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: Hut 8 Mining Corp. (NASDAQ: HUT)
Today’s penny stock pick is the cryptocurrency mining company, Hut 8 Mining Corp. (NASDAQ: HUT).
Hut 8 Mining Corp. engages in industrial scale bitcoin mining operations. It also owns and operates 38 BlockBoxes in Drumheller, Alberta; and 51 BlockBoxes in Medicine Hat, Alberta. HUT commands a sizable minority stake in the overall Bitcoin network.
Instead of selling the Bitcoins it mines on the market, Hut 8 Mining maximizes returns for shareholders by lending them out and farming yields, leading to compounded returns. The company also uses a mix of wind, solar, and natural gas sources for its electricity with decade-long leases, ensuring the sustainability of its operations.
Analyst Consensus: As per TipRanks Analytics, based on 3 Wall Street analysts offering 12-month price targets for HUT in the last 3 months, the stock has an average price target of $3.12, which is nearly 48% upside from current levels.
Potential Catalysts / Reasons for the Hype:
- The rallying of shares of bitcoin (BTC) miners after Bitcoin continued to hold above $30,000.
- The possibility of the introduction of spot Bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs), capped by news that Grayscale Investments notched a victory in its ETF ambitions. The company’s application to convert its Grayscale Bitcoin Trust into a Bitcoin ETF was originally rejected by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
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 Stoch: The %K line of the stochastic is above the %D line, and has also moved higher from oversold levels, indicating possible bullishness.
#3 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.
#4 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. The stock is also trading above its 50-week SMA, indicating that the bulls are gaining control.
#5 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.
#6 Bullish Stoch: The %K line is above the %D line of the stochastic in the weekly chart as well, indicating possible bullishness.
Recommended Trade (based on the charts)
Buy Levels: If you want to get in on this trade, the ideal buy level for HUT is above the price of $2.20.
Target Prices: Our first target is $3.00. If it closes above that level, the second target price is $3.80.
Stop Loss: To limit risk, place a stop loss at $1.70. Note that the stop loss is on a closing basis.
Our target potential upside is 36% to 73%.
For a risk of $0.50, our first target reward is $0.80, and the second target reward is $1.60. 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.
- The company has ongoing litigation with North Bay facility power provider and leasehold provider, Validus Power Corp. and Bay Power Corp.
- HUT faces significant competition from a number of data centre and cloud services providers. This includes major telecommunications providers such as Bell Canada, Rogers Communications Inc., and Cogeco Inc., and a number of data centre providers including CenturyLink, Inc., Cologix, Inc., and Equinix, Inc.
- Despite being a loss-making company, the executives are being paid significant salaries.
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
READ BEFORE TRADING PENNY STOCKS: The allure of penny stocks lies in their potential to deliver massive gains in a short period of time. However, in exchange for that opportunity, most penny stocks carry tremendous risk. They can be extremely volatile and are susceptible to “pump and dump” schemes and fraud.
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