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5 Penny Stocks For Your March 2021 Reopening Watch List

Should Epicenter Penny Stocks Be On Your Radar Right Now?
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Are These Reopening Penny Stocks On Your List This Month?

One of the trends we’ve started seeing with penny stocks is the start of a “reopening trade.” Some will refer to these as epicenter stocks. It was an idea originally thought up by Fundstrat’s Tom Lee. He explained early last year in the thick of the pandemic that certain sectors have been overly sold down.

As a result, Lee explained, these companies were at the epicenter of the global economic downturn. He also pointed out that certain industries could experience some of the steepest turnarounds should pandemic conditions lessen.

Fast-forward a year, and we’ve begun seeing indications of this idea coming to fruition. Everything from travel stocks to leisure & hospitality have begun popping here and there. We aren’t talking about a full recovery. Compared to last year, however, many of these stocks are trading much higher.

Additionally, we’ve got vaccines now. This is something that seems so far away this time last year. The CDC has also come out with guidance showing those inoculated can also gather in small groups without masks.

“Households are fundamentally in a strong position, with elevated savings rates and a positive wealth effect from the move up in house and financial asset prices,” JPMorgan recently said. Citing improving labor markets and improving wages, the focus on a stronger economy suggests reopening stocks could be viable to watch right now.

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There are plenty of former epicenter penny stocks that no longer trade below $5. This, in itself, has suggested to many traders that there is still potential in some of the penny stocks in this grouping. The reason behind it is based on the fact that so many former “non-penny stocks” still trade below $5. Will the momentum in reopening stocks trigger a broader move in some of these cheaper names?

Travel & Leisure Penny Stocks: Ashford Hospitality Trust

Assuming we see a broader economic reopening, travel, and leisure are likely to benefit. With over a year of not going outside their homes or hometowns, the majority of people could be frothing at the mouth to get back and travel.

Leisure travel has been said to be the first leg of the industry’s rebound. The future is up in the air right now as far as business travel goes. However, when you look at companies like Ashford Hospitality Trust, its properties could benefit whether it’s business or pleasure. The company invests in full-service, upscale, and upper-upscale hotel properties in the U.S. We’re talking about brands like the Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, Crowne Plaza Sheraton flags.

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Aside from the industry sentiment, Ashford has been fundamentally making strides in preparation for a hopefully bullish return to the market. This included exchanging some of its preferred shares for common stock. We’ve also seen analysts take a more bullish stance on AHT. Most recently, B. Riley adjusted its price target on the penny stock. In this case it bumped the previous $2.50 target to $3 and currently maintains a Neutral rating on the company.

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Energy Penny Stocks: Borr Drilling Limited

Something else to consider with this idea of the reopening trade is energy. While there’s been a clear push for things like green and renewable energy by the current administration, the most easily and readily accessible is still traditional oil and gas. Assuming there will be more travel and a restart in expanded manufacturing programs, energy sources will obviously be needed. So, everything from coal and nuclear power to oil & gas has come into focus in this light. In fact, oil has become one of the top-performing commodities in 2021 so far. Year-to-date, light sweet crude has climbed over 28%.

Based on this, it might make sense to have some oil and gas penny stocks on the radar. This week, one of the lower-priced names, Borr Drilling, has started to pick up steam. The course of the last 7 days has seen BORR stock jump as much as 24% and climb as high as $1.43.

The company recently released its Q4 results and provided a fleet status report. Borr generated just over $60 million in revenue and reported a net loss of just under $47 million or around $0.22 per share. The company also explained that “even though we received broad support for the liquidity improvement plan, concluded in January, we are convinced that some opportunities remain to further improve our capital structure and liquidity in 2021.”

While the majority of oil and gas stocks still have yet to reclaim their pre-pandemic levels, a stronger focus on them right now could be supporting reasons why stocks like BORR have continued rebounding.

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Retail Penny Stocks: Chico’s FAS Inc.

