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Easy Ways to Find Trades in Tough Markets

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Written by Timothy Sykes
Updated 10/3/2022 5 min read

I want you to do me a favor.

This is the first thing I ask from all my Millionaire Challenge students.

Ignore all the CNBC talking heads that tell you to buy up the market.

These promoters have zero accountability and will say anything to get views.

Let me show you one graphic that sums up the current markets perfectly…

I remember back in 2008 when fund managers paraded on television like peacocks, explaining why Lehman Brothers was fine, stocks were cheap, blah, blah, blah.

Families lost their homes, retirements, and life savings listening to these charlatans.

Don’t assume that just because stocks have fallen they can’t go any lower.

Rather than beat your head against the wall, trying to pinpoint the bottom, why not trade battle-tested setups?

My #1 Supernova pattern works regardless of what’s happening in the S&P 500.

And with my 7-Step Penny Stock Framework, you’ve got the basic blueprints for what I teach my students.

So, let me make things even easier and show you simple ways to locate stocks that fit into that framework every morning before the market even opens.

Scan for Success

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If you want to make big moves you’ve gotta scan for big moves.

There are a few different ways to find them:

  • Premarket movers – Most days, there will be a handful of stocks up +30% in the premarket, typically tied to a news catalyst that dropped in the morning.
  • Multi-day runners – These stocks are ideal for my style of trading. I like stocks with large runs over several days. You can find them by scanning for stocks up +30% or more in the last few days.
  • Heavy Volume – When penny stocks garner attention, volume tends to follow. Typically, stocks will gain +30% on volume that is +5x the daily average give or take.

Once I have a list, I then start to dig into the individual charts.

There are two things I look for.

First, I want to see price action that aligns with my 7-Step Pennystock framework.

Global Tech Industries Group Inc. (OTC: GTII) is a recent example of this kind of chart.

This OTC stock went from $0.50 to over $9.00 in a matter of days.

However, it might not have come up on your scans.

OTC stocks tend to not trade heavily if at all in the premarket, unlike companies listed on the main exchanges.

Additionally, there was one small pullback on the ramp higher.

That’s why I keep a watchlist of stocks that meet my criteria for at least a week or two.

If the stock starts to move again, I have alerts to keep me informed.

The second thing I look for is a news catalyst.

When analysts try to figure out whether the S&P 500 is moving up or down, they have to sift through tons of data, most of which is loosely correlated to the market.

With penny stocks, the news catalysts have clear, identifiable price reactions.

That said, sometimes, the movement precedes the news.

This can happen if the investor relations team decides to pump the stock based on price action with a press release.

One of the easiest, and most profitable ways to trade Supernova patterns is to wait for that blow off top and then dip buy into the following panic.

This is where the stock can drop a ton in a short period of time.

While it might seem scary, I lay out how I do this in my morning panic dip buying guide.

Quite simply, I combine the Supernova pattern with my teachings on price action along with technical analysis to align entries with promoter-induced buying.

If you struggle to find consistent profitability, this is a great place to start and something I teach extensively to my Millionaire Challenge students.

I encourage you to explore stocks with large price movements.

However, the key to survival is risk management.

Bigger price moves mean smaller share sizes.

My goal isn’t to make a million dollars on every trade.

It’s to generate reliable outcomes that grow my account steadily over time.


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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”