Everyone wants to know about the most successful penny stocks in history \u2026 They want to believe in the dream of getting filthy rich on cheap stocks \u2014 without all the hard work. Keep dreaming. I\u2019ve been trading penny stocks for over 20 years now. I\u2019ve seen a thing or two in the stock market ... What I rarely see is a penny stock becoming a real, legit company. That doesn\u2019t mean it can\u2019t happen. Sometimes, you\u2019ll find a diamond in the rough. I\u2019ve seen a few successful penny stocks in my trading career. Companies have to start somewhere. Some of today\u2019s biggest companies were actually penny stocks back in the day. But they\u2019re exceptions. Not all penny stocks will become big companies. In fact, most fail. That\u2019s why I teach my students to trade penny stocks \u2026 not invest in them. To be abundantly clear: I don\u2019t invest in penny stocks or recommend investing in penny stocks. Yes, these results are impressive, but you could never really predict them. For every \u2018most successful penny stock,\u2019 MANY will fail. And, as you\u2019ll see, some of these stocks took years \u2014 decades \u2014 to become successful. I don\u2019t want to wait that long! I like to look for volatility and stocks that follow patterns. That\u2019s what has created opportunities for me and my top students. Still, it\u2019s worth learning from any and every stock. Ready to learn? Let\u2019s dig into what many consider the most successful penny stocks in history... List of Top 10 Most Successful Penny Stocks What makes a \u2018successful\u2019 penny stock? You might think it\u2019s a company that started as a penny stock and became a \u2018real\u2019 company. There\u2019s more to it than that. A penny stock is any stock that trades under $5 per share. Plenty of billion-dollar companies \u2014 big-name companies \u2014 once traded at or under $5 per share. We haven\u2019t seen many penny stock companies becoming large-cap companies lately, but it does happen. But remember \u2026 Successful companies take years to build \u2014 especially if they start small. These companies might be success stories now, but they didn\u2019t make anyone rich fast. That said, let\u2019s look at some of the craziest penny stock success stories over the years... True Religion Jeans (traded on NASDAQ: TRLG) True Religion Jeans is one of the great penny stock stories. It traded under a dollar per share in the early to mid-2000s. But in 2013, the company was acquired by Towerbrook Capital Partners for $32 per share. Long-term investors made a killing on the nearly 5,000% increase.\u00a0 True Religion filed for bankruptcy in 2017 and again in 2020. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) Apple wasn\u2019t always one of the largest tech companies in the world. In fact, hardly anyone knew about the company for years. Back in the early 2000s, AAPL traded for under 80 cents per share \u2014 a legit penny stock. As of this writing, AAPL shares trade for over $370. AAPL chart: 20-year, 1-day candles \u2014 courtesy of StocksToTrade.com This stock returned over 46,750% \u2014 it\u2019s now one of the largest companies in the world. But there was no way of knowing 20 years ago it would become such a success story. And for every company like Apple, there are hundreds of tech penny stocks that fail. Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) F chart: 20-year, 1-day candles \u2014 courtesy of StocksToTrade.com Ford is a $27 billion company. But its stock still only trades around $7 per share as of mid-2020. This makes it an extremely unusual company. While it still hovers near penny stock territory price-wise, it\u2019s also one of the most well-known automobile manufacturers in the world. Why include it in this list? To show a rare example of a situation where the stock price doesn\u2019t say much about the company\u2019s performance. You could consider it a penny stock success story in that it doesn\u2019t seem bound to crash and burn like so many others. Then again, it\u2019s never been a massive mover. It\u2019s not that interesting to me. I prefer huge spikes like Bravada International Ltd. (OTCPK: BRAV). This first green day OTC play was up on news and earned me a $4,375 profit on July 30.