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8 High-Volume Penny Stocks That Should Be on Your Radar Now

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Written by Timothy Sykes
Updated 4/4/2023 21 min read

Finding the right stock to trade is like putting a puzzle together. The news, volume, chart, and other indicators all have to fit. When you finish the puzzle, you get a clear picture of what a trade should look like.

Stock volume is often the biggest piece of this puzzle because it’s the single biggest indicator of price change. One of the best ways to prepare for future runs is to study stock charts, and learn how stocks react to changes in trading volume.

Another factor that’s essential for me is the stock’s float. Think of float as supply — volume is the demand. High trading volume on a low-float stock might result in big price swings, but the same volume on a high-float stock probably won’t move the needle much. That’s why I focus on low-float stocks.

Keep reading to learn more about high-volume penny stocks and how to trade them!

What Are Penny Stocks?

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Penny stocks are stocks traded below $5 per share. You can find them listed on major exchanges like Nasdaq and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), but most are traded through over-the-counter (OTC) transactions.

Penny stocks are seen as risky assets because they’re volatile and sketchy, which is true. Many penny stocks are even outright scams. All that said, trading the right ones can build your account quickly.

You can’t treat penny stocks like other stocks. If you want to make money trading penny stocks, you need a strategy that works with their advantages while mitigating their risks.

What Are High-Volume Penny Stocks?

High-volume penny stocks are penny stocks with many traders actively trading them. However, we’re not just looking for high-volume stocks — we’re looking for penny stocks with unusual volume.

Volume spikes on low-float stocks can lead to price spikes — more people want to buy these stocks, driving demand up. There are a number of ways you can use the strategies I teach to capitalize on these spikes.

Just remember:

Why High-Volume Penny Stocks Are Important to Traders

High-volume stocks have more potential for big price moves, whether downward or upward. Here’s why I prefer trading high-volume (and low-float) penny stocks:

High Volatility

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Volatility is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, no one can accurately predict stock price movements — on the other, you don’t have to wait long to see if you made the right (or wrong) call. Money flows fast in high-volume stocks because people are looking to buy or sell at a profit.

If you made the right call, these price movements might lead to bigger profits. Stocks with high volatility can also lead to bigger losses, which is why you should ALWAYS cut losses quickly.

More Liquidity

High-volume stocks are more liquid, meaning your sell and buy orders get filled faster. Conversely, illiquid stocks are harder to buy or sell because fewer people are trading them.

High stock liquidity makes getting in and out of a trade easier, whether you’re turning a profit or experiencing a loss.

The number of traders on each side of a trade will also depend on the price movement. I tell my students to sell into strength — there are always more willing buyers when a stock is trending up than when it is falling.

How to Find High-Volume Penny Stocks

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Now that you know why high-volume penny stocks are great, it’s time to look for them.

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High-Volume Penny Stocks To Watch Right Now

My high-volume penny stock picks are:

  • (OTCPK: TPTW) — TPT Global Tech — The Sub-Penny Breakout Stock
  • (OTCPK: WLAN) — Wialan Technologies — The Sub-Penny Internet Stock
  • (NASDAQ: XELA) — Exela Technologies Inc.  — The Pre-Spin-Off Penny Stock
  • (NASDAQ: FCEL) — FuelCell Energy Inc. — The EV Penny Stock
  • (NASDAQ: BNGO) — BioNano Genomics Inc. — The Biotech Penny Stock Former Runner
  • (OTCPK: ENZC) — Enzolytics Inc. — The Biotech Penny Stock Pump
  • (NASDAQ: SNOA) — Sonoma Pharmaceuticals Inc. — The Low-Float Biotech Penny Stock
  • (OTCQB: CYDY) — CytoDyn Inc. — The Biotech Penny Stock Former Short Squeeze

Don’t copy my watchlist picks blindly. What you should do with my list of stock picks is learn my process and understand why I chose them.

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1. TPT Global Tech (OTCPK: TPTW) — The Sub-Penny Breakout Stock

My first high-volume penny stock pick is TPT Global Tech (OTCPK: TPTW).

I wrote this tweet in 2021, but it’s once again relevant:

TPTW’s 500% mid-November run was kickstarted by 3 consecutive days of 100 million shares traded. In the days leading up to it, it traded in the low millions.

This is the kind of volume spike I look for. And it led to one of TPTW’s patented runs.

I first traded TPTW in June of 2020. It had a smattering of 100 million shares traded days as it ran from sub-penny land up more than 2,000%! It didn’t always need heavy volume to continue its run — but the days when volume poured in usually overlapped with price spikes.

This is a crappy stock that stays on my radar for one big reason — I’ve made over $20,000 trading it in the past three years. This technology/medical tech/telecom/media/crypto company has kept up with its press releases, and occasionally one of them sticks.

