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Top Penny Stocks to Watch for May 2024

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Written by Timothy Sykes
Reviewed by Friedrich Odermann Fact-checked by Ed Weinberg
Updated 5/6/2024 27 min read


Penny stocks refer to stocks which trade at $5 per share or less. Their market cap is usually micro — under $300 million in total stock equity.

That’s the official definition at least. In spirit, these low-priced stocks are volatile and sketchy. They sell hope like other companies sell products. Despite it all, penny stocks are still the best way to build a small account quickly.

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3 Penny Stocks to Watch in May 2024

My top stock picks for May — rated on chart pattern, price action history, and catalyst — include the following:

Stock TickerCompanyPerformance (YTD)
NASDAQ: AMSTAmesite Inc+ 44.68%
NASDAQ: HOLOMicroCloud Hologram Inc- 31.01%
NASDAQ: NIVFNewGenIvf Group Ltd+ 16.67%

You can see how the plan with penny stocks is rarely buy-and-hold …

Those performance numbers are just through the first week of May!

Trading these penny stocks should be approached with a clear strategy and an understanding of the risks involved.

Jump ahead to get to my trading plans for these top penny stocks!

Top 3 Penny Stocks to Watch for May 2024

My top 3 penny stocks to watch for May are:

  • NASDAQ: AMST — Amesite Inc — The AI Product Launch Penny Stock
  • NASDAQ: HOLO — MicroCloud Hologram Inc — The Meme Stock With an AI Pump in its Past
  • NASDAQ: NIVF — NewGenIvf Group Ltd — The Reverse Merger Wellness Penny Stock

Has someone ever told you, “Penny stocks are a scam. You might as well throw your money down the toilet” !

From my perspective, that sounds like someone who lost money in a sketchy stock once and swore to never trade again.

I don’t blame them for feeling jaded.

There are a lot of sketchy aspects of my niche.

But here’s the catch …

If you know where the traps are, you can avoid them.

I know these are sketchy stocks. And I’m able to trade them for a profit — $7.6 million and counting — because of that knowledge.

Yes, people have also encouraged me to trade more trusted stocks.

But the blue chips don’t spike hundreds of percentage points in a single day … 

And that volatility is kind of hard to ignore.

Here’s what’s at the top of my scan right now …

Best Penny Stocks for May 2024

These are the top 3 penny stocks I’m watching in May 2024 …

No, that doesn’t mean that I’ll trade them. Learn the patterns that work best for you — you might have a chance to use them with these stocks!

#1: Amesite Inc (NASDAQ: AMST) — The AI Product Launch Penny Stock

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My first penny stock pick is Amesite Inc (NASDAQ: AMST).

It’s in two red-hot sectors right now:

  1. The AI industry.
  2. The biotech industry.

These are the two hottest small-account sectors in the stock market.

We’ve seen individual AI and biotech spikes since early 2023.


Now, we don’t believe in the future of these companies. The spikes end eventually.

We move from one spike to another. Every time there’s a new stock running, we can use the same process to trade it.

AMST pulls momentum from two sectors. That’s one of the reasons I’m excited about this stock. But every runner needs a catalyst …

Here’s the news that sent it higher:

On April 24 the company announced that it successfully launched an AI app that will reportedly empower 5.2 million nurses. Share prices spiked 110% that day,

I grabbed 15% of the move with a starting stake of $14,742. My trade notes are below:

Source: Profit.ly

These runners CAN spike for multiple days. But it pays to have eyes on them early …

I was able to trade this stock on day one because Breaking News alerted me to the move.

Make sure you’re watching Breaking News for the next stock that starts to spike.

AMST’s price action shows sideways consolidation right now … That’s a hint that the price could spike higher.

Plus, StocksToTrade shows that the float is only 1.7 million shares.

Stocks with a float below 10 million shares are considered to have a low supply. The low supply of shares helps prices spike higher when demand increases.

All of the factors point toward an explosive push upward.

Keep an eye on support at $3 and the breakout level at $4.25.

