“Shooting Stars” of the Stock Market: “Don’t Be Fooled by This”
A meme stock has been defined as “the shares of a company that have gained a cult-like following online and through social media platforms.”
This “following” is largely comprised of novice investors who hope to make a quick profit. You may remember two well-publicized examples of meme stocks back in 2021: Gamestop and AMC Entertainment. There have been others.
Well, Robinhood Markets has been described as “the brokerage behind the meme stock revolution.”
Indeed, the shares of Robinhood itself went public near the end of July 2021 and its new share price doubled in early August 2021.
The August 2021 Elliott Wave Financial Forecast, a monthly publication which provides analysis of major U.S. financial markets, issued this warning:
Don’t be fooled by this. Meme stocks and the financial market’s entire constellation of shooting stars are a product of the ebullience at the end of a [historic] bull market.
Fast forward to this updated Robinhood chart and commentary from the February Elliott Wave Financial Forecast:
The chart shows the immediate outcome [after our August 2021 warning], an 88% decline in Robinhood’s price. … We forecast that other shooting stars of 2021 would continue to flame out, with the “final highs in the major U.S. averages” to follow. So far, that forecast is tracking.
Indeed, the Meme Stock Index that the Elliott Wave Financial Forecast showed in August is down 55% from its January 2021 high.
You might have thought that the speculative fever surrounding “hot” stocks and even the broad market would have cooled down significantly since the recent wild price moves.
However, on March 1, a CNBC headline expressed this sentiment of a firm’s chief investment officer:
There are a handful of tech stocks that are so cheap you need to be buyers here
This chief investment officer might turn out to be right. Then again, “cheap” stocks can get a lot cheaper.
As you might imagine, not all of Elliott Wave International’s forecasts work out to a “T,” however, EWI’s read of the Elliott wave model says that bargain hunting may not be the best idea now.
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