELAFIELD, Wis. ( Stockpickr) -- There isn't a day that goes by on Wall Street when certain stocks trading for $10 a share or less don't experience massive spikes higher. Traders savvy enough to follow the low-priced names and trade them with discipline and sound risk management are banking ridiculous coin on a regular basis.
Just take a look at some of the hot movers in the under-$10 complex from Thursday, including Prospect Global Resources ( PGRX), which has skyrocketed by over 30%; Eagle Bulk Shipping ( EGLE), which has soared higher by 20%; GigOptix ( GIG), which is ripping higher by 18%; and Kandi Technologies ( KNDI), which is up by over 15%. You don't even have to catch the entire move in lower-priced stocks such as these to make outsized returns when trading.
One low-priced stock that recently exploded to the upside was development-stage healthcare player Atossa Genetics ( ATOS), which I highlighted in Aug. 6's " 5 Stocks Setting Up to Break Out" at around $4.90 per share. I mentioned in that piece that shares of ATOS were starting to uptrend over the last month, with shares moving higher form its low of $4.22 to its recent high of $5.08 a share. That move was quickly pushing ATOS within range of triggering a big breakout trade above a key downtrend line that dated back to May. That breakout was set to trigger if ATOS managed to clear $5.08 a share with high volume.>>5 Stocks Rising on Unusual Volume Guess what happened? Shares of ATOS started to flirt with that breakout in mid-September when the stock hit $5.20 a share. Shares of ATOS then pulled back right to its 50-day moving average, but the stock never broke its near-term uptrend since it was continuing to make higher lows. Then this stock exploded to the upside on Wednesday with monster volume, after ATOS gapped up sharply clearing that key downtrend line. Shares of ATOS hit an intraday day high of $7.75 a share, which represents a massive gain of close to 60% from that $4.90 level. Low-priced stocks are something that I tweet about on a regular basis. I frequently flag high-probability setups, breakout candidates and low-priced stocks that are acting technically bullish. I like to hunt for low-priced stocks that are showing bullish price and volume trends, since that increases the probability of those stocks heading higher. These setups often produce monster moves higher in very short time frames. I'm not as eager to recommend investing long-term in stocks that trade less than $10 a share because these names can be very speculative, and the odds for picking the long-term winners aren't great. But I definitely love to trade stocks that are priced below $10. I like to view them as a trading vehicle with lots of volatility and lots of upside when the trade is timed right. >>Beat the S&P With These 5 Shareholder Yield Champs When I trade under-$10 names, I do it almost entirely based off of the charts and technical analysis. I also like to find under-$10 names with a catalyst, but that's secondary to the chart and volume patterns. With that in mind, here's a look at several under-$10 stocks that look poised to potentially trade higher from current levels.