How do single-day stock gains of 40%, 50%, 75%, even a 100% or more sound? If you're anything like me they sound pretty darn great.
Those kinds of gains happen almost every day, but the mainstream financial media would much rather focus on recent stories such as: FB jumps 14% on increased mobile revenue, GOOG rockets ahead 13% on higher top line, or TSLA up 8% on higher than expected sales of the Model S.
Don't get me wrong; those are great single-day gains for large-cap companies - but the real single-day home runs usually come from micro-cap and small-cap companies - especially micro-cap and small-cap biotech companies that have just announced exciting news.
In this case, though, it actually is true…
My "Sominex Strategy" for Big Profit in This Rocky Market
"Look at market fluctuations as your friend rather than your enemy; profit from folly rather than participate in it." -Warren Buffett
It's tough to argue with the "Oracle of Omaha." And Buffett is right: Investor "folly" creates some of the biggest moneymaking opportunities you'll find in stocks.
Just look at the whipsaw-trading we've been seeing in recent weeks, with stocks plummeting one day only to soar the next - all because of the bearish or bullish economic statistic du jour.
When we reach the end of this year, I believe that the tech investors who stayed in the market will see that they've been rewarded for their courage, while those who spent 2014 on the sidelines will be penalized for their caution.
That prediction probably won't make it any easier for you to stomach the roller-coaster moves I expect we're going to continue to see in the near term.
But I do believe my trading strategies will help...
Cadence Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: CADX) Stock Climbs 26% in Latest Biotech Deal
What a year so far for biotech stock profits...
Another consolidation in the active biotech sector came Tuesday when Cadence Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: CADX) agreed to be acquired by Mallinckrodt plc (NYSE: MNK) in a $1.3 billion deal. The move sent CADX up 26%.
Under terms of the deal, Dublin, Ireland-based Mallinckrodt will pay $14 in cash for each share of San Diego, Calif.-headquartered Cadence. That's a 26% premium to Monday's closing price and a 32% premium to the stock's average 30-day trading price.
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Best Stocks to Buy Now: A Money Morning Weekly Recap
Best stocks to buy for the week ending Feb. 7, 2010: A robust two-day rally late last week helped the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 Index post their best week of the year, with gains of 0.6% and 0.8% respectively.
Despite the solid showing, the 30-stock index remains down 4.72% year to date. The S&P 500 is off 2.78% since the start of the year. And the Nasdaq, which rose 0.54% last week, is lower by 1.21% so far in 2014.
Indeed, this year has been marked by volatility, with the Dow swinging up or down at least 100 points in intraday trading on 25 out of 26 days since the start of the year.
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Take Profits… While Everyone Else Takes Cover
Volatility has certainly defined the markets in the early weeks of 2014.
But rather than lock in losses by running to the sidelines, instead consider the profits that the boom/bust crowd are leaving behind...
You see, the market to date has dropped just 6% after last year's surge of some 28%.
It's only the investors expecting an uninterrupted bull market party from last year who were caught off guard.
So let's examine the market factors they're wrong about.
And then convert them into a rock-solid, income power play...
These "Triple Threat" Firms Will Deliver Your Best Returns in 2014
As readers of my Permanent Wealth Investor know, alternative money management firms are some of my favorite securities for investors to own.
After a great run in 2013, those firms will have a hard act to follow in 2014.
But, here's the thing: the same sources that drove income last year for these companies are firmly in place. And will be throughout 2014.
So, what's so great about alternative money management firms?
because their revenue comes from a "triple threat" of catalysts that can drive your best returns in 2014...
Activist Investor Nelson Peltz Delivered a 97% Return – and Now He's Targeting This Stock
Carl Icahn, Dan Loeb, and David Einhorn are the activist investors who get the most headlines - but none of them are the one who has squeezed the most value out of a stock.
By that measure, the most successful activist investor is Nelson Peltz of the Trian Partners hedge fund.
which for us means a fresh profit opportunity...
Double Your Opportunities for Profit
In their effort to capture all the profit they can, many investors focus exclusively on buying stocks. That's too bad because it means they're missing out on half the profits - literally.
I say that because the markets move in two directions - up and down - which means there's plenty of profits to be had in both directions.
George Soros, for example, made a cool $1 billion in a single trade that famously almost broke The Bank of England in 1992.
John Paulson made billions off the housing crisis when it hit by going against the grain.
Doug Kass of Seabreeze Partners is known for betting against the herd and laughing all the way to the bank.
Obviously, shorting stocks isn't for everybody - it takes a lot of guts and more than a little conviction to do it profitably. Not to mention a healthy dose of discipline.
But done right, it can really boost your profits...
Three Shocking Market Predictions for 2014… And the Evidence to Prove Them
Each January, we hear a chorus of pundits making predictions about where the markets will go in the 12 months ahead. The number and volume level of the "predictions" is matched only by the utter lack of evidence to back them up.
These talking heads will be the first to shout "I told you so!" But when they get it wrong, well... the silence is deafening. Their predictions are of little use to us.
But predictions themselves can be very useful. Making a well-reasoned prediction can be a great way to crystallize your thinking on important issues. It's also a good filter that can help you select which trends and sectors to embrace - and which to avoid - over the year ahead.
With this in mind, I have three predictions, all backed by compelling evidence, that will surprise you... and help you make a lot of money this year.