Monday, April 12, 2010

The Top Stocks for Trading

One old trader used to say "High beta is bettah!", meaning that a high beta on a stock is better for trading. Beta is the relation of the percentage change of a stock with that of the stock market as a whole. In other words, if a stock has a beta of 1, then the stock generally follows the market percent for percent. If it has a beta of zero, then there is no correlation, and if it has a beta of -1, then for each percentage move up in the market, the stock drops by a percentage and vice versa. However, if a stock has a beta of 2, then for each one percent increase in the market would return twice as much for the stock, in this case 2%.

So if you want to trade stocks, you might want to look for the ones with the high beta to get more bang for your buck. came up with a list of the stocks with the highest beta PLUS earnings and revenue growth in excess of 100% for the latest quarter. All of the stocks have market caps of more than $500 million. Here are the four stocks that met those filters and all have betas above 2.

Ambac Financial Group, Inc. (ABK) Beta: +2.6 Rev. growth +667% EPS Growth +192%

Harbin Electric, Inc. (HRBN) Beta: +2.5 Rev. growth +128% EPS Growth +930%

THQ Inc. (THQI) Beta: +2.3 Rev. growth +252% EPS Growth +110%

Sotheby's (BID) Beta: +2.2 Rev. growth +386% EPS Growth +225%

For other interesting lists of stocks including high income stocks, check out

Author does not own any of the above.



Anonymous said...


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One should always note that if they want to invest money they should do proper research be it fundamental research or technical research. Just think how come you can invest
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Indian stock market is one of the most happening and emerging market. Major Indian stock exchanges are BSE and NSE and both are of world class standards.

So grab good stocks and invest that’s the bottom line.

We hope to see you in major profits.


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