You Ask, We Analyze: Why Shopify Looks Set for a Bounce Heading Into Q1 Earnings

By Benzinga
May 3, 2022 Updated: May 3, 2022

On Sunday evening, Benzinga asked its followers on Twitter what they’re buying at the open on Monday. From the replies Benzinga selected one ticker for technical analysis.

@EGT_AlAli, and @carlousa14 are buying Shopify Inc.

Shopify is set to print its first-quarter earnings before the market open on Thursday. When the Ottawa-based e-commerce company reported its fourth-quarter earnings on Feb. 16, the stock gapped down over 10 percent the following day and slid an additional 6 percent intraday. For that quarter, Shopify reported EPS of $1.36, which missed the consensus estimate of $1.58.

Heading into the event, a number of analysts have weighed in on the stock: On Monday, Keybanc maintained an Overweight rating on Shopify but lowered its price target to $650; on April 25, RBC Capital cut Shopify’s price target from $1,300 to $1,000; and on April 19, Piper Sandler lowered its price target from $900 to $800. The lowest price target implies a 52 percent move to the upside.

Shopify, like many stocks in the tech sector, has been heavily beaten down over the past six months, plunging over 75 percent from its Nov. 19 all-time high of 1,762.92 to a low of $426.82 on Friday. The stock hasn’t traded at the current price since April of 2020, when Shopify first began to recover from the decline brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The reaction to Shopify’s earnings print may become the deciding factor as to whether the bottom is in for the stock or if Shopify will continue to plummet, possibly losing support at the psychologically important $400 level. From a technical standpoint, at least a bounce is likely to come heading into the earnings event.

The Shopify Chart

On April 5, when Shopify topped out at $741.34, the stock entered into a downtrend, making consistent series of lower lows and lower highs. Shopify’s most recent lower high was printed on April 19 and the $614 mark and the most recent lower low was formed at the $413.32 level on April 26.

Shopify’s downtrend has taken place between two parallel lines, which has set the stock into a falling channel on the daily chart. The pattern is considered to be bearish until a stock breaks up bullishly from the upper descending trendline of the pattern on higher-than-average volume, which can indicate a large reversal to the upside is in the cards.

Shopify has a gap above between the $800 and $843.14 levels. Gaps on charts fill about 90  percent of the time, which makes it likely Shopify will trade up into the empty range in the future, although it could be some time before that happens considered the stock is currently trading about 50 percent below the area.

A bounce, at least to the upper trendline of the channel, is likely to happen over the coming days because Shopify’s relative strength index (RSI) is measuring in at about 32 percent. When a stock’s RSI falls toward the 30 percent level it becomes oversold, which can be a buy signal for technical traders.

Bulls want to see big bullish volume come in and break Shopify up from the falling channel, which will allow the stock to regain support at the eight-day exponential moving average. Shopify has resistance above at $470.48 and $542.20.

Bears want to see Shopify continue to trend lower in its downtrend until the stock loses support at $400. Shopify has support below at $401.16 and $365.51.


By Melanie Schaffer 

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