3 Stocks to Avoid This Week

In last week’s article on three stocks to avoid, I predicted that GameStop (NYSE:GME)Carnival (NYSE:CCL), and SentinelOne (NYSE:S) would have a rough few days. Can I keep the hot streak going?…

  • GameStop did something it has done just one other time in the past three years: It moved higher the day after reporting quarterly results. Unfortunately for investors of the video game retailer, that was the only day the shares rose last week. GameStop stock declined 6% for the week.
  • Carnival fared better than GameStop, but it also went the wrong way. The world’s largest cruise line operator sank nearly 1% during the holiday-abridged trading week.
  • Finally, SentinelOne was the biggest sinker for the week. The cloud-based cybersecurity specialist put out strong quarterly growth in its latest quarter, but once again its margins continue to disappoint. The stock fell almost 8% for the week.

The three stocks averaged a 5% decline for the week, as the S&P 500 took a 1.7% hit. That’s another beat, and the market has come out ahead of my stocks to avoid for 10 of the past 12 weeks. Can I keep the hot streak going? I see Oatly (NASDAQ:OTLY)Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA), and Spirit Airlines (NYSE:SAVE) as vulnerable investments in the near term. Here’s why I think these are three stocks to avoid this week.

Oatly

It’s been a wild ride for Oatly investors since the distributor of oat-based milk, yogurt, and frozen desserts went public at $17 in May. The stock peaked at $29 a month later, but it has given back most of those gains in falling back down to the high teens.

Oatly is growing quickly, but last month’s quarterly report was disappointing. The 53% top-line growth was less than analysts were targeting. It also posted another loss. In July, Oatly was hit by a 124-page report from short seller Spruce Point Capital Management, alleging that Oatly has overstated some of its financial metrics as well as its sustainability practices and its growth potential in China. A series of class action lawsuits have emerged in the process.

Some Wall Street pros see this as a buying opportunity. The stock surged 6% on Friday, bucking the general market’s decline, after Cowen analyst Brian Holland initiated coverage with an outperform rating. RBC Capital upgraded the stock last month.

The stock is now back above its IPO price, but the bullish cash centers on low-margin growth. There is no doubt that consumers are finding alternatives to traditional dairy products, but oat milk is ultimately a commodity that will only become more competitive over time.

Tesla Motors

A couple of weeks ago, I singled out a stock that I own based on near-term concerns. I’m doing it again this week. I’m a Tesla shareholder and car owner. I think the electric car maker will…

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