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Best Stocks Under $40 to Buy Today

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Written by Timothy Sykes
Updated 5/3/2024 9 min read

The best stocks under $40 to buy today depend on today’s chart. The fact is, 99.9% of these cheap stocks will eventually be worth less than they are right now. That’s why I tell my students to build a watchlist every day.

The best traders watch more stocks than they trade. That’s essential for getting to know the charts of these stocks — these charts will give you valuable info about their future moves. If you study the patterns these stocks follow, you can find opportunities for the kind of small gains that can grow a small account fast.

Today I’ll show you how to build a watchlist for stocks under $40. Read on for the results!

What Are the Best Stocks to Buy Under $40 in May 2024?

To find the best stocks to buy under $40 in May 2024 requires a top-level stock screener. I use the one in StocksToTrade — I helped design it, so it has all the tools and customizations I look for to create my stock watchlists.

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To find watch-worthy stocks under $40, I input the following criteria:

  • Last Price ≤ $40
  • Last Price ≥ $20
  • Volume ≥ 100,000

When I run this screen in May 2024 and sort by percent change, it gives me the following top results:

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Best Stocks Under $40 to Buy in May 2024

The best stocks under $40 in May 2024 are:

This is a watchlist — not a “buy list.”

I’m sharing this so you can see my process. If you want to see more NO-COST watchlists, you can sign up for my weekly watchlist here.

Read on for the best stocks that I’m watching today!

Direxion Daily Semiconductor Bear 3X Shares [NYSE: SOXS]

The Fund seeks daily investment results, before fees and expenses, of 300% of the inverse (or opposite) of the daily performance of the Index. The Index is a rules-based, modified float-adjusted market capitalization-weighted index that tracks the performance of the thirty largest U.S. listed semiconductor companies. Semiconductor companies are defined as those classified within the Semiconductors Industry of the ICE Uniform Sector Classification schema. This includes companies that either manufacture materials that have electrical conductivity (semiconductors) to be used in electronic applications or utilize LED and OLED technology. This also includes companies that provide services or equipment associated with semiconductors such as packaging and testing. The Index is rebalanced quarterly and reconstituted annually.

Pfizer Inc. [NYSE: PFE]

Pfizer is one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical firms, with annual sales close to $50 billion (excluding COVID-19 vaccine sales). While it historically sold many types of healthcare products and chemicals, now, prescription drugs and vaccines account for the majority of sales. Top sellers include pneumococcal vaccine Prevnar 13, cancer drug Ibrance, cardiovascular treatment Eliquis, and immunology drug Xeljanz. Pfizer sells these products globally, with international sales representing close to 50% of its total sales. Within international sales, emerging markets are a major contributor.

JD.com Inc. [NASDAQ: JD]

JD.com, Inc. is registered with the U.S. Security and Exchange Commission and incorporated in the state of Cayman Islands. JD.com, Inc is primarely in the business of retail-retail stores, nec. For financial reporting, their fiscal year ends on December 31st.

Li Auto Inc. [NASDAQ: LI]

Li Auto is a leading Chinese NEV manufacturer that designs, develops, manufactures, and sells premium smart NEVs. The company started volume production of its first model Li One in November 2019. The model is a six-seater, large, premium plug-in electric SUV equipped with a range extension system and advanced smart vehicle solutions. It sold over 90,000 EVs in 2021, accounting for about 2.7% of China’s passenger new energy vehicle market. Beyond Li One, the company will expand its product line, including both BEVS and PHEVs, to target a broader consumer base.

KraneShares CSI China Internet ETF [NYSE: KWEB]

The objective of the Sub-Fund is to provide investment results that, before fees and expenses, correspond generally to the price and yield performance of the investable universe of Chinese renminbi (RMB)-denominated equity securities listed on the Shenzhen or Shanghai Stock Exchanges (A Shares) (China Renminbi Companies). traded China-based companies whose main business are inthe Internet and Internet-related sectors. The Fund will seekto do so by tracking the performance of the CSI OverseasChina Internet Index (the Index) as closely as possible.

Which Is the Cheapest High-Potential Stock to Buy Right Now?

To find the cheapest high-potential stocks, you have to study their charts.

Take a look at the 1-year chart for Clean Vision Corp. [OTCPK: CLNV]:

See how many 100% spikes this stock had in the past year? Each one of these spikes was a trading opportunity — that’s the way I’ve made over $8,000 in total earnings trading this stock (click the link to see my individual trades).

However, that’s not a recommendation to “buy” this stock. See how it drops after every spike?

CLNV follows my 7-step pennystocking framework perfectly. This framework isn’t just for penny stocks though… You can also see its patterns play out in higher priced stocks like Tesla Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA).

This is the chart you have to commit to memory:

Stocks Under $40 FAQs

Just because a stock trades for under $40 doesn’t make it cheap. Read on for some more questions you might be asking…

Where can one find the list of companies’ stocks under $40?