* (*Please note: My results, along with the results of my top students are far from typical. Individual results will vary. Most traders lose money. My top students and I have the benefit of many years of hard work and dedication. Trading is inherently risky. Do your due diligence and never risk more than you can afford to lose.) Turtle Beach Corporation (NASDAQ: HEAR) This chart is the exact reason I teach my students to aim for singles and NOT be overly aggressive. HEAR chart: 20-day, 1-day candles \u2014 courtesy of StocksToTrade.com Short selling can be a good strategy with penny stocks for some traders ... Many of these scammy low-priced stocks fail. But, like with HEAR, sometimes they don\u2019t. For short sellers, these trades can lead to account devastation. Traders from 2018 might remember this ticker ... Over-aggressive shorts and legitimate news spiked HEAR from under $2 to over $30 per share in months. Study this chart to see exactly what\u2019s possible with penny stocks. Some trades aren\u2019t worth taking. Don\u2019t go for home runs \u2014 especially if you short. The wrong trade could end your trading career forever. I mostly avoid shorting these days because of the crazy short squeezes. Respect the short squeeze! Monster Beverage Corporation (NASDAQ: MNST) Yep: way back, before it was a standard offering in grocery and convenience stores, Monster Energy Drinks was a crappy penny stock company. In the early 2000s, it traded for under 6 cents per share... As of this writing, it trades for over $70 per share. Over the years, this ticker returned 142,761%. MNST chart: 20-year, 1-day candles \u2014 courtesy of StocksToTrade.com A measly $1,000 investment at its lows would be worth over $1 million today. That\u2019s a good contender for the most successful penny stock. Don\u2019t get FOMO. It took many years for that to grow and easily could have flopped. Mylan N.V. (NASDAQ: MYL) MYL is a pharmaceutical company worth over $8 billion today. The lows on the chart below are just under $6 per share, not technically a penny stock. But this move is impressive. Runs from $6 to over $70 per share don\u2019t happen often. I\u2019d still consider this an example of a successful penny stock. MYL chart: 20-year, 1-day candles \u2014 courtesy of StocksToTrade.com Today, MYL trades around $16 per share \u2014 not all-time highs. But it\u2019s a good example of a cheap stock that made a name for itself over the course of a few years. However, it\u2019s also lost a lot of value. Remember, hope and hold is not a strategy. Plug Power Inc. (NASDAQ: PLUG) PLUG is a great example of the potential of penny stocks \u2014 especially in this crazy volatile market. Check out the chart: PLUG chart: 20-year, 1-day candles \u2014 courtesy of StocksToTrade.com You\u2019ve gotta be prepared for this volatility. Get my no-cost resource, \u201cThe Volatility Survival Guide,\u201d and study up! PLUG is an example of history repeating. In 2014, it made an initial run from 11 cents to almost $12 per share. In 2020, it\u2019s gone from $3 to over $10 per share. It\u2019s now worth more than $2 billion, putting it in mid-cap stock range. Much of the action is thanks to aggressive short sellers. Don\u2019t short a stock like this every time it goes higher. Because sometimes, it doesn\u2019t stop. And maybe you missed out on PLUG, but you can learn from it... You can also learn the basics of my approach to penny stocks with my student Jamil\u2019s book, \u201cThe Complete Penny Stock Course.\u201d It covers so many questions I get about this niche. Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ: AMD) If you like computers, you\u2019ve probably heard of AMD. It\u2019s one of the largest chip manufacturers in the world right now. Back in 2015, AMD was trading for under $2 per share. Now, it\u2019s over $70 per share, making it one of the most successful penny stocks. AMD chart: 20-year, 1-day candles \u2014 courtesy of StocksToTrade.com AMD now has an $87 billion market cap \u2014 making it a large-cap stock. Penny stocks can become real, legit companies. But you gotta be lucky \u2026 and wait 20 years. I don\u2019t like to try to guess which companies will make it. New to penny stocks? Get my free guide here. Medifast Inc. (NYSE: MED) MED is also a contender for the \u2018most successful penny stock\u2019 list. After trading at under $2.30 per share in 2005, the company hit an all-time high of $246.97 in 2018. MED chart: 20-year, 1-day candles \u2014 courtesy of StocksToTrade.com Its 10,000% move is impressive. But it took 13 years.\u00a0 You wanna wait that long? Consider one of my top students, Jack Kellogg. Jack\u2019s in his early twenties, and he\u2019s made over $750K.