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Monster Stocks: How They Set Up, Run Up, Top and Make You Money Hardcover – October 15, 2007

ISBN-13: 000-0071494715 ISBN-10: 0071494715 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (October 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071494715
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071494717
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #268,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John Boik is a controller and former stockbroker. He is the author of Lessons from the Greatest Stock Traders of All Time, which was chosen by Barron’s as one of the Best Books of 2004, and How Legendary Traders Made Millions.


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Author of three market books published by McGraw-Hill, Lessons From the Greatest Stock Traders of All Time was chosen by Barron's as one of the top 25 Best Books of 2004. A former stockbroker and currently a financial controller, his second book was released in April 2006 titled How Legendary Traders Made Millions. In the fall of 2007 his highly anticipated third title Monster Stocks will be released.

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Steve Burns TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 4, 2007
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John Boik has written a very valuable book that can make you serious money trading stocks if you study it and use his system. I have personally made thousands of dollars trading several of the stocks in this book. You will learn how to identify the stocks that will double and triple in just a few months, some even gorw 1000% to 7000% in less than a year. Stocks like Google, Apple, Yahoo, Taser, and many others. Stocks that change the way we live by creating new products that are very popular and lead to explosive earnings in the company and price increase in the stock that the majority of money managers want to be a part of.
You will get to see how these stocks perform in technical price strength, the author gives bar charts during the major part of the move showing the price compared to the 21, 50, and 200 day moving average along with the relative strength line and volume. You will see how to enter at price break outs to new highs and add on at retreats in price to the 21 or 50 day moving average. But most importantly when to sell at exhaustion gaps in price or when the stock's price falls through the 50 day moving average. It is crucial to sell and lock in profits before the run up ends.
Here are the keys to trading success found in this book:
Monster fundamentals:
1. Outstanding sales or revenue growth.
2. Strong and accelerating earnings growth.
3. High rates of return on equity (ROE).
Rules:
1. Only buy in an overall uptrending market.
2. Only buy stocks in sound price bases with strong fundamentals.
3.Buy stocks at their 52 week highs or better yet all time highs at break outs in price.
4. Only stay in stocks that act right with rising prices on rising volume and pull backs on lighter volume.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Barron on October 29, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I just completed the book and I loved it. Understand I am an avid can slim follower, and I have also taken all the 4 level of workshops offered by William O'Neil and IBD. I also, got to know Jim Roppel at the Master's Level workshop in May that we both attended. This book is very accurate on on the details it covers. It also stresses the extreme difficulty of doing this technique, although for the rare few that can accomplish this skill, it is truly rewarding. After you read this , and you haven't already, the next book you will want is O'Neils book How to Make Money in Stocks, 3rd edition. Only after reading that last book many times over and doing all the follow up, which will require 2-4 years of study, will you feel that you are an intermediate Monster Stock trader.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By RL on December 22, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The book's title is misleading to say the least. The book offers little new information than his previous book - How Legendary Traders Made Millions. It just simply repeats the same principle in the chart again and again. Buy stock in the break out, pyramid buy more when stock drops to its support level, usually at 21 or 50 day moving average. Sell when the stock has its finally climax run. It could have been a 5 to 10 pages brochure.

If you really want to find out how a monster stock got setup, started and finished, I strongly recommend you read Brad Koteshwar's book - The Perfect Stock: How a 7000% move was set-up, started and finished in an astonishing 52 weeks.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 11, 2008
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I had previously purchased his other two books. The first covered the best US traders (this is a very good book) and the second book covered the US equity market and the best US traders through history, this book also was pretty good in terms of detail and explanation. His current book was shallow lacking in detail and appears to have rushed to the publisher. I was throughly disappointed.

I agree with some of the other reviews you would be much better served by purchasing the books on trading written by William O'Neil
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anthony on August 13, 2008
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Boik's term "Monster Stocks" refers to stocks that have at least doubled in price within 18 months. This book describes the practical application of a set of rules for identifying and profiting from such high-growth stocks. These rules involve criteria both for a stock's fundamentals, and subtle details of price and volume action of the stock and of the general market.

What I liked about the book is that it profiles about 30 such stocks as brief case studies, which include the chart basing setups that may have been evident, key points and characteristics of corrections during the stock's growth, and indications that presaged of the end of their run-ups. These are accompanied with annotated charts of relevant market indices and of the stocks profiled. The attendant commentary on these particular growth stocks and the events in the markets allowed me to learn by comparing the rules to how I would have reacted in the same situation. Most of the examples occur during the period 1996 through 2006.

Much of the methodology aligns with and makes mention of the Investor's Business Daily rules as described in their educational material and in Bill O'Neil's books. This book builds on IBD's teachings in that it uses the methods to focus on the special case of stocks that at least double in price including the psychological challenges, buying and pyramiding tactics, and the significance of moving-average support.

Boik describes methods that are relatively simple, but adds that the attention to detail and discipline required is not easy. I know from experience that many of us will find it difficult to make a large commitment to a high-growth stock, at least in its early stages, because the characteristics go against much of the conventional wisdom.
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