Earlier today, we discussed some of the hot penny stocks on Robinhood gaining interest from traders. Retailer Express was on this list. The company did report earnings. However, attention was already on the company (even before the Reddit squeeze) for its turnaround story. In-store sales suffered greatly last year. Obviously, thanks to the pandemic, the brick-and-mortar retailer saw much less foot traffic. However, it was able to refocus efforts on expanding its eCommerce offering. In this light, it has firmly established a brick-and-click approach to selling its products.

Chico’s FAS is another apparel retailer owning popular niche brands like Chico’s, White House Black Market, and Soma Intimates. It, too, has taken up a larger focus on digital sales. In its latest quarterly filing, Soma, for instance, saw its highest sales in the history of the brand. Comparable sales were also up over 15%, and it was driven by an uptick (over 68%) in digital sales. What’s more, total company Q4 and year-to-date digital sales increased almost 20%, according to Chico’s.

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“We enter 2021 as a digital-first, customer-led company with the capabilities to support continued improvement, enhanced value creation, and a return to growth in the years ahead,” said Molly Langenstein, Chief Executive Officer and President, Chico’s FAS. With the reopening trade more likely akin to a hybrid of in-person and digital options, CHS stock could be one to watch.

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Shipping Penny Stocks: Nordic American Tankers Ltd

You can’t forget the logistics of all of this. International business is still a large part of growth for many of these companies. Everything from barrels of oil to containers full of fabric and other goods requires a “vehicle” to get finished and raw materials from the manufacturers to the end-user. Shipping stocks remain one of the more popular points of interest for the market.

Nordic American Tankers is on this list of shipping stocks to watch. In this case, however, the company focuses on things like petroleum shipping. There was reduced oil production last year, so obviously, NAT and other companies in this niche experienced negative sentiment in the market. However, Nordic could be preparing for a stronger year.

In its Q4 and full-year 2020 update, The company said that “We see strong oil demand, in particular from Asia for 2021…The lock-downs around the world has led to pent-up demand for many goods and services that will flourish once the vaccination program gains momentum this year…The demand will, unlike wars and financial crisis, be met by an unharmed physical and financial infrastructure that is ready to deliver on all cylinders.”

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Entertainment Penny Stocks: Genius Brands

Then we’ve got entertainment, which hasn’t seemed to skip a beat during the pandemic. That is unless the entertainment was in-person. Needless to say, digital entertainment has continued to flourish. This is where we saw massive growth in user bases on Netflix and Disney+, for instance. One of the penny stocks continuing to grab attention from the market has been Genius Brands.

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It had an epic rise and fall last year. But compared to where it began in 2020 and where it is now, GNUS stock has risen significantly. Roughly 52 weeks ago, the penny stock was trading at $0.27. This week it has reached highs of $2.27 so far. One of the highlights in the stock market as a whole has been on a much-anticipated IPO of a famous children’s game company, Roblox (NYSE: RBLX). How does this involve Genius Brands?

The company is launching its “Big B Stats ROBLOX Challenges” show on its Kartoon Channel! Added attention to this, RBLX IPO seems to have created some sympathy sentiment in the market. Aside from this, GNUS stock was already trading higher as momentum continued from last week’s CEO newsletter, highlighting several key initiatives and milestones from the company.

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Hillman grant for Penn Nursing professor to study virtual reality & loneliness

PHILADELPHIA (October 16, 2023) – Penn Nursing, with partners from the Annenberg Virtual Reality ColLABorative and New York University’s Rory Meyers…



PHILADELPHIA (October 16, 2023) – Penn Nursing, with partners from the Annenberg Virtual Reality ColLABorative and New York University’s Rory Meyers College of Nursing, have been awarded 2023 grant from the Hillman Emergent Innovation: Serious Illness and End of Life program to study the use of social virtual reality (VR) in enhancing the treatment experience and reducing loneliness in people undergoing hemodialysis. This grant is awarded by The Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation.

