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What you should really know about penny stocks?

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What you should really know about penny stocks?

Penny stocks are low priced stocks with limited market capitalization. They have little shareholders, sizeable bid-ask spreads, restricted information disclosure and low liquidity patterns. They are highly volatile and carry great potentials of both rewards and risks. Their prices can be manipulated by purchasing huge numbers of shares and precipitating a spike or offloading shares causing an abrupt nosedive.

There are few important points that every trader at all levels should consider while buying penny stocks. Here are seven such tips you seriously need to mull over.

  1. Basic research on the company

The first and foremost thing you need to do when deciding which penny stock to buy is to conduct a quick Google search. Quite often, this simple and quick step can provide you sufficient vital information to ascertain if the stock is worth your research, time, and investment.

  1. The unpredictability of the stock price

The volatility of the stock price is another crucial factor to consider while opting for a specific penny stock. You don’t need stocks that are down trending or moving at a snail’s pace for months. You want stocks that show rapid spikes with sustained stability. The stocks that exhibit a steady upward moving swing are the best bets to buy.

  1. The volume of the stock

It’s a typical newbie botch-up: you get too much fixated-on stocks that show consistent movement. You disregard to take a glance at the volume. This tremendous blunder can lose you a lot of money. A stock volume is the number of shares that change hands on a given day. Not just volatility, liquidity also matters. A company’s press release may look quite enticing. However, if there is minimal volume to support, refrain from trading it.

  1. Catalytic triggers and patterns

Think about considering a catalyst to prompt your selection of the penny stocks. In the share trading system, a catalyst is something that triggers an event or a release thereby adding momentum in elevating the stock value. Your ability to scout for such news and information on a broad scale can provide you gainful insights to handpick reliable catalysts and clinch a stock worth your investment. Study and analyze what patterns make a trade work and what doesn’t. Engage in knowledgeable decisions for your trades and investments to mitigate future risks.

  1. Word-of-mouth and hearsay

Listening to the buzz about penny stocks is excellent. Looking at what others do and say while choosing penny stocks is appreciated. However, don’t aimlessly follow the leads from stock traders and promoters. Have an independent, unbiased approach. Whatever works for others may necessarily not work for you. Instead, engage in consistent observation and learning, rely on your experience and make authentic and appropriate decisions to forge success in penny stock trading.

  1. Manipulation by brokers/promoters

Because of their shallow volume, penny stocks are susceptible to tampering by stockbrokers, promoters, and market participants of the company. As an investor, you need to be cautious about hoax companies that show sudden price spikes without any favourable news or press information. Companies with consistent positive performance and impeccable prospects are the safest bets.

  1. Time of the day

Not to detonate your psyche. Nevertheless, all bets and tradings are strangely contingent on the time of the day. The time whether its morning, early afternoon, mid-day afternoon or the evening essentially defines the yardstick to rank the best stocks for that day. Stock price fluctuation has an inherent linkage to the diurnal variation. As for penny stocks, experts suggest trading only during the morning hours.

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Energy stocks drag down FTSE 100, IG Group slides

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By Shivani Kumaresan

(Reuters) – London’s FTSE 100 slipped on Thursday, weighed down by falls in energy stocks as oil prices slid after a surprise increase in U.S. crude inventories, while IG Group tumbled on plans to buy U.S. trading platform tastytrade for $1 billion.

The blue-chip FTSE 100 index lost 0.4%, while the domestically focussed mid-cap FTSE 250 index also slid 0.4%.

Energy majors BP and Royal Dutch Shell fell 3.2% and 2.5%, respectively, and were the biggest drags on the FTSE-100 index. [O/R]

“What is holding back the UK is a lack of tech stocks to capture the ‘rotation’ back into tech seen since Netflix results,” said Chris Beauchamp, chief market analyst at IG.

“Stock markets overall are much quieter today, looking so far in vain for a new catalyst for further upside.”

The FTSE 100 shed 14.3% in value last year, its worst performance since a 31% plunge in 2008 and underperforming its European peers by a wide margin, as pandemic-driven lockdowns battered the economy and led to mass layoffs.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said it was too early to say when the national coronavirus lockdown in England would end, as daily deaths from COVID-19 reach new highs and hospitals become increasingly stretched.

IG Group tumbled 8.5% after announcing plans to buy tastytrade, venturing into North America after a stellar year for the new breed of retail investment brokerages.

