Here's why meme stocks are hinting at another flashy rally for `junk stocks`

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Meme stocks are perking up again, with GameStop (GME) and AMC Entertainment (AMC) rallying implicit 30% astatine 1 constituent connected Thursday, and adding 10% and 5%, respectively, connected Friday. Separately, the ARK Innovation ETF (ARKK) changeable up 25% disconnected Thursday's — investigating terms levels archetypal seen successful 2017.

While we've seen this movie earlier — lone to ticker dip-buyers get fleeced — a increasing chorus of wealth managers are uncovering expanding reasons to wade into this unforgiving market.

"Almost everything I look astatine is screaming to buy," wrote Paul Schatz Friday morning aft the S&P 500 had minted a fresh, 52-week low.

Schatz pointed retired that capitalist sentiment is mired astatine historical lows arsenic much and much stocks capitulate. The fig of stocks listed connected the NYSE making caller 52-week lows surged supra 1000 for the archetypal clip since the pandemic sell-off successful 2020. Most pandemic darlings person round-tripped their gains and are present successful the reddish since 2020 (or before).

"[T]he banal marketplace is acceptable up for a face-ripping short-covering rally implicit the coming weeks oregon so," wrote Schatz. "It is besides imaginable the last bottommost has been seen, but that is not thing I americium counting connected close here."

Front and halfway are the high-growth names and meme stocks that person been pounded the most. "[T]he archetypal bounce should spot immoderate fell the astir rally the most," writes Schatz. Indeed, this is what immoderate traders telephone a junk-off-the-bottom rally.

Of the 45 stocks successful the informally-constructed meme banal handbasket compiled by Yahoo Finance, the median drawdown, oregon loss, from caller highs is 73% (the mean is 65%). Peering wrong ARKK, it's not rather arsenic atrocious — but inactive not pretty. The median constituent successful the Cathie Wood-sponsored disruption ETF has been chopped successful fractional (average 44%).

But adjacent if stocks reward the dip buyers this clip around, it's not needfully the all-clear awesome sought by longer-term investors.

Signage is seen astatine  a GameStop successful  Manhattan, New York, U.S., December 7, 2021. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

Signage is seen astatine a GameStop successful Manhattan, New York, U.S., December 7, 2021. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

"This volition not beryllium a 'V' bottommost similar 2020 and 2018 erstwhile the Fed rapidly pivoted and 'risk on' returned overnight," Schatz wrote. "It is going to instrumentality immoderate time."

Handicapping the adjacent determination by Jerome Powell and his cohort astatine the Federal Reserve is the biggest portion of the puzzle — and THE large unknown. Investors are inactive pricing successful 50-basis-point hikes for the adjacent 3 meetings, and the Fed is lone opening to merchantability bonds from its equilibrium expanse — a gait that volition soon scope $95 cardinal per month.

Any liftoff successful hazard assets volition apt originate from the markets predicting different Powell pivot — this clip to the dovish broadside with a concurrent easing of monetary policy. But that volition instrumentality clip to play out. In the meantime, choky fiscal conditions could easy headdress immoderate fledgling rally.

"The Fed can’t pivot yet, though they volition aboriginal this year. Huge plus income are inactive to come," Schatz wrote. "In different words, the markets person a [great] woody of repair left."

Jared Blikre is simply a newsman focused connected the markets connected Yahoo Finance Live. Follow him @SPYJared. Devan Burris is simply a shaper with Yahoo Finance Live.

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