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Short squeeze alert for February: 2 stocks which could skyrocket

Short squeeze alert for February: 2 stocks which could skyrocket
Elmaz Sabovic

As the stock market posts substantial numbers since the start of 2024, February has brought further gains for traders, raising interest in opportunities that could quickly rake in a considerable profit.

Investors are actively pursuing lucrative opportunities, with short squeezes emerging as a notable strategy to navigate the current financial landscape.

Short selling involves borrowing and selling a stock on the market, expecting to profit as the price declines. However, if the stock price rises, short sellers are compelled to repurchase the stock at a higher price to cover their position and return it to the lender.

Considering the current market sentiment, Finbold analyzed the potential picks, highlighting two that have the potential to experience a surge in the coming period.

Imperial Petroleum Inc (NASDAQ: IMPP)

Imperial Petroleum Inc (NASDAQ: IMPP) is an international shipping transportation company headquartered in Greece. The company specializes in transporting a range of petroleum and petrochemical products in liquefied form, and with the current sentiment in the oil industry being positive due to the rising prices amidst conflicts in the Middle East, it has posted substantial numbers.

IMPP is currently the heaviest float shorted, with a short interest of 70.60%. In the Q3 report, revenue amounted to $29.4 million, marking a decrease of $13.2 million, or 31.0%, compared to the previous year. However, the company repurchased approximately 1.1 million shares during the quarter, amounting to roughly $1.9 million.

Imperial Petroleum short squeeze data. Source: MarketBeat
Imperial Petroleum short squeeze data. Source: MarketBeat

The technicals for IMPP are pretty bullish, with a rating of ‘buy’ at 11 and moving averages tilting towards ‘buy’ at 10. Oscillators point at ‘neutral’ with a rating of 9.

Technical analysis of IMPP stock. Source: TradingView
Technical analysis of IMPP stock. Source: TradingView

Symbotic Inc (NASDAQ: SYM)

Symbotic (NASDAQ: SYM) is a robotics warehouse automation company specializing in constructing and operating automated warehouse systems. The company serves clients across the United States and Canada. Their software integrates artificial intelligence and is utilized by 1,400 stores, catering primarily to grocery, retail, and wholesale sectors. Notable clients include major corporations like Target (NYSE: TGT) and Walmart (NYSE: WMT).

It is currently in the top five most shorted stocks, with float shorted at 48.79%. SYM’s latest report disclosed adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) of $14 million. Sales experienced a substantial 79% year-over-year increase, reaching $368 million. 

Symbotic had previously projected adjusted EBITDA in the range of $11 million to $14 million, alongside sales between $350 million and $370 million for the period.

This fiscal Q1 report represents Symbotic’s second consecutive quarter of profitability on an adjusted basis.

Symbotic short squeeze data. Source: MarketBeat
Symbotic short squeeze data. Source: MarketBeat

Looking at analyst predictions reveals an optimistic forecast from 14 analysts from TradingView, which awarded this stock with a ‘buy’ rating. Out of these 8 opted for ‘strong buy,’ 2 for ‘buy’, and 4 for ‘hold.’

The average forecast for SYM stock price stands at $54.93, representing a 44.89% increase from the current level of $37.91 at the time of press.

The average price target for SYM stock. Source: TradingView
The average price target for SYM stock. Source: TradingView

In conclusion, while these highlighted stocks have short squeeze potential, predicting the pattern remains challenging as overall market sentiments significantly influence them.

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