A number of this year's hot penny stocks have soared by double digits since the New Year.
Their meteoric moves have far outpaced the lukewarm (if any) gains of major benchmarks and their components. The Dow is down roughly 4% and the S&P is off nearly 3% year to date, after gains of 26% and 32% respectively in 2013. The Nasdaq was up 1% until Friday's broad-based selloff left the tech-heavy index down an equal amount for the year.
Many companies are making headlines in the stock market today as markets are up on hopes of more monetary easing from the U.S. Federal Reserve as it concludes its two-day policy meeting tomorrow.
Investors might be having a delayed reaction to Sunday's Greek elections as yesterday's trading volume was much lower than average, and not much movement occurred.
The markets are also responding well to the number of housing permits filed in May which was at its highest level since September 2008. Permits were reported at a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 780,000, easily exceeding forecasts of 725,000.
For now investors wait in anticipation for the Fed to make a move, but if none is taken expect a slight downturn in the markets tomorrow afternoon.
In the meantime, here are five stocks to follow in today's trading: