by Zach | December 17, 2013 8:53 pm
This screen is a bit of a departure from my normal stock screens. Usually I require my screens to have a minimum price of $10 per share. But I do at times scan for stocks under $10. And that’s one of the screens I’m running for myself right now.
One dollar is a common threshold when screening for stocks. A lot of investors actively avoid penny stocks due to the speculative nature, the often wide bid/ask spreads, and the excessive volatility that is all too common in stocks under $1.00.
But some, of course, work out spectacularly well. And that’s probably what keeps people interested in them.
Seeing a stock make a 100% return or 200% return or more from a base of 50 cents, for example, seems easier than investing in a $50 stock or $100 stock and seeing that double or triple.
Five dollars is another common minimum when screening for stocks since many institutional investors won’t even consider a stock if it’s trading under $5. And since institutional investors are usually the ones that can move a stock; having stocks that are open to them is usually a bonus.
And quite frankly, lots of cheap stocks are cheap for a reason, i.e., that’s all they’re worth.
But being over $5 does put them into a different category of consideration. Maybe not the best category, but a step up from stocks less than a dollar.
Stocks Under $10
My minimum has typically been $10. With over 10,000 stocks out there, this minimum quickly lets me cull down several thousand stocks with a click of a button.
That doesn’t mean there aren’t any good stocks below that price point, because there are.
And I can recall several sub-$10 stocks in the past that worked out exceptionally well. Maybe it’s because I use them sparingly. Or maybe it’s because I’m ultra picky in selecting them. Either way, there can be a place for cheaper stocks in your portfolio sometimes.
And that’s what we’re looking at today.
Here are 5 stocks that made it through this week’s screen, and are stocks to buy for under $10 per share.
BALT Baltic Trading
BEE Strategic Hotels
HBAN Huntington Bancshares
I think each one of these picks has big potential. And the entire list is worth a thorough analysis.
I would not suggest filling up an entire portfolio of stocks under $10 though. But adding a careful selection of some of the best cheap stock names could add some excess returns to your bottom line, not to mention a little excitement to your stock picking process as well.
Get the rest of the stocks on this list and start screening for the best stocks under $10 for yourself. And don’t forget to backtest your strategy so you’ll know how successful it’s been before you put any of your money at risk. You can do it.
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AFFYMETRIX INC (AFFX): Free Stock Analysis Report
BALTIC TRAD LTD (BALT): Free Stock Analysis Report
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HUNTINGTON BANC (HBAN): Free Stock Analysis Report
SHORETEL INC (SHOR): Free Stock Analysis Report
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