#2: MicroCloud Hologram Inc (NASDAQ: HOLO) — The Meme Stock With an AI Pump in its Past

My second penny stock pick is MicroCloud Hologram Inc (NASDAQ: HOLO).

On February 7 at 5:20 A.M. Eastern, MicroCloud announced plans to join the Communications Industry Association.

That means absolutely nothing!

Nobody cares about the Communications Industry Association.

At least the 360%* stock pump in August and September of 2023 was linked to AI. Comparatively, The communications association news is a joke.

That’s like if I announced I was joining a book club. And that’s how I knew the most recent spike was a short squeeze…

Short squeezes are some of the hottest catalysts in the market right now: Overaggressive short sellers pile into a crap stock. Then they squeeze each other out as the price rockets higher.

For example: HOLO spiked 6,400%* in February of this year.

The chart below shows the entire move. Every candle represents one trading day:

HOLO chart multi-month, 1-day candles Source: StocksToTrade

Past spikers can spike again …

I’m still waiting for a follow up bounce from this legendary runner.

And before the spike in 2024, it ran with AI momentum. There’s always a chance the company leverages the AI sector again.

#3: NewGenIvf Group Ltd (NASDAQ: NIVF) — The Reverse Merger Wellness Penny Stock

My third penny stock pick is NewGenIvf Group Ltd (NASDAQ: NIVF).

On April 22, NIVF announced a reverse merger with European Wellness Investment Holdings.

For those who are unaware: A reverse merger is when a private and public company combine, thereby bringing the private company public without the need for an IPO.

Two companies combined are theoretically always more valuable than either company alone. That’s what makes this a bullish catalyst.

NIVF’s total spike as a result of the news measures 280%* … so far.

It could push higher.

I traded the momentum on day one. My notes are below, with a starting stake of $11,220:

Source: Profit.ly

Here’s why I think it could push higher:

  • StocksToTrade shows us that the float is only 6 million shares.
  • Plus, the multi-day chart shows consolidation above $1.25.

The chart below shows the move thus far, since the reverse merger news. Every candle represents 10 minutes:

NIVF chart multi-day, 10-minute candles Source: StocksToTrade

There’s a solid breakout level around $3.

Pay attention to the support levels as this stock climbs toward a potential breakout. That’s how we plan trades on volatile runners.

Top Stocks Under $5

Hot sector penny stocks — whether we’re talking AI penny stocks, biotech penny stocks, or another sector attracting a lot of news — are something traders should always be looking at. The allure lies in the potential for substantial returns on investment, as even minor developments or positive news within these sectors can lead to significant price jumps.

It’s important to proceed with caution and a well-thought-out strategy. The inherent volatility of penny stocks, combined with the speculative nature of emerging sectors like renewable energy and tech innovations, underscores the importance of a meticulous approach. Before diving in, ensure you’ve done your due diligence, looking past the initial excitement to assess the true potential and risks of these ventures. It’s wise to trade these stocks rather than invest long-term, given their unpredictable nature.

Success in trading hot sector stocks priced under $5 hinges on a selective and strategic approach. The goal is to tap into their explosive growth potential while implementing robust risk management practices. By zeroing in on companies making news in their specific niches, traders can seize opportunities for disproportionate gains. This strategy, coupled with a disciplined approach to maintaining a tight investment strategy and promptly cutting losses, can pave the way for trading success in these dynamic market segments.

How to Use This Penny Stocks Watch List

My watchlists aren’t rocket science. They’re a product of paying attention to what’s already happened.

The stocks on this list are former runners with recent news. That means I’m not the only one paying attention to them.

You should use this list as a model for your own watchlists.

Don’t just copy the stocks on this list. Learn my selection process and create your own.

Sign up here and I’ll send you a new NO-COST watchlist every week.

Can You Trade Penny Stocks?

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Penny stocks get a bad rap, especially from Wall Street types.

Sure, 99% of them are crap. Some are even outright scams aiming to take money from their stock customers.

