I always like to take a look to see what stocks are working - helps me see where the money is going and what trends I am missing. I generally like to follow stocks over $5 only but since there is a bevy of hot money being made in the dollar stock area I thought I'd list those too this time around.

So below are two lists - the top one are the stocks gaining at least 50%, and over $5. The lower one are stocks gaining at least 50%, and under $5. I picked an arbitrary market capitalization floor of $300M to simply cull out the smallish caps.

When I see what I missed I can see it's a whose who of stocks that fell 90-95%+ in 2008 - such stalwarts as Fannie, Freddie, Radian, Ambak! (all names whose failure in 2008 threatened to bring down the entire financial system) [Jan 19, 2008: Bond Insurers Becoming More Troublesome]- remember when Charlie Gasparino used to break in CNBC coverage 3:30 PM every 4th day telling us how there was a rescue plan for Ambak or MBIA and drove the market up 3%? We were able to crush shorts for a good 2-3 months with that exact same story repeated countless times - thanks Charlie I'll always have memories of CNBC's responsible journalism! [Feb 22, 2008: Markets Rally on Ambak Rescue Plan Version 37] [Mar 5, 2008: Ambak is Halted Pending Shocking Announcement]

We also see a bevy of distressed auto suppliers (thank cash for clunkers) and then a hodge podge of speculative fare. Any list with Sirius Radio and Vonage on it, is one you don't want to be on. Except in times like this. (frankly 80% of the names in list 2 I have never seen before) As for list 1, American Axle was threatened with bankruptcy but General Motors gave them a big loan. Where did the bankrupt General Motors get the money? (look in the mirror) The US taxpayer subsidized economy and stock market continues.

As I reverse engineer myself to July 31st 2009 I have a difficult time seeing myself buying any of these as investments (I didn't realize plastic shoes were hot again) - this market has reached speculative level code red stage. Daytraders and HFT Unite. I am just glad I no longer try crazy things like short commercial REITs - both MAC and DDR were some of our top shorts in April 2009.

*note, AIG is only over $5 due to a 20:1 reverse split.

List 1: Over $5


SymbolCompany Name % Price Change Last Month Market Capitalization
AIGAmerican International Group 264.4 6,438
AXLAmerican Axle & Mfg 264.4 351
RDNRadian Group Inc 169.0 767
OWWOrbitz Worldwide Inc 147.7 548
ISYFFIFCO Systems NV 120.8 441
AMVMFAMG Advanced Metallurgical 96.2 400
CROXCrocs Inc 93.5 584
CATMCardtronics Inc 91.7 325
SSPEW Scripps Co 90.0 409
IKBDFIKB Deutsche Industriebank AG 87.9 991
DANDana Corp 86.0 572
MSOMartha Stewart Living 85.9 339
FFGFBL Financial Group Inc 84.7 539
KBCSFKBC Groep NV 83.7 13,072
UFSDomtar Corp 82.0 1,518
LPXLouisiana-Pacific Corp 77.6 781
EKEastman Kodak Co 74.2 1,373
MEVCFMetrovacesa SA 72.1 2,580
SWMSchweitzer Mauduit Int'l 65.0 787
AFGVFAgfa Gevaert NV 63.3 614
BKIBuckeye Technologies Inc 62.1 405
ROCKGibraltar Industries Inc 61.7 378
CCitigroup Inc 60.8 57,203
HPNOFHighpine Oil & Gas Ltd 58.5 421
HOVHovnanian Enterprises Inc 58.5 395
UAUAUAL Corp 58.4 947
FOEFerro Corp 56.5 345
NWLTFNewalta Inc 56.3 316
XIDEExide Technologies 55.8 561
SANMDSanmina-SCI Corp 55.4 432
AIBAllied Irish Bks 54.6 3,177
MBIMBIA Inc 53.7 1,369
ATPGATP Oil & Gas Corporation 52.1 497
DDRDevelopers Diversified Realty 52.0 1,354
CBLCBL & Associates REIT 51.0 1,204
JHXJames Hardie Industries ADR 50.7 2,658
SBPSantander Bancorp 50.4 419
MACMacerich Co 50.3 2,304
GETGaylord Entertainment Co 50.2 881

List 2: Under $5


SymbolCompany Name % Price Change Last Month Mkt Cap
VGVonage Holdings Corp 373.8 312.4
RTKRentech Inc 329.8 389.7
FREFreddie Mac 273.3 1,452.2
ABKAmbac Financial Group Inc 140.0 517.6
QUTDFQuintain Estates & Devlp 138.8 362.0
TDAKFTODA KOGYO CORP 132.4 399.6
JHPSFJohnston Press plc 113.9 362.4
BZBoise Ord Shs 104.4 395.2
UTGPFUNITE Group PLC 80.4 463.4
CUDEFCudeco Ltd 78.8 532.7
NTXFFNatixis SA 78.5 14,246.8
CITCIT Group Inc 77.3 611.6
DKYOFDAIKYO INC 75.2 875.0
TNMRFTrinity Mirror PLC 70.2 575.4
DTZHFDTZ Holdings PLC 70.1 395.0
APLVFAP Alternative Assets LP 67.8 480.2
NBDFFNorbord Inc 66.7 654.7
MTLQQMotors Liquidation Ord Shs 66.3 502.5
EMNSFElementis PLC 63.9 365.1
AFGVFAgfa Gevaert NV 63.3 614.4
SIRISirius XM Radio Inc 62.7 2,667.3
BPOPPopular Inc 57.7 547.1
KFNKKR Financial Holdings LLC 57.0 496.6
CNOConseco Inc 56.1 833.8
IULTFIndustrea Ltd 55.7 344.8
GRGTFGrainger Plc 55.6 632.6
ICGUFIntermediate Capital Group 52.6 1,840.4
EOHDFEmeco Holdings Ltd 52.4 424.7