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With three yield curve inversions, August has been the worst month for the market in 2019. And the start of September isn't looking much better. On Sept. 3, the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped over 1.4% (350 points).
But this volatility creates more opportunities for savvy investors. And we're bringing you the three best penny stocks to watch this week that could help you capitalize on it.
Even though stocks are down, volatility is high. That's creating opportunity for huge gains in penny stocks if you know where to look.
And we know exactly where to look.
Our three best penny stocks to watch are all energy stocks because this sector has historically surged after recession indicators hit. In fact, the S&P 500 energy sector has beaten the broader market 80% of the time in the year after a yield curve inversion for the last 54 years.
But since there are thousands of penny stocks to look through - even in the energy sector alone - we've utilized our Money Morning Stock VQScore™ to help you find the best penny stocks to watch this week.
In fact, all three of our top penny stocks to watch this week have received our highest VQScore of 4.9, which means they have the potential to see explosive growth.
One even has projected gains as high as 386% within the year...
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SWN is a Texas/Delaware-based oil and gas company that extracts and produces natural gas across the North American continent. In fact, this firm has drilling rights in over 918,000 acres in the Appalachian Basin.
This oil and gas company has grown its sales every year for the last decade. And with the growing demand for natural gas worldwide over the last three years, SWN has been able to triple its production.
Plus, SWN's production costs have moderately increased by 6% and 9% each over the last two years. This signals that SWN has solid management and isn't wasting capital.
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In fact, SWN saw more than $535 million in net income back in 2018. And since the start of 2019, the company has made another $138 million in net income.
It also has a pretty impressive valuation of $879.64 million for a penny stock. This penny stock's shares currently trade for $1.62.
But fortunately for investors, it's poised to shoot much higher. In fact, it could jump as high as 208.6% over the next 12 months...
And with a perfect VQScore of 4.9, this penny stock could see even greater breakout growth.
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Similar to Southwestern Energy Corp., this company's oil and gas reserves are located in the Appalachian Basin. In fact, it has over 486,000 net acres of land in the area.
Plus, the company firmly believes in U.S. fossil fuel's potential as an up-and-coming global exporter of fossil fuels. And there's plenty of reason to believe it.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration says U.S. oil and gas products are forecast to rocket up to 1.5 million barrels a day within the year.
Beyond that, the United States is expected to beat out both Saudi Arabia and Russia with its oil production.
And since Antero is a U.S.-based and -operated oil producer, it's in a prime spot to profit from the increase in global demand.
This penny stock currently trades for $3.24, and it's forecast to shoot up to $15. That's a potential 364.4% upside over the next 12 months.
Plus, it's yet another top penny stock to watch this week that has a perfect VQScore of 4.9. So, we think it could shoot even higher.
But the best penny stock to watch this week has even greater potential. In fact, it could go as high as 386%...
The Best Penny Stocks to Watch This Week, No. 1
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Our top penny stock to watch this week is Encana Corp. (NYSE: ECA).
ECA is a Canadian oil and natural gas explorer. And in 2018, ECA was listed in Forbes Global 2000 for the best energy firms in North America.
In 2018, this oil and gas company produced roughly 1.6 billion cubic feet of natural gas and 90 billion barrels of oil. So, the company is actually one of the biggest producers in North America.
Plus, ECA has over 1.9 million acres of land across the United States and Canada. And the massive size of its oil and gas holdings is a key reason the company can produce as much as it does.
So, with its huge production output and holdings size, ECA is one of the best North American suppliers to tackle the growing energy demand worldwide.
In fact, between 2015 and now, its revenue has grown 43%. And in 2018 alone, its net income grew 187.6% from 2017.
ECA currently trades 4.26 times its earnings, while the rest of the industry trades 32.47 times earnings on average. This stock has the potential to quintuple before it even hits average industry valuation.
This penny stock's shares trade for $4.36 right now. But it's predicted to go as high as $21 over the next 12 months. That's a potentially insane upside of 386%.
Beyond that, it has a perfect VQScore of 4.9 - meaning it's poised for breakout growth.
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About the Author
Daniel Smoot is a Baltimore-based editor who helps everyday investors with stock recommendations and analysis. He regularly writes about initial public offerings, technology, and more. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Towson University.