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Penny Stocks To Buy In May? 3 To Watch Before Next Week

Penny Stocks to Buy? Here are a few for your watch list.
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If you’re looking for penny stocks to buy, this market offers incredible opportunities. With how stock market volatility has been this month, a fast hand and a keen eye are crucial. When they say that this is a stock picker’s market, “they” most likely mean it’s a day trader’s market.

That’s because the trends have changed daily. With CPI and PPI data officially out, however, investors have some semblance of the state of inflation and a potential idea of what’s to come later this year.

Nevertheless, with the stock market gapping up on Friday, bulls are hopeful that the worst is behind them and that an interim “bottom” is in (until the next Fed-fueled bout of volatility comes to light). Today we look at some of the more beaten down penny stocks to buy according to retail traders. They’ve come under pressure along with the broader markets. However, with the turnaround in the broader markets, it will be interesting to see how the traders respond next week.

Penny Stocks To Buy?

  1. Vroom Inc. (NASDAQ: VRM)
  2. Ginkgo Bioworks Holdings Inc. (NYSE: DNA)
  3. Hycroft Mining Holding Corp. (NASDAQ: HYMC)

Finding The Best Penny Stocks To Buy

How do you find the best penny stocks to buy? Research, research, research. Conducting strong due diligence and pairing that with a core strategy will help you find the best penny stocks to buy regardless of your market conditions. Remember that “best” doesn’t always mean high volume, hundred percent returning stocks. In volatile environments, aiming for base hits instead of home runs may be better suited at the time. Today’s list of penny stocks has a few companies that have pulled an about-face as bulls have come back in control (for now). Are they the best penny stocks to buy before next week? That’s what I’ll leave you to decide.

1. Vroom Inc. (NASDAQ: VRM)

One of the most active penny stocks this week has been Vroom Inc. Shares of VRM stock have experienced some of the highest daily trading volumes in its history of being a public company. More than 250 million shares have exchanged hands this week following its latest earnings report. The used vehicle trading platform drove over $900 million in sales fur the first quarter. This beat Wall Street estimates of just under $880 million. The company’s loss per share of $0.71 was also better than expected. Wall Street’s consensus was for Vroom to post a loss of $1.01 per share for the quarter.

Thomas Shortt, Chief Executive Officer of Vroom, also commented, “As we look forward, we intend to prioritize unit economics over growth, reduce operating expenses, and focus on 4 key initiatives to build a profitable business. I would like to thank all of our Vroommates and our third-party partners for their support in serving our customers. I’m excited about the future for Vroom and look forward to sharing more on our long term vision with you at our upcoming investor event on May 26th.”

This year the company is focused on “unit economics,” according to CFO Robert Krakowiak. He sees immediate benefits stemming from Vroom’s acquisition of United Auto Credit Corporation and thinks the company is uniquely positioned to reduce operating expenses to accelerate its path to profitability. VRM stock has bounced back above $1.60 for the second time this week.

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2. Ginkgo Bioworks Holdings Inc. (NYSE: DNA)

Biotech is another one of the stock market sectors that has gotten beaten up lately. If you look at the Nasdaq Biotech ETF (NASDAQ: IBB), you’ll see what I mean. The ETF was rocked amid the broader market sell-off this month, taking it to some of the lowest levels since the 2020 pandemic. Needless to say, some investors have seen this as an opportunity, with a few biotech penny stocks responding accordingly.

Ginkgo Bioworks is one of these biotech penny stocks bouncing back this week. After hitting new lows of $2.09 on Thursday, DNA stock bounced above the $2.60 level on May 13th. The company’s focus on cell programming has placed it in the focus of traders looking for applications in the food industry. Ginkgo’s platform allows applications in food and agriculture, including the recent acquisition of Bayer’s West Sacramento Biologics R&D site.

Last month, the company announced the move to expand its platform capabilities. As the world’s food supply chain has gotten upended thanks to the Russia/Ukraine conflict, food and agriculture stocks have gotten some play. This week was also pivotal for the company as it made its way into the animal-free egg product category. Along with Evo Foods, Ginkgo Bioworks plans to develop animal-free egg proteins in Evo’s product portfolio.

