: Carvana ‘meme’-like stock bounces back sharply, putting it on track for longest win streak in 19 months


Carvana Co. shares did a U-turn Friday to continue their winning streak and finish their best week ever.

Carvana CVNA, +1.40% shares increased 1.4% to $14.45, for their seventh consecutive daily gain, after hitting declines of as much as 9.1% earlier in Friday’s session. Their “meme”-like win streak led to an 86% gain on the week, the best weekly gain on record for the stock, which went public in April 2017.

The stock has now rocketed 124.7% in the seven-session winning streak, its longest since an eight-day stretch that ended July 12, 2021, according to Dow Jones Market Data. Shares have tripled so far this year, gaining 204.9% through the first few weeks of 2023, but are still more than 96% shy of their all-time closing high of $370.10, reached on August 10, 2021.

Carvana stock began to show “meme”-like tendencies earlier this month, amid a relatively high short-interest position in the stock, and the company also adopted a shareholder rights plan (“poison pill”) to block investors from taking advantage of the stock’s weakness to buy up a large stake.

From Barron’s: Carvana Stock Surged This Week. Analysts See It Heading Lower.

Short-interest, or bearish bets on the stock, represented 59.7% of the public float, according to the latest exchange data, or shares available for public trading. That compares with that of the original “meme” stocks, with short-interest as a percentage of public float at 23.5% for GameStop Corp. GME, -1.98% and AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc. AMC, at 22.6%.

Carvana sales more than doubled in 2021, when demand for used cars spiked amid less usage of public transit during the COVID-19 pandemic, though the company continued to lose money both on a GAAP and free-cash-flow basis. Losses steepened in 2022, as revenue growth slowed down. When Carvana reports fourth-quarter results on Feb. 23, analysts an average expect that annual sales will end up about 8.4% higher at $13.88 billion, while annual net losses are expected to grow more than sixfold, from $287 million to $1.84 billion.

Carvana shares have now declined 90.2% in the past 12 months, as the S&P 500 index SPX, -1.04% has declined 6.7%.

Read also: Why naked short selling has suddenly become a hot topic

This article was originally published by Marketwatch.com. Read the original article here.

Previous articleThe Moneyist: ‘I always say yes’: The trainers at my gym flatter and cajole me into taking classes. I’ve racked up credit-card debt to pay for them. Why can’t I say no?
Next articleBiden: Friday’s jobs report is proof that ‘the state of our economy is strong’


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here