Popular US Stocks traded on POEMS in April 2022 May 12, 2022

Here are some of the more popular US stocks – not ranked in any order – traded by POEMS customers in the month of April.

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News headlines in March 2022

  • FOMC raises the federal funds rate target range by 0.25%
  • 3 indices dropped
  • Inflation hit a 4-decade high of 8.5% in March
  • Federal Reserve signalled a Half-Point Rate Rise in May
  • US annual GDP declines at 1.4% annual rate

The three US major indices – Dow Jones, S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite were down in April. The major sell off stemmed from the technology sector.

Month Open 14,269.53 34,740.89 4,540.32
Month Close 12,315.74 32,977.22 4,131.92
Monthly return -13.69% -5.08% -9.00%

There were two factors that triggered the selloff in April.

First, it was the surge of inflation in March. March’s inflation of 8.5% was a new 4 decade high1. The inflation was mainly driven by strong consumer demand, food costs and supply constraints. Rising costs were due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which drove gasoline prices up by 18.3% in March, compared to a month earlier2. Electricity and natural gas prices went up by 11% in the month and 32% in the year.

The second concern that investors had was the Federal Reserve’s plans for rate hikes. After March’s inflation report was released, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said that they may need to be more aggressive in the tightening of the monetary policy3. He hinted that a further 0.5% rise in interest rate was a possibility in the coming meeting. The Fed being more hawkish pushed investors to reduce their risk-taking.

US gross domestic product (GDP) shrank in the first quarter4. The GDP decreased by 1.4% annually which was mainly caused by a widening trade deficit and lower government stimulus.


ASML dropped 16.5% in April. It opened at USD675.29 and closed at USD563.77. ASML posted stronger than expected results this quarter5. Earnings per share (EPS) was reported at USD3.59 beating estimates of USD1.89 by 89.95%. Moving forward, ASML is planning to increase its capacity to meet the strong demand for semiconductors. The company is also forecasting gross margins to be around 49% to 50% for the next quarter and expects full-year revenue to grow by 20% from the previous year.

Technical analysis

Popular US Stocks traded on POEMS in April 2022

Status: Bearish market structure
Support: USD548.24
Resistance: USD627.12
Immediate support has to hold, otherwise there will be a strong bearish momentum towards more downside.

Bank of America (NYSE:BAC)

BAC’s earnings beat estimates for this quarter but were down for April due to inflation concerns. BAC opened April at USD41.69 and dropped 14.4% to close at USD35.68. The EPS of USD0.80 and revenue of USD23.33 billion both beat estimates of USD0.75 and USD23.2 billion respectively6. BAC’s better than expected credit quality of its borrowers drove BAC’s first quarter profit. The CFO of BAC also pointed out that the quality of its assets remains strong.

Technical analysis

Popular US Stocks traded on POEMS in April 2022

Status: Bearish market structure
Support: USD36.15
Resistance: USD39.80
Immediate support has to hold, otherwise there will be a strong bearish momentum towards more downside.

Freeport-McMoRan (NYSE: FCX)

FCX’s earnings beat estimates for this quarter but the stock price fell as management offered guidance for higher costs and slightly lower-than-expected output. FCX opened April at US$49.88 and dropped 18.7% to close at USD40.55. The EPS of USD1.07 beat estimates of USD0.94 with revenue reported at USD6.6 billion, 36% higher compared to the revenue of 1 year-ago of USD4.85 billion. The company’ new guidance for copper sales was down 1%. It hoped to sell 4.25 million pounds in 2022 compared to the January guidance of 4.3 million pounds. For 2023, the company now sees sales of 4.45 million pounds, trimmed from 4.5 million pounds7.

Technical analysis

Popular US Stocks traded on POEMS in April 2022

Status: Bearish market structure
Support: USD37.50
Resistance: USD42.00
Immediate support has to hold, otherwise there will be a strong bearish momentum towards more downside.

Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG)

PG delivered earnings results that beat estimates this quarter. PG EPS was reported at USD1.66 against the estimate of USD1.65. Reported revenue was higher at USD20.95 billion against the expected USD20.34 billion. PG raised its outlook for sales growth from a range of 2-4% to a range of 3-4%. For fiscal 2022, PG expects commodity and freight costs to weigh even more heavily on its fiscal 2022 results8. PG opened April at USD153.52.43 and gained 4.6% to close at USD160.55.

Technical analysis

Popular US Stocks traded on POEMS in April 2022

Status: Neutral
Support: USD156.65
Resistance: USD161.32

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ)

JNJ has mixed earnings for this quarter. JNJ’s EPS of USD2.67 was higher than the estimates of USD2.58 and revenue of USD23.4 billion missed estimates of USD23.6 billion9. JNJ lowered its forecast revenue by US1 billion for the coming year to between USD94.8 billion and USD95.8 billion. Moving forward, JNJ will not be giving COVID vaccine sales guidance as its vaccine is not for profit. JNJ opened April at USD177.05 and gained 1.9% to close at USD180.4610.

Technical analysis

Popular US Stocks traded on POEMS in April 2022

Status: Bullish market structure
Support: USD172.54
Resistance: USD185.92
Price has to form higher high after breaking immediate resistance for potential upside.


