How do I Invest in RFID Stocks?
By Palmer Owyoung
RFID stands for radio frequency identification. These items are passive chips used for tracking and identifying items. For example, Walmart uses them to track its inventory deliveries and also uses them to manage levels of stock. Because they have wide appeal, they could be considered a worthwhile investment. They already have replaced bar code scanning in many large grocery store chains because RFIDs provide more information.
Open up a brokerage account. A few examples include Schwab, E*Trade and TD Ameritrade. Brokers who are members of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC) offer additional protection.
Visit the RFID Investing website, and choose a company in which you want to invest. This site has profiles of hundreds of companies involved with RFID. It provides descriptions of what these companies are doing along with their stocks' ticker symbols.
Check the fundamentals. Once you have chosen a few companies that interest you, visit the Stock Counter page of the MSN MoneyCentral website. Type in the ticker symbol of the stock and click on "Get Quote." Scroll down the page and look to the right of the screen under "Stock Scouter." You will be given a number between one and 10. Stocks that have an eight, nine or 10 traditionally outperform the market.
Check the 200-day moving average (DMA). This is an indicator that many professional traders use to gauge the strength of a stock. If a stock is above the 200 DMA, this indicates the stock is strong and likely to move higher. If it is below the 200 DMA, it is a sign of weakness.
Determine whether the stock is in an uptrend. Draw a line across the tops of the highs and another one across the lows of the stock. This will create a trend channel. Decide whether this channel is moving up or down. These channels may help you determine what to purchase and when.
Log in to your brokerage account when you are ready to purchase the stock and enter a "Limit" order. This purchases a stock when it as a specific price. This allows you get the price that you want, not the price that the market gives you. Set a stop-loss if you want to limit the amount you can lose.
Palmer Owyoung holds a Master of Arts in international business from the University of California at San Diego and a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the University of California at Santa Barbara and is a trained molecular biologist. He has been a freelance writer since 2006. In addition to writing, he is a full-time Forex trader and Internet marketer.