DNA stock could also be on the radar for traders speculating on earnings trades. On Monday, May 16th, the company will report its first-quarter 2022 results. If DNA is on your list of penny stocks right now, keep this in mind.

penny stocks to buy Ginkgo Bioworks DNA stock chart

3. Hycroft Mining Holding Corp. (NASDAQ: HYMC)

Newly minted meme stock, Hycroft Mining, has come back into focus as bulls have regained control of stocks early on Friday. The company garnered the interest of the AMC Entertainment (NYSE: AMC) community of traders after the entertainment company invested in Hycroft. Plugging its ability to breed liquidity, AMC management justified its move in helping start-up stage companies.

Hycroft has also garnered some attention from mining stock investors this year. The company reported first-quarter production results earlier in May. Hycroft said it produced over 5,300 ounces of gold and more than 16,800 ounces of silver. While this was in line with forecasts, Hycroft management also discussed its strong cash position at the end of Q1. The company had over $172 million following its capital-raising efforts, including AMC Entertainment.

Despite posting a wider net loss, financials seem to have come secondary to the speculative hype thanks to retail traders. HYMC stock has bounced hack another 8% during Friday’s early session, and bullish optimism seems to have come back into the stock market today.

penny stocks to buy Hycroft Mining HYMC stock chart

Time To Buy Penny Stocks?

Is it time to buy penny stocks? Given that the “risk-on” approach to trading this quarter has been less prominent, higher volatility investments have taken a back seat for some. Depending on your risk tolerance, you can determine if it’s time to buy penny stocks in May or wait a little longer for a confirmed uptrend. On the other hand, if you know how to trade penny stocks, then this price fluctuation is music to your ears.

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Hotels: Occupancy Rate Down 3.5% Compared to Same Week in 2019

From CoStar: STR: Weekly US Hotel Revenue per Available Room Reaches Highest Level Since July 2019U.S. hotel performance increased from the previous week, according to STR‘s latest data through May 21.May 15-21, 2022 (percentage change from comparable …

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U.S. hotel performance increased from the previous week, according to STR‘s latest data through May 21.

May 15-21, 2022 (percentage change from comparable week in 2019*):

Occupancy: 68.6% (-3.5%)
• Average daily rate (ADR): $151.75 (+13.4%)
• Revenue per available room (RevPAR): $104.06 (+9.5%)

*Due to the pandemic impact, STR is measuring recovery against comparable time periods from 2019.
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The following graph shows the seasonal pattern for the hotel occupancy rate using the four-week average.

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The red line is for 2022, black is 2020, blue is the median, and dashed light blue is for 2021.  Dashed purple is 2019 (STR is comparing to a strong year for hotels).

The 4-week average of the occupancy rate above the median rate for the previous 20 years (Blue).

Note: Y-axis doesn't start at zero to better show the seasonal change.

The 4-week average of the occupancy rate will mostly move sideways seasonally until the summer travel season.

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“This Is A Crucible Moment” – Sequoia’s Ominous Warning To Companies On How To “Avoid The Death Spiral”

"This Is A Crucible Moment" – Sequoia’s Ominous Warning To Companies On How To "Avoid The Death Spiral"

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"This Is A Crucible Moment" - Sequoia's Ominous Warning To Companies On How To "Avoid The Death Spiral"

"This is not a time to panic. It is a time to pause and reassess," begins the thought-provoking presentation from veteran venture capital firm Sequoia Capital.

But that's about as 'positive' as they get as the founders of the firm warn of a prolonged market downturn and urges the startups in its portfolio to preserve cash and brace for worse to come.

"We believe this is a Crucible Moment, one that will present challenges and opportunities for many of you. First and foremost, we must recognize the changing environment and shift our mindset to respond with intention rather than regret."

And in its somewhat ubiquitous historically grim outlooks (its "R.I.P Good Times" in 2008 and "Black Swan" memo in March 2020 have become legendary) don't expect a quick rescue and recovery this time.

"Sustained inflation, and geopolitical conflicts further limit the ability for a quick-fix policy solution. As such, we do not believe that this is going to be another steep correction followed by an equally swift V-shaped recovery, like we saw at the outset of the pandemic," the note said.

They argue that it will be "Survival of the Quickest"...

