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Mentor Update: Rise of the Twitter Penny Stock Pumpers

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Written by Timothy Sykes
Updated 4/17/2022 13 min read

This market is CRAZY, and Twitter penny stock pumpers are playing their role. In the past couple of weeks, there have been so many blatant pumps it’s only right to warn you.

The volatility created by these pumps is off the charts. My students and I love it. But don’t buy into the hype. Take advantage … but don’t overstay your welcome. Never hold and hope. Take singles and trade conservatively.

To learn how to take advantage of this market, watch my no-cost “Volatility Survival Guide.”

Before I dig into the Twitter penny stock pumpers, here’s the latest…

Lockdown Update

Many students are asking questions about when I might start traveling again. The simple answer is, I don’t know.

There are more cases every day. I’m in California, which has the second-highest coronavirus case total in the country. Last week it also had one of the highest numbers of new cases every day. Los Angeles is right at the top of both new and total cases in California.

I don’t really want to travel when there are so many cases. But it’s not just that I’m scared of it. It’s because I have no time.

Right now there are SO MANY crazy plays. In June, I’m averaging $13.5K every day.* That’s an average … it’s like $8K one day and $15K another. Some days have been over $20K.*

Also, students are on fire. When I’m making $10K in a day, some students report making $500K.* Remember, I trade very safely.

So when would I travel? Weekends? Thing is, on weekends I’m trying to catch up from weekday trading. It’s non-stop right now. It’s a good problem to have.

The point is, if I take a day off to travel, I’m basically giving up $10K to $15K. And I donate it all to charity, so that would suck for the charities.

(*Results are not typical. My top students and I have exceptional knowledge and skills developed over time. Most traders lose money, and trading is risky. Do your due diligence and never risk more than you can afford.)

Which leads me to Karmagawa’s Yemen fundraiser…

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First, I have a special post about the Yemen crisis coming tomorrow. Please share it when it hits the blog — it’s super important. The country’s civil war combined with the coronavirus pandemic is disastrous. They’re desperate.

To date, we’ve raised more than $373,000 with our Facebook fundraiser. But our goal is $500,000. I’m also donating all my trading profits in June — over $268,000 as I write. So we’re now over $640,000.

ALL donations — big or small — are going to support three charities:

  • Doctors Without Borders
  • Save the Children, Yemen
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Please, if you haven’t already, donate today. Help us get it to $750,000 or more.

Now it’s time to answer…

Trading Questions From Students

The first question is about recent supernova Digital Locations, Inc. (OTCPK: DLOC). It’s one of many recent Twitter penny stock pumps.

Here’s the question…

“Was DLOC just a Twitter pump? How did it run almost 4,000% in one day?”

First, check out the DLOC 10-day chart:

DLOC 10 day chart showing flat price movement then a spike
DLOC chart: 10-day, June 12–25, Twitter penny stock pump — courtesy of StocksToTrade.com

To put the first spike into perspective…

On June 22, DLOC opened at $0.0049 and ran all the way to 19 cents before the hard pull back. That’s a 3,877% spike. And even though it closed at a little over 4 cents a share, it still finished up 849% on the day.

The crazy thing is, I thought it was over after the first day. Take a look at the three-day chart. I’ve included three trades:

DLOC stock chart in june 2020 showing volatile price movements
DLOC chart: June 22–24, 1-minute candle, Twitter penny stock pumper — courtesy of StocksToTrade.com

The first trade I bought at 1.5 cents and sold at 3.2 cents for a 103.33% win.* The StocksToTrade Breaking News tool alerted me…

“$DLOC(0.05/ + 20.19%) low priced name being pumped on twitter.”

So it wasn’t even a traditional news catalyst. It was a Twitter penny stock pump.

Notice the green news icon on the chart? Overnight, Digital Locations announced it joined an experimental 5G wireless network. It spiked all the way to 35 cents the next day. Then it dropped back down to 9 cents a share.

This is sketchy…

The Twitter Penny Stock Pump Came Before the News

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It’s pretty crazy when you think about it. Did the pumpers get the timing wrong? Was the press release to keep regulators from looking into the incredible spike? We may never know. And it doesn’t really matter because my students and I trade the volatility these pumps create.

I dip bought DLOC several times after the initial spike, recognizing it could bounce. Again, I only showed three trades on the chart, but I took over 20% on every trade except one. The second trade on the chart was a morning panic dip buy for a 28% win and $1,548 in profits.*

The third trade on the chart above is another credit to the STT Breaking News Chat. Again, the Breaking News guys alerted more Twitter penny stock pumping. My thesis: it was one last shot at spiking the stock.

