This week's sparkling diamond was TPI Composites (TPIC), currently up +11.62% since I picked it on Wednesday. It is in the renewable energy space and like its brethren it has rallied strongly this week. I wrote a ChartWatchers article on renewable energy earlier today that I invite you to check out. Of course, you all had prior knowledge of TPIC and my affinity for solar before ChartWatchers readers today. Since I did cover TPIC in my ChartWatchers article, I won't cover it in today's Recap. Instead I will look at BioXcel (BTAI) which was the runner-up with a +10.66% gain this week.
We finished the week ahead, but unfortunately the "Diamond of the Week" IQ skewed the entire picture. It was not just a "dud" it was a thorough "crash and burn" and by far the worst stock pick I have EVER made in my many years of investing and blogging. I'm not joking. It finished the week down a whopping -22.77%! I took the stop at -10% even though I had set it at 7.4%. With the gap down on Wednesday, the 7.4% stop wouldn't have been possible, so I took -10%. Rather than dwell on it, I have opted to cover Easterly Government Properties (DEA) which was the worst performer of the week (not counting IQ). It was down a modest -3.8%.
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BioXcel Therapeutics, Inc. (BTAI)
EARNINGS: 3/9/2021 (BMO)
BioXcel Therapeutics, Inc. is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company, which focuses on drug development. The firm's two clinical development programs are BXCL501, a sublingual thin film formulation designed for acute treatment of agitation resulting from neurological and psychiatric disorders, and BXCL701, an immuno-oncology agent designed for treatment of a rare form of prostate cancer and for treatment of pancreatic cancer. The company was founded by Vimal D. Mehta on March 29, 2017 and is headquartered in New Haven, CT.
Below is the chart and commentary from Tuesday:
"I covered this one in the April 28th Diamond Report (up 39.9% since). It is lined up nicely again. The PMO has turned up but hasn't actually given us the BUY signal, so we may be getting in early on this one. Indeed, the RSI is just now getting close to moving back into positive territory. We have a positive OBV divergence on the double-bottom pattern. The SCTR is terrible so it hasn't been the best performer in relation to other small-caps, but it should improve quickly if this breakout occurs. The upside target of the double-bottom pattern is right at the November top. I've set the stop just below the October low. If you wish to move it down to the 200-EMA, it's deeper than I like, but that is the next area of strong support. "
Here is today's chart:
Unlike IQ which had a similar set-up, BTAI followed through exactly as expected with the double-bottom pattern confirming on the breakout above the confirmation line. The minimum upside target of that pattern would take price at least to overhead resistance at the November top. The RSI remains positive and isn't overbought and the PMO triggered its BUY signal and is now in positive territory above the zero line. I like it going forward.
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Easterly Government Properties, Inc. (DEA)
EARNINGS: 2/23/2021 (BMO)
Easterly Government Properties, Inc. operates as a real estate investment trust, which engages in the acquisition, development, and management of commercial properties that are leased to U.S. Government agencies. The company was founded on October 10, 2014 and is headquartered in Washington, DC.
Below is the chart and commentary from Tuesday:
"This is a great example of a "momentum sleeper" that woke up today. It is likely you'll see a pullback tomorrow for a better entry if you want this one. I see a reverse head and shoulders that executed with today's forceful rally. It helped the PMO avoid a crossover SELL signal by forming a very bullish bottom above the signal line. The RSI popped into positive territory but isn't overbought yet. I set the stop level just below the right shoulder."
Below is today's chart:
Rather than a simple pullback to the breakout point on the reverse head and shoulders, price whipped WAY back down, failing to hold support at all three of the EMAs and the July lows. The PMO has topped at the RSI went negative. When you look at the top chart, you can see why it was enticing. The only possible hint we had that this was going to happen was the declining tops on the OBV and lack of an OBV breakout on the price breakout. We did have a very low SCTR which suggests internal and relative weakness, but it was rising at the time.
THIS WEEK's Sector Performance:
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My current favorite going into next week would be the Consumer Discretionary sector. The indicators are turning up and this tends to be a good time of year for this sector. Industry group to watch will likely be
Sector to Watch: Consumer Discretionary (XLY)
Industry Group to Watch: Recreational Products ($DJUSRP)
Go to our Sector ChartList on DecisionPoint.com to get an in depth view of all the sectors.
Have a great weekend! Happy Charting!
Full Disclosure: I'm about 50% invested right now and 50% is in 'cash', meaning in money markets and readily available to trade with. I've lightened my exposure to the market as it is acting "toppy". I'm not planning on selling any more positions this coming week. However, I'm not planning on adding either (unless it's a Gold Miner).
Technical Analysis is a windsock, not a crystal ball.
NOTE: The stocks reported herein are from mechanical trading model scans that are based upon moving average relationships, momentum and volume. DecisionPoint analysis is then applied to get five selections from the scans. The selections given should prompt readers to do a chart review using their own analysis process. This letter is not a call for a specific action to buy, sell or short any of the stocks provided. There are NO sure things or guaranteed returns on the daily selection of "diamonds in the rough."
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