* He took the time to learn the rules and study. His trading journey has been over a few years \u2026 not 10 to 20. Novavax Inc. (NASDAQ: NVAX) I saved one of the most successful penny stocks for last. NVAX had a huge run this year. This pharma play ripped from $3.54 at its low to over $150 per share at its highs \u2014 all in under a year, thanks to the crazy volatility of the coronavirus market. NVAX chart: 20-year, 1-day candles \u2014 courtesy of StocksToTrade.com The problem? Newbie traders see this and expect all penny stocks and biotechs to do the same thing. Don\u2019t believe the hype! For every 500 penny stocks on the stock market, maybe one or two will do this. More often than not, these companies raise money for their greedy executives through toxic financings. Now, let\u2019s change gears and discuss one of the most successful penny stocks of 2019. Why? Former runners can run again. Penny stocks that spiked in 2019 could run again. So study up and prepare. Here\u2019s one penny stock that went big in 2019 that might be worthy of your watchlist... The Penny Stock That Went Big in 2019 Snap Inc. (NYSE: SNAP) SNAP chart: 20-year, 1-day candles \u2014 courtesy of StocksToTrade.com Back in 2019, SNAP opened the year around $5 per share. By its highest point in 2019, SNAP traded at more than $18 per share ... It\u2019s since gone over $26 per share in 2020. This isn\u2019t the most volatile penny stock or one I\u2019d be interested in trading. However, you can learn from a stock like this. Study this so you can see patterns in the chart. It could help you spot similar action in another company with similar growth. How to Find Penny Stocks Before They Explode You probably won\u2019t find the next Amazon or Apple by sifting through the penny stock market ... But you can find stocks that can move 100% or more in a single day. These are the plays that my students and I like to trade. Over my 20-year trading career, I\u2019m up over $5.5 million in trading profits. I didn\u2019t do it by getting lucky with the \u2018most successful penny stocks.\u2019 I did it by being prepared and reacting rather than predicting.\u00a0 My strategy is to find plays before they make their full move. My go-to weapon for finding plays? StocksToTrade.This software is essential for trading penny stocks. There are two key tools on StocksToTrade you need to use: \tBreaking News feature \tStock Screener These features help me find hot plays every day. The Breaking News chat room alerts me to important penny stock news as it comes out. I\u2019m better primed to get in on plays as they\u2019re breaking out. In fact, roughly half of my recent trades have been a direct result of the Breaking News feature. A good stock screener has many great tools, including scanning for stocks that meet your criteria. Check out this video where I walk you through how to make a watchlist: 2 Hot Penny Stocks to Watch in 2020 Genius Brands International Inc. (NASDAQ: GNUS) GNUS chart: 20-year, 1-day candles \u2014 courtesy of StocksToTrade.com Have I mentioned that history repeats? The promoters for GNUS did a great job the first time. Who knows \u2026 Maybe they\u2019re done pumping it. I wouldn\u2019t expect this stock to go back near highs if it ran again, but that doesn\u2019t mean another crazy move is out of the question. Given the overall attention this ticker has gotten in the past, it could be a penny stock worth watching in 2020. Exela Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: XELA) XELA chart: 20-year, 1-day candles \u2014 courtesy of StocksToTrade.com XELA is a former runner that keeps getting more and more attention each time it moves. Who knows if it can run again. But with the amount of attention this ticker gets each time it gaps up, it could. This is another stock to watch in 2020. Frequently Asked Questions The Bottom Line on the Most Successful Penny Stocks Penny stocks have insane potential \u2014 but few will make it into the \u2018most successful penny stock\u2019 hall of fame. Most penny stocks won\u2019t work long term because of greedy CEOs and sketchy business plans. Then there are promoters who pump penny stocks to help get a quick move \u2026 They cash out while subscribers are stuck holding a losing stock. That\u2019s why I teach my students to trade \u2014 not invest. And I never recommend following alerts. The alerts I send to my students are to teach the process. My goal is to teach traders to be self-sufficient. Don\u2019t play guessing games in the market. Instead, learn to day trade and focus on small gains. If you\u2019re dedicated to learning, consider applying to my Trading Challenge. What\u2019s the most successful penny stock you\u2019ve ever seen? Let me know in the comments below!