Stock picks should always be made based on the facts and investors should never take on undue risk with their investments. That’s why even when buying penny stocks, traders should consider setting some minimum standards to ensure they are not getting taken for a ride. Simply put, insist on the company being listed on a major exchange instead of the pink sheets, and a company that has shown decent fundamentals and share price appreciation in recent months. Stocks like Sirius XM Radio Inc. (NASDAQ: SIRI), for instance, which may be a bargain but have a proven track record.
I use the many of the same of standards I apply to blue chips to picking penny stocks — or more specifically, equities that trade for only a few dollars a share. Stocks that actually trade for a penny apiece are largely gambles with your money and not real investments based on the facts.
If you want a legitimate investment (though admittedly a high-risk play), consider these four consumer-oriented penny stocks flying high now that spending is slowly on the mend.
Dreams Inc. (DRJ)
First on the list of penny stocks to buy is Dreams Inc. (AMEX: DRJ) which manufactures, distributes and sells sports licensed products, memorabilia and acrylic display cases. In the last year. DRJ has skyrocketed +59%, compared to a gain of +17% for the Dow Jones in the same time. Things are also bright on the earnings front, as analysts project EPS of 14 cents this quarter after the stock posted EPS eight cents this quarter last year. DRJ is an affordable stock at under $2.50 a share and could see big growth in its sports-focused business as consumers start collecting souvenirs once more now that their budgets aren’t so tight.
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Kingold Jewelry Inc. (KGJI)
Next on the list is Kingold Jewelry Inc. (NASDAQ: KGJI), which designs, manufactures and sells gold jewelry in China. Despite posting moderate losses lately, KGJI has potential on the horizon and recently closed on a public offering of common stock for $23 million, or $3.19 per share. Since news of the public offering, this stock has posted a modest gain of +2%. Don’t be scared away by recent losses, KGJI has potential to bring you big gains.
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Crown Media Holdings Inc. (CRWN)
Crown Media Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: CRWN) owns and operates the following pay television channels: Hallmark Channel, the Hallmark Movie Channel and the Hallmark Movie Channel HD. In the last year, this penny stock has posted an impressive gain of +65%, compared to much smaller gains by the broader markets. Additionally, in its last income statement, CRWN posted a net profit margin of +10%. While the digital revolution may be driving some customers away from cable TV, Hallmark is seeing decent web traffic to its online offerings and is getting its channels included in more packages on more cable providers. This penny stock has shown that its potential to post solid gains in the past year.
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Sirius XM Radio Inc. (SIRI)
Rounding out the list of top consumer penny stocks to buy now is Sirius XM Radio Inc. (NASDAQ: SIRI) which broadcasts music, sports, news, talk, entertainment, traffic and weather channels via satellite to any location in the United States — for a subscription fee, of course. Over the past 12 months, this penny stock has posted an incredible gain of +128%, compared to much smaller gains by the broader market. It is also important to note that SIRI posted a net profit margin of +9% in its last income statement and has tied up the loose ends on its deal with Howard Stern to give him another five years on SIRI airwaves.
As of this writing, Louis Navellier did not own a position in any of the stocks named here.