Good evening, everyone, and welcome to the Stocktwits Top 25 Newsletter for Week 5 in 2021.
The Stocktwits Top 25 reports the 25 best-performing stocks in the S&P 500, Nasdaq 100, and Russell 2000 year to date (YTD), and tracks their performances over time.
Here are your Stocktwits Top 25 Lists for Week 5:
ST Top 25 S&P 500
The ST Top 25 S&P 500 shook off last week’s loss like it was nothing. 22 of 25 names were green.
ViacomCBS and Discovery Inc swapped places. $VIAV took over #1 while $DISK fell to #2.
Limited Brands leaped 21% after announcing the retirement of its long-time CFO. It’s a Winner below.
Eli Lilly and Company was the List’s biggest loser, falling 3%. $LLY lost 16 spots, it’s now ranked #22.
9 Freshmen appeared on the list, including $TSLA, $UAA, $GOOG, $XOM, and $ETSY.
The Stocktwits Top 25 S&P 500 Momentum Meter blasted 9.88% higher while the S&P 500 gained 4.65%. The 5.23% differential indicates that the top stocks in the S&P 500 outperformed the full index by over 2x.
The Big Cap Nasdaq 100
The ST Top 25 N100 List was the greenest of all three lists, only one name traded lower. 10 names gained > 10%.
NetEase finally captured the top spot on the list, it was ranked #2 in Weeks 3 and 4. $NTES powered 7.85% higher.
Align Technologies ascended 18% after reporting record earnings. It’s a Winner below.
$BIDU bounced 15%, $ZM zoomed 12.80% higher, and $PYPL popped 15%.
8 new names made the list.
The ST Top 25 Nasdaq 100 Momentum Meter increased 8.84% during Week 5 while the full Nasdaq 100 moved 5.5% higher. The 3.34% differential suggests the top stocks performed considerably stronger than the full index.
Small-Cap Russell 2000
The ST Top 25 Russell 2000 was the only list to underperform the prior week. Despite this, 21/25 names closed higher.
GameStop gave back the top spot after plummeting 72%. It’s a Sinner below.
Cassava soared 238.8% in Week 5 and took the #1 ranking on the ST Top 25 R2K List. $SAVA moved from #6 to #1, it’s the Top Dawg below.
$AVXL ascended 135%, $NVAX gained 109.60%, and $CRMD collected 89.24%.
9 of the 25 names are newcomers to the list.
The ST Top 25 R2K Momentum Meter moved 34.73% while the Russell 2000 index closed up 7.70%. The 27.03% differential suggests that the top stocks topped the full index with ease.
ST Top 25 TOP DAWG OF THE WEEK 🐶
The ST Top 25 Top Dawg for Week 5, 2021 is #1 R2K – Cassava Sciences Inc.
Cassava Sciences continued its monster 2021 run, gaining 238% this week. The stock opened January 2021 trading at just $6, it’s now worth $44.80… $SAVA is a Freshman and the top-ranked stock on the ST Top 25 R2K list.
Here’s the daily chart:
$SAVA announced results of an interim analysis from an open-label study of simufilam, its lead drug candidate for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. Patients’ cognition and behavior scores both improved following six months of simufilam treatment, with no safety issues. Huge news.
This sent $SAVA soaring 141% higher Tuesday and another 58% Wednesday. The stock sold off 29% Friday though… Keep your eyes peeled next week 👀
CEO of Cassava Sciences, Remi Barbier said:
We could not be more pleased with these interim results. We would have been satisfied to show simufilam stabilizes cognition in patients over 6 months. An improvement in cognition and behavior tells us this drug candidate has potential to provide lasting treatment effects for people living with Alzheimer’s disease. It’s an exciting development.
Initiation of a Phase 3 trial remains on schedule for 2nd half of 2021. Cassava Sciences and the U.S. FDA concluded a successful end-of-phase 2 (EOP2) meeting for the simufilam drug development program. Details of the meeting will be announced in Q1 2021 after the official FDA meeting minutes are finalized. Best of luck, team.
The Winners 📈
△ #12 N100 – Align Technology closed at an all-time high in Week 5. The orthodontics company reported record fourth-quarter earnings mid-week and ascended 18%.
$ALGN blew out earnings and sales estimates after the bell Wednesday. Revenues grew 28% YoY.
Here are the stats:
EPS: $2.61 vs $2.13 est.
Revenue: $834.5M, +28% YoY
Here’s a weekly chart📈:
$ALGN is up 16% YTD.
△ #5 S&P 500 – Limited Brands bounced back spectacularly during Week 5. The retail company made the biggest move on the ST Top 25 S&P 500 List, leaping 21%. Limited Brands now ranks #x.
$LB announced Thursday that Stuart Burgdoerfer will retire as CFO of L Brands and Interim CEO of the Victoria’s Secret business. Martin Waters, the current CEO of Victoria’s Secret Lingerie, was promoted to CEO of the Victoria’s Secret business and will assume responsibilities immediately.
The company also raised its earnings guidance for Q4 from $2.70-$2.80 to $2.95-$3.00. $LB will report Q4 earnings on Feb. 24.
Andrew Meslow, CEO of L Brands said:
Martin Waters is an experienced retail executive who has led our international business for the past 13 years and recently stepped into the role of CEO of Victoria’s Secret Lingerie. He is widely respected both inside and outside of our enterprise, and we are confident he will continue the momentum and progress in the Victoria’s Secret business.
$LB is up 31.50% YTD.
△ #15 N100 – PayPal popped this week and made its way onto the ST Top 25 N100 List as a Freshman. $PYPL increased 15% after reporting record earnings Wednesday. It is ranked #15.
$PYPL’s profit tripled in the fourth quarter and expects the growth to continue in 2021. Here are the numbers:
EPS: $1.08 vs $1.01 est.
Revenue: $6.12B, +23% YoY
Dan Schulman, CEO of PayPal said:
When you look at kind of the scale or you look at the value proposition [or] the take-up of merchants that’s continuing on into the first quarter, this is clearly a home run for us, and a winner.
△ #9 R2K – Anavex Life Sciences Corp went airborne this week and locked in a spot on the ST Top 25 R2K List. The biotech company ascended 135% to rank #9.
$AVXL enjoyed some time in the sun this week reacting well to fellow R2K member and Top Dawg, $SAVA’s favorable data.
Anavex’s ANAVEX®2-73 is currently undergoing a Phase 2b/3 study in Alzheimer’s disease. Anavex announced in late December the enrollment was 80% complete, the full enrollment of 450 patients is expected in early 2021.
Here is the daily chart:
$AVXL is up 176% YTD.
The Sinners 📉
▼ #7 R2K – GameStop was the biggest loser of all three lists. The MemeStock’s bubble popped as it gave up 72% this week. Talk about a haircut.
$GME was weak from the start, giving up 30% Monday and another 60% Tuesday! The dead cat bounced a few bucks Wednesday before getting ripped 40% Thursday. What a week.
Here’s the war zone intraday chart:
And the weekly chart for good measure:
$GME is still up 184% YTD.
▼ #22 S&P 500 – Eli Lilly and Company gave up 3% and fell 16 spots from #6 to #22 on the ST Top 25 S&P 500 List.
$LLY traded red Monday through Wednesday but found strength on Thursday and Friday. The early-week weakness followed Q4 earnings on 1/29/21. Earnings grew 41.5%, fueled by demand for its diabetes and cancer drugs. Sales grew 22% to $7.44 billion.
Here’s the full press release.
Can Eli Lilly leap back into the mix and gain some footing on the ST Top 25 S&P 500 List? Place your bets…
See Y’all Next Week 🤙