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No News? You Can Still Find a Trade

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Written by Timothy Sykes
Updated 10/16/2023 7 min read

Right now, there’s no shortage of tradeable headlines…

…from the crisis in the Middle East to Pfizer’s whacky earnings.

But those won’t help you take on Momentus Inc. (NASDAQ: MNTS) like I did…

…because this stock had ZERO news.

So, how did I find it within minutes of the market open?

Through a technique, I typically only teach my top students.

But it’s become so crucial to trading lately that I’m going to give you a sneak peek behind the curtain here today.

Scan for Success

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I use two lists to start every trading day: previous runners and premarket movers.

I update the first list at the end of the session, adding stocks that are or could become multiday runners and removing stocks that faded to oblivion.

The second list pulls in stocks up 20% or more in the premarket with decent volume.

From there, I look for headlines behind the move.

These two lists cover 90%-95% of my trades.

However, they don’t cover everything.

Sometimes, stocks will start their run near the open or during the main session.

With runners that hit after, say, 10 a.m. EST, there will almost always be news.

However, near the open, stocks can start to run higher without any headlines at all.

The only way to play them is to catch them as they happen.

That’s why I keep an ongoing list of the top percentage gainers running at all times.

Our StocksToTrade platform comes with one built-in, making it easy to spot them.

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The other great feature on this platform is our Breaking News Chat.

Not only do these guys drop the stock-moving headlines, but they’re fantastic at alerting me to these non-news movers as well.

These guys gave me enough of a heads-up that I grabbed an entry right before the stock went into a limit-up halt.

But Wait…

I’m not about to buy a stock just because it’s rising quickly.

There’s more to it than that.

You see, I want to have some type of confirmation there is buying behind the move.

And that all comes down to volume.

Let’s go back to the chart of MNTS and I’ll show you what I mean.

I drew a box around the volume and the price move (aka price action).

Notice how there was no volume in the premarket?

All of a sudden, hundreds of thousands of shares started trading in the first few minutes.

Compare that to the last few trading days.

In the last two sessions, when volume hit the stock early, the price rose.

Monday saw even MORE shares traded as the stock pushed higher.

Is it possible it could have failed on the 3rd try?


But, with the stock approaching the high from two days ago on heavy volume, I suspected it would bust through on the first try.

I wasn’t expecting the limit up, but I took it.

Playing it Safe

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My goal with these trades isn’t to ride them for doubles or triples.

I aim to find ~10% scalps that I know the patterns, can easily identify them, and trade them.

It doesn’t always make for the most exciting trades.

But with over $7 million in lifetime trading profits and more than 30 millionaire students I’ve mentored, it doesn’t have to be.

I teach folks how to find their niche in the market and utilize it for all that they can.

For some students, like Mark Croock, that takes them in an entirely different direction where they trade options.

For others, like Jack Kellogg, they get good enough to rake in over $12 million in lifetime trading profits.

There’s no ‘right’ way to trade.

However, some skills apply to everyone, no matter your style.

Price action is one of them.

And what I’ve offered you is just a snippet of how I read the charts and trade penny stocks.

Unlock the Secrets to Spotting Hidden Trade Opportunities 📈

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The market is filled with headline-driven trades, but what about those hidden gems that defy the news cycle?

Just like I took on Momentus Inc. with ZERO news, you can learn to spot these opportunities too.

My trading strategy isn’t confined to just ‘previous runners’ or ‘premarket movers.’ It’s about understanding price action and volume to unlock those secret scalping spots.

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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”