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The Dow Jones Industrial Average popped more than 9.5% in the first two weeks of April. But this was merely a correction for the 35% it lost from the initial coronavirus crash. Today, the Dow is off more than 300 points on coronavirus worries.
As that becomes more obvious, growth traders still need to realize there are buying opportunities out there. Take our top penny stock today, still with 93% profit potential.
We've been saying we don't know where the bottom is. We don't know when a vaccine for COVID-19 will show up or when the economy will open. But we do know the long-term trajectory of markets is up. It's still the buying opportunity of a lifetime.
In fact, we had a penny stock pop 260% earlier this year after news that the company was heading to human trials on a coronavirus vaccine.
That was Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: INO). It gained all while the coronavirus media frenzy was brewing and other stocks plummeted.
Inovio has gone from $14 to $7 since then. But it's still up 138% for the year. Such is the nature of penny stocks. Readers who got in and out at the right time could have more than doubled their investment.
The great thing about top penny stocks is that they thrive on market volatility like today's...
What's Moving Penny Stocks Today
The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) average so far is more than 30. The average for 2019 was around 15. Double volatility means bigger percentage changes in stock price.
Of course, that means bad penny stocks will lose just as much as the good ones gain. So you need to keep your eyes open and look for industries and stocks that could pop on broader market movement.
This week, Russia has agreed with the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) on a supply cut to stabilize oil prices.
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Russia had disagreed with Saudi Arabia before, in the wake of the coronavirus market crash. Oil prices lost 65% as a result.
This week, they reached an agreement, and oil prices are up 4%. And it's likely to climb way higher.
In addition to the OPEC news, oil stocks around the country have been poised to increase revenue from their own cuts to production.
And this is one. Here's the top penny stock to buy today as oil prices stabilize. It's not your typical penny stock, but these aren't typical times...
The Best Penny Stock to Buy Right Now
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If you missed it last week, Marathon Oil Corp. (NYSE: MRO) has been one of our top penny stocks to watch in the present oil price dip. And there's still time to grab it.
The coronavirus crisis gives us an opportunity to buy top-shelf stocks at low prices. This one happens to have fallen to a penny stock-level discount.
Marathon has fallen nearly 70% since Jan. 1, from $13.68 to $4.30. It's leveled off at this mark since then.
We recommended MRO last week as the results of the Russia-OPEC meeting were pending. But now that they've reached an agreement, this stock is headed closer to a 93% growth target for the year.
Not only is it getting a boost from rising oil prices, but the company is compensating for losses with its own production cuts. As much as $1.1 billion has been cut from Marathon's 2020 budget. Right now, the company is 50% below its 2019 spending levels.
Marathon has also made cuts by what it calls "frac holidays" at its main sites, Eagle Ford and Bakken in the most recent quarter. Its CEO, Lee Tillman, maintains a "returns first" philosophy, assuring investors that the company can afford the pullback.
And this is great for Marathon's revenue. Watch the stock's price go up as its top line increases over the next couple months.
Action to Take: Even in a downturn, there are penny stocks out there with the potential to double your investment. You just have to know where to look. With Russia and Saudi Arabia reaching an oil supply agreement, Marathon Oil Corp. (NYSE: MRO) could see gains of 90% or more. Grab it while you can.
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About the Author
Mike Stenger, Associate Editor for Money Morning at Money Map Press, graduated from the Perdue School of Business at Salisbury University. He has combined his degree in Economics with an interest in emerging technologies by finding where tech and finance overlap. Today, he studies the cybersecurity sector, AI, streaming, and the Cloud.