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MDA Breakout Stocks: Short-Term Picks To Give You An Edge – Seeking Alpha

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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 S&P 500 since my trading S&P 500 since my trading studies were made public.

Market Outlook

The Momentum Gauges®, economic events, and weekly market outlook are now separated into a new weekly article here which also includes my new weekly Technical Market update videos:

Momentum Gauge® stoplight signals

Momentum Gauge stoplight

Current Returns

In a quick study of the MDA breakout selections YTD there are 79 picks in 32 weeks beating the S&P 500. 51 picks beating the S&P 500 by over 10%+ in double digits. Leading MDA gainers include (CLFD) +90.96%, (ME) +84.8%, (TDW) +75.15, (RES) +71.9% of the 79 picks beating the major indices YTD.

Breakout returns YTD without signal

Additional background, measurements, and high frequency breakout records on the Weekly MDA Breakout model is here: Value And Momentum MDA Breakouts +70.5% In 52 Weeks: Final 2021 Year End Report Card

Momentum Gauge® trading signal: Positive conditions ahead of Week 33

2022 First-half weekly return results

First half returns with all weekly returns on the V&M Dashboard

Weekly breakout returns 1st half 2022

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.

Annual MDA portfolio returns

Longer term many of these selections join the V&M Multibagger list now at 129 weekly picks with over 100%+ gains, 62 picks over 200%+, 21 picks over 500%+ and 14 picks with over 1000%+ gains since January 2019 such as:

  • Celsius Holdings (CELH) +2,137.4%
  • Enphase Energy (ENPH) +2,063.9%
  • Intrepid Potash (IPI) +1,234.3%
  • Northern Oil and Gas (NOG) +1017.9%
  • 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

The Week 33 – 2022 Breakout Stocks for next week are:

The picks for next week consist of 1 Financial, 1 Technology, 2 Healthcare sector stocks. These stocks are released to members in advance every Friday morning near the open for the best gains. 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. Beam Therapeutics (BEAM) – Healthcare / Medical Care Facilities
  2. Everspin Technologies (MRAM) – Technology / Semiconductors

Beam Therapeutics – Healthcare / Medical Care Facilities

BEAM chart

Price Target: $90.00/share (See my FAQ #20 on price targets)

Beam Therapeutics Inc., a biotechnology company, develops precision genetic medicines for patients suffering from serious diseases in the United States. The company is developing BEAM-101 for the treatment of sickle cell disease and beta thalassemia; BEAM-102 for the treatment of sickle cell disease; and BEAM-201, an allogeneic chimeric antigen receptor T cell for the treatment of relapsed/refractory T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia; and BEAM-301, a liver-targeted development candidate for the treatment of patients with Glycogen Storage Disease Type Ia.

(Source: Company Resources)

BEAM data report

Everspin Technologies – Technology / Semiconductors

MRAM chart

Price Target: $11.00/share (See my FAQ #20 on price targets)

Everspin Technologies, Inc. manufactures and sells magnetoresistive random access memory (MRAM) products in the United States, Hong Kong, Japan, China, Canada, and internationally. It offers Toggle MRAM, spin-transfer torque MRAM, and tunnel magneto resistance sensor products, as well as foundry services for embedded MRAM.

(Source: Company Resources)

MRAM data report

Top Dow 30 Stocks to Watch for Week 33

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 have delivered the worst first half to the stock market since 1970. 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
(CRM) Salesforce -0.15%
(MSFT) Microsoft Corporation +3.18%
(AAPL) Apple, Inc. +7.37%
(CVX) Chevron Corporation +1.24%
(AMGN) Amgen, Inc. +0.99%
(HON) Honeywell International +10.69%
(UNH) UnitedHealth Group +4.61% Reported Q2 – July 15th
(AXP) American Express +18.29% Reported Q2 – July 22nd
(WMT) Walmart +5.04%
(TRV) The Travelers Companies +0.85% Reported Q2 – July 21

If you are looking for a much broader selection of large cap breakout stocks beyond the weekly stocks, I recommend these long term portfolios. The new mid-year selections were released to members to start July:

Piotroski-Graham enhanced value

  • July up +16.72%
  • January portfolio beating S&P 500 by +23.25% YTD.

Positive Forensic

  • July up +11.91%
  • January Positive Forensic beating S&P 500 by +6.14% YTD.

Negative Forensic

  • July up +48.70%
  • January Negative Forensic beating S&P 500 by +13.95% YTD

Growth & Dividend Mega cap breakouts

  • August up +4.50%
  • January portfolio beating S&P 500 by +9.91% YTD

These long term selections are significantly outperforming many major Hedge Funds and all the hedge fund averages since inception. Consider the actively managed ARK Innovation fund down -45.0% YTD, Tiger Global Management -52% YTD, RTW Investment Group -34% YTD.

The Dow pick for next week is:

Merck & Co. (MRK)

Merck is in strong breakout conditions following earnings results July 28th moving higher in the positive channel. Institutions are net buyers and insiders are net selling as sentiment improves sharply with high net MFI inflows. Breakout conditions to prior highs remains strong and analysts have consensus target around $100/share with recent upgrades to $102/share.

Finviz Chart MRK

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.

MDA breakout frequency charts

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

MDA frequency breakout charts 2020/2021

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 V&M portfolio models are beating the market indices through the worst 6 month start since 1970. New mid-year value portfolios are up sharply to start the next long term buy-hold measurement period.

VM Breakouts portfolio returns YTD

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

VM Breakouts Portfolio returns 2021

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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