Intraday Update: SMSI, HMNY, AEHR, GAIA, FB, and China

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Smith Micro (SMSI) Getting Hit

I don’t know why Smith Micro (SMSI) is getting hit today (down more than 7% as I write this), especially in light of the bullish (and improving) data points. However, it’s not my job to figure out why someone is selling – it’s my job to figure out what the stock is worth (and therefore, if it’s worth buying /selling).

Today’s research, which I hope to publish within the next 24 hours, shows that the reviews and downloads (and therefore SMSI’s revenue and momentum at Sprint) are all moving in the right direction. So, with the stock down, I’m a little more bullish on the stock than I was yesterday… so I’ve bought some more. If this continues, it will soon become a 7-figure position (which is fine by me; I don’t care about where my money is allocated, as long as I’m comfortable with the risk/reward).

Based on the movement of the stocks I write about (all down today), I might assume that some folks started getting margin calls on HMNY (perhaps due to its decline under $3). As you all know, I’ve been bearish since the stock was $12, but that hasn’t stopped many readers from continuing to hold it. If that’s correct, several of them may have been forced to sell some of their HMNY, AEHR, SMSI, etc. in order to rectify their margin calls.

Generally, this sort of selling subsides around 2:30PM, so we’ll see if the stocks start to recover at that time. If so, it may be a sign that my hypothesis is correct. Of course, that’s just a trading curiosity. From a fundamental standpoint, I didn’t wait until 2:30PM to buy more because I like the price (which is hitting the bottom of my risk/reward channel) now.

SMSI Chart

We’ll see what happens after 2:30PM. Stay tuned…



GAIA: Another Insider Purchase (and Advertising On Instagram)

GAIA submitted a new filing with the SEC, disclosing that its CEO bought 25,000 shares as part of their $15 offering last week. This, on the heels of disclosing that its CFO bought 12,000 shares in the offering.

As I said earlier this week, “Before the offering was finalized, GAIA said that insiders expressed interest in participating… and they did. That’s bullish. Alongside that, B. Riley gave the stock a $23 price target. My chart supports that target, but not until year-end. So, with the stock up 12% this morning (and hitting the top of my risk/reward channel again), I sold the extra shares I bought last week at a nice profit and sold some April 17.50 calls at an average price of $0.70. I remain bullish, but think the stock just needs to breathe a little before moving substantially higher.”

The stock is down almost $2 since then, putting the stock firmly into the risk/reward middle ground. For investors who like GAIA and feel good about the market bouncing here, this feels like a good price (just 55-cents above what the CEO and CFO paid).

p.s. For anyone interested, I’ve started receiving GAIA advertisements on Instagram.



Regarding Facebook

This was sent to me by a friend/expert in the industry:

I agree with all of this. The only thing that will scare away big money is a change to the feed that drops their ROIs…



China Tariffs

For reference, I dug up the list of 128 products on which China is imposing tariffs in response to the U.S. tariffs and put it into a spreadsheet for easier use.



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23 thoughts on “Intraday Update: SMSI, HMNY, AEHR, GAIA, FB, and China

  1. Fidelity/Schwab won’t allow margin on HMNY in the first place so erase that from your above thesis. Has nothing to do with being a $3.00 stock as my broker said stock has always been too volatile – hence no margin allowed at all

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    1. NASDAQ has a rule that no stock UNDER $3 is marginable UNLESS it was higher than dropped in which case at some point each BD can make their own risk assessment

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    1. Agree. That’s why it’s called a hypothesis. 😂 Sorry, couldn’t resist.

      Seriously, just trying to figure out the move. The data points are getting better and better, yet the stock tanked HARD in the AM and is now coming back.

      I don’t typically concern myself with intraday moves, but the magnitude of this morning’s drop was quite curious, especially considering everything that seems to be happening there now.

      Perhaps some of the newly registered shares are/were getting sold off. That can tend to be as in discriminant as margin related selling.

      Just brainstorming…


  2. Hey Mark,

    Some more updates on my math with MP. My calculations follow your 2.3 utilization rate in Feb. I also calculated the Jan and March utlization rates: 2.1 (feb) and 1.55 (march).

    Black panther obviously played a big factor into the utilization popping, but how much did it affect it, and how much will Avengers affect the utilization rate? Thats the question at play.

    Based off January’s rate of 2.1, I actually don’t think a pop to 2.3 is terrible based on how successful the movie was.

    My argument is that while we should expect a pop in the rate due to Avengers, we will be below 2. My estimate is 1.8.

    These next few months will be interesting to note as they will show evidence on Mitch’s theory that subs slow down. — here’s my math on it. Got the numbers for box office from — this time looking at the weekly revenue for each month.


    1. Be sure to use an AVERAGE number of subscribers for each period in question. Can’t use the latest subscriber figures, because some haven’t been customers for a full month to utilize it fully.


    1. Wow. I wonder why. Maybe they finally decided to slow things down ahead of the summer movie gauntlet (after talking about it, a week or two ago).

      Thanks for the heads up. The impact on their cash flow is going to be very interesting to watch… 🤔


  3. Mark or anyone else that wants to chime in – Anyone getting in on the IPO with Spotify tomorrow morning? curious to see what people’s take is on that one, especially with the down market today.


    1. 1. The down market is 100% meaningless to Spotify’s long term valuation.

      2. I haven’t read the S-1 yet, but this is a fantastic company that is only expanding from music into more video oriented content. I think the company is going to be a winner. We’ll see.

      3. If you like the company, I wouldn’t play games. Buy a bit and then dollar cost average for a long term investment. Trading is a losing game.


      1. Thanks for your thoughts. With the way they are doing the “non-traditional IPO” wasn’t sure if it would be risky getting in at the beginning, or, even more beneficial… heard it could cause lots of swings this way. I personally love Spotify and have been using their premium service for years.


  4. AEHR…….Hallum lowered their PT to $5.50. Earnings were good but the company is still in the stages of converting qualifying orders to long term wins. Future is still bright; overall market might be causing it some pain.


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