3 Stocks That Could Be Ready to Pop This Week

Upcoming quarterly results and a potential multiplex blockbuster can turn these out-of-favor stocks into market darlings again…

Not every stock is rocking these days. Chewy (NYSE:CHWY)AMC Entertainment Holdings (NYSE:AMC), and AT&T (NYSE:T) have seen better days. Chewy and AMC Entertainment are trading 34% and 50% below the high-water marks they hit earlier this year. AT&T is fetching a quarter less than its late-2019 peak.

All three are prime candidates to bounce back this week. Let’s take a closer look at why an upcoming financial update can get Chewy barking up the the right tree. Let’s also explore why a big multiplex moment can help both AMC and AT&T.

1. Chewy

One of the more interesting quarterly reports during this holiday-abridged trading week is Chewy’s. One would think that an online retailer of pet supplies would be thriving these days. Pet adoptions have surged during the pandemic, and e-commerce has become a safe and convenient way to stock up on food and other essentials for a family’s furry friends. The surprise here is that Chewy has shed more than a third of its value since topping out last month.

Analysts see revenue climbing nearly 45% to hit $1.96 billion in Tuesday afternoon’s quarterly report. Chewy is still not profitable, but Wall Street sees the red ink contracting to $0.10 a share from $0.15 a share during the prior year’s holiday quarter. If this seems ambitious, the bonus here is that Chewy has blown past analyst profit targets with ease over the past year.

Quarter Estimated EPS Actual EPS Surprise
Q4 2019 ($0.17) ($0.15) 12%
Q1 2020 ($0.16) ($0.12) 25%
Q2 2020 ($0.16) ($0.08) 50%
Q3 2020 ($0.13) ($0.08) 39%


Dogs and cats rule the home these days. You have to like Chewy’s chances heading into this timely financial update to get its stock moving higher again.

2. AMC Entertainment

Last week was rough for AMC Entertainment. The stock plummeted 26% in a week that saw the country’s largest exhibitor hit an important milestone with 99% of its theaters now open.

Selling tickets and popping popcorn obviously isn’t enough. You need consumers warming up to the movie-going experience. You need Hollywood feeding your digital projectors a steady diet of blockbusters. Neither one has been on the menu as year-over-year attendance has fallen by more than 90% in each of the past few months.

Things should start to get markedly better starting this weekend. Godzilla vs. Kong — put out by AT&T’s Warner Bros. — hits U.S. theaters later this week. It was a global juggernaut abroad over the past weekend, drumming up $121.8 million in box office receipts including $70.3 million in China. It’s the kind of larger-than-life action film that fares well on the big screen, and unlike Wonder Woman 1984, which also fit that bill three months ago, this one is generating more positive reviews. It will take a lot to get…

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