Wartime trading can be profitable … if you know where to look.
The problem is that most newbies have no clue what to do when they see a chart like Hycroft Mining Holding Corporation (NASDAQ: HYMC)…
It ran over 70% in less than 24 hours. And I bet most traders missed the move.
You have to know the key to profitable trading: It starts with watching the right stocks. But so many of my students have school, families, or full-time jobs. So they may not don’t have a ton of time to search.
That’s where I come in. As a veteran trader with over 15 years of market experience, I show my students which tickers to keep on a watchlist and why.
The ‘why’ is crucial. To become self-sufficient, you must learn the process.
Take a look at my top 8 stocks to watch in April. And keep reading to learn why I picked them…
- Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN … see my analysis here)
- Tesla Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA … see my analysis here)
- Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE: SWN … see my analysis here)
- Limelight Networks Inc. (NASDAQ: LLNW … see my analysis here)
- United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X … see my analysis here)
- Halliburton Company Inc. (NYSE: HAL … see my analysis here)
- Hycroft Mining Holding Corporation (NASDAQ: HYMC … see my analysis here)
- Creative Medical Technology Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: CELZ … see my analysis here)
Table of Contents
- 1 Top 8 Stocks to Watch in April 2022
- 1.1 Stocks to Watch in April #1: Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN)
- 1.2 Stocks to Watch in April #2: Tesla Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA)
- 1.3 Stocks to Watch in April #3: Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE: SWN)
- 1.4 Stocks to Watch in April #4: Limelight Networks Inc. (NASDAQ: LLNW)
- 1.5 Stocks to Watch in April #5: United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X)
- 1.6 Stocks to Watch in April #6: Halliburton Company Inc. (NYSE: HAL)
- 1.7 Stocks to Watch in April #7: Hycroft Mining Holding Corporation (NASDAQ: HYMC)
- 1.8 Stocks to Watch in April #8: Creative Medical Technology Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: CELZ)
- 2 What Do You Need to Trade Stocks?
- 3 How to Find Your Top Stocks to Watch: 5 Tips for Every Day
- 3.1 #1: Run Your Scans
- 3.2 #2: Know Your Catalysts
- 3.3 #3: Study the Charts
- 3.4 #4: Look for That Volume
- 3.5 #5: Learn From Other Traders
- 3.6 Frequently Asked Trading Questions
- 3.7 Isn’t It Risky to Trade Stocks and Penny Stocks?
- 3.8 How Risky Is Short Selling?
- 3.9 How Much Money Do I Need to Start Trading?
- 4 Conclusion
- 5 One Platform. One System. Every Tool
Top 8 Stocks to Watch in April 2022
Before I get into the top stocks to watch in April 2022…
These are just tickers I’m watching. I might not end up trading any of them. My watchlists help me keep track of stocks until they’re ready to play or dismiss. Don’t make a trade until you have enough data to support your thesis.
This isn’t a gunslinging competition. Keep your expectations realistic and your head on your shoulders. Volatility can be a friend or a foe. It’s all in how you prepare for it.
Trading is inherently risky! I’ve learned how to profit safely thanks to experience and practice.
Want more hot picks and insider info?
Now get out your notebook because these stocks will likely climb higher…
Stocks to Watch in April #1: Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN)
A lot of people were shopping online before the pandemic. But ever since COVID-19 forced countries into lockdowns, e-commerce sales have gone up…
Amazon isn’t the only company selling things online. But they’re probably the biggest U.S. company to do it. Kind of hard to imagine it started as an online bookstore …
Here’s another interesting tidbit — there’s a stock split in the future. Check out this headline…
When a company splits shares, it increases the supply and lowers the price.
This makes shares more affordable for traders. And the news coverage helps the stock gain exposure.
There’s no guarantee that it’ll spike after the split. But lately, it’s been a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Considering AMZN’s past and current success, I’m betting a bunch of people will pile in for cheaper shares.
Stocks to Watch in April #2: Tesla Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA)
Musk just announced a bigger focus on robots in the coming years. I don’t think he’s giving up on electric cars, merely pivoting the business model for the future. Here’s what I read on the matter recently…
All things considered, TSLA is killing it. And the company just announced another possible stock split…
Did you read my comments earlier? The last time TSLA split its stock, it was a huge success. My guess is this time around will be more of the same.
Stocks to Watch in April #3: Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE: SWN)
In my opinion, oil and gas aren’t done spiking.
The war between Russia and Ukraine and resulting sanctions are putting a lot of stress on the market.
Many energy stocks out there are benefitting from this volatility. But I like SWN because it’s low priced and it has been steadily grinding higher.
Also, the breakout over recent highs is pretty great. That’s what I like to see on a chart.
Wait for the price to dip a bit and settle above strong resistance before buying.
Stocks to Watch in April #4: Limelight Networks Inc. (NASDAQ: LLNW)
Here’s another lower-priced stock I’m watching in April. Just like my last pick, It has a steady uptrend and is testing the breakout level.
