Volatility returned to U.S. stock markets in June after back-to-back spectacular performances in April and May. The United States is currently reeling under the second wave of the coronavirus as all 50 states tried to reopen economies in some form since the last week of May.
Consequently, Wall Street has been facing severe fluctuations and choppy trading sessions almost regularly this month. Although, the three major stock indexes — the Dow, the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite — are up 1.4%, 1.3% and 5.6%, so far this month, volatility remains a major concern for market participants.
Despite market's roller-coaster ride, a handful of momentum stocks with a favorable Zacks Rank have provided double-digit returns so far in June. These stocks have more upside left in the near term.
Resurgence of Coronavirus Infections
On Jun 23, three states — Florida, California and Texas — reported record-high, single-day jump in coronavirus cases of 5,508, 7,000 and 5,489, respectively. On Jun 24, more than 45,000 new cases was reported in the United States, surpassing the previous single-day high of more than 9,000 reported on Apr 26.
According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, the 7-day average of daily new COVID-19 cases jumped more than 30% compared with a week ago in the United States.
Meanwhile, the governments of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut ordered visitors from certain hotspot states to quarantine for 14 days. On Jun 25, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced that the state will pause any further reopening thanks to a spike in COVID-19 cases.
Per Bloomberg, states like Florida, Arizona and California are also considering slowing or reversing reopening plans of their economies.
Despite the resurgence of the deadly coronavorus in various states, it is unlikely that a second round of lockdown will be imposed. Better-than-expected economic data, despite the fact that the aggregate economy is still way below its pre-lockdown level of activities, have shown fundamental stability.
Impressive job additions, a jump in retail sales and a quickly recovering housing market clearly indicate that consumer spending, which constitutes nearly 68% of the U.S. economy is gaining momentum. Moreover, the sagging U.S. manufacturing sector, which generates around 12% of the GDP, is slowly returning to its own track.
Moreover, the U.S. government has injected around $3 trillion in fiscal stimulus into the economy and the Federal Reserve’s balance sheet skyrocketed to $7.21 trillion as of Jun 3 as it poured money into the economy. On Jun 16, Bloomberg reported that the Trump administration is preparing a $1 trillion infrastructure project including construction of roads, bridges, 5G wireless networks and rural broadband.
Additionally, the benchmark interest rate has been reduced to the range of 0-0.25% by the Fed and is likely to stay within it till 2022. All the stimulli are likely to expedite economic recovery.
Our Top Picks
Momentum investing calls for continued appraisal of stocks, which ensures that an investor does not pick a beaten-down name and overlook a thriving one. Momentum investors buy high on the anticipation that the stock will only ascend in the short to intermediate term.
We have narrowed down our search to five momentum stocks with more than 15% return in the past month with strong growth potential and robust earnings estimate revisions. Each of our picks sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) and has a Momentum Score of A or B.
The chart below shows the price performance of our five picks in the past month.
Domo Inc. (DOMO) operates a cloud-based executive management platform in the United States that gives users direct and real-time access to business information for various industries.
The company has an expected earnings growth rate of 44.9% for the current year (ending January 2021). The Zacks Consensus Estimate for current-year earnings has improved by 10% over the last 7 days. The stock price has soared 24.5% in the past month.
ViewRay Inc. (VRAY) designs, manufactures and markets radiation therapy systems. It offers MRIdian, a magnetic resonance image-guided radiation therapy system to image and treat cancer patients.
The company has an expected earnings growth rate of 43.2% for the current year. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for current-year earnings has improved by 1.5% over the last 30 days. The stock price has rallied 18.7% in the past month.
Commercial Metals Co. (CMC) manufactures, recycles, and markets steel and metal products, and related materials and services in the United States and internationally. It operates through four segments: Americas Recycling, Americas Mills, Americas Fabrication and International Mill.
The company has an expected earnings growth rate of 9.1% for the current year (ending August 2020). The Zacks Consensus Estimate for current-year earnings has improved by 7.1% over the last 7 days. The stock price has jumped 17.7% in the past month.
Clearwater Paper Corp. (CLW) produces and sells private label tissue and bleached paperboard products in the United States and internationally. It operates through two segments, Consumer Products, and Pulp and Paperboard.
The company has an expected earnings growth rate of more than 100% for the current year. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for current-year earnings has improved more than 100% over the past 30 days. The stock price has climbed 17.4% in the past month.
Momenta Pharmaceuticals Inc. (MNTA) is a biotechnology company focused on the discovery and development of novel biologic therapies for the treatment of rare immune-mediated diseases in the United States.
The company has an expected earnings growth rate of 46.9% for the current year. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for current-year earnings has improved by 6.4% over the past 30 days. The stock price has surged 15.3% in the past month.
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