I traded DLOC seven times from June 22–24 for a total of $12,007.50 in profits.* View my DLOC trades here.

(*My results are not typical. I have exceptional knowledge and skills developed over time. Most traders lose money, and trading is risky. Do your due diligence and never risk more than you can afford.)

Next question…

“You sized down after a loss on $MARK on Monday. Were you adjusting to the market or was it overtrading?”

Yeah, it hasn’t all been rosy. I’m having my best month in years but it’s not like every day in June has been amazing.

There have been some pockets where you just didn’t get the big spikes. Early last week and the previous week, some of the big gainers weren’t spiking as much. I’m not sure if they’re tired because they were spikers in May and their story has played out, or if it’s the overall market. But some of the recent spikers like XpresSpa Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: XSPA) and Remark Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: MARK) didn’t do as much last week.


Every day is a little different, so I size up or size down accordingly. The crazy thing is that when the Dow closed down 695 points on June 24, I made $9,611. And when it closed up 329 points on June 25, I made $8,097.*

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Last week that loss on MARK was my only loss between Monday and Thursday. See all my trades from last week here. The point is, I take it one trade at a time. I modulate and adapt one trade at a time. And I always follow rule #1: cut losses quickly.

MARK was another big twitter penny stock pump. I don’t have anything against Remark’s technology — it’s irrelevant to me. And I don’t know specifics. What I do know is this: it was pumped up blatantly.

It’s another clear example of the…

Rise of the Twitter Penny Stock Pumpers

I don’t know what’s going on behind the scenes with these pumps. But I do know there’s a whole lot of BS. And when I try to call it out — because it’s my job as a teacher — people say, “Come on Tim, you haven’t done your due diligence.”

Two decades. That’s how long I’ve been doing due diligence in this niche. I know how news can be manipulated or even faked. Even when a company does sign a big contract they’re likely to screw it up somehow. Trust nobody. Expect the worst out of everybody.

To learn how to spot a penny stock pump, watch this video…

How Can You Spot a Penny Stock Pump?

You can’t afford to be naive. You MUST understand…

It’s All a Smokescreen

What you need to know is the press releases, contracts, and Twitter pumps are all a smokescreen. It’s all irrelevant compared to what’s really going on.

What’s going on? Penny stock companies do financings and sell shares to raise money. Insiders sell at inflated prices. They raise enough money so they can pay management’s salary for a few years. Then they go out and pitch their ‘miracle technology.’

And it’s not just MARK. Right now, Twitter penny stock pumps are blatant…

How do I know they’re pumps? I use…

StocksToTrade Breaking News and Social Media Search Tools

You can literally see the pumps happening using these tools. The social media search tool lets you scan for any tweets with cashtags. (A cashtag looks like this: $MARK.) You can filter the scan using the same criteria as the other StocksToTrade scans.

The Breaking News Chat tool is awesome. Two very experienced traders curate only the best news. It’s been a game-changer for me.

(Full disclosure: I helped develop StocksToTrade and I’m a major investor in the platform. That said, it’s my dream stock-scanning tool. It’s designed to help save time in finding the best stocks that fit my patterns and strategy.)

Respect the Pumpers

I have nothing against promoters and pumpers. My goal is to help you understand how the game works. Even though I don’t believe the hype, I understand and respect it can influence a stock’s price.

Especially when they get spread around by promoters. Whether it’s a Twitter penny stock pumper or an email list owner…

… if someone has offered to pay for promotional services, that means it’s a pump. It doesn’t matter whether it’s cash or in shares.

This is so important that I’m writing a dedicated post about dilution and why penny stocks get pumped. Watch for it. It will go into more detail about the financing/offering angle.

Again, I want the pumps to be good. The best pump ever. Why? Because that makes the stock more volatile. It gives me more trading opportunities.

Millionaire Mentor Market Wrap

This is an amazing market. Learn from it, enjoy it, and profit from it. But understand this is not normal. The market won’t always be this way so take advantage of it every single day.

And keep an eye out for those Twitter penny stock pumpers … It’s actually kinda fun once you see what they’re doing. Just don’t fall for the hype.

If they say, “To the moon!” You focus on the process, take singles, and lock in profits.

If they say, “It’s going to $100…” don’t believe it. It’s not. And if it does, it’s a short squeeze.

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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”