What Makes a Stock Go Up?

The trend is your friend! Click here to see the Top 50 Trending Stocks.

What makes a stock go up? The answer might surprise you. Watch the video to find out!

Disclaimer: This is not a buy recommendation for any of the stocks mentioned in the video. Purchasing stocks involves financial risk and money management must be involved to protect capital.

In the video, I describe finding stocks with winning characteristics: higher than average weekly volume, a new price high with a trend line moving upward. I also want to emphasize that a good time to buy stocks with those characteristics is after a pullback or consolidation of the price.

Looking at one of the charts I talk about in the video, Chipolte Mexican Grill (CMG) which has had a 296% gain over just over two years, you can see that several of the occurrences of popularity happen after the price has pulled back or have been stuck in a price range for a while. Looking at the chart below, this happened in July 2010, February 2011 and September 2011. The point I want to make is the powerfulness of the three characteristics is stronger after a price pullback or consolidation.

I also want to point out that this trend trading strategy is not the "holy grail" and that the experience won't always turn out the way it did with CMG. But, when these aspects of what makes a stock go up - show up they are worth considering as a higher probability that a stock will go up.

Below, please find the resources I promised for finding free charts and lists of stocks that may be exhibiting the characteristics of a real winner.

Free Resources for Finding Popular Stocks

StockCharts.com is a terrific resource for charts and they offer predefined scan for looking for good stocks. Here's the webpage for their predefined scans for 52-week highs and strong volume gainers:


Barchart.com is another terrific resource. On the Market Pulse page, in the left column 52-week highs, Volume Advances and more are featured:


Just for fun, to look at some of the best gainers to observe the three aspects you're looking for visit:

Barchart.com Top 100

Free Stock Charts

For free stock charts go to:

Your online stock trading brokerage.

Yahoo Finance


Look at a weekly chart of your stock. Most stock charting programs will let you add a simple moving average (SMA or MA) to your chart. You can adjust the time period to 50 and look for that trend line.

The three things to look for on the stock chart are:

1. Higher than average volume

2. A higher price

3. A trend line moving upward

If you want help reading charts go to: Reading Stock Charts.

If you want to read about a technical indicator that's one of the best for reading trend check out the Average Directional Index. and continue your way to finding what makes a stock go up.

Return from What Makes a Stock Go up to Stock Trading Warrior Home.

Want to Know If Your Stock's In a Trend?

Search Stock Trading Warrior

Learn about Options

Options are a solid weapon to have in your investing arsenal to hedge positions or manage risk. Learn from the 2019 U.S. Investing Champion, Trader Travis.

Click Here for The Options Basics Boot Camp

Stock Market Insights

Want a peek at DOW Jones Industrial Stocks that are beginning to trend?
Click HERE!

Learn Trend Trading!

Free Videos

For a free market update:

Watch Todays 1pm Market Update
Presented by 30year Market Veteran Adam Hewison

What really makes a stock price rise? To find out watch:

What Makes a Stock Go Up?

Stock Market Insights

How a Simple Line Can Improve Your Trading Success

"How to draw a trendline" is one of the first things people learn when they study technical analysis. Typically, they quickly move on to more advanced topics and too often discard this simplest of all technical tools. Read more...

Is a Stock You Own in
a Trend?...
Find Out Now!

Online Stock Brokers

Find out why a discount broker can make a difference in the bottom line of your investing performance.

Read the online brokerage discussion...