Get a powerful stock screener like the one in StocksToTrade, and start building parameters. When I’m looking for tradable stocks under $40, I want their volume to be great enough for the stock to be liquid. This way I can enter and exit a position more easily.

What are high-volume stocks under $40?

A stock under $40 needs high volume for me to trade it. When I’m building my stock scan, I’ll typically look for stocks that have traded over 1 million shares so far that day.

The scanner I’m using in this article is set to look for stocks that have traded more than 50,000 shares. This will help you identify watch-worthy stocks — even if you’re looking in pre-market.

What are some great stocks under $40 for selling calls and puts?

I don’t trade options, but my former student Mark Croock has made more than $4 million mostly with this strategy! He’s done this by adapting my penny stock strategies to the world of options… If you’re interested in learning his risk-informed approach, check out “The Ultimate Options Trading Blueprint For Small Accounts” — it’s no cost for a limited time!

What is Tim Sykes’ favorite stock under $40?

I don’t have a “favorite” stock under $40 — I mostly trade penny stocks, which trade under $5. However, penny stocks will often run above the $5 range, which happened with the SPAC stock Ocean Biomedical Inc. (NASDAQ: OCEA). It still moved like a penny stock, so I was able to use my penny stock strategies in trading it…  I made $517 in four conservative trades (click the link to see my individual trades).

What are the best stocks to buy under $40 that pay dividends?

I wouldn’t recommend any stocks to buy under $40 that pay dividends, or any dividend stocks at all. You have to hold stocks through their dividend date to receive payouts, and I am more of a trader than an investor. Dividend stocks are traditionally seen as less risky to hold than other stocks — but I think that every stock is risky to hold.

Plus, dividend stocks give away some of the value that would otherwise add to their share price. That means they see less growth than non-dividend stocks, which doesn’t make them great for trading either.

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Timothy Sykes

Tim Sykes is a penny stock trader and teacher who became a self-made millionaire by the age of 22 by trading $12,415 of bar mitzvah money. After becoming disenchanted with the hedge fund world, he established the Tim Sykes Trading Challenge to teach aspiring traders how to follow his trading strategies. He’s been featured in a variety of media outlets including CNN, Larry King, Steve Harvey, Forbes, Men’s Journal, and more. He’s also an active philanthropist and environmental activist, a co-founder of Karmagawa, and has donated millions of dollars to charity. Read More

* Results are not typical and will vary from person to person. Making money trading stocks takes time, dedication, and hard work. There are inherent risks involved with investing in the stock market, including the loss of your investment. Past performance in the market is not indicative of future results. Any investment is at your own risk. See Terms of Service here

The available research on day trading suggests that most active traders lose money. Fees and overtrading are major contributors to these losses.

A 2000 study called “Trading is Hazardous to Your Wealth: The Common Stock Investment Performance of Individual Investors” evaluated 66,465 U.S. households that held stocks from 1991 to 1996. The households that traded most averaged an 11.4% annual return during a period where the overall market gained 17.9%. These lower returns were attributed to overconfidence.

A 2014 paper (revised 2019) titled “Learning Fast or Slow?” analyzed the complete transaction history of the Taiwan Stock Exchange between 1992 and 2006. It looked at the ongoing performance of day traders in this sample, and found that 97% of day traders can expect to lose money from trading, and more than 90% of all day trading volume can be traced to investors who predictably lose money. Additionally, it tied the behavior of gamblers and drivers who get more speeding tickets to overtrading, and cited studies showing that legalized gambling has an inverse effect on trading volume.

A 2019 research study (revised 2020) called “Day Trading for a Living?” observed 19,646 Brazilian futures contract traders who started day trading from 2013 to 2015, and recorded two years of their trading activity. The study authors found that 97% of traders with more than 300 days actively trading lost money, and only 1.1% earned more than the Brazilian minimum wage ($16 USD per day). They hypothesized that the greater returns shown in previous studies did not differentiate between frequent day traders and those who traded rarely, and that more frequent trading activity decreases the chance of profitability.

These studies show the wide variance of the available data on day trading profitability. One thing that seems clear from the research is that most day traders lose money .

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Citations for Disclaimer

Barber, Brad M. and Odean, Terrance, Trading is Hazardous to Your Wealth: The Common Stock Investment Performance of Individual Investors. Available at SSRN: “Day Trading for a Living?”

Barber, Brad M. and Lee, Yi-Tsung and Liu, Yu-Jane and Odean, Terrance and Zhang, Ke, Learning Fast or Slow? (May 28, 2019). Forthcoming: Review of Asset Pricing Studies, Available at SSRN: “https://ssrn.com/abstract=2535636”

Chague, Fernando and De-Losso, Rodrigo and Giovannetti, Bruno, Day Trading for a Living? (June 11, 2020). Available at SSRN: “https://ssrn.com/abstract=3423101”