Week 29 MDA Breakout Stocks – July 2022: Short-Term Picks To Give You An Edge

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The Weekly Breakout Forecast continues my doctoral research analysis on MDA breakout selections over more than 7 years. This subset of the different portfolios I regularly analyze has now exceeded 260 weeks of public selections as part of this ongoing live forward-testing research. The frequency of 10%+ returns in a week is averaging over 4x the broad market averages in the past 5+ years.

In 2017, the sample size began with 12 stocks, then 8 stocks in 2018, and at members’ request since 2020, I now generate only 4 selections each week. In addition 2 Dow 30 picks are provided, as well as a new active ETF portfolio that competes against a signal ETF model. Monthly Growth & Dividend MDA breakout stocks continue to beat the market each year as well. I offer 11 top models of short and long term value and momentum portfolios that have beaten the S&P 500 since my trading S&P 500 since my trading studies were made public.

Market Outlook

The Momentum Gauges®, economic events, and weekly market outlook are now separated into a new article here which also includes my new weekly Technical Chart Trading videos:

Momentum Gauge® stoplight signals


Current Returns

In a quick study of the MDA breakout selections YTD there are 67 picks in 28 weeks beating the S&P 500. 43 picks are beating the S&P 500 by over 10%. Leading gainers +59.2% (TDW), +36.4% (RES), +25.1% (WVE), and +21.8% (CLFD) are significantly beating the major indices YTD.


Additional background, measurements, and high frequency breakout records on the Weekly MDA Breakout model is here: Value And Momentum MDA Breakouts +70.5% In 52 Weeks: Final 2021 Year End Report Card

Momentum Gauge® trading signal: Negative conditions ahead of Week 29

2022 First-half weekly return results


Red weekly color indicates negative Market Momentum Gauge signals. MDA breakout selections outperform when the market signal is positive and daily negative values are below 40 level.

Historical Performance Measurements

Historical MDA Breakout minimal buy/hold returns are at +70.5% YTD when trading only in the positive weeks consistent with the positive Momentum Gauges® signals. Remarkably, the frequency streak of 10% gainers within a 4- or 5-day trading week continues at highly statistically significant levels above 80% not counting frequent multiple 10%+ gainers in a single week.

Longer term many of these selections join the V&M Multibagger list now at 92 weekly picks with over 100%+ gains, 40 picks over 200%+, 18 picks over 500%+ and 11 picks with over 1000%+ gains since January 2019 such as:

  • Celsius Holdings (CELH) +1,620.6%
  • Enphase Energy (ENPH) +1,309.3%
  • Intrepid Potash (IPI) +1,015.5%
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMHC) +1479.5%
  • Trillium Therapeutics (TRIL) +1008.7%

More than 200 stocks have gained over 10% in a 5-day trading week since this MDA testing began in 2017. A frequency comparison chart is at the end of this article. Readers are cautioned that these are highly volatile stocks that may not be appropriate for achieving your long term investment goals: How to Achieve Optimal Asset Allocation


The Week 29 – 2022 Breakout Stocks for next week are:

The picks for next week consist of 1 Industrials, 1 Technology, 1 Consumer Cyclical and 1 Healthcare sector stocks. These stocks are released to members in advance every Friday morning near the open. Prior selections may be doing well, but for research purposes I deliberately do not duplicate selections from the prior week. These selections are based on MDA characteristics from my research, including strong money flows, positive sentiment, and strong fundamentals — but readers are cautioned to follow the Momentum Gauges® for the best results.

  1. Micron Technology (MU) – Technology / Semiconductors
  2. TravelCenters of America (TA) – Consumer Cyclical / Specialty Retail

Micron Technology (MU) – Technology / Semiconductors


Price Target: $70.00/share (See my FAQ #20 on price targets)

(Source: Company Resources)

Micron Technology, Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells memory and storage products worldwide. The company operates through four segments: Compute and Networking Business Unit, Mobile Business Unit, Storage Business Unit, and Embedded Business Unit. It provides memory and storage technologies comprises DRAM products, which are dynamic random access memory semiconductor devices with low latency that provide high-speed data retrieval; NAND products that are non-volatile and re-writeable semiconductor storage devices; and NOR memory products, which are non-volatile re-writable semiconductor memory devices that provide fast read speeds under the Micron and Crucial brands, as well as through private labels.


