I'll answer your question in two posts. The first will talk about these two stocks specifically, and the next (which will be very long) will talk about how I find them.
First I should remind everyone that I'm in the U.S. and trade stocks from our Nasdaq, NYSE, and Amex.
CURE is one that I've traded in the past and purchased last week. Look at it's chart for the past three years. Every year around September-October and March-May it does a sharp dip down to @ $13 per share, and then does a sharp rise. I hope to sell it around $17. Back in May I bought at @ $13 and sold too soon at $15.
WFT is one I found this weekend and purchased today. Look at it's chart. Just below $36 seems to be it's lowest point for the past year. I hope to sell at least at $38, but I'm going to watch and see how much can get out of it.
This is my strategy at this point in time. It will change over time as I learn new techniques and other strategies to improve my trading. Please keep in mind that I'm the United States and trade only with our markets. My style may not be applicable to other markets outside the United States.
As many of you know, the US releases quarterly earnings reports. Most companies release them in the months of January, April, July, and October. Because the US markets drops the most during the months of September-October and March-April, I do most of my buying in October (with the intent to sell before the end of December) and April (with the intent to sell before the end of June). I have noticed a pattern where most of my losses occurred in the first quarter (January-March) and I no longer trade during that quarter. The summer quarter (July - September) tends to be flat for me overall, so now I only trade in the second and fourth quarter.
Debt/Equity ratio of 0.3 or less
Gross Profit margin of 10% or more
Return on Equity of 10% or more
P/E ration of 15 or less
Earnings per share (12 month) of $1 or more
Now I'll be given a huge list of potential stocks, but most of them show financial numbers from the previous quarter. I must weed through them to find the ones that are current.
Once I have a list of stocks with newly published quarterly reports, I look at everything else I can find about them.
Volume - I look at trade volume because if a stock isn't trading a few thousand shares every day, it's frustrating to buy and sell.
Insider Trading - If the insiders are selling, I usually avoid the stock because they're jumping ship. The only exception I'll allow is if there was a phenomenal spike in it's chart that the insiders took advantage of.
Chart volatility - Too obvious to explain. Well, for those of you new to swing trading, a chart with a flat line is ugly to a swing trader. Also, a chart where the stock is at it's peak or falling isn't attractive. I wait until it appears to have bottomed out or is just beginning it's recovery.
Recent News - To try and avoid any nasty surprises.
WFT is the only stock I have that does not fit my parameters. It's chart history is what I'm basing my decision on. Hopefully this won't be my bad choice that I have to bail out on, but it's possible and I make at least two bad stock choices each year.
I think SRDX is in recovery. Although it's P/E is ugly and it's quarterly report comes out Oct. 29, it's chart and other financials look attractive to me and I bought it at $27.70. I hope I can sell it at $30. SRDX is a Nasdaq stock.
Interesting strategy. There was some research a few years ago that looked at how brokerages recommended shares.
What they found was that they started off with a good recommendation, and as results were about to be released revised them down. Results would come out better then the revised estimates and the stock would rally.
This would lead to a boom/bust cycle - it sounds like you may be capitalising on that.
Dont have any links to this research. Its just something that stuck in my head as a reason to avoid broker recommendations.