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     Our algorithm finds high-momentum stocks.  Price momentum surges, especially if accompanied by volume surges often presage a significant move.  Stocks in an 8,000+ stock database are ranked by momentum.

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Momentum is similar to price-rate-of-change.  The difference is that momentum is expressed usually as a ratio, and price-rate-of-change is expressed as a percent.  Both are "momentum" measurements.  We express the momentum as a percentage here because it is easier for most people to visualize percentages than ratios.         

It is often possible to catch a stock early in a sustained move by monitoring stocks that have undergone a recent momentum surge.  Our momentum scanner computes the 10-day momentum of each of thousands of stocks.  Remember that a high 10-day momentum figure does not necessarily mean a viable trend has begun.  There may be nearby overhead resistance to any additional upside movement.  If there is, you should either wait and see if the stock breaks through that resistance or look elsewhere.  Look at the stock's 3-year chart and it's 1-year chart to get a sense of the context for the recent momentum.  Is the stock accelerating after touching its rising trendline, breaking through its upper Bollinger band, bursting through the neckline of an inverted head-and-shoulders formation, or breaking through the upper resistance boundary of an ascending triangle?  Look for such things to validate that the momentum is probably the beginning of a significant move.  If you do not know what these formations are, learn what overhead resistance looks like.  Many people consider the lack of overhead resistance to be sufficient reason to purchase a high-momentum stock.

Extreme readings are more likely to be followed by a continuation of the upside movement.    Check a stock carefully before you buy it.  A momentum surge may result because of a possible takeover.  In such cases, a stock will usually gap up to a certain level then level off with little price change from then on (it goes relatively flat).  There might be another surge later or the stock may stay there for up to a few months and then plummet if the takeover collapses.  In short, the upside move may already be over.  We believe it is better to look for stocks that have not spiked up abruptly then traded flat after that, and that you make sure there is no nearby resistance overhanging the stock.  The bottom line is that stocks with the greatest momentum out of thousands of stocks probably have that momentum for a good reason

The free list provided here is taken from the 50 just below the subscriber lists.  Subscribers get a list of 100 stocks that have the greatest momentum.  Even though the 50 stocks listed here are taken from below that list, they still rank in the top 150 out of thousands of stocks.  That means they are worth looking at.  The list is updated daily, so even if there is nothing compelling here today because of overhead resistance or because of something else, there might very well be a real winner here tomorrow.  Though the best candidates are usually near the top of the list, that is not always the case.  The "Mom" column shows how much the stock has gained in the last 10 days.

Updated Mon p.m. after the close of market Sym Close % Ch %Vol Mom
VIACOM CL A VIA.O 39.30 0.26 20.3 17.1%
BIOBLAST PHARMA ORPN.O 3.02 0.67 -92.1 17.1%
ACORDA THERAPEUTICS ACOR.O 27.55 1.29 -72.1 17.0%
EDENOR ADR REPSTG 20 CL B EDN 59.38 0.73 8.5 16.7%
VIACOM CL B VIAB.O 33.94 1.74 -25.6 16.6%
CROCS  CROX.O 14.21 1.79 -14.3 16.5%
ARISTA NETWORKS ANET.K 275.68 1.79 9.7 16.4%
CHICOS FAS CHS 10.21 2.10 6.9 16.4%
META FINANCIAL GROUP CASH.O 104.95 0.10 -43.7 16.4%
CAMBIUM LEARNING GROUP ABCD.O 6.92 0.87 85.1 16.3%
NUSTAR GP HOLDINGS NSH 18.55 4.21 64.0 16.3%
CARDINAL HEALTH CAH 73.51 2.23 5.6 16.3%
PRECISION DRILLING PDS 3.79 1.07 -7.3 16.3%
AGENUS AGEN.O 4.08 2.77 267.6 16.2%
BRASKEM ADR REP 2 CL A BAK 32.42 1.28 -58.7 16.2%
RYERSON HOLDING RYI 12.55 -0.40 -27.4 16.2%
2U  TWOU.O 73.95 2.17 -20.2 16.1%
FIBRIA CELULOSE ADR REP 1 FBR 16.94 3.23 -7.8 16.0%
CHEETAH MOBILE ADR REP 10 CL A CMCM.K 16.24 -0.18 -15.6 15.7%
NMI HOLDINGS CL A NMIH.O 20.00 2.04 -55.2 15.6%
CENTURY ALUMINUM CENX.O 23.04 4.07 120.2 15.6%
KEYW HOLDING KEYW.O 6.86 2.69 -75.2 15.5%
SPAR GROUP SGRP.O 1.50 4.17 -59.0 15.4%
DEL FRISCO'S RESTAURANT GROUP DFRG.O 17.45 -0.29 102.7 15.2%
KEY ENERGY SERVICES KEG 16.99 0.06 -12.9 14.9%
FLUOR  FLR 61.29 1.42 35.4 14.8%
MYRIAD GENETICS MYGN.O 39.88 3.26 26.2 14.5%
INTUITIVE SURGICAL ISRG.O 433.94 0.16 6.8 14.5%
PTC  PTC.O 72.85 1.95 -25.3 14.5%
LATAM AIRLINES GROUP ADR REP 1 LTM 16.79 0.66 -.5 14.4%
GUESS  GES 18.84 3.40 -2.6 14.3%
GIBRALTAR INDUSTRIES ROCK.O 38.35 2.40 17.5 14.3%
APRICUS BIOSCIENCES APRI.O 2.64 -0.38 -10.8 14.3%
COEUR MINING CDE 8.48 1.80 21.3 14.3%
IMPAX LABORATORIES IPXL.O 20.40 1.24 15.8 14.1%
MOLINA HEALTHCARE MOH 91.97 0.15 -14.2 14.1%
MOSYS  MOSY.O 1.47 -0.31 -18.9 14.0%
APPROACH RESOURCES AREX.O 3.60 0.00 -63.8 13.9%
ABAXIS ABAX.O 62.72 2.55 17.1 13.9%
EPIZYME EPZM.O 16.40 7.54 96.8 13.9%
OWENS & MINOR OMI 22.62 5.41 16.6 13.8%
GSV CAPITAL GSVC.O 7.75 -1.77 -13.1 13.8%
SAFEGUARD SCIENTIFICS SFE 12.80 2.81 -55.3 13.8%
POINTS INTERNATIONAL PCOM.O 11.71 -2.34 -24.1 13.7%
NUSTAR ENERGY NS 35.59 4.09 45.3 13.6%


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