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PHILADELPHIA (October 16, 2023) – Penn Nursing, with partners from the Annenberg Virtual Reality ColLABorative and New York University’s Rory Meyers College of Nursing, have been awarded 2023 grant from the Hillman Emergent Innovation: Serious Illness and End of Life program to study the use of social virtual reality (VR) in enhancing the treatment experience and reducing loneliness in people undergoing hemodialysis. This grant is awarded by The Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation.

Hemodialysis is a life-saving treatment for people experiencing end stage kidney disease. Treatments are typically three times a week and each session lasts three to four hours. The experience can be isolating and so uncomfortable that patients skip future sessions, which can rapidly worsen their condition. This $50,000 pilot study testing social VR during hemodialysis uses low cost, off-the-shelf solutions to remove the environment that patients find dull and replace it with a more stimulating one.

Led by Penn Nursing’s Lea Ann Matura, PhD, RN, CRNP, FAAN, Associate Professor of Nursing and Vice Chair of the Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences, the study will connect dialysis patients in outpatient centers across Philadelphia in an immersive, realistic VR film theater. The project will explore a new nurse-moderated, social VR experience to decrease isolation and increase health literacy and adherence to treatment in marginalized communities. The study begins in 2024 and runs for 18 months.  

“Social VR is a contrast to depersonalized care. It can remove the environment that patients find dull and replace it with a more stimulating one. VR may promote self-care agency by offering choices in how they spend their time during treatment sessions,” said Matura. “VR compels an understanding of the needs and preferences of patients and lends itself to multidisciplinary integration providing enhanced holistic care. It also focuses on caring for the patient rather than treating a disease.”

Co-investigators include Penn Nursing’s Subhash Aryal, PhD, MS, Director, BECCA Lab & Research Associate Professor; Linda Ruggiero, PhD, BSN, BS,  RN-BC , Clinical Nurse at Penn Medicine; Maya Clark-Cutaia, PhD, RN, MSN, Assistant Professor, NYU College of Nursing; and Kyle Cassidy, BS, a digital design specialist at the Annenberg School for Communication.

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About the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing is one of the world’s leading schools of nursing. For the eighth year in a row, it is ranked the #1 nursing school in the world by QS University. For the third year in a row, our Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program is ranked # 1 in the 2024 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges rankings. Penn Nursing is also consistently ranked highly in the U.S. News & World Report annual list of best graduate schools and is ranked as one of the top schools of nursing in funding from the National Institutes of Health. Penn Nursing prepares nurse scientists and nurse leaders to meet the health needs of a global society through innovation in research, education, and practice. Follow Penn Nursing on: FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, & Instagram.

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MIT design would harness 40% of the sun’s heat to produce clean hydrogen fuel

MIT engineers aim to produce totally green, carbon-free hydrogen fuel with a new, train-like system of reactors that is driven solely by the sun.  Credit:…



MIT engineers aim to produce totally green, carbon-free hydrogen fuel with a new, train-like system of reactors that is driven solely by the sun. 

Credit: Courtesy of Ahmed Ghoniem, Aniket Patankar, et. al

MIT engineers aim to produce totally green, carbon-free hydrogen fuel with a new, train-like system of reactors that is driven solely by the sun. 

In a study appearing today in Solar Energy Journal, the engineers lay out the conceptual design for a system that can efficiently produce “solar thermochemical hydrogen.” The system harnesses the sun’s heat to directly split water and generate hydrogen — a clean fuel that can power long-distance trucks, ships, and planes, while in the process emitting no greenhouse gas emissions. 

Today, hydrogen is largely produced through processes that involve natural gas and other fossil fuels, making the otherwise green fuel more of a “grey” energy source when considered from the start of its production to its end use. In contrast, solar thermochemical hydrogen, or STCH, offers a totally emissions-free alternative, as it relies entirely on renewable solar energy to drive hydrogen production. But so far, existing STCH designs have limited efficiency: Only about 7 percent of incoming sunlight is used to make hydrogen. The results so far have been low-yield and high-cost.