TSLA reported first-quarter earnings for 2022 and beat estimates for April. With an EPS of USD3.22 and revenue of USD18.76 billion both beating estimates of USD2.26 and USD17.80 billion respectively. The company did not give detailed forward guidance but expects 50% annual growth on a multi-year basis. However, the company has lost about a month of “build volume” in Shanghai due to COVID-related shutdowns and warned that limitations on the supply chain will likely persist through 2022. TSLA opened April at USD1081.15 and dropped 19.5% to close at USD870.7611.

Technical analysis

Popular US Stocks traded on POEMS in April 2022

Status: Neutral
Support: USD797.64
Resistance: USD933.47


NFLX delivered its worst earnings results this quarter. NFLX EPS was reported at USD3.53 against the estimate of USD2.8912. Reported revenue was lower at USD7.87 billion against the expected USD7.93 billion. What caused NFLX to dive was the loss of subscribers for the first time in more than 10 years and it is estimating a loss of 2 million subscribers for the coming quarter. NFLX cited growing competition and password sharing for the loss in subscribers. NFLX opened April at USD376.80 and lost 49.5% to close at USD190.36.

Based on Phillip Securities Research (PSR), NFLX is a BUY with a target price of US$ 427.00.

Technical analysis

Popular US Stocks traded on POEMS in April 2022

Status: Neutral
Support: USD176.28
Resistance: USD227.86

American Airlines (NASDAQ: AAL)

AAL reported mixed earnings for this quarter. EPS missed estimates but there was a beat on revenue. EPS was reported at USD2.32 missing estimates of USD2.40. Reported revenue was higher at USD8.9 billion against the expected USD3.009 billion. For the next quarter, with soaring travel demand due to easing of COVID-19, AAL forecast next quarter sales to be 8% higher than the same period three years ago and business travel revenue to recover by 90% to 2019 2nd quarter levels13. AAL opened April at USD18.30 and rose by 2.57% to close at USD18.77.

Technical analysis

Popular US Stocks traded on POEMS in April 2022

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Status: Neutral
Support: USD16.84
Resistance: USD19.21
Price has to hold above immediate support with a bullish closing for more upside.

United States Oil Fund (NYSE: USO)

USO is an exchange-traded fund that attempts to track the price of West Texas Intermediate Light Sweet Crude Oil. Its performance is determined by the price of oil futures contracts that it invests in, and trades on regulated futures exchanges14. Oil price movements are mixed as concern remains about supply due to a potential European Union ban on Russian oil imports that would further restrict worldwide oil trade15. At the same time there are worries about demand from China, the world’s largest importer. Demand fell around 1.2 million barrels a day in April due to prolonged Covid-19 lockdowns16. USO opened at USD73.37 and gained 5.17% to close at USD77.16.

Technical analysis

Popular US Stocks traded on POEMS in April 2022

Status: Neutral
Support: USD66.85
Resistance: USD79.91
Price has to hold above immediate resistance with a bullish closing for more upside.


SPY is a float-weight index exchange-traded fund that seeks to correspond generally to the price and yield performance of the S&P 500 index17. SPY’s expense ratio is 0.0945% with a weighted average market capital of USD578 billion. As of 31 March 2022, the last 10 year and 5 year annual performances are at 14.49% and 15.83% respectively. The top 3 holdings of the funds are Apple Inc, Microsoft Corporation and Amazon.com Inc. SPY opened at USD453.31 and lost 9.11% to close at USD412.00.

Technical analysis

Popular US Stocks traded on POEMS in April 2022

Status: Neutral
Support: USD407.29
Resistance: USD426.10
Range bound.

Bloomberg analysts’ recommendations

The table below shows the consensus ratings and average ratings of all analysts updated on Bloomberg in the last 12 months. Consensus ratings have been computed by standardising analysts’ ratings from a scale of 1 (Strong Sell) to 5 (Strong Buy). The table also shows a number of analysts’ recommendations to buy, hold or sell the stocks, as well as their average target prices.

Security Consensus Rating BUY HOLD SELL 12 Mth Target Price (US$)
ASML Holdings (NYSE:ASML) 4.56 7(77.8%) 2(22.2%) 0 719.8
Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) 4.24 18(62.1%) 11(37.9%) 0 49.21
Freeport-McMoRan (NYSE: FCX) 4.17 16(66.7%) 6(25%) 2(8.3%) 50.64
Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG) 3.88 13(52%) 10(40%) 2(8%) 165.43
Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) 3.87 11(47.8%) 11(47.8%) 1(4.3%) 191.42
Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) 3.43 23(50%) 10(21.7%) 13(28.3%) 999.91
Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) 3.38 15(28.8%) 32(61.5%) 5(9.6%) 317.83
American Airlines (NASDAQ: AAL) 3 4(18.2%) 14(63.6%) 4(18.2%) 19.52

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To round up

The future is very uncertain with high inflation and geopolitical tension. As can be seen from the top 10 counters, investors are more reluctant to hold on to stocks in the cyclical industry and are rotating to defensive industries.

Popular US Stocks traded on POEMS in April 2022

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About the author

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Jonah Sim is a US Equity Dealer in the Global Markets Team and specializing in US and Canadian markets. He graduated from University of Essex with a bachelor’s degree in Banking and Finance.

Ying Jie is a US Equity Dealer in the Global Markets Team and specializing in US and Canadian markets. He is proficient in trading using Technical Analysis, placing emphasis on supply and demand, and price action.

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