But where else can you earn 15-30% profits on a single day trade?

Penny stocks are only bad if you start to believe the hype. Take Ocean Biomedical (NASDAQ: OCEA), a biotech penny stock that’s had some early 2023 spikes on positive news for its cancer treatment candidate.

It’s got an awesome story to sell. And — just maybe — they’ll become the maker of a front-line cancer treatment.

But you know who I’d bet on instead? Eli Lilly and Co. (NYSE: LLY), a $300-billion company with several FDA-approved cancer treatments already on the market.

They’ve got a $7 billion R&D budget. So yes, they’ll probably beat OCEA to any game-changing advancements.

If you buy a penny stock thinking it will become the next Amazon, you’re basically buying a lottery ticket. That can be fun, but it’s no way to build your trading account.

The right way to go about it requires discipline and a good trading plan.

What Are the Advantages of Investing in Penny Stocks?

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Slow down — there are zero advantages to investing in penny stocks.

Here’s the disclaimer: penny stock investments fail 99.9% of the time. Sure, there are some penny stock ETFs that post decent gains…

But that isn’t one of the purposes of why I’m writing this article. And it shouldn’t be what you’re reading for…

Day trading is what penny stocks are good for.

Here’s why!

You Can Buy Many Shares at a Low Price

Let’s table the fact that these companies have cheap stocks because their goods and services aren’t in demand…

We’re playing a different game here. It isn’t about underlying value. It’s about rampant speculation, which you can trade on.

If you want to read my take on value stocks, I’ve got a watchlist here!

You Can Start Trading with a Small Account

If you’re a small account trader, you can’t be content with the 10% gains that larger accounts target. Your needs are different. Thankfully, penny stocks can give you that opportunity.

These volatile stocks have a much greater range than pricier, established stocks. You can grab the conservative 5–10% gains I target in a single trade.

I go for singles, not home runs. The $7.4 million I’ve earned in my career is proof that small gains add up.

Easy to See Gains

Take a look at this $1,152 trade I made in minutes on Wisekey International Holding (NASDAQ: WKEY) — starting stake $3,120.

That’s an almost 37% gain on some feel-good news about a meeting with Elon Musk.

No sales came out of this meeting. Within a couple hours, the share price fell to lower than where I entered the trade.

I realized these gains because I didn’t get greedy. Everybody sees the gains that penny stocks are capable of — but they tend to ignore the collapses.

Competition is Low

The reviews are in: most penny stocks are scams. That’s why “smart” traders stay away — they’re liable to collapse at any minute.

You’re within your rights to stay away from these dangerous stocks. But agile traders can ride the waves of speculation to gains — as long as they cut their losses quickly.

Possible Price Growth

Not every penny stock collapses like WKEY. Some show days, weeks, or months of growth… before collapsing.

Penny stock growth can be tricky even if you’re looking at their charts. For example, look at the chart of EV stock Arrival (NASDAQ: ARVL).

The chart says that it ran up past $1,500 in 2020… but that’s accounting for the 1-for-50 reverse split ARVL conducted to get back to Nasdaq’s $1 share minimum.

Potential Risks of Investing in Penny Stocks

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You mean, besides for blowing up your account? Let’s run it down…

High Volatility

Traders like me like volatility. Investors don’t.

When you trade, you can profit off these moves. When you “hold and hope,” you go wherever the penny stock takes you — usually straight down.

Low Liquidity

Win or lose, you need liquidity to exit a trade. Many penny stocks trade at such a low volume that you can’t exit when you need to.

Pump-and-Dump Scams

Pumps are the religion of penny stock land.

The penny stock trenches are full of scammers, spammers, and deluded newbies…

Their religion is that their asset of choice is “going to the moon.” Even if they end up selling at a loss, they’ll be back on the train as soon as the next pump starts.

Lack of Information

This is why Wall Street stays away from penny stocks — they can usually make any claims they want because their books are cooked.

