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4 Things to Watch in 2020 — Part 4: Hot OTCs

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Written by Timothy Sykes
Updated 3/1/2021 17 min read

This is the final post of my 4 Things to Watch in 2020 series … today I’ll cover hot OTCs.

If you missed the first three sections, be sure to check them out…

I explain the growing trend of MASSIVE short squeezes, break down the hottest sector of 2020, and discuss why you should pay attention to former runners.

To wrap up this series, I want to discuss a pattern I talk about all the time in my 6,000+ video lessons.

Before I dive in, let me make something crystal clear … This four-part series shouldn’t be your entire market education. 2020 is still young, and there’s no better time to start your trading education…

So make 2020 your year. Invest in your education and start your journey to financial freedom. I look forward to seeing you in my chat room.

Now — let’s explore the mysterious, sometimes sketchy world of OTC runners.

What Are OTCs?

OTC stands for over the counter. If you hear OTC in relation to the stock market, it means the OTC market.

Unlike Nasdaq or the NYSE, the OTC market still mostly operates without computers. Individuals have to manually execute trades. That slows down executions and can create huge trading opportunities — if you know how to spot a hot play.

I love the OTC market the most. The plays fit my patterns better. It’s easier for me to find trades. But just because I like OTCs doesn’t mean they’re for everyone. Plenty of my students won’t touch these stocks. It’s just not where they excel or trade well consistently.

Since the movie “The Wolf of Wall Street” came out, the OTC market has gotten a bad reputation. It was the notorious stomping ground for promoters. And many companies that trade on the OTC markets are scams.

That’s OK — I’m not looking to invest in these companies long term. Hold and hope isn’t my strategy. I hold these stocks for a few minutes or hours … maybe a day at the most. I try to take advantage of the massive moves OTCs can make when they gain momentum.

Need a crash course in low-priced stocks? Start with the book by my student Jamil, “The Complete Penny Stock Course.” It combines all my lessons into one book. It’s a great way to learn the rules I follow when I trade.

Let’s look at a couple of the insane runs in OTC stocks in the past year…

Hot OTC Examples

Right now, the stock market is at all-time highs. There are a lot of hot sectors. But low-priced OTC runners have had some huge gains — 50%, 100%, or even 200% in a day.

CytoDyn Inc. (OTC: CYDY)

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Here’s the daily chart for CYDY. If you zoom out two or three years, it doesn’t look that great. But if you look at the last 60 days, it’s amazing!

CYDY chart - another hot otc
CYDY chart: 2-month, 1-day candle  — courtesy of StocksToTrade.com

The stock quadrupled. It spiked from a low of around 26 cents to a high of $1.18. OTCs move differently than listed stocks. They can make these large moves over a short period. That’s why I love playing them when they’re hot and have solid trading volume.

Let’s take a look at another recent hot OTC…

Cannabix Technologies Inc. (OTC: BLOZF)

BLOZF is another OTC that’s gone from a low of roughly 27 cents to 83 cents in only a month. That’s a sweet triple on this play in only a few days.

BLOZF chart - OTCs get hot
BLOZF chart: 1-month, 1-day candle  — courtesy of StocksToTrade.com

BLOZF is probably the best example so far in 2020. This chart’s a very typical OTC setup. There’s a nice day-one run, followed by a rest day. Then it had a breakout that continued for multiple days.

After its third green day, it pulled back hard. That’s where I tried to dip buy it but was a little off. I had trouble getting filled.

Thankfully, I nailed the breakout into the close the day before its final green day. I bought toward the end of the day. But I knew it was overextended so I didn’t want to be too aggressive or patient.

Once these stocks put in two to four green days in a row, they become a lot riskier. So I try to be extra careful with my trades.

BioRestorative Therapies, Inc. (OTC: BRTX)

BRTX didn’t hold up for multiple days like some of the others. But it still spiked 300% off its lows. It’s since failed, but that was a nice two-day spike.

Hot OTC: BRTX
BRTX chart: 1-month, 1-day candle  — courtesy of StocksToTrade.com

I want to show you BRTX because not every OTC will run for multiple days. It’s important to notice when these stocks start to fail.

Tautachrome, Inc. (OTC: TTCM)

TTCM has been uptrending and actually is a nice triple over the last month. But if you go back a little further it had a HUGE spike in 2019.

Hot OTC TTCM 1-year chart
TTCM chart: 1-year, 1-day candle  — courtesy of StocksToTrade.com

It spiked from under a penny ($0.006) to over 3 cents in only eight trading days! That’s a 500% spike. 