In a big step toward realizing solar-made fuels, the MIT team estimates its new design could harness up to 40 percent of the sun’s heat to generate that much more hydrogen. The increase in efficiency could drive down the system’s overall cost, making STCH a potentially scalable, affordable option to help decarbonize the transportation industry. 

“We’re thinking of hydrogen as the fuel of the future, and there’s a need to generate it cheaply and at scale,” says the study’s lead author, Ahmed Ghoniem, the Ronald C. Crane Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. “We’re trying to achieve the Department of Energy’s goal, which is to make green hydrogen by 2030, at $1 per kilogram. To improve the economics, we have to improve the efficiency and make sure most of the solar energy we collect is used in the production of hydrogen.”

Ghoniem’s study co-authors are Aniket Patankar, first author and MIT postdoc; Harry Tuller, MIT professor of materials science and engineering; Xiao-Yu Wu of the University of Waterloo; and Wonjae Choi at Ewha Womans University in South Korea.

Solar stations 

Similar to other proposed designs, the MIT system would be paired with an existing source of solar heat, such as a concentrated solar plant (CSP) — a circular array of hundreds of mirrors that collect and reflect sunlight to a central receiving tower. An STCH system then absorbs the receiver’s heat and directs it to split water and produce hydrogen. This process is very different from electrolysis, which uses electricity instead of heat to split water. 

At the heart of a conceptual STCH system is a two-step thermochemical reaction. In the first step, water in the form of steam is exposed to a metal. This causes the metal to grab oxygen from steam, leaving hydrogen behind. This metal “oxidation” is similar to the rusting of iron in the presence of water, but it occurs much faster. Once hydrogen is separated, the oxidized (or rusted) metal is reheated in a vacuum, which acts to reverse the rusting process and regenerate the metal. With the oxygen removed, the metal can be cooled and exposed to steam again to produce more hydrogen. This process can be repeated hundreds of times. 

The MIT system is designed to optimize this process. The system as a whole resembles a train of box-shaped reactors running on a circular track. In practice, this track would be set around a solar thermal source, such as a CSP tower. Each reactor in the train would house the metal that undergoes the redox, or reversible rusting, process. 

Each reactor would first pass through a hot station, where it would be exposed to the sun’s heat at temperatures of up to 1,500 degrees Celsius. This extreme heat would effectively pull oxygen out of a reactor’s metal. That metal would then be in a “reduced” state — ready to grab oxygen from steam. For this to happen, the reactor would move to a cooler station at temperatures around 1,000 C, where it would be exposed to steam to produce hydrogen. 

Rust and rails

Other similar STCH concepts have run up against a common obstacle: what to do with the heat released by the reduced reactor as it is cooled. Without recovering and reusing this heat, the system’s efficiency is too low to be practical.

A second challenge has to do with creating an energy-efficient vacuum where metal can de-rust. Some prototypes generate a vacuum using mechanical pumps, though the pumps are too energy-intensive and costly for large-scale hydrogen production. 

To address these challenges, the MIT design incorporates several energy-saving workarounds. To recover most of the heat that would otherwise escape from the system, reactors on opposite sides of the circular track are allowed to exchange heat through thermal radiation; hot reactors get cooled while cool reactors get heated. This keeps the heat within the system. The researchers also added a second set of reactors that would circle around the first train, moving in the opposite direction. This outer train of reactors would operate at generally cooler temperatures and would be used to evacuate oxygen from the hotter inner train, without the need for energy-consuming mechanical pumps. 

These outer reactors would carry a second type of metal that can also easily oxidize. As they circle around, the outer reactors would absorb oxygen from the inner reactors, effectively de-rusting the original metal, without having to use energy-intensive vacuum pumps. Both reactor trains would  run continuously and would enerate separate streams of pure hydrogen and oxygen. 

The researchers carried out detailed simulations of the conceptual design, and found that it would significantly boost the efficiency of solar thermochemical hydrogen production, from 7 percent, as previous designs have demonstrated, to 40 percent. 

