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3 ‘Strong Buy’ Penny Stocks With Over 85% Upside Potential

3 ‘Strong Buy’ Penny Stocks With Over 85% Upside Potential



After a month of rising stock markets, which have seen the S&P 500 gain 14%, there is a hope that the economic contraction will be shorter than was initially feared. As the Trump administration has begun setting guidelines for reopening economic activity, and at the State level some governors are planning to reopen while others tighten social distancing restrictions, some market strategist are openly saying that the worst is now behind us.

Chiming in from Ned Davis Research, chief US strategist Ed Clissold has revised the cautious stance he set early in March. Noting, “The market tends to lead the economy,” Clissold goes on to say, “An average of four months before the end of recessions is when the S&P 500 bottoms. So, if you look out a few months and think things will be getting a little bit better, stocks should anticipate that.”

Assuming that the S&P’s March 23 reading of 2,237 was the bottom, then by Clissold’s logic we should see the recessionary factors start to recede in mid-July. This would be consistent with the V-shaped recovery hypothesis, and an early economic turnaround in 2H20. Other recent forecasts have proven correct – especially that the S&P would find resistance in the 2,750 to 2,850 range. The index has now broken above that level, in a positive sign for investors.

If the optimists are right, and markets are just a few months away from breakout, then now – while prices remain low – is the time to prepare your portfolio.

And this brings us to penny stocks, those low-cost equities priced below $5 per share – are a high-stakes opportunity with upsides that frequently approach several hundred percent and a low enough cost of entry to mitigate the attendant risk. These companies are priced low for a reason, but for those that break out, the rewards are tremendous.

With this in mind, we’ve used the TipRanks database to pinpoint three penny stocks poised for sky-high gains. To minimize the risks, all three combine high ratings from Wall Street’s analysts, and a growth potential of 85% or higher.

Arcimoto, Inc. (FUV)

We’ll start with a green manufacturer. Arcimoto has developed a tandem two-seater electric vehicle – a three-wheeled design – Fun Electric Vehicle, or FUV, as the company has dubbed it. The company is currently producing FUVs at a rate of one per day in its Oregon factory, and has received pre-orders for 4,128 vehicles. The tiny FUV is marketed as a leisure product, perhaps the only marketing route for American customers who usually prefer their cars large.

Looking forward, Arcimoto has plans to upsize its vehicle line, and is developing prototypes to test out FUVs as emergency or delivery vehicles. The company already has a rental franchise in Key West, Florida, and has delivered 8 vehicles. The rental franchise will target tourist rentals on the island.

H.C. Wainwright analyst Amit Dayal sees the current economic slowdown as a net positive for the company. Arcimoto is using the opportunity to streamline operations and increase efficiency, measures that will reduce overhead in the long run. Dayal writes, “We were expecting the company to deliver 729 vehicles during 2020, which we have revised down to 235 now. We expect production to bounce back to nearly 2,000 units in 2021. We expect the company’s operating costs to be lower because of the furlough; we are projecting 2020 operating costs of $9.3M, compared to $21.3M previously.”

"We believe that the company could see increased interest in its Deliverator model, as businesses shore up their delivery strategies in a post-COVID-19 environment. In line with this, the company has expanded its Deliverator pilot program to include a major national grocer," Dayal added.

As a result, Dayal gives FUV shares a Buy rating, and his $7 price target suggest an upside potential of 220%. (To watch Dayal track record, click here)

Wall Street generally agrees with Dayal that Arcimoto has a clear path forward. This is seen in the average price target of $4.50, which indicates an upside of 105%. The Strong Buy consensus rating is based on a unanimous 3 Buy reviews. (See Arcimoto stock analysis on TipRanks)

Emcore Corporation (EMKR)

Next up is a technology company, with strong links to the defense industry. Emcore produces mixed-signal optics and micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) that underlie many leading aerospace and defense systems. Emcore products are vital components in navigation systems.

After missing earnings expectations in calendar Q3 by 12 cents, and reporting a 29 cent per share loss against a forecast of 17 cents, calendar Q4 (fiscal Q1) showed a strong sequential improvement. The company still recorded a net loss, but it was only 8 cents – far better than the 22 cents forecast. Revenue in the final quarter of 2019 reached $25.48 million, up 6% from the year-ago quarter.

The long – and recently extended – lockdown in California is hurting Emcore’s production capabilities. At the same time, as a company with contractual ties to the defense establishment, Emcore is almost certain to have a deep backlog of pent-up demand waiting for it when normal or near-normal work resumes.

