5 Stocks That More Than Doubled In February

U.S. stocks rallied in February, with the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite Index recording the best month in nearly a decade. Meanwhile, the Dow Jones Industrial Average logged a four-month winning streak for the first time since May 2021. For the month, the Nasdaq gained 6.1%, while the S&P 500 added 5.2%. The Dow Jones was up 2.1%.

The rally was broad-based, with consumer discretionary being the top-performing sector of February. The surge was driven by the wide-ranging appeal of stocks geared toward consumer services. Industrials was the second-best-performing sector, with nearly half of its components in the S&P 500 hitting all-time highs. The addition of Uber Technologies in the Dow Jones Transportation Average buoyed the sector's performance.

Here, we have highlighted five stocks that have more than doubled in February. These are Janux Therapeutics Inc. (JANX) , SoundHound Inc. (SOUN) , Root Inc. (ROOT) , Equillium, Inc. (EQ) and CleanSpark (CLSK) . These stocks have a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), #2 (Buy), or #3 (Hold).

The prospects of significant earnings growth, as well as the artificial intelligence boom, led to a strong rally during the month. With 97% of the S&P 500 companies having already reported earnings for the fourth quarter, the S&P 500 is projected to record earnings growth of 4% year over year, per new FactSet data. This marks the second consecutive quarter of earnings growth for the index.

In particular, Walmart injected strong optimism as it reported solid earnings, boosted its annual dividend and announced the $2.3 billion takeover of smart TV maker Vizio. This was followed by Nvidia’s blockbuster results, which not only showcased its robust position in the AI chip market but also signaled promising prospects for the semiconductor industry in 2025 and beyond.

In the latest data, consumer prices increased at their slowest rate in nearly three years, according to the Federal Reserve’s preferred measure of inflation.

Another major achievement in the last month was Bitcoin’s biggest monthly gain since December 2020. Bitcoin gained 45% to reach $62,000 amid surging optimism. Demand for the token is widening beyond committed digital-asset enthusiasts.

 

Best-Performing Stocks

Janux Therapeutics is a biopharmaceutical company involved in developing novel T cell engager immunotherapies. The stock has skyrocketed 444% in February. It saw a solid earnings estimate revision of 11 cents over the past month for this year and delivered an earnings surprise of 23.13% over the past four quarters.

 

With a market cap of $2.1 billion, Janux Therapeutics has a Zacks Rank #2 at present and a Momentum Score of A.

SoundHound is an innovator of conversational intelligence. It offers an independent voice AI platform, which enables businesses across industries to deliver conversational experiences. The stock rallied 282% last month and has a market cap of $1.6 billion. SoundHound has an estimated earnings growth rate of 27% for this year and delivered an earnings surprise of 7.11% over the past four quarters.

SoundHound has a Zacks Rank #3 and a Momentum Score of A.

Root is the parent company of Root Insurance Company. It is a technology company revolutionizing personal insurance with a pricing model. The stock jumped 245% In February and has a market cap of $408.4 million. Root has an estimated earnings growth rate of 39.9% for this year and delivered an earnings surprise of 17.7% over the past four quarters.

Root has a Zacks Rank #3 and a Momentum Score of B.

Equillium is a biotechnology company that develops products for autoimmune and inflammatory disorders. The company's product pipeline consists of EQ001, which is in clinical-stage development. It saw a positive earnings estimate revision of 3 cents over the past month for this year, with an estimated earnings growth of 69.4%.

With a market cap of $91.3 million, Equillium has a Zacks Rank #2 and a Momentum Score of A.

CleanSpark is engaged in the mining of cryptocurrencies. The stock soared 125% in February and has a market cap of $3.6 billion. It saw a solid earnings estimate revision of $1.14 over the past month for the fiscal year ending September 2024, with an estimated earnings growth of 81.4%.

CleanSpark has a Zacks Rank #2 currently. 


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