Ibstock jumped 7.3% to the top of the FTSE 250 after the company said fourth-quarter activity benefited from better-than-expected demand for new houses and repairs.

Pets at Home Group Plc rose 2.2% after reporting an 18% jump in third-quarter revenue, boosted by higher demand for its accessories and veterinary services as more people adopted pets during lockdowns.

(Reporting by Shivani Kumaresan in Bengaluru; editing by Uttaresh.V and Mark Potter)

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Wall Street bounce, upbeat earnings lift European stocks

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By Amal S and Sruthi Shankar

(Reuters) – European stocks rose on Wednesday after Dutch chip equipment maker ASML and Swiss luxury group Richemont gave encouraging earnings updates, while investors hoped for a large U.S. stimulus plan as Joe Biden was sworn in as president.

The pan-European STOXX 600 index closed 0.7% higher, getting an extra boost as Wall Street marked record highs.

All eyes were on Biden’s inauguration as the 46th U.S. President, with traders betting on a bigger pandemic relief plan and higher infrastructure spending under the new administration to boost the pandemic-stricken economy.

Tech stocks rallied to a two-decade peak in Europe after ASML Holding NV rose 3.0% to all-time highs on better-than-expected quarterly sales and a strong order intake for 2021.

Meanwhile, Richemont rose 2.8%, after posting a 5% increase in quarterly sales as Chinese splashed out on Cartier, its flagship jewellery brand.

Britain’s Burberry jumped 3.9% after it stuck to its full-year goals, saying higher full-price sales would boost annual margins, while Asian demand remained strong.

The pair boosted European luxury goods makers that are heavily reliant on China, with LVMH and Kering gaining between 1% and 3%.

“Any sign that retail spending is picking up in China is going to be a boost to the Western markets and those heavily exposed to it,” said Connor Campbell, financial analyst at SpreadEx.

The European Central Bank is set to meet on Thursday. While no policy changes are expected, the bank could face more questions about an increasingly challenging outlook only a month after it unleashed fresh stimulus to bolster the euro zone economy.

“With the new round of easing measures fully in place and no new forecasts to be presented tomorrow, it should be a fairly uneventful day for the euro,” ING analysts said in a note.

Italy’s FTSE MIB gained 0.9% and lenders rose 1.6% after Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte won a confidence vote in the upper house Senate and averted a government collapse.

Conte narrowly secured the vote on Tuesday, allowing him to remain in office after a junior partner quit his coalition last week in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Daimler AG jumped 4.2% after its Mercedes-Benz brand unveiled a new electric compact SUV, the EQA, as part of plans to take on rival Tesla Inc.

Germany’s Hugo Boss added 4.4% after Mike Ashley-led Frasers said it boosted its stake in the company.

(Reporting by Sruthi Shankar and Amal S in Bengaluru; Editing by Shailesh Kuber and Arun Koyyur and Kirsten Donovan)

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Miners lead FTSE 100 higher on earnings cheer

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By Shivani Kumaresan

(Reuters) – UK’s FTSE 100 rose on Wednesday as miners gained after a strong production forecast from BHP Group, while encouraging updates from luxury brand Burberry and education group Pearson drove optimism about the earnings season.

BHP Group Ltd climbed 2.8% after it forecast record iron ore production for fiscal 2021, helped by high prices for the commodity. Other miners Rio Tinto, Anglo American and Glencore rose more than 2%.

Global markets rallied in anticipation of more fiscal spending as Joe Biden prepared to take charge as the 46th U.S. president.

“There is a view in the markets that more spending is in the pipeline, after all, Mr Biden will want to start his presidency on a positive note,” said David Madden, market analyst at CMC Markets UK.

The FTSE 100 index rose 0.4% and the domestically focussed FTSE 250 index added 1.4%.

The FTSE 100 has recorded consistent monthly gains since November after the sealing of a Brexit trade deal and hopes of a vaccine-led economic recovery, but has recently lost steam as tighter business restrictions sparked fears of a slow rebound.

Burberry rose 3.9% as it stuck to its full-year goals and said higher full-price sales would boost annual margins and Asian demand remained strong.

Global education group Pearson jumped 8.6% after its global online sales grew 18% in 2020, helped by strong enrolments in virtual schools.

WH Smith Plc surged 10.4% to the top of the FTSE 250 index as its trading during Christmas was ahead of its expectations.

(Reporting by Shivani Kumaresan in Bengaluru; editing by Uttaresh.V, William Maclean)

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