ZM - Zoom Video Communications, Inc.

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76.25
-2.51 (-3.19%)
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Previous Close 78.76
Open 80.48
Bid 76.03 x 1400
Ask 76.50 x 1000
Day's Range 74.21 - 81.25
52 Week Range 59.94 - 91.46
Volume 2,946,767
Avg. Volume 4,051,088
Market Cap 19.788B
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1y Target Est 73.18
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    A Bicycle IPO Is Coming, but It’s Probably Not the One You’re Thinking

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  • MarketWatch 19 hours ago

    Zoom Video started with a 'perform' rating at Oppenheimer

    Oppenheimer analyst Ittai Kidron initiated coverage of Zoom Video Communications Inc.'s stock with a perform rating late Thursday, arguing that the company has a large and expanding total addressable market but that its shares look fairly valued following a big run-up since the company's April initial public offering. The stock is currently trading at $78.50, more than double its IPO price of $36. "Zoom's freemium tier (self-serve, unlimited use) has driven viral user expansion, while giving the company a springboard to quickly convert users to paying customers with multiple expansion levers (new users, new use cases, higher tiers, new products, international expansion)," Kidron wrote. "The net result is fast-paced growth (~48% CAGR) and strong net dollar expansion (high 130% range)." Kidron said that the company looks poised to sustain its "strong execution" but he awaits a more attractive entry point before recommending the shares. They're up 25% over the past month, as the S&P 500 has fallen 3.2%.

  • American City Business Journals 20 hours ago

    Bay Area figures prominently in hottest IPOs so far this year

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  • MoneyShow 23 hours ago

    Zoom- The Next Step in Video-Conferencing

    Among the market's recent IPOs, we're most intrigued by Zoom Video (ZM), which is playing in a massive market, sports lightning fast growth and has a stock that's well traded (north of $100 million per day), observes technology expert Mike Cintolo, editor of Cabot Top Ten Trader.

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  • Should Investors Buy Pinterest Stock on Weakness?
    InvestorPlace 3 days ago

    Should Investors Buy Pinterest Stock on Weakness?

    The performances of the IPOs of consumer-facing internet stocks have certainly been mixed, as shown by the disappointing debuts of Uber Technologies (NYSE:UBER) and LYFT (NASDAQ:LYFT).Source: Shutterstock The IPOs of enterprise-cloud names have been the big winners. A notable example is Zoom Video Communications (NASDAQ:ZM), which is up a sizzling 145%. In fact, on Friday there was another hot cloud IPO, Fastly (NYSE:FSLY), which soared 50%.Yet there has been one consumer internet IPO that has bucked the bearish trend: Pinterest (NYSE:PINS) IPO. But unfortunately, even this company - which operates an online scrapbooking platform -- ran into some headwinds on Friday. Following its first quarterly report as a public company, Pinterest stock plunged 13% to $26.70. But PINS stock is still up about 22% since Pinterest IPO in mid-May.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsNow the earnings report was fairly solid (actually, it was not too much of a surprise since PINS' registration form provided color on the quarter).So let's take a look at the quarter. Its sales jumped by 54% to $201.9 million, compared to analysts' consensus of $200.7 million. The company provided full-year, top-line guidance of $1.055 billion to $1.080 billion. Analysts, on the other hand, were looking for $1.07 billion.But the real issue - for Pinterest stock - was the bottom line. Consider that its net loss was $40 million. While that was a $7 million improvement over last year's results, the loss was a surprise for the owners of Pinterest stock. The adjusted loss was 32 cents per share of PINS stock, but analysts' average forecast was a profit of 11 cents per share.When companies are growing quickly, their expenses can pile up. Besides, as Pinterest CEO Ben Silbermann said in an interview with CNBC's Jim Cramer, the company is focused on its "long-term" outlook."And he has a point. The potential of PINS stock hinges on drivers that will take some time to get traction, such as: * International Growth: About 70% of the website's users are from outside the U.S. But its foreign revenues are still minimal, coming to only 7% of its total. And that was up from 5% in the same quarter of 2018. In other words, its overseas revenue can increase significantly. But penetrating foreign markets is far from easy. On the company's earnings call, Silbermann noted that its foreign revenue likely will not materially improve until some time next year. * Engagement: Silbermann also indicated that users generally go to Pinterest for a particular purpose and then will usually not come back. As a result, he is looking to invest in new features in an effort to boost engagement. But again, that will take time and could prove quite difficult. Just look at the struggles Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) has had with engagement. The Bottom Line on Pinterest StockThere are certainly long-term catalysts that should drive Pinterest's growth and help it reach profitability, boosting PINS stock in the process. It also helps that the company's user base jumped 22% last quarter to 291 million.The problem is that Pinterest stock already reflects much of the good news and then some. Keep in mind that PINS stock is trading at 17.5 times the company's sales. By comparison, Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) and TWTR trade at roughly nine times their sales.So Pinterest stock could drop further, especially as more shares of PINS stock come on the market when the lock-up expiration occurs in a few months. It will probably take some time for several catalysts to meaningfully boost PINS stock.Tom Taulli is the author of High-Profit IPO Strategies, All About Commodities and All About Short Selling. Follow him on Twitter at @ttaulli. As of this writing, he did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 4 Top American Penny Pot Stocks (Buy Before June 21) * 7 Safe Stocks to Buy for Anxious Investors * 4 Tech Stocks Looking Vulnerable * Should You Buy, Sell, Or Hold These 7 Hot IPO Stocks? Compare Brokers The post Should Investors Buy Pinterest Stock on Weakness? appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • The 7 Best Stocks to Buy From the IPO ETF
    InvestorPlace 3 days ago

