We recently started a series called “Penny Stock of the Day”. These ideas are geared towards traders with an extremely high risk appetite.
Our Penny Stock of the Day is chosen by screening for stocks under $5 and then applying technical analysis on the shortlisted set of penny stocks showing unusual volume. When making these trades, please make sure to pay vigilant attention to pricing moves and have a strict stop loss in place to avoid significant losses.
Penny Stock of the Day: Marqeta, Inc. (NASDAQ: MQ)
Today’s penny stock pick is the cloud-based open application programming interface platform, Marqeta, Inc. (NASDAQ: MQ).
Marqeta, Inc. delivers card issuing and transaction processing services to developers, technical product managers, and visionary entrepreneurs. It offers its solutions in various verticals, including commerce disruptors, financial technology, embedded finance solutions, and large financial institution.
Latest 10-k report: https://investors.marqeta.com/sec-filings/sec-filing/10-k/0001522540-23-000015
Analyst Consensus: As per TipRanks Analytics, based on 16 Wall Street analysts offering 12-month price targets for MQ in the last 3 months, the stock has an average price target of $6.27, which is nearly 32% upside from current levels.
Potential Catalysts / Reasons for the Hype:
- Director Judson C. Linville recently acquired 44,650 shares at prices ranging between $4.445 to $4.475.
- In Marqeta’s latest financial results, the company beat sales estimates by a wider margin.
- Hedge Funds Increased Holdings by 2.2M Shares Last Quarter.
On analyzing the company’s stock charts, there seem to be multiple bullish indications…
#1 Falling Wedge Pattern Breakout: The daily chart shows that the stock has been forming a falling wedge pattern for the past several months. These are marked as purple color lines. It has typically taken support at the bottom of the wedge before bouncing back. The stock has currently broken out from the falling wedge pattern. Once the stock breaks out of the falling wedge pattern, it could move higher.
#2 Bullish ADX and DI: The ADX indicator shows bullishness as the +DI line is above the -DI line, and the ADX line is currently moving higher from below the +DI and -DI lines.
#3 Price above MA: The stock is currently above its 50-day SMA, indicating that the bulls have currently gained control.
#4 MACD above Signal Line: In the daily chart, the MACD (light blue color) is currently above the MACD signal line (orange color). This indicates a possible bullish setup.
#5 Bullish Aroon: The value of Aroon Up (orange line) is above 70 while Aroon Down (blue line) is below 30. This indicates bullishness.
#6 Above Support Area: The weekly chart shows that the stock is currently trading above a support area, which is marked as a pink color dotted line. This looks like a good area for the stock to move higher.
#7 Bullish Stoch: The %K line is above the %D line of the stochastic in the weekly chart, indicating possible bullishness.
#8 MACD above Signal Line: In the weekly chart as well, the MACD (light blue color) is currently above the MACD signal line (orange color). This indicates a possible bullish setup.
Recommended Trade (based on the charts)
Buy Levels: If you want to get in on this trade, the ideal buy level for MQ is above the price of $4.80.
Target Prices: Our first target is $5.60. If it closes above that level, the second target price is $6.30.
Stop Loss: To limit risk, place a stop loss at $4.30. Note that the stop loss is on a closing basis.
Our target potential upside is 17% to 31%.
For a risk of $0.50, our first target reward is $0.80, and the second target reward is $1.50. This is a nearly 1:2 and 1:3 risk-reward trade.
In other words, this trade offers 2x to 3x more potential upside than downside.
Potential Risks / Red Flags:
- The company has a history of net losses. MQ incurred net losses of $184.8 million, $163.9 million, and $47.7 million for the years ended December 31, 2022, 2021, and 2020, respectively.
- The company has customer concentration risk. For the years ended December 31, 2022, 2021, and 2020, Block accounted for 71%, 69%, and 70% of MQ’s net revenue.
- Despite being a loss-making company, the executives are being paid significant compensation.
As you can see, today’s featured penny stock offers big upside potential… but it also comes with a number of risks and red flags. As always, when dealing with penny stocks, we advise caution before entering into such high-risk ventures. Remember to think before you trade… understand the risks… and if you decide to trade, stick to your stop-losses!
Trades of the Day Research Team
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