Highly Liquid Stocks and ETFs

Highly Liquid Stocks and ETFs List  on 08-015-14 (>$5 & 30 day average volume >500,000 shares/day average)

The following is a list of highly liquid stocks and ETFs with highly liquid options that can be used as a short list to find potential candidates for trading.

As described in ‘How to Trade‘ and ‘Why Liquidity is Important‘, one of the most common places folks lose money in the markets is the ‘spread’, which is the difference between the ‘sell’ price (bid) and the ‘buy’ price (ask).  While it is impossible for retail investors and traders not to pay the ‘spread’, they should attempt to pay the least they possibly can. The only way to do so is to choose highly liquid stocks and ETFs and highly liquid options. A description of how to find your own list of highly liquid stocks and options is described in ‘Why Liquidity is Important‘, however, the list below is provided for the benefit of those who might find it useful.

Stocks Name
GLD Spdr Gold Trust Etf
GOOG Google Inc Cl A
GOOGL Google Inc
IWM Ishares Tr Russell 2000
FXI Ishares Ftse/xinhua 25
JNJ Johnson & Johnson
IEF Ishares Lehman 7-10 Yr Treas
EFA Ishares Msci Eafe Index Fund
NFLX Netflix Inc.
AMZN Amazon.com Inc
DIA Diamonds Trust
SPY Spdr Trust Sr 1 Etf
AA Alcoa Inc.
AAPL Apple Inc
EEM Ishares Msci Emrg Mk Inc
DD Dupont E I Nemours & Co
IYR Ishares Dj Us Rlest Indx
BAX Baxter International Inc.
UNH Unitedhealth Group Inc
X United States Steel Corp
TSLA Tesla Motors, Inc.
MS Morgan Stanley
TEVA Teva Pharmactl Indus Ltd Ads
BA Boeing Company (the)
CSX Csx Corporation
BIDU Baidu Inc Ads
LNKD Linkedin Corporation
DOW Dow Chemical Company (the)
TGT Target Corporation
V Visa Inc  A
WYNN Wynn Resorts, Limited
OXY Occidental Petroleum Corporat
XRT Spdr S&p Retail
DHR Danaher Corporation
HAL Halliburton Company
GMCR Green Mtn Coffee Roaster
XLE Spdr Energy Sector
HON Honeywell Inc.
PEP Pepsico Inc.
UTX United Technologies Corporati
TLT Ishares Lehman 20+ Yr Treas
DVN Devon Energy Corporation
XLV Spdr Select Sect Health
XOP Spdr S&p Oilgas Epl Prd
HYG Ishares Iboxx $ High Yield Cor
XLP Spdr Cnsmr Stpls Sector
VWO Vanguard Emerging Market
IBB Ishares Nasdaq Bio
F Ford Motor Company
EOG Eog Resources
PG Procter & Gamble Company
GS Goldman Sachs Group Inc
DIS Walt Disney Co
APA Apache Corporation
MDLZ Mondelez International Inc
UPS United Parcel Service Inc.
CMCSA Comcast Corp. (class A)
JPM Jpmorgan Chase & Co.

The next step to using a list such as the above is to create a stock watchlist, and watch for opportunities to get into the market – for more details, see Winning Trading Strategies Create and Monitor a Stock Watchlist. If you’re new to the world of investing and trading and do not know where to begin, read How to Learn Investing and Trading.

How to find stocks with highly liquid options

While financial advisors and brokers can and do charge clients for research to find investments that may meet their interest, savvy investors and traders can now do their own research using a myriad of online resources, some of them free, others accessible to clients of online brokerages. In fact, nowadays, most discount brokers have online research tools to help customers find investments and trades.

Below is such an example – using the online brokerage OptionsXpress, you can very easily scan for highly liquid options using their preset screen. Below is a screenshot of a preset screener that can find liquid stocks with the click of the mouse!

Options Screener on OptionsXpress.com

Screener in Online Toolbox

OptionsXpress 'Ready to Use' Screener for Liquid Stocks

OptionsXpress ‘Ready to Use’ Screener for Liquid Stocks

Newbie Traders should consider opening an account, and practicing using the ‘tools of the trade’ with simulated trades using ‘Virtual Trading’ before venturing real money in ‘live’ trades. OptionsXpress will actually allow you to open an account and DO NOT require a minimum deposit before granting you access to the educational materials (see link below). You will however have to deposit money in the account to be able to invest any money.

Happy Trading!