That is the thesis underlying 5-star analyst Dave Kang’s stance on EMKR. Writing from B. Riley FBR, Kang says “We believe it has a compelling risk/reward, considering its CATV business should benefit from increased telecommuting, and once the CA lockdown is lifted, its A&D business should immediately kick into a high gear based on strong pent up demand.”  The analyst added, "We are buyers of EMKR into the print based on a favorable risk/reward profile, coupled with a recent trend of investors being less concerned about supply-related issues as long as demand remainsr obust. We believe its CATV demand could benefit from increased telecommuting, and its Aerospace/Defense (A&D) should immediatelykick into a high gear once the CA lockdown is lifted by the end of May."

Kang gives Emcore shares a Buy rating, in line with this bullish stance. His $5.80 price target indicates his confidence in a 122% upside potential for the stock. (To watch Kang’s track record, click here)

This is another stock with a unanimous Strong Buy rating from the analyst consensus. Like FUV above, EMKR’s rating is based 3 recent Buy reviews. The stock is priced low, at just $2.61, and the average price target of $5.10 suggest that is has room for 95% upside growth in the coming 12 months. (See Emcore stock analysis on TipRanks)

Medallion Financial (MFIN)

The last stock on our list is a specialty finance company based in New York City. Medallion’s name reflects an important part of the company’s portfolio: taxi medallions. These permits to operate a taxi cab are available in limited numbers, and cab operators will pay top dollar – often securing large loans – in order to procure them. In addition to medallion-backed loans, Medallion also offers and services consumer, light industry, and small business loans.

Medallion reported its Q1 results just yesterday (April 30), and showed deep losses. EPS came in at a 56-cent per share net loss, much worse than the 12-cent loss expected. Revenue for the quarter was also down – the $19.6 million reported was 33% below forecasts and down 32% year-over-year.

The COVID-19 pandemic and associated economic disruption are behind MFIN’s Q1 losses. The company’s portfolio has large numbers of taxi medallions and consumer loans – and both are segments that have been hard-hit by the lockdowns. NYC taxi traffic is far down, and unemployment is skyrocketing – making it harder for people to make their loan payments.

Riley FBR analyst Scott Buck sees the current difficult times as an opportunity for Medallion. He believes that the company can make a meaningful write-down in its medallion loans, and pivot toward more profitable endeavors. Describing MFIN’s prospects, he writes, “Given what we expect to be a more challenging environment for consumer loan demand, more challenging credit and the ongoing shutdown in New York City, we are reducing our estimates for 2020 and 2021. We are now modeling full-year 2020 EPS of $0.26, down from $1.05. The decline is driven almost entirely from higher provisioning, predominantly on the medallion portfolio, which we view as a positive long-term as it allows investors, and management, to put their attention on the growing and profitable consumer lending segment.”

Buck keeps his Buy rating on MFIN, and his $7 price target suggests a robust 220% upside potential. (To watch Buck’s track record, click here)

Overall, Medallion Financial keeps a Strong Buy analyst consensus rating, based on 4 recent reviews, including 3 Buys against a single Hold. Meanwhile, the $6.83 average price target reflects an impressive 12-month upside potential of 189%. (See Medallion stock analysis on TipRanks)

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Fighting the Surveillance State Begins with the Individual

It’s a well-known fact at this point that in the United States and most of the so-called free countries that there is a robust surveillance state in…