I traded TPTW for a boring, safe $149 in November… that was a 7.5% trade on a 30% move.

The pump doesn’t look dead yet.

2. Wialan Technologies (OTCPK: WLAN) — The Sub-Penny Internet Stock

My second high-volume penny stock pick is Wialan Technologies (OTCPK: WLAN).

This sketchy little stock’s default state is DEEP in sub-penny land.

It kicked off a 500% October-November run that brought it above the penny mark with 8 straight days of heavy volume. It continued to attract volume throughout November, as it went on a run that’s now at five weeks and counting…

During this run it traded 100 million shares 3 times. It traded 40 million shares 17 times.

WLAN’s default volume is in the low millions.

The catalyst was supposedly the hiring of a former T-Mobile engineer, who brought a patent for micro wireless devices for street light fixtures with him…

The real catalyst was a stock pump. One month in, let’s see if it still has any juice left.

3. Exela Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: XELA) — The Pre-Spin-Off Penny Stock

My third high-volume penny stock pick is Exela Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: XELA).

How does a sub-$1 penny stock like XELA stay on the Nasdaq? It’s had two reverse splits in the past two years, which produced one new share for every 60 pre-2021 shares.

Reverse splits can be catalysts for stock moves, especially when stocks become low-float after the split. With 120 million shares still out there, that isn’t the case with XELA.

So what prompted XELA to trade 170 millions shares — more than 10 times its usual volume — on November 14? It obviously wasn’t the revenue part of their earnings call that day, which saw XELA double the expected losses per share.

Maybe it was the news of their upcoming SPAC merger slowly making the rounds. SPACs and IPOs have preyed on the newbie mindset forever…

In 2022 this sector went completely nuts. AMTD Digital Inc. (NYSE: HKD) saw the kind of short squeeze that put even GameStop Inc. (NYSE: GME) to shame…

More relevant: I traded Green Globe International Inc. (OTCPK: GGII) for $1,485 (starting stake $5,445) in the lead-up to their spin-off of Hempacco Co Inc. (NASDAQ: HPCO). I’ve traded Meta Materials Inc. (OTCPK: MMTLP) for $3,642 as it prepares to issue its own spin-off.

I’ll be watching XELA as their $220 million European spin-off goes public too.

4. FuelCell Energy Inc. (NASDAQ: FCEL) — The EV Penny Stock

My fourth high-volume penny stock pick is FuelCell Energy Inc. (NASDAQ: FCEL).

If your stock has a float of 400 million, it shouldn’t be that hard to have a day where it trades 50 million shares.

Remarkably, FCEL has only done that once in 2022. And it was right at the start of a 60% multi-day run.

Like other stocks in the EV sector, FCEL’s potential hasn’t translated into profits. They’ve diluted MASSIVELY. Longtime holders of FCEL know they’ve been had.

So why am I still watching FCEL?

It still responds to volume spikes — that day of 50 million shares traded kicked off a three-week run.

I’ve made $2,988 trading FCEL in the past… There is a newbie born every day, and they might believe FCEL’s hype next time the EV sector heats up.

5. BioNano Genomics Inc. (NASDAQ: BNGO) — The Biotech Penny Stock Former Runner

My fifth high-volume penny stock pick is BioNano Genomics Inc. (NASDAQ: BNGO).

Sure, this stock looks pretty dead right now. But it’s pretty hard to forget those December 2020–January 2021 days where it averaged more than 500 million shares traded per day.

Even more impressive was the catalyst. BNGO started that epic high-volume run with the news that Nasdaq wouldn’t delist it… Of course, there was a healthy amount of pumping too.

BNGO followed that volume spike with a new share offering that DOUBLED its float… That couldn’t stop BNGO from racking up 3,000% gains through February 2021.

Of course, BNGO fell off a cliff from there.

Notice a pattern? Dilution is part of the penny stock game — especially for biotechs. These companies work on a years-long development timeline. Until they become the “next big thing,” they often bleed cash. New share offerings are a great way to raise capital until they actually start selling their product.

BNGO seems dead now, right? But look at that 60% spike it had on 80 million shares traded in August.

Former runners can run again.

6. Enzolytics Inc. (OTCPK: ENZC) — The Biotech Penny Stock Pump

My sixth high-volume penny stock pick is Enzolytics Inc. (OTCPK: ENZC).

I don’t like to shame newbies. I think of my message as shock therapy.

How did I get to $25k in profits on ENZC since October 2020? It wasn’t by holding and hoping.

ENZC started its only-in-penny-stock-land multi-month 95,000% run with 2 billion shares traded over three days in October 2020…

But take a look at the volume on the days I traded ENZC for $6,588 (starting stake $58,125) and $4,560 (starting stake $45,600). The volume on those days was 60 million and 70 million shares traded, respectively.

