Penny Stock Investing and Trading
by Ron Kaye
If you are still reading and have decided that you want to trade penny stocks, you need the right tools and good advice to help you survive and even win some money.
Step # 1 – Finding the Right Penny Stock to Buy
To discover the right one stock, you will have to do some investigation, or Due Diligence. There are a lot of websites that will help you with your DD and you can find a list of useful ones at www.stocks-reporter.com.
The following points will guide you in learning important information about a company in which you are interested in investing:
1. Share structure: AS (Shares Authorized) and OS (Outstanding Stock and Float)
2. Transfer agent transparency
3. SEC filing
4. Financial track record
5. Competitive position in its industry
6. Business model
7. Earnings power
8. Valuation or the potential value of the company.
For example, when looking into share structure what you want to see is that there is no dilution. A good sign is when the company has maximized the OS and is close to AS. Watching Level 2 will also give you good indication if there is any dilution from the company. A good strategy is to follow insiders who know the company better than anyone else.
Step # 2 – Deciding When to Buy
After finding the penny stock that you plan to buy, you have to find your entry point and how to execute it the right way. Following the trading in that particular stock for a few days together with chart analyzing will give you a lot of valuable information. At this point it is highly recommended for anyone to learn some basic chart reading or at least let others analyze the chart for you. You can ask for help on many of the popular message boards that discuss stock trading and chart analyzing. An important tip about how to execute the trade in a penny stock is: Be very patient and always try to buy at the BID price.
Step # 3 – When to Sell or The Exit Strategy
The exit strategy is something very personal to different traders or investors.
It is very important to implement your strategy immediately after executing the buy order. In most cases, a good idea would be to set a sell order of 50% of your position at around 20%-30% PPS spike. Another 10%-20% rise of PPS and then sell another 50% of your current position and let the rest ride for a while. In general, your exit strategy should be very flexible and change with news, momentum, and volume. 90% of the time, though, you should sell at the ASK so it won’t affect the run.
TIP: Remember always to take profits.