It’s a well-known fact at this point that in the United States and most of the so-called free countries that there is a robust surveillance state in place, collecting data on the entire populace. This has been proven beyond a shadow of a doubt by people like Edward Snowden, a National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower who exposed that the NSA was conducting mass surveillance on US citizens and the world as a whole. The NSA used applications like those from Prism Systems to piggyback on corporations and the data collection their users had agreed to in the terms of service. Google would scan all emails sent to a Gmail address to use for personalized advertising. The government then went to these companies and demanded the data, and this is what makes the surveillance state so interesting. Neo-Marxists like Shoshana Zuboff have dubbed this “surveillance capitalism.” In China, the mass surveillance is conducted at a loss. Setting up closed-circuit television cameras and hiring government workers to be a mandatory editorial staff for blogs and social media can get quite expensive. But if you parasitically leech off a profitable business practice it means that the surveillance state will turn a profit, which is a great asset and an even greater weakness for the system. You see, when that is what your surveillance state is predicated on you’ve effectively given your subjects an opt-out button. They stop using services that spy on them. There is software and online services that are called “open source,” which refers to software whose code is publicly available and can be viewed by anyone so that you can see exactly what that software does. The opposite of this, and what you’re likely already familiar with, is proprietary software. Open-source software generally markets itself as privacy respecting and doesn’t participate in data collection. Services like that can really undo the tricky situation we’ve found ourselves in. It’s a simple fact of life that when the government is given a power—whether that be to regulate, surveil, tax, or plunder—it is nigh impossible to wrestle it away from the state outside somehow disposing of the state entirely. This is why the issue of undoing mass surveillance is of the utmost importance. If the government has the power to spy on its populace, it will. There are people, like the creators of The Social Dilemma, who think that the solution to these privacy invasions isn’t less government but more government, arguing that data collection should be taxed to dissuade the practice or that regulation needs to be put into place to actively prevent abuses. This is silly to anyone who understands the effect regulations have and how the internet really works. You see, data collection is necessary. You can’t have email without some elements of data collection because it’s simply how the protocol functions. The issue is how that data is stored and used. A tax on data collection itself will simply become another cost of doing business. A large company like Google can afford to pay a tax. But a company like Proton Mail, a smaller, more privacy-respecting business, likely couldn’t. Proton Mail’s business model is based on paid subscriptions. If there were additional taxes imposed on them, it’s possible that they would not be able to afford the cost and would be forced out of the market. To reiterate, if one really cares about the destruction of the surveillance state, the first step is to personally make changes to how you interact with online services and to whom you choose to give your data.

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Stock Market Today: Stocks turn higher as Treasury yields retreat; big tech earnings up next

A pullback in Treasury yields has stocks moving higher Monday heading into a busy earnings week and a key 2-year bond auction later on Tuesday.



Updated at 11:52 am EDT U.S. stocks turned higher Monday, heading into the busiest earnings week of the year on Wall Street, amid a pullback in Treasury bond yields that followed the first breach of 5% for 10-year notes since 2007. Investors, however, continue to track developments in Israel's war with Hamas, which launched its deadly attack from Gaza three weeks ago, as leaders around the region, and the wider world, work to contain the fighting and broker at least a form of cease-fire. Humanitarian aid is also making its way into Gaza, through the territory's border with Egypt, as officials continue to work for the release of more than 200 Israelis taken hostage by Hamas during the October 7 attack. Those diplomatic efforts eased some of the market's concern in overnight trading, but the lingering risk that regional adversaries such as Iran, or even Saudi Arabia, could be drawn into the conflict continues to blunt risk appetite. Still, the U.S. dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of six global currencies and acts as the safe-haven benchmark in times of market turmoil, fell 0.37% in early New York trading 105.773, suggesting some modest moves into riskier assets. The Japanese yen, however, eased past the 150 mark in overnight dealing, a level that has some traders awaiting intervention from the Bank of Japan and which may have triggered small amounts of dollar sales and yen purchases. In the bond market, benchmark 10-year note yields breached the 5% mark in overnight trading, after briefly surpassing that level late last week for the first time since 2007, but were last seen trading at 4.867% ahead of $141 billion in 2-year, 5-year and 7-year note auctions later this week. Global oil prices were also lower, following two consecutive weekly gains that has take Brent crude, the global pricing benchmark, firmly past $90 a barrel amid supply disruption concerns tied to the middle east conflict. Brent contracts for December delivery were last seen $1.06 lower on the session at $91.07 per barrel while WTI futures contract for the same month fell $1.36 to $86.72 per barrel. Market volatility gauges were also active, with the CBOE Group's VIX index hitting a fresh seven-month high of $23.08 before easing to $20.18 later in the session. That level suggests traders are expecting ranges on the S&P 500 of around 1.26%, or 53 points, over the next month. A busy earnings week also indicates the likelihood of elevated trading volatility, with 158 S&P 500 companies reporting third quarter earnings over the next five days, including mega cap tech names such as Google parent Alphabet  (GOOGL) - Get Free Report, Microsoft  (MSFT) - Get Free Report, retail and cloud computing giant Amazon  (AMZN) - Get Free Report and Facebook owner Meta Platforms  (META) - Get Free Report. "It’s shaping up to be a big week for the market and it comes as the S&P 500 is testing a key level—the four-month low it set earlier this month," said Chris Larkin, managing director for trading and investing at E*TRADE from Morgan Stanley. "How the market responds to that test may hinge on sentiment, which often plays a larger-than-average role around this time of year," he added. "And right now, concerns about rising interest rates and geopolitical turmoil have the potential to exacerbate the market’s swings." Heading into the middle of the trading day on Wall Street, the S&P 500, which is down 8% from its early July peak, the highest of the year, was up 10 points, or 0.25%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, which slumped into negative territory for the year last week, was marked 10 points lower while the Nasdaq, which fell 4.31% last week, was up 66 points, or 0.51%. In overseas markets, Europe's Stoxx 600 was marked 0.11% lower by the close of Frankfurt trading, with markets largely tracking U.S. stocks as well as the broader conflict in Israel. In Asia, a  slump in China stocks took the benchmark CSI 300 to a fresh 2019 low and pulled the region-wide MSCI ex-Japan 0.72% lower into the close of trading.
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Forget Ron DeSantis: Walt Disney has a much bigger problem