It’s a video and communications company. Lockdowns forced everybody to study online and work from home. Now, after things have started loosening up, people are still choosing to stay at home. Look at this headline…
Going forward, I think we’ll still find a lot of people choosing to work from home. And the job market will have to accommodate for that. Companies like LLNW are here to facilitate that shift.
Stocks to Watch in April #5: United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X)
There’s a strong possibility that we’ll see an infrastructure bill pass before the next election cycle. It’s a good opportunity to gain re-election votes.
And new infrastructure means higher demand for building materials. Considering the sanctions against Russia and supply-chain disruptions, I think X is a good stock to watch.
Here’s a headline with more info…
It’s a U.S.-based steel company. And since a lot of steel comes from Russia, fulfilling an infrastructure plan will mean the government finding steel from another source. What better place than from American soil?
I’d look to get in when it bases above support.
Stocks to Watch in April #6: Halliburton Company Inc. (NYSE: HAL)
This one made last month’s watchlist.
And it’s back again for all the same reasons. Whenever the U.S. goes to war, or some kind of infrastructure gets blown up abroad, Halliburton is usually the company contracted to fix it.
The war between Russia and Ukraine is continuing without a ceasefire, and there’s more damage every day.
The longer this war drags on, the more opportunities HAL will have to rebuild with government contracts.
And look at where it is now compared to last month…
Stocks to Watch in April #7: Hycroft Mining Holding Corporation (NASDAQ: HYMC)
These last two picks are a bit sketchier. So if you want to play them, tighten your risk level. And for gosh sakes, stick to the plan! Cut your losses if you need to. These stocks are risky.
This is a mining play that AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMC) invested in. And it’s going pretty well as you can see…
This is the same AMC from the 2021 meme stonk rally. Now the hype’s transferring over to this low-priced mining play.
I think the chart shows some great potential.
But this stock will likely be more volatile than all the previous ones. Stay safe and buy on a dip. I’d also wait for a recent catalyst to be sure of bullish momentum.
Stocks to Watch in April #8: Creative Medical Technology Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: CELZ)
Last but not least, we have a good-ol’ biotech penny stock.
Biotechs are historically volatile. I remember back in 2020 and 2021 there were a few months where all I traded was biotechs. They just kept spiking on a weekly basis during lockdowns.
I’m talking about stocks like…
- Immunome, Inc. (NASDAQ: IMNM)
- ImmunoPrecise Antibodies Ltd. (NASDAQ: IPA)
- NeuroMetrix Inc. (NASDAQ: NURO)
It seems like sketchy biotechs are coming back — Hillstream BioPharma Inc. (NASDAQ: HILS) is another example. And I couldn’t be more excited.
This one’s at the top of my list for possible runners in the sector.
Well, that’s it — my 8 top stocks to watch in April 2022.
Remember, this is just a watchlist of stocks with the potential to move. You need to look for your best setups. Only enter a trade after you create a trading plan.
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Now, let’s look at what you need to build your own watchlists. Read on…
What Do You Need to Trade Stocks?
In 2022, it’s easier than ever to start trading. Brokers are more accessible than ever, commissions are $0 for many stocks, and the volume in the market makes for some incredible opportunities.
But that doesn’t mean there’s anything easy about trading…
Yet so many newbies just jump in. If I can give you one tip to start your trading career, it’s this: Focus on your education. Learn different strategies. Test with paper trading.
Track every trade in a journal and review it often. That’s all part of how you find what works for you.
And if you’re ready to take your education to the next level, find a training program like the SteadyTrade Team. That’s our trading education community where you can get mentorship, webinars, and many more resources.
I’m the lead trainer, and my goal is to teach you how to think for yourself and trade through any kind of market.
Now, here are 5 tips on how to trade smart and pick your top stocks to watch…
How to Find Your Top Stocks to Watch: 5 Tips for Every Day
#1: Run Your Scans
If you know me at all, you know I’m up early. That’s when I start prepping for the market open and for my daily premarket sessions.
Of course, I use StocksToTrade. It comes loaded with 40+ built-in scans that any trader can customize. Check out this video where I share my top three go-to scans…
#2: Know Your Catalysts
It’s not enough to find the day’s biggest gainers. You have to understand why they’re moving. If you can’t find a good reason, like a press release or hot news item, the momentum will probably fade.
Here are few questions to ask:
- Did the company announce good earnings?
- Is there a new government contract or juicy deal?
- Was there a company merger?
- Is there a new investor or big money flowing into the company?
Many factors can drive price action. Some sectors even have specialized news catalysts. For example, biotechs could get FDA approval for a new drug … or complete a phase of a major study. So do your homework.
And the stronger the catalyst, the more powerful the stock movement can be. So find that catalyst!
BTW, StocksToTrade has a great feature to help you catch the news that can supercharge stock moves. Learn more about STT’s Breaking News Chat room here!
#3: Study the Charts
I say this a lot: You gotta read the charts until your eyes bleed.
