Today I'm going to go over a simple screen with a powerful
Buying stocks making new highs.
I know some are reluctant to buy stocks making new 52 weeks highs.
If you're one of them, have you ever asked yourself why?
If a stock is making a new 52-week high, that's a good thing.
I'm pretty sure that a person who dislikes buying stocks making new
52-weeks highs wouldn't be too upset if the stock he already owned
broke out to new 52-week highs.
And why should he? Statistics have shown that stocks making new
highs have a tendency of making even higher highs.
These are the stocks we all dream about. Get in and it keeps going
Of course the fundamentals need to be there. And you should keep a
watchful eye on valuations. But if you were in a stock making new
highs and cheering it on, it seems silly to be afraid of one doing
the same just because you haven't bought it.
One question I like asking myself just to put things into
perspective is: if I was in it, would I be excited and would I
still want to be in it? If the answer is yes, then I'll look for
the best opportunity to get in.
If the answer is no, that I'd want to take profits, then I'll move
This topic actually reminds me of a question someone asked me a
while ago about a stock I was talking about that was at a new
52-week high. In fact, it was at a new 5 year high.
He said aren't you worried about buying a stocks at a 52-week high?
I said of course not. So it just made a new-52 week high. That's
great news. Guess what -- last year it made a new 52-week high as
well. And the year before that. And the year before that.
Can you imagine all the money you'd be leaving on the table if you
were afraid of being in stocks every time they made a new high?
The screen I'm running today looks for:
- Stock trading within 10% of their 52 week high. The
expression looks like this:
Current Price/52 Week high greater than or equal to .90
That means these stocks are either at a new 52 week high, or have
just hit it and still trading within 10% of it, or are climbing
towards their 52 week high and are within striking distance.
- Zacks Rank less than or equal to 2
Only Zacks Strong Buys and Buys.
- Price to Sales less than or equal to 1
A Price to Sales ratio of 1 means you're paying $1 for every $1 of
sales a company makes. A P/S ratio of less than 1 means you're
paying less than $1 for every $1 of sales a company makes. I have
found that by looking at stocks with a P/S ratio of less than or
equal to 1 helps me find stocks that are still considered
undervalued -- even if they are making new highs.
- Current Avg. 20 Day Volume greater than Previous week's Avg.
20 Day Volume
In short, this helps me find stocks where the volume has increased
in the recent week vs. the previous week. If the price is climbing
on increased volume, that shows increased demand or buying coming
in. And the more buying demand there is for a stock, the more it
- All of these parameters are applied to stocks greater than or
equal $5 with Avg. daily volume of greater than or equal to
Here are 5 stocks that made it thru this week's screen:
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