The company’s political woes are a sideshow to the one key issue Bob Iger has to solve.



Walt Disney has a massive, but solvable, problem.

The company's current skirmishes with Florida Gov. DeSantis get a lot of headlines, but they're not having a major impact on the company's bottom line.

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DeSantis has made Walt Disney (DIS) - Get Free Report a target in what he calls his war on woke, an effort to win right-wing support as he tries to secure the Republican Party nomination for president. 

That effort has generated plenty of press and multiple lawsuits tied to the governor's takeover of the former Reedy Creek Improvement District, Disney's legislated self-governance operation. But it has not hurt revenue at the company's massive Florida theme-park complex.  

Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger addressed the matter during the company's third-quarter-earnings call, without directly mentioning DeSantis.

"Walt Disney World is still performing well above precovid levels: 21% higher in revenue and 29% higher in operating income compared to fiscal 2019," he said. 

And "following a number of recent changes we've implemented, we continue to see positive guest-experience ratings in our theme parks, including Walt Disney World, and positive indicators for guests looking to book future visits."

The theme parks are not Disney's problem. The death of the movie business is, however, a hurdle that Iger has yet to show that the company has a plan to clear.

Boba Fett starred in a show on Disney+.

Image source: Walt Disney

Disney needs a plan to monetize content 

In 2019 Walt Disney drew in more $11 billion in global box office, or $13 billion when you add in the former Fox properties it also owns. In that year seven Mouse House films crossed the billion-dollar threshold in theaters, according to data from Box Office Mojo.

This year, the company will struggle to reach half that and it has no billion-dollar films, with "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3" closing its theatrical run at $845 million globally. 

(That's actually good for third place this year, as only "Barbie" and "The Super Mario Bros. Movie" have broken the billion-dollar mark and they may be the only two films to do that this year.)

In the precovid world Disney could release two Pixar movies, three Marvel films, a live-action remake of an animated classic, and maybe one other film that each would be nearly guaranteed to earn $1 billion at the box office.

That's simply not how the movie business works anymore. While theaters may remain part of Disney's plan to monetize its content, the past isn't coming back. Theaters may remain a piece of the movie-release puzzle, but 2023 isn't an anomaly or a bad release schedule.

Consumers have big TVs at home and they're more than happy to watch most films on them.

Disney owns the IP but charges too little

People aren't less interested in Marvel and Star Wars; they're just getting their fix from Disney+ at an absurdly low price. 

Over the past couple of months through the next few weeks, I will have watched about seven hours of premium Star Wars content and five hours of top-tier Marvel content with "Ahsoka" and "Loki" respectively. 

Before the covid pandemic, I gladly would have paid theater prices for each movie in those respective universes. Now, I have consumed about six movies worth of premium content for less than the price of two movie tickets.

By making its premium content television shows available on a service that people can buy for $7.99 a month Disney has devalued its most valuable asset, its intellectual property. 

Consumers have shown that they will pay the $10 to $15 cost of a movie ticket to see what happens next in the Marvel Cinematic Universe or the Star Wars galaxy. But the company has offered top-tier content from those franchises at a lower price.

Iger needs to find a way to replace billions of dollars in lost box office, but charging less for the company's content makes no sense. 

Now, some fans likely won't pay triple the price for Disney+. But if it were to bundle a direct-to-consumer ESPN along with content that currently gets released to movie theaters, Disney might create a package that it can price in a way that reflects the value of its IP.

Consumers want Disney's content and they will likely pay more for it. Iger simply has to find a way to make that happen.

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