Fairly new to trading, am currently breakout trading on paper. Short term stocks, about 1-4 weeks. But it seems my biggest issue is actually searching for stocks, none of the books or tutorials I've read really cover this properly. I use Market Analyst 7 and I have no clue what search parameters to use when looking for stocks that have just broken out of consolidation. I always end up trawling though a bunch of stocks worth not even a cent with funny looking charts with completely flat candlesticks. Or really sporadic and volatile stocks with candlesticks as tall as skyscrapers which I can just not make any sense of. So can anyone recommend to me what search parameters I should be using? Or what your process is when searching for breakouts?