Rocket companies (NYSE: RKT) plunged 33% on Wednesday after analysts warned the stock had come too far, too fast.
Rocket’s share price jumped over 70% on Tuesday in what appeared to be another short-term Reddit-fueled squeeze. Yet late last night, RBC Capital analyst Daniel Perlin downgraded his Rocket stock outperformance rating to that of the industry and reiterated his price forecast of $ 30. It was 28% below the close of Rocket action yesterday.
Perlin argued that the risk-reward potential for investors was “now more balanced, if not skewed downward” following the stock’s rapid rise.
Analysts at JP Morgan went even further. “In light of the sharp rise in stock prices, we believe fundamental investors should take profits,” JPMorgan strategist Richard Shane said Wednesday morning.
Many traders apparently took the comments of these analysts as a reason to sell their stocks today.
Many individual investors participate in coordinated buying campaigns on Reddit and other social media platforms. It’s a dangerous game – which often ends in disaster.
These crowdfunding frenzies can certainly help drive a stock’s price up sharply – for a while – as we’ve seen with GameStop and now Rocket Companies. But many of these traders will exaggerate a stock to drive up its price – then drop it on unsuspecting investors when they finally move on to their next target.
The worst part? Shareholders who later buy into these manipulated rallies and fail to sell on time can suffer devastating losses.
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