As stated in previous blog posts, I'm a firm believer of stocks which have had significant moves higher on big volume. Some of these stocks will sell off, and some will continue to move higher, it is important to use caution when purchasing and use discipline when selling.
All of these stocks have had nice moves higher on huge volume (% volume increase compare to 50 day average).
As of August 3 2009, the stocks which are on my watch list are listed in the table below.
|Company||Ticker||% Change||Volume %|
|Advanced Battery Technologies, Inc.||NASDAQ:ABAT||8.64||48.32%|
|Commercial Vehicle Group, Inc.||NASDAQ:CVGI||74.13||596.83%|
|Dana Holding Corporation||NYSE:DAN||23.08||164.49%|
|Embraer - Empr Bras Aeronautica (ADR)||NYSE:ERJ||12.26||349.49%|
|Carpenter Technology Corporation||NYSE:CRS||3.37||120.33%|
|LJ International, Inc.||NASDAQ:JADE||18.26||258.57%|
|OMNOVA Solutions Inc.||NYSE:OMN||8.02||34.37%|
|Valassis Communications, Inc.||NYSE:VCI||13.26||238.08%|
|Century Aluminum Company||NASDAQ:CENX||15.27||83.59%|
|FTI Consulting, Inc.||NYSE:FCN||3.12||391.39%|
|Conexant Systems, Inc.||NASDAQ:CNXT||28.67||419.78%|
|Converted Organics Inc.||NASDAQ:COIN||49.49||543.29%|
|Orbitz Worldwide, Inc.||NYSE:OWW||20.38||428.42%|
|Patriot Capital Funding, Inc.||NASDAQ:PCAP||97.02||783.09%|
|Sify Technologies Limited||NASDAQ:SIFY||23.2||1113.62%|
|KKR Financial Holdings LLC||NYSE:KFN||32.35||402.25%|
|Transcept Pharmaceuticals, Inc.||NASDAQ:TSPT||41.72||2880.94%|
As you may know, some of these stocks could give back all of their gains just as quickly, so instead of purchasing the stock, sometimes I purchase at or near the money call options on the stock. Purchasing call options is a cheaper way of opening a position on a stock, but if the stock sells off, you'll lose 100% of the premium you paid for the option and will not hold the stock, however if the stock continues to rally, you're % gain will most likely be much greater than if you purchased shares on the stock. To learn more about options in general check out my blog or stock option trading E-Books here.
Not all of these stocks have options traded on them, but the ones which do could pay off in big ways. I used this strategy when purchasing STEC Inc (STEC), and LaserCard (LCRD) and it paid off as both continued to rally after the calls were purchase (see more here).
The two stocks I am choosing to keep a close eye on this week for speculation are:
Advanced Battery Techs (ABAT), and Valassis Communications, Inc. (VCI).
ABAT Option Trade: Purchase the September 5 call options, as they are going for roughly $30 per contract. The price of this call contract was up 250% today on an 8.64% move up in the stock. I would look at getting in for $15 to $20 per contract on slight weakness in the underlying stock. Obviously if the stock sells off greatly I would scrap this idea, but if it pulls back slightly to the $4.15-$4.30 range I think contracts could be purchased for this price. They are scheduled to report earnings on August 12, so if I get in and have a profit I will likely choose to lighten up before earnings. ABAT hit a new 52 week high today, on increased volume of about 50% so a continuous run isn't out of the question.
VCI Option Trade: The strategy I am looking at for this stock is to purchase it and write an in the money call for the August 12.50. It is currently in the money by 40 cents. If the stock can hold above $12.50 a share (the stock is assigned at expiration) by August 21, 2009, the return on this position would be 5.8%. The downside protection on this stock is 8.9%, so if the stock does not expire 8.9% lower than the current share price, this position will also be profitable. These guys are coming off a great earnings report. They have rallied over 55% since their earnings release, so I will certainly be looking to get in on weakness.
These are just examples and are not recommendations to buy or sell any security; if you're more bullish/bearish, you’ll want to adjust the strike price and expiration accordingly.
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