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Week 26 MDA Breakout Stocks - July 2022: Short-Term Picks To Give You An Edge

Sep 24, 2022

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The Weekly Breakout Forecast continues my doctoral research analysis on MDA breakout selections over more than 7 years. This subset of the different portfolios I regularly analyze has now exceeded 260 weeks of public selections as part of this ongoing live forward-testing research. The frequency of 10%+ returns in a week is averaging over 4x the broad market averages in the past 5+ years.

In 2017, the sample size began with 12 stocks, then 8 stocks in 2018, and at members' request since 2020, I now generate only 4 selections each week. In addition 2 Dow 30 picks are provided, as well as a new active ETF portfolio that competes against a signal ETF model. Monthly Growth Dividend MDA breakout stocks continue to beat the market each year as well. I offer 11 top models of short and long term value and momentum portfolios that have beaten the SP 500 since my trading studies were made public.

The cumulative average weekly breakout returns for 2022 is up to +88.1% with the best case and worst case cumulative returns YTD of +188.9% and -12.7%. Officially, for trading signals, we have had only 2 weeks of a positive signals in 2022 with the worst 6 month start to the stock market since 1962. We are in unusual markets ahead of QT in June: "A good review of bear market bounces $SPY #SPX 2022 / 2008 overlay as #QT begins. Watch for strong confirmation of negative channel breakouts. Not all bounces are a bottom."

SPY Chart

In a quick study of the MDA breakout selections YTD, there are 58 picks in 25 weeks beating the SP 500. 39 picks are beating the SP 500 by over 10% and as high as +85.9% (TDW), +50.8% (RES), +18.1%, (GNK), +20.5% (TMST), and +22.4% (EGY) significantly beating the major indices YTD.

YTD Breakout Returns without signal

Additional background, measurements, and high frequency breakout records on the Weekly MDA Breakout model is here.

Returns from 21 Weeks of Positive Momentum Gauge signals in 2021

Last year there were only 21 positive trading weeks to achieve +70.5% returns. For 2022, the market has been even worse with only two official positive weekly signal on the Momentum Gauges® so far despite strong returns in many negative market weeks.

Annual Returns 2021 with signal

Momentum Gauge® trading signal: Negative conditions ahead of Week 25

Weekly return measurements into the 2nd quarter of 2022.

Weekly MDA returns YTD

Red weekly color indicates negative Market Momentum Gauge signals. MDA breakout selections outperform when the market signal is positive and daily negative values are below 40 level.

Historical Performance Measurements

Historical MDA Breakout minimal buy/hold returns are at +70.5% YTD when trading only in the positive weeks consistent with the positive Momentum Gauges® signals. Remarkably, the frequency streak of 10% gainers within a 4- or 5-day trading week continues at highly statistically significant levels above 80% not counting frequent multiple 10%+ gainers in a single week.

Longer term many of these selections join the VM Multibagger list now at 98 weekly picks with over 100%+ gains, 47 picks over 200%+, 18 picks over 500%+ and 1 picks with over 1000%+ gains since January 2019 such as:

  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMHC) +1413.8%
  • Intrepid Potash (IPI) +1,296.2%
  • Enphase Energy (ENPH) +1,334.9
  • Celsius Holdings (CELH) +1,327.9%
  • Trillium Therapeutics (TRIL) +1008.7%

More than 200 stocks have gained over 10% in a 5-day trading week since this MDA testing began in 2017. A frequency comparison chart is at the end of this article. Readers are cautioned that these are highly volatile stocks that may not be appropriate for achieving your long term investment goals: How to Achieve Optimal Asset Allocation

2022 Breakout Portfolio Returns

The Momentum Gauge® conditions into 2022 continue with highly negative warning signals with only two full weeks of positive conditions back in Week 12 and 22 of 2022 with returns of +1.19% following the signals and avoiding the worst 5 month market start since 1973.

The Breakout Picks are high volatility selections for high short-term gains, but with no selections below $2/share, under 100k average daily volume, or less than $100 million market cap. Prior returns are documented here.

2022 marks the worst 100 day start to the stock market since 1939 and the Momentum Gauge® MDA buy signals continue negative ahead of next week.

Annual Returns 2017 to 2022

Market Momentum Conditions

Why not avoid all the major market downturns? Why not avoid all the major market downturns? It is best to follow the signals as the Federal Reserve's Quantitative Tightening program was scheduled to begin in June.

The Daily Market Momentum Gauges® remain negative from June 10th, but have started a new early positive test signal with 3 consecutive days of increasing positive momentum values. Five out of the last six days show improving positive momentum from 7 to 27 that may lead to a positive market reversal.

Daily Momentum Gauges

The Weekly Momentum Gauges® shown from 2020 Covid correction are still negative and have not had more than 2 consecutive positive weeks in the last 36 weeks from November 17th topping signal.

Weekly Momentum Gauges

The new Monthly Momentum Gauges® shown from the 2020 Covid correction are 8 months negative from November. Monthly gauges smooth the daily and weekly signals to support longer term trading goals.

Monthly Momentum Gauges

All the Momentum Gauge® charts are available this week in a special update report: Momentum Gauge Topping Signal: 3rd Negative Signal In 2022

Momentum Gauges signal light

All the momentum signals are negative through last week on declining momentum conditions. Healthcare sector has turned positive with several sectors close to or already turning neutral this week. Performance of all the portfolios are greatly enhanced by following the signals.

