10 Top Penny Stocks to Watch This Week, January 28

One of the top penny stocks to watch this week was an energy company that gained 130% in just a week. And to help you get an edge on the market, we're bringing you an energy penny stock that's even better.

top penny stocks to watchYou see, while we're watching these top penny stocks this week, their gains are already in the past. That's why we're looking to the future to find the next breakout candidate.

In order to make sure we're only investing in the best penny stocks, we use the Money Morning Stock VQScore™.

It ranks stocks based on their chance of delivering the growth we're looking for. We screen the 1,500 most profitable companies that earn a VQScore for stocks trading under $5 a share - the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's definition of a penny stock.

This eliminates penny stock scams and companies without real profit potential, leaving us with penny stocks that can generate great returns.

This week, it's pinpointed a penny stock that Wall Street thinks could soar 65% over the next few months. That could be too conservative.

After looking at last week's top penny stocks, we'll show you the top penny stock on our radar right now.

Here are last week's top-performing penny stocks:

Penny Stock Sector Current Share Price Last Week's Gain
SPI Energy Co. Ltd. (NASDAQ: SPI) Energy $2.27 130.00%
NovaBay Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NYSE: NBY) Healthcare $1.97 91.26%
Moxian Inc. (NASDAQ: MOXC) Technology $0.69 79.49%
UQM Technologies Inc. (NYSE: UQM) Consumer Goods $1.65 60.19%
Clearone Inc. (NASDAQ: CLRO) Technology $1.92 50.35%
Boxlight Corp. (NASDAQ: BOXL) Technology $2.48 50.28%
Synergy Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: SGYP) Healthcare $0.41 45.30%
Ascent Capital Group Inc. (NASDAQ: ASCMA) Services $0.60 42.79%
Tanzanian Royalty Exploration Corp. (NYSE: TRX) Basic Materials $0.52 42.26%
XTL Biopharmaceuticals Ltd. (NASDAQ: XTLB) Healthcare $2.56 39.03%

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As we can see from last week's top-performing penny stocks, the top-performing stock came from the energy sector.

And we're going to ride this hot sector to find our top penny stock to buy this week. It's an energy company tapping into the rising demand for natural gas - and it's making a killing in the process.

And it's only trading for $4.41 a share...

The Best Penny Stock to Buy This Week

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Southwestern Energy Co. (NYSE: SWN) specializes in natural gas extraction across North America.

Southwestern currently maintains drilling rights to over 918,000 acres across West Virginia and Pennsylvania, in the area known as the Appalachian Basin.

Over the last two years, the company's gross profits have soared 58% thanks to increasing demand and volatility in the energy sector.

This has boosted the company's return on equity to 35%. Compare that to the oil industry's average return on equity of a mere 1.97%.

That's a sign the company is extremely well managed compared to its competitors, and it is making excellent use of its capital.

It also indicates that SWN will be able to effectively navigate the energy market's continued volatility in 2019 and beyond.

In fact, Southwestern more than doubled its revenue from liquid natural gas (LNG) between 2016 and 2017 while production costs grew just 6%. These are the sort of results we look for in a company with breakout potential.

SWN's current share price is $4.41.

Analysts are predicting the company stock to jump to $7.30 over the next year - a gain of 65%. But with a perfect VQScore of 4, we think that's too conservative for SWN's potential.

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