“We have to think of every bit of energy in the system, and how to use it, to minimize the cost,” Ghoniem says. “And with this design, we found that everything can be powered by heat coming from the sun. It is able to use 40 percent of the sun’s heat to produce hydrogen.” 

In the next year, the team will be building a prototype of the system that they plan to test in concentrated solar power facilities at laboratories of the Department of Energy, which is currently funding the project. 

“When fully implemented, this system would be housed in a little building in the middle of a solar field,” Patankar explains. “Inside the building, there could be one or more trains each having about 50 reactors. And we think this could be a modular system, where you can add reactors to a conveyor belt, to scale up hydrogen production.”

This work was supported by the Centers for Mechanical Engineering Research and Education at MIT and SUSTech. 


Written by Jennifer Chu, MIT News

Paper: “A comparative analysis of integrating thermochemical oxygen pumping in water-splitting redox cycles for hydrogen production”

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“I Did It To Avenge Muslims!” – Belgium Issues Highest Terror Alert After Mass-Shooting In Brussels

"I Did It To Avenge Muslims!" – Belgium Issues Highest Terror Alert After Mass-Shooting In Brussels

Update: Belgium’s crisis center has raised…



"I Did It To Avenge Muslims!" - Belgium Issues Highest Terror Alert After Mass-Shooting In Brussels

Update: Belgium's crisis center has raised the nation's terror alert status to its highest level.

“Horrified by the terrorist attack which left two victims in the heart of Brussels,” Belgian Foreign Minister Hadja Lahbib said in a post on the X social media network.

“All necessary means must be mobilized to combat radicalism.”

“We are monitoring the situation and ask the people of Brussels to be vigilant,” Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo said in a post on X, but appeared to confirm the link to terrorism:

"I have just offered my sincere condolences to the Swedish prime minister following tonight's harrowing attack on Swedish citizens in Brussels.

"Our thoughts are with the families and friends who lost their loved ones. As close partners, the fight against terrorism is a joint one."

Additionally, the Euro 2024 soccer qualifier between Belgium and Sweden (taking place in Belgium's national stadium in Brussels) has been abandoned at half-time after the attack, with fans locked in the stadium.

No suspect has yet been arrested.

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As Remix News' Thomas Brooke reported, two people have been shot dead and others injured in central Brussels on Monday evening and the perpetrator remains at large, Belgian police have said.

Authorities have confirmed a shooting took place in Ieperlaan at around 7:15 p.m. local time and two people of Swedish nationality were killed.

The victims are understood to have been supporters of the Swedish national football team and were visiting the Belgian capital to attend the European Championship qualifying fixture between the two nations at the Heysel Stadium on Monday evening.

Amateur footage circulating outline showed the perpetrator, dressed in a fluorescent orange jacket and wearing a white helmet, equipped with an assault rifle on the rampage in the city. The suspect arrived at the scene on a scooter before opening fire in the street causing pedestrians to flee into a nearby apartment building.

The man followed those fleeing the scene into the lobby of the residential building before firing several more shots, before returning to his scooter and taking off at speed.

Belgian media reported eyewitness testimony which stated the shooter shouted “Allahu Akbar” before opening fire.

Additional footage circulating online purports to be a video message recorded in Arabic by the shooter who is wearing the same identifiable clothing following the attack. According to the Sudinfo news outlet, the attacker said his motivation for the mass shooting was to avenge the deaths of Muslims around the world and boasted about killing “infidels.”

“In his very violent speech, he said he had shot two people to ‘avenge the Muslims and that we live and die for our religion,'” the news site stated.

The tweet is viewable here but not embeddable...

Crisis meetings have taken place between the Belgian federal police, the Brussels local police, the security services, and Belgian Interior Minister Annelies Verlinden and Justice Minister Vincent Van Quickenborne.

Authorities have not yet made an arrest and the suspect remains at large.

This is a developing story...

Tyler Durden Mon, 10/16/2023 - 16:15

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