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Rankings assigns three different rankings to each of the stocks in the database. Each stock is evaluated and compared against all the other stocks in the database and assigned a percentile ranking ranging from 1 to 99, with 99 being the best.

Special Note: Based on requests from subscribers and non-subscribers alike, stocks between $2 and $6 were introduced into the database in 2004. Great pains were taken to introduce these "Low Bucker" stocks in such a way as to NOT abruptly change the site for people who liked things the way they were. Very often these stocks have extremely powerful advances in price, and they therefore have the possibility of significantly overshadowing the higher-priced stocks in the database. Therefore, two passes are done on the data in calculating the rankings. The first pass ranks ALL stocks (regardless of price), and then a second pass is done which DOES NOT INCLUDE these "Low Bucker" stocks. This way, a subscriber who doesn't want to fool around with the "Low Buckers" can still find high-performance stocks in the Over $6 universe.

The Week Performance Ranking is evaluated based on both price performance during the week, but volume is also taken into account along with price. For example, two stocks may advance the same percentage amount during the week, but if one has heavier volume on its up days than the other, then it will achieve a higher ranking. You can see an example of this below in the performance of MIMS and MEDX during the week ending Sep28,2001.

MIM Corporation
From Sep21,2001 to Sep28,2001
the price rose from $9.37 to $10.50
an advance of 12.1%
But note the heavy volume on the
down days of Sep25 and Sep26
indicating selling
Its Performance Rank for the Week was 14
Medarex Inc
From Sep21,2001 to Sep28,2001
the price rose from $13.47 to $15.10
an advance of 12.1%
But it had heavy volume on the
up days of Sep27 and Sep28
indicating buying power
Its Performance Rank for the Week was 91

In addition to price and volume, also implements a little Japanese Candlestick Theory in analyzing the daily open, low, high, and closing prices in order to evaluate the overall daily movement of a stock (for a more in-depth discussion on Candlestick Theory, please read's Introduction to Candlesticks). A simple example can be seen below in comparing the performance of PDII and SANG on Sep24,2001. In this case, even though both stocks advanced roughly 7.5%, SANG gets a higher ranking because it advanced as a long white candle (in addition to having above-average volume on the advance).

Professional Detailing
On Sep24,2001
the price rose 7.48%
But note that it opened near its high
and closed near its low
indicating that bears were in control
Its Performance Rank for that day was 63
SangStat Medical
On Sep24,2001
the price rose 7.56%
Note that it opened near its low
and closed near its high
indicating that bulls were in control
Its Performance Rank for that day was 86

The 1-Year Performance Ranking ranks stocks on a price-only performance over the last year; however, it also gives some weight to the price-and-volume performance over the past 3 months, using the same strategy described above. Stocks that break out to new highs and continue on to big advances typically do so after they've already had a big run-up during the previous year or so. So stocks with a 1-Year Performance Ranking of 70 or 80 or above are the ones that will most likely be your best candidates.

Finally, there is a third ranking assigned by called the Overall Ranking. It is a proprietary combination of several factors, with each one carrying a different weight (though most of the weight is from the growth prospects):
  • The stock's future short-term and long-term growth prospects (if known)
  • The %increase in the number of institutions that own the stock in the last 3 months
  • The 1-Year Performance Ranking
  • The distance a stock's price is from its 52-week high
  • The behavior of a stock's MACD and Directional Movement
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