In particular, Sequoia urged companies to look at cutting projects, R&D, marketing, and other expenses, noting that companies should be ready to cut in the next 30 days.

"We expect the market downturn to impact consumer behaviour, labour markets, supply chains and more. It will be a longer recovery and while we can't predict how long, we can advise you on ways to prepare and get through to the other side," it said.

The founders/CEOs who face reality, adapt fast, have discipline rather than regret will not just survive, but win, noting that "It is easier to preserve cash when you have more than six months left. Recruiting is about to get easier. All the FANG have hiring freezes."

They conclude their presenttation by noting that:

"At Sequoia, we believe that the one who wins is the one most prepared."

In other words America, brace for capex cuts, hiring freezes to accelerate, and growth to evaporate.

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Read the full presentation below:

Tyler Durden Thu, 05/26/2022 - 15:45

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Best Day For Discretionary Stocks Since COVID-Crash As Consumer Recession Bets Get Steamrolled

Best Day For Discretionary Stocks Since COVID-Crash As Consumer Recession Bets Get Steamrolled

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Best Day For Discretionary Stocks Since COVID-Crash As Consumer Recession Bets Get Steamrolled

A week ago, following dismal guidance by Walmart, Target indicated that it is seeing a shift in the consumer wallet away from the pandemic purchases and into reopening purchases - including apparel - and the pace of this shift caught some retailers off guard on inventory. WMT, COST, and TGT all saw their stocks fall sharply last week as investor concerns around a US consumer slowdown mounted and investors reconsidered just where, if anywhere, you can play "defense" in the current market.

But as Goldman's Chris Hussey writes today, this week, results from companies like DKS, Macy's, JWN, WSM, DLTR, and DG painted a decidedly different picture.

Deep discount retailers Dollar Tree - or rather Dollar 25 Tree - and Dollar General both posted strong results and DLTR raised top-line guidance.

Which isn't surprising: as we discussed in "Middle Class Is Shutting Down As Spending By The Rich Remains Robust" when consumers are trading down - as they are doing now due to Biden's runaway inflation - dollar stores see more business.

As a result, Dollar Tree surged as much as 20% on Thursday, the biggest intraday move since October 2020. Evercore ISI said Dollar Tree's move to a "$1.25 price point" last November from $1 “came in the nick of time" adding that "given the broad-based inflationary cost pressures, the 25% price increase drove material sales and margin upside for both the namesake division and the total company," wrote analyst Michael Montani who also said that while freight, transport, and labor headwinds are real, some of the pressure cited by Target last week was likely company specific.

The analyst concluded that the read-across from DG and DLTR is “favorable,” and it seems that the low-end consumer is “hanging in better than initially thought.” Or rather, the middle-class is getting crushed and it has no choice but to trade down to the cheapest retail outlets.

And with countless shorts having piled up and getting massively squeezed, the S&P 500 Consumer Discretionary Index today has risen as much as 5.6%, its best day since April 2020, as optimism on the health of the consumer returns following a string of better-than-expected earnings reports from retailers.

Top performers in the S5COND index include Dollar Tree, Dollar General, Norwegian Cruise, Caesars Entertainment and Carnival; the Discretionary Index is on pace for its best week since March 18, when the group climbed 9.3%; the index sank 7.4% as Walmart and Target reports spooked investors. The index is still down almost 30% YTD.

"Retail earnings are bullish.... with four blow-outs,” said Vital Knowledge’s Adam Crisafulli, referring to quarterly reports from Williams-Sonoma, Macy’s, Dollar General, and Dollar Tree.  “The overall retail industry is experiencing stark changes and the market is incorrectly conflating these shifts with underlying demand weakness when the actual health of the consumer is much better than it seems,” Crisafulli says, although there are many - this website included - who wholeheartedly disagree with his optimistic view of the US consumer.

Remarkably, thanks to today’s rally, even Burlington Stores, which sank as much as 12% in premarket on disappointing results, is trading up as much as 11% and some say, the rally helped reverse the earlier tumble in NVDA shares.

The discretionary group is also getting a boost from airline operators Southwest and JetBlue, helping travel-related names, while on the economic front, better-than-expected personal consumption (for the revised Q1 GDP print). and jobless claims may be adding to the bullishness according to Bloomberg.

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