OK, that’s a little bit of an exaggeration, but I want you to understand how important it is to learn to read charts. It’s how you spot patterns.
And when you look for top stocks to watch, don’t just look at one time frame…
Change it up! One-minute, five-minute, 15-minute, and daily charts — each time frame can tell you a different part of a stock’s story.
Look for areas of support and resistance. It’s a smart way to set your entries and exits.
#4: Look for That Volume
You can find the juiciest, hottest stock … but if it doesn’t have volume, move on.
Yes, you need stocks making big moves on strong catalysts … But you also need liquidity to trade.
We saw crazy volume in 2020 and 2021. I think the trend will continue in 2022. That’s one reason we’re so lucky to be in the markets now.
But volume is never a guarantee. So I make sure there’s enough volume before I consider trading any stock. That’s a big part of my trading checklist that I run through for every single trade.
#5: Learn From Other Traders
One reason I joined the StocksToTrade team as the lead trainer is that I knew from experience that trading can be lonely. I also love teaching people…
But I want every trader to know that they don’t have to go it alone. That’s why we have so many ways to connect and for every trader to learn. Here are just a few:
- Pre-Market Prep: This used to be free on StocksToTrade’s YouTube channel every trading day, but now it’s only available on Monday. Want to join me live the rest of the week to check out the hottest movers and strategies for the day? See what’s next on my list…
- StocksToTrade Advisory: This is where you can get in on my premarket sessions, plus you’ll receive a dedicated weekly watchlist every Wednesday, an in-depth monthly report, and so much more!
- StocksToTrade Daily Accelerator: Sign up for this no-cost daily newsletter where I show you what’s rockin’ in the trading world with tips, tools, trends, news, and more.
- SteadyTrade Team: This is our hands-on mentorship program where you can get two to three webinars daily to help you find your strategy. I’m gonna full-on brag: I think we have the best trading community here.
You have many options for learning and connecting with other traders. It’s key to your growth and education. The only thing to do now is to find where you belong.
Frequently Asked Trading Questions
No doubt, you have more questions. Let’s tackle them now…
Isn’t It Risky to Trade Stocks and Penny Stocks?
Yep, all trading is risky. Never believe anyone who tells you there’s an opportunity for a risk-free trade. There’s no such thing.
That’s why you have to study.
You need patterns, rules, and strategies to make smart trading decisions. I’ve spent years working on my own education. And it never really ends. Back when I ran my IT business, I woke up early to study. That habit still sticks with me today.
And now I get to use my experience to help students improve.
You decide where you want to start, but always keep risk management in mind. Learn how to lose — it’s part of the process.
And know that you can lose 60% of the time and still grow your account. Also, it’s OK to start with a small account and small trades. Respect the risks. Cut your losses. Make informed trades with research.
How Risky Is Short Selling?
Remember the big GameStop (NYSE: GME) short squeeze? An army of retail traders squeezed out billionaire hedge funds. Those fat cats lost billions! So think of it this way…
If professional billionaire hedge fund traders can blow up their accounts while shorting, so can you.
Short selling is risky. It requires a lot of skill to do it right. And there are a lot of newbie traders just following ‘gurus’ blindly and blowing up their accounts.
A lot of the big price moves we see today are partly due to stubborn shorts getting squeezed out of their trades…
Some traders have the discipline and experience to short stocks well. But you can’t just short any penny stock that’s up.
And remember: you risk losing exponentially more than what’s in your account with shorting. Tread carefully! Like any other strategy, do your homework before you try it.
How Much Money Do I Need to Start Trading?
One of the most well-known penny stock traders, Tim Grittani, started with only $1,500! Check out his tips for new traders in this video:
To answer the question though, you don’t need a lot of money to start trading. You can even paper trade the first few months if you can’t fund an account yet.
If you’re ready to fund an account, do your research before you choose a broker to make sure it’s the right one for you.
Bottom line: prepare. Give yourself a better chance for success by building your knowledge and skill level.
All the successful traders I know put in the time and work. Trading isn’t easy. The market’s a battlefield where you can lose real money — fast.
That’s all I have for the top stocks to watch this month.
Remember, your watchlist is everything when it comes to trading. Get to work today and start building your watchlists. Find what works for you and learn to adapt to any market.
I give you these monthly top stock lists to help you understand what I see happening in the markets … But I love seeing students build their skills and trade smarter day by day. I often urge all my students to try to improve just 1% every day. Seems small, but that adds up over time.
I hope you use this list of top stocks to watch in April 2022 to help you create your own watchlists.
The best way to learn is to try. Follow the tips above — don’t try to be perfect.
Do the work, make mistakes, and learn from them. If the stocks you watch don’t play out as you thought, find out why and build better trading plans.
Reminder: This list of stocks to watch is NOT a recommendation to buy … It’s a guide to help you learn how to spot big movers and hot opportunities.
What do you think are the top stocks to watch in April 2022? Comment below, I love to hear from all my readers!