Some of my favorite penny stocks to trade are OTC pink sheet stocks. These are unlisted stocks that don’t publish sufficient financial information to meet exchange requirements. That means you don’t know if they’re lying about any of their outrageous claims.

I have a simple solution for this. Assume that every tweet out of a penny stock promoter is a lie, and trade as safely as you can!

5 Tips on How to Choose the Best Penny Stocks to Watch

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I want my students to become self-sufficient. Like I said before, my watchlists aren’t rocket science. I build them by sticking to these five steps.

Tip #1: Look for Big Percent Gainers

How do you find hot stocks? The first step is learning to use the right stock screener tools.

I use StocksToTrade — a powerful trading platform with more than 40 built-in scans. It doesn’t hurt that some of them were tailored around my strategies.

I scan in premarket to know what’s moving. Penny stocks that know the game often put out PR in premarket. This gives traders the whole day to send their stock prices up before they dilute.

I typically look for 10% gainers. These are the stocks that the rest of the market has their eyes on.

Tip #2: Look for Big Volume

Volume is the proof of demand. If a stock has enough volume — on a small amount of shares — that’s a good sign that the price will continue to move.

Plus, big daily trading volume usually signifies liquidity. Even if you lose money on these stocks, you can always unload them quickly.

Tip #3: Look for a Penny Stock News Catalyst

The ‘product’ of most penny stocks is their own stock. They want to pump it up, then the stock’s insiders can trade into this built-up demand.

A lot of penny stock traders will believe anything, but I won’t. I want to see real news and events behind a stock move before I trade it. News catalysts can come from anywhere — Instagram, newsletters, actual news outlets …

News catalysts usually come from companies that are frequently in the public eye. Find penny stock companies for your watchlist with a strong media presence and you’ll be prepared for future catalysts.

You can look on the internet for news — or better yet, check out my favorite news alert service, Breaking News Chat!

Breaking News Chat is my secret weapon — and the key to a good number of my recent trades.

Add Breaking News to your arsenal for the next 2 weeks — it’s $17 to try out!

Tip #4: Look at the Long-Term Charts

I talk about former runners a lot. That’s one reason I’ll research a stock’s long-term chart…

If I know it has run in the past, I’ll know it can do it again. And looking at its past performance data can help me tell the difference between a multi-day runner and a one-and-done spike.

My usual advice still stands — react, don’t predict. Don’t research past data trying to predict when the stock’s going to run. Research it to understand the effect that unusual volume and news has on the stock, so you can react faster.

I don’t do anything too complicated with my charting and analysis. I’ve been using my 7-step pennystocking framework for the past 10 years…

I still use it because the game hasn’t changed.

Check out my 7-step framework here.

Tip #5: Use the Twitter Scanner on StocksToTrade

You have to know if a stock is being pumped before you trade it. Twitter is the first place all the wannabe influencers go to hype up a stock.

If you’re wary about getting sucked into the Twitter hellscape, StocksToTrade is way ahead of you. Using the built-in Twitter scanner, you’ll have access to a running feed of stock tweets.

You can even customize the feed if you like.

Get your 14-day StocksToTrade trial HERE — only $7.

If Most Penny Stock Companies Fail, Why Not Just Short Sell?

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Shorting is the easiest way to blow up your account. And it’s even more dangerous now that retail traders know the signs of high short interest.

Since GameStop squeezed on short interest close to 120%, they’ve been out for blood.

When you buy a stock, you can only lose what you put into the position. When you short sell, you risk all the money in your account.

Of course, you can hit your targets as a short seller. Many of my top students focus on short selling, the same way I did a decade ago. But the number of messages and comments I get almost daily from short sellers getting caught in short squeezes is … scary.

How Much Money Do I Need to Get Started?

Many brokers have done away with minimums for cash accounts. But that isn’t the cost you should be worried about. The market will take your money if you’re unprepared.

Education is what separates the winners and losers in trading.

Trading gurus can point you to all the “trading opportunities” you ask for. All the market information, resources, and updates in the world mean nothing if you don’t understand the basis for a good trade.

But fear not — giving new traders their education is what I was put on this earth to do!

I’ve been trading for more than 20 years. During that time, I’ve made over $7.4 million in career earnings.

That isn’t what I’m most proud of. It’s that more than 30 of my Trading Challenge students have developed into millionaire traders.

This didn’t happen because they got hot stock picks. I was relentlessly honest about my successes and failures and taught them to be that way too.

How Do You Become a Millionaire Trader?

You don’t become a millionaire trader by trying to impress your Twitter followers with results, like so many other ‘gurus’ do. You get there by being honest with them, and yourself. That’s why I’m always honest with my students — ESPECIALLY about my failures. I’ve even written articles about failures and how to recover from them.

Because they’re not real failures if I’m following my rules, and cutting my losses quickly. When I lose, I want to show my students the right way to trade. That’s the secret to becoming a self-sufficient trader — knowing how to manage your losses.

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Penny stocks can be a blessing or a curse — it’s all in your trading strategy.

Key points:

  • Trading penny stocks can be risky due to lack of company information, making transparency and communication key factors to consider.
  • These stocks could experience rapid growth … or just as easily experience rapid collapses!
  • I NEVER invest in penny stocks, I only trade them. That means trading with a plan both for your entry AND exit.

If you’re new to this, start paying attention. Study the things I teach.

Trading is a battlefield. The more knowledge you have, the better prepared you’ll be.

Working hard is the only way to survive in penny stock land.

What’s on your penny stock watchlist? Let me know in the comments!


What Are Penny Stocks?

Penny stocks trade for five dollars or less per share. Institutional investors usually won’t touch them. Why? Some factors include their low cost, which makes them ripe for speculation and big-time volatility, and their lack of sustained growth. Some are listed on the major exchanges, others trade on the OTC markets.

Are Penny Stocks Worth It?

I like penny stocks because they give traders with small accounts a way to quickly make 10% or more on a trade.

Are Penny Stocks Dangerous?

Penny stocks are only dangerous when you trade without a plan, risk money you can’t afford to lose, and don’t cut your losses quickly. These mistakes are why penny stocks have gotten a bad rap.

How Do You Watch Penny Stocks?

Check out the article for a detailed rundown… I make a new penny stock watchlist every day, and keep a roster of other watchlists as well.

Can You Become a Millionaire from Penny Stocks?

It’s possible for a trader to become a millionaire from penny stocks — just ask the 31 Trading Challenge students I’ve helped cross that threshold. The tricky part is how you can become a millionaire from these shady stocks. It isn’t by picking the right stock, and holding on for dear life. It’s by learning the patterns and techniques I teach my students.

How Often Do Penny Stocks Go Big?

Penny stocks go big often… but then they usually collapse. Don’t be suckered in by the big gains some penny stocks make. The way to trade penny stocks profitably is to sell into strength, and get out before all your potential profits disappear.

What Have Been the Most Successful Penny Stocks?

The most successful penny stocks include the likes of GameStop Corp. (NYSE: GME), Plug Power Inc. (NASDAQ: PLUG), Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ: AMD)… and oh yeah Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL). But don’t let this fill you with FOMO. Penny stocks aren’t lottery tickets. Don’t trade on a hunch, trade with a plan.

What Do Analysts Say About Penny Stocks?

Analysts generate reports on various penny stocks to watch. They look at the business operations of these companies and provide analyst ratings that give an overview of market sentiment. These reports can influence investment decisions, and in turn create demand or lack thereof.

What Markets Are Most Common for Penny Stocks?

Penny stocks can be traded in various markets. Many are listed over-the-counter, while others may have their bids placed in international markets like Canada or China. Knowing the type of market can influence your investment strategy.

How Can I Stay Updated on Penny Stocks?

To keep up with the latest trends and news on penny stocks to watch, consider subscribing to specialized newsletters or becoming a partner in trading forums. They often provide links to additional resources, and some even offer insights under their ‘light’ subscription plans.

*Past performance does not indicate future results

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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”