Three Hot Penny Stocks

| May 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

It’s been a difficult couple of months for small-caps and penny stocks.  Since hitting an all-time record high of 1,212.80 on March 4th, the Russell 2000 Index has lost nearly 100 points or 8.2%.

And just last Friday, the small-cap index hit a low of 1,091.40, which represented a 10% drop from the early March high.

With that said, there are a number of penny stocks that continue to perform well despite the overall weakness in small company stocks.  In fact, here are three penny stocks that skyrocketed last week…

Hyperdynamics (NYSE: HDY)

Shares of this tiny oil and gas exploration company jumped last week!


HDY started the week strong by tripling in value on Monday, May 5th.  But the stock couldn’t hang on to its stunning gains.  By the close of trading on Friday, HDY had dropped from Monday’s close of $4.46 to just $2.79.

With that said, HDY did manage to register an eye-popping 87% rise for the week. 

Hyperdynamics is engaged in the acquisition, exploration and development of oil and gas properties in the Republic of Guinea, which is located in Northwest Africa.  The company owns a 37% working interest in a concession that covers an area of approximately 9,650 square miles in offshore Guinea.

Why did the stock take off?

The company’s drilling partner, Tullow Oil, announced it has lifted its force majeure on the Guinea offshore exploration block. 

Tullow imposed the force majeure on March 12th after the Justice Department and the SEC initiated an investigation into Hyperdynamics.  The regulators are scrutinizing the company’s activities in obtaining and retaining its rights to the Guinea concession.

HDY plunged 58% the day the news came out.

While there has been no word on the outcome of the investigation yet, it appears investors are viewing Tullow’s actions as a positive sign.  Tullow had previously stated it imposed the force majeure because “it cannot proceed with activities on the license until these issues are resolved.”

By lifting the force majeure, Tullow appears to be indicating that the regulatory investigation of Hyperdynamics has been resolved to its satisfaction.  If so, then perhaps last week’s surge is the beginning of a larger rally for HDY.

Shares of HDY are up 3.2% so far this week at $2.88.


RadNet is a national market leader providing high-quality, cost-effective diagnostic imaging services through a network of 250 fully-owned and operated outpatient imaging centers.  The company’s core markets include California, Maryland, Delaware, Rhode Island, New Jersey, and New York.

On Friday, the company reported a narrower first quarter loss than analysts’ were expecting.

While revenue declined 2.4% year-over-year to $168.9 million, net loss remained flat at $0.03 per share.  The bottom-line number impressed investors as analysts’ had been expecting a much wider loss of $0.06 per share.

It also didn’t hurt that management suggested the numbers would have been even better had it not been for bad weather on the East Coast during the quarter.

What’s more, the company raised its full-year EBITDA guidance by $2 million to a range of $112 to $122 million.  The original guidance had forecasted EBITDA of $110 to $120 million.

Thanks to the bullish news… RDNT finished the week with a bang!


As you can see, the shares jumped nearly 22% on Friday and set a new 52-week high of $6.80 in the process.  The rally capped off a strong week for the stock which finished with a 31% gain.

While RadNet has shed about 10 cents so far this week, it is still up by a whopping 280% year-to-date. 

And, it doesn’t appear that RadNet has much more upside in the near-term.  At a current price of $6.38, the stock is trading just off the analysts’ mean price target of $6.50 per share.

Chelsea Therapeutics International (NASDAQ: CHTP)

CHTP surged on big news last week…

Chelsea Therapeutics International

The small biotech’s shares jumped $1.58 on Thursday for a one-day gain of 32%.  And the stock finished the week at $6.57 for a gain of 28% for the week.

What spurred the sudden rise in CHTP?

Early Thursday morning, management announced that Chelsea will be acquired by privately-owned, Dutch pharmaceutical company, H. Lundbeck A/S.  The deal values Chelsea at approximately $658 million. 

Lundbeck is buying Chelsea to get its hands on Northera, Chelsea’s FDA-approved drug for symptomatic neurogenic orthostatic hypotension.

According to a joint press release, Lundbeck will offer Chelsea shareholders $6.44 per share in cash and up to $1.50 per share in contingent value rights.  The total potential consideration of up to $7.94 per share represents a 59% premium over Chelsea’s closing price of $5.00 on May 7th.

Chelsea’s board of directors has unanimously approved the transaction.  And the deal is expected to close in the third quarter.

It’s not clear at this time just how much the contingent value rights will ultimately be worth.  Their value depends on future net sales of Northera, which the companies expect to launch in the second half of 2014.

With CHTP currently trading at $6.59, there doesn’t seem to be much upside remaining in the shares.  We suggest you look for better opportunities in the penny stock space.

Profitably Yours,

Robert Morris 

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Robert Morris is the editor of Penny Stock All-Stars, an investment advisory focused on discovering small-cap and micro-cap stocks that are destined to become the market’s next Blue Chips. The Wall Street veteran and small-cap stock specialist is also a regular contributor to Penny Stock Research. Every week, Robert shares his thoughts with our readers on a variety of penny stock-related topics. In addition to Penny Stock Research, Robert also writes frequently for two other free financial e-letters, ETF Trading Research and the Dynamic Wealth Report. He’s also the editor of two highly successful and popular investment advisories, Biotech SuperTrader and China Stock Insider.

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