I only buy stocks that are ready to potentially move soon with tight Stop. I will take small loss quickly when it return back under the trend line or breakout point. http://treenhome.blogspot.com/2013/12/my-stock-trading-is-simple.html
I have been investing for 6 years now by myself. I have chosen many stocks that have the potential to be bought out, taken over, and or the acquirer. I look for dividend payers, and also growth stocks. You have to look globally versus narrow minded.