The Week 26 - 2022 Breakout Stocks for next week are:

The picks for next week consist of 1 Industrial and 3 Healthcare sector stocks. These stocks are released to members in advance every Friday morning near the open. Prior selections may be doing well, but for research purposes I deliberately do not duplicate selections from the prior week. These selections are based on MDA characteristics from my research, including strong money flows, positive sentiment, and strong fundamentals -- but readers are cautioned to follow the Momentum Gauges® for the best results.

  1. 23andMe Holding (ME) - Healthcare / Diagnostics Research
  2. Sana Biotechnology (SANA) - Healthcare / Biotechnology

23andMe Holding - Healthcare / Diagnostics Research

ME Chart

Price Target: $3.60/share (See my FAQ #20 on price targets)

23andMe Holding Co. operates as a consumer genetics and research company. It operates through two segments, Consumer Research Services and Therapeutics. The Consumer Research Services segment provides a suite of genetic reports, including information on customers' genetic ancestral origins, personal genetic health risks, and chances of passing on certain rare carrier conditions to their children, as well as reports on how genetics can impact responses to medications based on genetic testing of a saliva sample through its spit kit.

Source: Company Resources

ME Stock Rover report

Sana Biotechnology - Healthcare / Biotechnology

SANA chart

Price Target: $10.00/share (See my FAQ #20 on price targets)

Sana Biotechnology, Inc., a biotechnology company, focuses on utilizing engineered cells as medicines. The company develops ex vivo and in vivo cell engineering platforms for various therapeutic areas with unmet treatment needs, including oncology, diabetes, central nervous system disorders, cardiovascular diseases, genetic disorders, and others.

Source: Company Resources

SANA Stock Rover report

Top Dow 30 Stocks to Watch for Week 26

First, be sure to follow the Momentum Gauges® when applying the same MDA breakout model parameters to only 30 stocks on the Dow Index. Conditions and signals remain very negative in the worst start of the stock year since 1962. Second, these selections are made without regard to market cap or the below-average volatility typical of mega-cap stocks that may produce good results relative to other Dow 30 stocks.

The most recent picks of weekly Dow selections in pairs for the last 5 weeks:

Symbol Company Current % return from selection Week (KO) Coca-Cola +6.07% (CSCO) Cisco Systems +1.64% VZ Verizon +0.59% (HD) Home Depot -3.02% CVX Chevron Corp. -18.49% (IBM) International Business Machines +0.13% (V) Visa -2.26% (AXP) American Express -12.61% (AMGN) Amgen Inc. -0.86% (VZ) Verizon +3.92%

If you are looking for a much broader selection of mega-cap breakout stocks beyond just 30 Dow stocks with more detailed analysis and strong returns, I would recommend the Growth Dividend MDA Breakout picks.

These selections are significantly outperforming major hedge funds and all the hedge fund averages since inception. Consider the actively managed ARK Innovation fund down -51.55% YTD and more hedge funds liquidating in 2022.

These picks are released monthly for long term total return with strong returns that are leading the SP 500 by +9.50% through 2022. As members know all the portfolio returns are substantially improved by following the Momentum Gauges® signal. All of the 1 and 2-year returns of monthly portfolios are beating the major market indices YTD are shown below -- without including additional returns from large dividends over +2% for each stock:

1 year Growth Dividend returns

2 year growth Dividend returns

The Dow picks for next week are:

Goldman Sachs Group (GS)

Goldman Sachs is in early breakout conditions in the long negative channel from November with another bear rally that is likely to reach the top of the channel around $318/share. Valuations remain excellent at 5.8x earnings and 1.76x sales with analyst's long term target prices at $421/share. Much will depend on macroeconomic factors as inflation continues near multiyear highs ahead of a possible recession.

Finviz Chart

Background on Momentum Breakout Stocks

As I have documented before from my research over the years, these MDA breakout picks were designed as high frequency gainers.

These documented high frequency gains in less than a week continue into 2020 at rates more than four times higher than the average stock market returns against comparable stocks with a minimum $2/share and $100 million market cap. The enhanced gains from further MDA research in 2020 are both larger and more frequent than in previous years in every category. ~ The 2020 MDA Breakout Report Card

The frequency percentages remain very similar to returns documented here on Seeking Alpha since 2017 and at rates that greatly exceed the gains of market returns by 2x and as much as 5x in the case of 5% gains.

Frequency Breakout charts

The 2021 and 2020 breakout percentages with 4 stocks selected each week.

Frequency Breakout charts 2021 2020

MDA selections are restricted to stocks above $2/share, $100M market cap, and greater than 100k avg daily volume. Penny stocks well below these minimum levels have been shown to benefit greatly from the model but introduce much more risk and may be distorted by inflows from readers selecting the same micro-cap stocks.


These stocks continue the live forward-testing of the breakout selection algorithms from my doctoral research with continuous enhancements over prior years. These Weekly Breakout picks consist of the shortest duration picks of seven quantitative models I publish from top financial research that also include one-year buy/hold value stocks. Remember to follow the Momentum Gauges® in your investing decisions for the best results.

All the VM portfolio models are beating the market indices in the worst 100 day start to the US stock market since 1939 and the worst 5 month start since 1973 and the worst 6 month start since 1962. The new active ETF portfolio is up +27.21% YTD beating the SP 500 by over +45.1% YTD.

YTD Portfolio Returns

The top ETF returns in the Momentum Gauge® signal from June 10th are Energy and Gold bear funds (DRIP) +65.6%, (ERY) +43.6%, and (DUST) +17.6% as shown above.

The final 2021 returns for the different portfolio models from January of last year are shown below.

2021 Portfolio returns

All the very best to you, stay safe and healthy and have a great week of trading!

JD Henning, PhD, MBA, CFE, CAMS

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