Hot OTCs are insane, but sadly there aren’t that many of them anymore. A lot of the promoters behind some of the best OTC plays are in jail. Sometimes we’ll go months without a good OTC supernova. But you should still prepare. Study these charts and be ready for the next one.

GRN Holding Corporation (GRNF) — Formally Discovery Gold Corp (OTC: DCGD)

DCGD spiked from under 1 cent to well over $2 a share over three months! It eventually got halted and the company changed its name…

GRNF formerly DCGD
GRNF chart: 3-month, 1-day candle  — courtesy of StocksToTrade.com

So DCGD is now GRNF, which has gone straight down. It opened around $1 a share and now trades around 50 cents. These plays can be sketchy … don’t overstay your welcome. Nail the meat of the move. Take your single and move on.

The people who fall in love with these stocks almost always lose money. Again, I’m not looking to invest in any of these companies.

Date the stock, don’t marry it. 

At the end of the day, most of these companies are crap. My goal is to take advantage of the volatility. The key to these OTCs is recognizing they have big spike potential — but they don’t usually hold their gains.

And always remember rule #1: cut losses quickly.

Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, Inc. (OTC: KBLB)

KBLB was a big runner in 2019 from 8 cents to 50 cents. It had a perfect double top at 50 cents and has since been dead. When an OTC dies … it dies hard.

KBLB advanced spider silk technology became one of the hottest OTCs of 2019
KBLB chart: 1-year, 1-day candle  — courtesy of StocksToTrade.com

NaturalShrimp Incorporated (OTC: SHMP)

If we go back to early 2019, SHMP was the best supernova I’ve seen in a long time. It spiked from around 4 cents to over 90 cents.

best supernova of 2019? hot otc SHMP
SHMP chart: 2-year, 1-day candle  — courtesy of StocksToTrade.com

A lot of my top students nailed SHMP.* And here’s the thing … these students played SHMP their way based on the PennyStocking Framework. There’s no ‘right’ way to trade these supernovas…

You can buy the breakout, short the first red day, or dip buy a morning panic. There are plenty of plays. You need to focus on the strategy that works best for you and your schedule.

Kona Gold Solutions, Inc. (OTC: KGKG)

In 2018, KGKG ran from 1 cent to 14 cents. Then it dropped back to 4 cents, and now it’s trying to bounce.

another hot OTC: KGKG
KGKG chart: 2-year, 1-day candle  — courtesy of StocksToTrade.com

I’m keeping an eye on it … Traders tend to remember former runners, but KGKG’s long-term chart is terrible.

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IntelliPharmaCeutics International Inc. (OTC: IPCIF)

IPCIF had a huge run-up from 14 cents to a high of roughly 95 cents.

IPCIF chart
IPCIF chart: 2-month, 1-day candle  — courtesy of StocksToTrade.com

I want to emphasize this one … it ended up gapping down HUGE. This is why you must lock in your gains and move on. 

I’ll say it again: these stocks are usually crap. That’s why they’re on the OTC market and not on a listed exchange. Burn the IPCIF chart into your memory. Let it haunt you into taking small gains.

Rivex Technology Corp. (OTC: RIVX)

There are still a few stock promotions out there. They suck compared to the promotions from five or 10 years ago. Most of those promoters are in jail or shut down. Personally, I’d love to see more promoters. They can create more opportunities for me and my students.

The best pump I’ve seen in a long time is RIVX. The promoters hyped this from the $2.80s to the mid $10s. Guess what happened then? It dropped all the way back to the $2.80s.

RIVX pump
RIVX chart: 6-month, 1-day candle  — courtesy of StocksToTrade.com

I mean, look at this chart. They pumped it for nearly two full months, then let it die in only one day. The SEC ended up halting it. When RIVX was halted on January 8, the stock closed at $4.27. It re-opened on January 24 at $2.50 … and tanked to 27 cents a share by the end of the day.

One of my top young students, Jack Kellogg, absolutely NAILED this play.

01/06 2:26 PM Jackaroo → timothysykes: $RIVX next stop .50c

01/09 9:30 AM Jackaroo: $rivx HALTED gg

Now check out Jack’s comments from the Trading Challenge chat room on January 24…

01/24 10:15 AM Jackaroo: filled RIVX cover .25 cents.

01/24 10:15 AM Jackaroo: +$13k roughly.

