Friday, September 15, 2023

"Beyond Meat facing ‘existential threat’ says TD Cowen: ‘The core problem is the product’" (BYND)

Beyond's stock exhibited a pattern on the charts that seems able to foretell a price breakdown. 

We've pointed it out a few times, in real time. More after the jump.

Here's AgFunderNews with the latest, September 14:

Beyond Meat has “recognized the existential threat facing the business and is taking steps to preserve cash and stabilize sales,” say analysts at TD Cowen in a note initiating coverage on the plant-based meat company.

“However, in our view, the fragility of its financial situation and the weak consumption patterns in the meat alternatives category present too much risk.”

The core problem, according to the investment bank, “is the product… Beyond Meat is losing market share in a declining refrigerated plant-based meat alternatives category. Management tried lowering prices to attract more consumers, but sales continued to fall.”

Beyond is now focused on improving consumer perceptions of the health and environmental benefits of the plant-based category, noted TD Cowen. “However, our proprietary consumer survey finds that consumers cite taste, aroma and texture of meat alternatives relative to the real thing, not price or health benefits, as their primary concerns....


The stock close today at $10.35, considerably below the $239.91 it hit in July 2019.

We have dozens of posts on BYND one but this one stands out*:

November 23, 2021

We try to filter for busy reader the higher probability directional bets.

Not necessarily the highest risk/reward or possible return and definitely not some of the combination trades you can put together with derivatives. Just Up or Down. If you get that right, even just 51% of the time, you are halfway home to the fancier stuff. Or, as the four basic combinations were called back in a more testosterone-y, less dopamine-y trading environment: Strip, Strap, Straddle and Spread.

With that longer than usual introduction here are the two charts that Tim Knight at Slope of Hope proffered that elicited a "Saaaay, I've seen that pattern before":

BYND at $114.31 -0.67 last on the day we posted it, September 7:

The tell that Slope of Hope was on to something in that September 7 post was the series of prints at $114 or so in mid-late September. The buyers could no longer move the stock.
Here's one he highlighted yesterday, LYFT which closed yesterday at $45.48, and up 32 cents in pre-market trade at $45.80:

Big Caveat: You don't want to try to anticipate the fall through the support line. Be willing to give up some potential profit by making sure you aren't hallucinating or trading on FOMO (to the downside).

Here's an example of why. Originally posted August 18:

Equities: "Small Cap Range"

People who spend too much time at the market have this image burned into their retinas but it is worth highlighting, if for nothing else, the opportunity to see how these things resolve.

From Slope of Hope, August 17:

The small caps (as represented by the ETF symbol IWM, below) has been range-bound literally all year long. The reason, of course, is that the Federal Reserve has totally captured and controlled this market, and it knows all too well the kind of holy hell that will break loose if they stop pouring literally trillions of dollars directly into the pockets of their banker friends.

I will say, however, that ever so slowly, the small caps are indeed starting to chip and wither away. The horizontal lines make plain the breakdown required.

....MORE (there appears to be some downside potential)

The pattern, to the amateur eye, may bear a superficial resemblance to the 28 step Three Peaks and a Domed House pattern:

But it is actually closer in structure to the more symmetrical Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille Set-up:

File:Lille palais des beaux arts.jpg

And don't even get me started on a ridiculously complicated les toits du château de Chambord pattern. 

Chartology: You see what you want to see. (but keep an eye on those small caps, if/when they break down the opportunity is enormous)

Better to go off on some architectural tangent than to risk capital by being early.