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Will Penny Stocks See A Santa Rally?

A.J. Watkinson December 1, 2013 Penny Stocks to Watch No Comments
Will Penny Stocks See A Santa Rally?

There’s no investor out there that could say it’s been a bad year to be long penny stocks.  In fact, a number of analysts continue to be stammered at how well all stocks are holding up given the  positive but merely average economic data being release.

Certainly the data is slow and steadily improving, but many experts feel that the key ingredient that’s missing is real employment gains.  The sentiment is the statistical improvements reported in each release are lacking substantial jobs, meaningful income, and is made up mostly of part-time and/or low wage jobs.

But even in the face of this fundamental dilemma, stocks have continued to rise…

As of December 1, the S&P 500 has gained 29.12% so far this year.  Even more impressive is the small cap sector index S&P tracks using the S&P 600 Small Cap (SML).

Small caps, when using this index as a tracking tool, have been even better than the S&P 500 with a year-to-date return of 39.3%!  Take a look at the chart below to see for yourself (the green line is the S&P 600)…


sp 500 vs sp 600 120113







Pretty impressive, but from my experience, not at all unexpected. You see, most times, small cap and penny stocks lead a rally higher, as they are more volatile.

So, now that we’re looking to wrap up 2013, can investors count on a Santa rally to take us to even bigger gains in penny stocks?

Most times, I’d say we could be in for some prudent profit taking after a year of gains like we’ve seen in 2013.  Conservative and experienced investors might think it wise to take some of their gains off the table.  But given the lack of negative data in the financial world, I’m going to say we see gains continue right into the end of the year.

That is, of course if we don’t see some horrible world event or bottoming of any data points.

The bottom line…

There’s nothing indicating the trend of penny stocks and small caps outpacing the broad market will unexpectedly end.  And that means you can hang tight for a little while longer.

Keeping you one step ahead,




A.J.  Watkinson

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About The Author

A.J cut his teeth while working for more than 12 years on the corporate side of the financial services industry in the suburbs of New York City. In addition, A.J. has successfully traded stocks, options and currencies as an independent trader since the late 90's. Eventually A.J. moved out of the "rat race", landing in North Scottsdale, Arizona. During the past few years, he's worked as the editor of a number of high profile financial newsletters. In this role, he's run trading services for penny stocks, options, currencies, ETFs, and FOREX. While under his direction, each of these trading services had turned in positive performance... something very rare in the financial newsletter industry. In addition, he's been a regular contributor to a number of financial websites- writing under multiple pen names. A.J.'s current goal is to share his real world experiences and success (and failures) in the various financial markets to help others not only make money- but avoid losing it. It's this vision and passion that has led A.J. to launch Most of all, A.J. hopes to keep the little guy from getting caught up in the highly unscrupulous penny stock pump and dump scene.

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