01/24 10:16 AM wildwes → Jackaroo: holy sh*t man. Where did you short it from?

01/24 10:16 AM Jackaroo → wildwes: 5.41.

[*Note that these results aren’t typical. It takes time, dedication, exceptional skills, and knowledge to trade well. Most traders lose money. Always remember trading is risky … never risk more than you can afford.]

Jack played the short on this pump like I would’ve in the past. But now I’m long biased since short selling is so overcrowded. I wrote a special blog post about RIVX and how I long these promotion stocks. These stocks are sketchy, but you can still find an edge … if you prepare and are smart about your entry.

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These Students Understand the Power of OTC Spikers

From the Trading Challenge Chat Room

12/26 4:02 PM Androo: $CYDY what a close, defs an o/n I didn’t want to chase

12/27 9:36 AM scottsaylor11: out 4 of 7k swing $cydy. looking for .90s push for last piece

12/27 9:41 AM ThePennySqueeze: Woohhooo! ONe of my biggest days to date! $1,162.15 From $FCEL and $CYDY! Thanks Gurus!

12/27 9:45 AM WinstonSmith: Sold $CYDY at 0.84 for 122 in profit

12/27 10:38 AM tbohen: 12/26/2019 $CYDY is a “OTC breakout” gapper play, but I’m still so gun shy on these, its been FOREVER since we had one work

12/27 1:09 PM SkuLL_KiD: OTC Multiday Breakout hands down the most PDT friendly strategy 

ive ever come across, 2 profits in 2 accounts and didn’t even use a daytrade $CYDY 

01/09 3:34 PM CrazyWillows: $BRTX I feel comes with experience, even with small size I was not sure on a good entry level, glad I could watch and learn.

01/16 9:34 AM Tommy_D: Wow, $IPCIF down 77% on news. Not a dip buy

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More Comments From the TimAlerts Chat Room

12/27 10:02 AM Ems_trader: Papertrade $CYDY in .77 out .89 2000 shares

01/06 9:37 AM Thenunzzz: Good man! Wish I was with you on that one, used all my trades last week before $BRTX! EPIC!

01/06 10:20 AM Meeshka_Z123: $IPCIF in at 0.73 out at 0.77

01/06 2:24 PM Tessa: $RIVX has a 60% crash today! From $11 down to $4.28

01/10 12:23 PM Lpena1214: correction: $BLOZF in .722 overnight sell to .7843 this morn

01/10 12:37 PM Jackaroo: I sold $BLOZF just not bouncing, zzzz, going to take off midday here, likely no trades into close

Although these students all took advantage of different hot OTC runners, they had a lot of similarities in their trades. And they had the right mindset. They were prepared for the stocks when they started running. They used the past to prepare themselves for these awesome plays.

I can’t wait to see the awesome  hot OTC runners 2020 will bring.

Do you want to learn how to think for yourself in the markets? Or learn how to be prepared for the next OTC runner? Apply for my Trading Challenge today.

Interested in hearing from one of my newest six-figure students* and his OTC strategy? Check out Jack Kellogg on the SteadyTrade podcast.

[*Note that these results aren’t typical. It takes time, dedication, exceptional skills, and knowledge to trade well. Most traders lose money. Always remember trading is risky … never risk more than you can afford.]

What to Watch Going Forward

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Long story short, you’re looking for low-priced stocks with huge volume in the OTC market.

OTCs are super sketchy. A lot of people say…

“I’ll never touch an OTC.”

But for me, I think they’re easier. They fit my patterns better and there are fewer players in the market. Would you rather trade against professional traders and hedge funds or people who don’t know what they’re doing?

Moral of the story — focus on OTCs when they’re hot. I don’t care about an OTC that spikes and fails the next day. I’m interested in seeing how far they can go over several days or weeks. I don’t like to chase, but I’m willing to dip buy on morning panics or in the afternoon off highs.

When I look for an OTC, I want to see good volume. If it’s not there, that means there’s not enough interest. For an OTC to run multiple days it needs a story to really interest lots of traders. And ideally, a catalyst causes the stock to spike.

How do I find these plays? I use this revolutionary trading software and scan for the top percent gainers in the OTC market trading with above-average volume.

OTCs can be hit and miss — don’t try to force it. In 2019, there was a stretch of three or four months with very little OTC activity. That’s OK… 

Prepare yourself today to be ready for the hot OTCs of tomorrow.

What do you think about hot OTCs? I love to hear from you!


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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

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* 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”