Ticker Name Industry Mkt. cap YTD gain Profit Insider Breakout
Altisource AM Corporation
Zhone Technologies Inc.
Canadian Solar Inc.
China Information Tech.
Corporate Resource Serv.
Gray Television Inc.
Liberator Medical Holdings
Revolution Lighting Tech.
Nexstar Broadcasting Grp
China Distance Education
China Mobile G&E Group
B Communications Ltd
Xerium Technologies Inc.
Radio One Inc.
Power Solutions Int.
Gains for the best stocks of 2013 range from 345% (PSIX) to 1162% (AAMC), AAMC being the only stock I owned during the year, although I sold it too early and didn't realize the full gain. The company is the real estate asset management arm of Altisouce Portfolio Solutions (ASPS), from which it was spun off during 2013. The list of industries is quite diverse, although 9 stocks (30%) come from the biotechnology sector (PTCT, LCI, INSY, ACAD, CHTP, GENT, KERX, PBYI, BCRX) and 8 (26%) from broadcasting and communications services (ZHNE, GSAT, GTN, IQNT, MEG, NXST, BCOM, ROAI). I have checked insider buying, breakouts, profits and market cap of all stocks before their advances, and the results are summarized here:
- All stocks had a market cap lower than 1 billion USD before advancing higher
- Each stock has reached 52-week highs many times during it's uptrend
- 86% (26) of them still have an institutional ownership lower than 80% right now
- 86% (26) of all stocks have a short float of 10% or below right now
- 77% (23) did not pay any dividends during the year
- 70% (21) experienced a major breakout on significant volume, which started their whole move
- 63% (19) have no earnings and are losing businesses
- only 30% (9) have been bought by insiders before exploding higher
- The best 5 stocks of 2013 all had major breakouts, neither was bought by insiders before it, and only one was showing a profit
Buying the best stocks right now on breakouts or after major news can be very profitable. However, I believe that none of these stocks could be discovered by fundamental or technical analysis alone, you need to combine both approaches to dig deeper and analyze their potential. Most of them are not profitable now and won't be for some years, so any valuation might be very imprecise. On the other hand there are many stocks breaking out on strong volume every day, which means some kind of fundamental analysis is required to weed out future losers and capture the multibaggers. I will soon compile similar lists of the best UK, Hong Kong, and Indian stocks of 2013 and compare the results so stay tuned.
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