TravelCenters of America (TA) – Consumer Cyclical / Specialty Retail


Price Target: $45.00/share (See my FAQ #20 on price targets)

(Source: Company Resources)

TravelCenters of America Inc. operates travel centers, truck service facilities, and restaurants in the United States and Canada. The company’s travel centers offer various products and services, including diesel fuel and gasoline, as well as nonfuel products and services, such as a range of truck repair and maintenance services, diesel exhaust fluids, full service restaurants, quick service restaurants, and various customer amenities.


Top Dow 30 Stocks to Watch for Week 29

First, be sure to follow the Momentum Gauges® when applying the same MDA breakout model parameters to only 30 stocks on the Dow Index. Conditions and 1970. Second, these selections are made without regard to market cap or the below-average volatility typical of mega-cap stocks that may produce good results relative to other Dow 30 stocks.

The most recent picks of weekly Dow selections in pairs for the last 5 weeks:

Symbol Company Current % return from selection Week
(WMT) Walmart +2.53%
(TRV) The Travelers Companies -8.19% Reports Q2 – July 21
KO Coca-Cola -1.15% Reports Q2 – July 26
(PG) Procter & Gamble -0.03% Reports Q2 – July 29
(GS) Goldman Sachs +1.05% Reports Q2 – July 18
(NKE) Nike -4.92%
(KO) Coca-Cola +5.17% Reports Q2 – July 26
(CSCO) Cisco Systems -0.74%
VZ Verizon +0.71% Reports Q2 – July 22
(HD) Home Depot +0.20%

If you are looking for a much broader selection of large cap breakout stocks beyond the weekly stocks, I recommend these long term portfolios. The new mid-year selections were released to members to start July:

Piotroski-Graham enhanced value

  • July up +5.28%
  • January portfolio beating S&P 500 by +20.83% YTD.

Positive Forensic

  • July up +2.47%
  • January Positive Forensic beating S&P 500 by +1.59% YTD.

Negative Forensic

  • July up +14.66%
  • January Negative Forensic beating S&P 500 by +20.99% YTD

Growth & Dividend Mega cap breakouts

  • July down -2.73%
  • January portfolio beating S&P 500 by +6.95% YTD

These long term selections are significantly outperforming major Hedge Funds and all the hedge fund averages since inception. Consider the actively managed ARK Innovation fund down -56.4% YTD, Tiger Global Management -52% YTD, RTW Investment Group -34% YTD.

The Dow pick for next week is:

UnitedHealth (UNH)

UnitedHealth beat on earnings and revenue on July 15th. The indicators have all turned sharply positive with high net MFI inflows and breakout conditions above the negative channel from April. Next resistance is around 540/share prior highs and could move to the top of the channel around 570/share. Analysts have increased to BUY ratings with the most recent price target at $575/share from Loop Capital.


Background on Momentum Breakout Stocks

As I have documented before from my research over the years, these MDA breakout picks were designed as high frequency gainers.

These documented high frequency gains in less than a week continue into 2020 at rates more than four times higher than the average stock market returns against comparable stocks with a minimum $2/share and $100 million market cap. The enhanced gains from further MDA research in 2020 are both larger and more frequent than in previous years in every category. ~ The 2020 MDA Breakout Report Card

The frequency percentages remain very similar to returns documented here on Seeking Alpha since 2017 and at rates that greatly exceed the gains of market returns by 2x and as much as 5x in the case of 5% gains.


The 2021 and 2020 breakout percentages with 4 stocks selected each week.


MDA selections are restricted to stocks above $2/share, $100M market cap, and greater than 100k avg daily volume. Penny stocks well below these minimum levels have been shown to benefit greatly from the model but introduce much more risk and may be distorted by inflows from readers selecting the same micro-cap stocks.


These stocks continue the live forward-testing of the breakout selection algorithms from my doctoral research with continuous enhancements over prior years. These Weekly Breakout picks consist of the shortest duration picks of seven quantitative models I publish from top financial research that also include one-year buy/hold value stocks. Remember to follow the Momentum Gauges® in your investing decisions for the best results.

All the V&M portfolio models are beating the market indices through the worst 6 month start since 1970.


The final 2021 returns for the different portfolio models from January of last year are shown below.


All the very best to you, stay safe and healthy and have a great week of trading!

JD Henning, PhD, MBA, CFE, CAMS