We recently started a series called “Penny Stock of the Day”. These ideas are geared towards traders with an extremely high risk appetite.

Our Penny Stock of the Day is chosen by screening for stocks under $5 and then applying technical analysis on the shortlisted set of penny stocks showing unusual volume. When making these trades, please make sure to pay vigilant attention to pricing moves and have a strict stop loss in place to avoid significant losses.

Penny Stock of the Day: Atossa Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATOS)

Today’s penny stock pick is the clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, Atossa Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATOS).

Atossa Therapeutics, Inc. focuses on developing medicines in the areas of unmet medical needs in oncology. The company’s lead program is Endoxifen, an active metabolite of tamoxifen, which is in Phase II clinical trials to treat and prevent breast cancer. It is also developing AT-H201 for lung injury caused by cancer treatment. In addition, the company develops immunotherapy/chimeric antigen receptor therapy programs. It has a research agreement with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Inc. to support the research of cytokine-coated nanoparticles for the treatment of breast cancer.

Website:  https://atossatherapeutics.com

Latest 10-k report:  https://investors.atossatherapeutics.com/node/9011/html

Analyst Consensus: Not Covered By Wall Street Analysts.

Potential Catalysts / Reasons for the Hype:

  • The company announced that its board of directors has approved a share repurchase program with authorization to purchase up to $10 million of Atossa common stock through December 31, 2023.
  • Corporate Insiders Bought Shares Worth $48.5K in the Last 3 Months.

    Insiders | Source: TipRanks.com

On analyzing the company’s stock charts, there seem to be multiple bullish indications…

Bullish Indications

#1 Ascending Triangle Pattern Breakout: The daily chart shows that the stock has currently broken out an ascending triangle pattern, which is marked as purple color lines. Once a breakout from the upper trend line occurs, it usually signifies the start of a new bullish trend.

ATOS – Daily Chart

#2 Bullish ADX and DI: The ADX indicator shows bullishness as the +DI line is above the -DI line, and the ADX line is currently moving higher from below the +DI and -DI lines.

#3 Price above MAs: The stock is currently above its 50-day as well as 200-day SMA, indicating that the bulls have currently gained control.

#4 Bullish Stoch:  The %K line of the stochastic is above the %D line, and has also moved higher from oversold levels, indicating possible bullishness.

# MACD above Signal Line: In the daily chart, the MACD (light blue color) is currently above the MACD signal line (orange color). This indicates a possible bullish setup.

#6 Above Support Area: The weekly chart shows that the stock is currently trading above a support area, which is marked as a pink color dotted line. This looks like a good area for the stock to move higher. The stock is also trading above its 50-week SMA, indicating that the bulls are gaining control.

ATOS – Weekly Chart

#7 Bullish Stoch: The %K line is above the %D line of the stochastic in the weekly chart as well, indicating possible bullishness.

#8 MACD above Signal Line: In the weekly chart, the MACD (light blue color) is currently above the MACD signal line (orange color). This indicates a possible bullish setup.

Recommended Trade (based on the charts)

Buy Levels: If you want to get in on this trade, the ideal buy level for ATOS is above the price of $1.21.

Target Prices: Our first target is $1.60. If it closes above that level, the second target price is $2.00.

Stop Loss: To limit risk, place a stop loss at $0.97. Note that the stop loss is on a closing basis.

Our target potential upside is 32% to 65%.

For a risk of $0.24, our first target reward is $0.39, and the second target reward is $0.79. This is a nearly 1:2 and 1:3 risk-reward trade.

In other words, this trade offers 2x to 3x more potential upside than downside.

Potential Risks / Red Flags:

  1. The company has a history of net losses. For the year ended December 31, 2022, ATOS incurred a net loss of approximately $27.0 million. The company has an accumulated deficit of approximately $156.2 million since its inception.

    ATOS – Consolidated Statements of Operations

  2. The company was formerly known as Atossa Genetics Inc. and changed its name to Atossa Therapeutics, Inc. in January 2020.
  3. On October 5, 2022, ATOS received a letter from Nasdaq stating non-compliance with Listing Rule 5550(a)(2) because of failure to maintain a minimum closing bid price of $1.00 per share for 30 consecutive business days.
  4. ATOS has not yet established an ongoing source of revenue sufficient to cover operating costs and allow it to continue as a going concern. The company will need to raise substantial additional capital in the future to fund its operations, which could cause substantial dilution to the existing stockholders.
  5. Despite being a loss-making company, the executives are being paid significant compensation.

    ATOS – Executive Compensation

  6. Hedge Funds Decreased Holdings by 73.1K Shares Last Quarter.

    Hedge Funds | Source: TipRanks.com

As you can see, today’s featured penny stock offers big upside potential… but it also comes with a number of risks and red flags. As always, when dealing with penny stocks, we advise caution before entering into such high-risk ventures. Remember to think before you trade… understand the risks… and if you decide to trade, stick to your stop-losses!

Happy Trading!

Trades of the Day Research Team

READ BEFORE TRADING PENNY STOCKS: The allure of penny stocks lies in their potential to deliver massive gains in a short period of time. However, in exchange for that opportunity, most penny stocks carry tremendous risk. They can be extremely volatile and are susceptible to “pump and dump” schemes and fraud.

Unlike regular stocks, the financial condition of most penny stock companies can be extremely difficult to analyze, as the majority of such stocks are traded on over-the-counter (OTC) exchanges, which are typically less transparent and less regulated than the major exchanges. In fact, in the penny stock space, it’s often easier to spot warning signs and red flags than it is to identify a sound investment. Nevertheless, we do our best to identify short-term trade opportunities in this exciting space because we know some of our readers are looking for high-risk, high-reward ideas. We just urge you to make sure you fully understand the risks before making any of these trades.

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