All that volume at the start of its run meant that there were a lot of bagholders when it started crashing.

Don’t get caught up in the hype. ENZC’s pump was so blatant that one of its promoters was actually arrested…

Look how I traded ENZC for a $566 profit on October 20 (starting stake $10,140). I didn’t buy it on a volume spike…

I waited till it had made its move. Then I bought its panics, as desperate bagholders tried to force an even bigger move on this terrible stock.

7. Sonoma Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: SNOA) — The Low-Float Biotech Penny Stock

My seventh high-volume penny stock pick is Sonoma Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: SNOA).

This was a Supernova Alert back in May of 2020…

Traders who caught the alert could have made 35% on the move. Not bad, considering that SNOA was at $14 at the time of the alert.

There wasn’t a ton of volume. With a three million share float, SNOA doesn’t need a lot to create pressure. And it can still attract the occasional 50 million shares-traded day.

Now that it’s back in penny stock territory, this ability to catch fire out of nowhere is doubly dangerous.

8. CytoDyn Inc. (OTCQB: CYDY) — The Biotech Penny Stock Former Short Squeeze

My eighth high-volume penny stock pick is CytoDyn Inc. (OTCQB: CYDY).

CYDY first came onto my radar in 2020. My top former student, $13.5 million trader Tim Grittani, made $54,798 (starting stake $629,206) shorting a mid-breakout panic in December 2020.

There were only 40 million shares traded over the two days of his trade.

When meme fever was catching in February 2021, I was cheering for a CYDY short squeeze…

Again, CYDY managed to spike off of only 16 million shares traded!

Post-dilution, it has a float of 740 million. Short squeezes are not in CYDY’s future.

Yet this stock still shows a real sensitivity to unusual volume. CYDY had a 200% run from mid-July to early August off of volume that measured less than 10 million shares traded per day…

That makes a difference when its average volume is barely above 1 million shares per day.

Its lead developmental drug targets both HIV and cancer. That’s a huge market — which means there’s a ton of volume waiting in the wings for the next press release.

Are Penny Stocks Worth Buying in 2022?

Penny stocks are worth buying in 2022 — and every year. Despite the bearish overall market this year, some of my penny stock trades have worked really well. A good example of this is my GTII trades, where I’ve made over $4,000 to date.

Penny stocks tend not to follow macro factors as much as pricier stocks. They run on hype and FOMO. They can make for some big profits, if you can avoid their pitfalls…

My Trading Challenge is a great place to learn how to make money from trading. In this program, I share the things I’ve learned during my 20-plus year trading journey — all to help you become a safer and smarter trader!

I don’t accept everyone. But if you really want to learn how to trade penny stocks — and have the discipline to work hard at it — apply for my Trading Challenge today!

Where to Buy High-Volume Penny Stocks

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You can find high-volume penny stocks on major exchanges like the NYSE and Nasdaq as well as OTC markets.

Major Exchanges

Listed penny stocks on major exchanges generally attract more volume because they’re easier to access. Major news stories are also more likelier for listed penny stocks — those are the ones that drive big-time volume.

OTC Markets

OTC stocks get less volume in general — but remember, you should be looking for unusual volume. It can take less volume to move a stock on the OTC markets…

Study the charts of the OTC stocks on your watchlists and you’ll see how they respond to the volume they do get.

Not all brokers offer OTC trading. Your broker choice should fit your needs and strategy, not the other way around.

Where Should You Buy Penny Stocks?

You should buy penny stocks wherever there’s an opportunity. Personally, I trade both listed and unlisted stocks because I don’t want to limit my trading options.

How to Evaluate the Performance of Your Trade

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An important part of trading is learning from your past trades. Keep a record of each trade and review them regularly to understand what went right and wrong.

You won’t learn much if you don’t have a trading plan. Set a reasonable goal — go for small wins instead of big ones and impose a maximum loss per trading day. Once you have a plan, stick to it and don’t trade with your emotions.

Do you have high-volume penny stocks on your radar? Let me know in the comments!

High-Volume Penny Stocks FAQs

How do you choose the right penny stocks to trade?

I choose the right penny stocks to trade by doing daily stock scans and watching the news. Once I find a promising stock, I put it on my list of penny stocks. A watchlist helps me monitor multiple stocks simultaneously without flipping through dozens of pages, saving a lot of time and effort.

Is trading penny stocks profitable in 2022?

Trading penny stocks was indeed profitable in 2022. My penny stock-centric strategies earned $131,000 since the beginning of the year.

Where do you find the average daily volume of a penny stock?

I use StocksToTrade to find the average daily volume of penny stocks. Its top-level stock screener helps active traders capitalize on penny stock trading opportunities.

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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”