    The 7 Best Stocks to Buy From the IPO ETF

    The IPO market in 2019's been a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde affair with some well-known unicorns such as Lyft (NASDAQ:LYFT) and Uber (NYSE:UBER) disappointing investors while others like PagerDuty (NYSE:PD) and Beyond Meat (NASDAQ:BYND) have exceeded investor expectations. It's never been easy separating the good IPOs from the bad ones. You never know how a stock is going to perform once it's trading in the secondary markets. However, there are two ETFs available to help investors take advantage of the IPO phenomenon on a long-term basis. InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsOf the two, the First Trust U.S. Equity Opportunities ETF (NYSEARCA:FPX) is the larger ETF with total net assets of $1.1 billion. However, it is the tiny Renaissance IPO ETF (NYSEARCA:IPO) at $42 million in total assets that has a more appropriate methodology for finding the best stocks to buy. That's because IPO primarily adds new stocks on a quarterly basis -- though it can make fast-track additions if the offering is large enough as was the case with Lyft, while FPX adds IPO stocks after the sixth day of trading, which means in the case of Beyond Meat, that the fund is buying shares at hugely inflated prices.The other difference is that FPX holds for four years while IPO kicks IPO stocks out after two years. In my experience, the best time to buy IPO stocks is between 12-24 months after going public. * 7 Safe Stocks to Buy for Anxious Investors So, based on the holdings of IPO, I've selected the seven best stocks to buy for the long haul. VICI Properties (VICI)Source: Shutterstock VICI Properties (NYSE:VICI) is a real estate investment trust that was spun off from Caesars Entertainment (NYSE:CZR) in October 2017. VICI went public on January 31, 2018, at $20 a share. Its first-day return was 4.5%. Since its IPO, VICI shares are up 11.5% through May 15. What's to like about the experiential and gaming real estate portfolio?First, it has a 100% occupancy rate with its tenants (Caesars, Harrah's, etc.) on triple-net leases. That means the tenants pay for all the upkeep on the properties. Secondly, it has a diversified group of revenue streams. Although gaming accounts for 51% of its overall revenue, it gets another 19% from hotel rooms, 18% from food and beverage, and 12% from management fees, etc. I know what you're thinking. VICI is the asset-heavy castoff from Caesars. Caesars keeps the operating contracts and VICI is stuck with assets that are near-impossible to convert from a casino operation should the business go sourThe fact is, VICI's properties generate some of the highest adjusted funds from operations (AFFO) yields in real estate at 6.3%Furthermore, it's got excellent non-gaming external growth opportunities ahead of it to tap into an ongoing desire by consumers to spend on experiences rather than things. Sixteen months into its IPO, it's underperformed. That lack of performance won't last forever. In the meantime, enjoy the 5.1% yield. Roku (ROKU)Source: Roku If you're a cord cutter, you probably are familiar with Roku (NASDAQ:ROKU), the company behind the Roku Channel and its streaming platform that brings together consumers, content publishers, and advertisers for mutual benefit. Roku went public in September 2017 at $14 a share. Its first-day return was 67.9%; its total return since its IPO is 495.3%. I'm not usually a fan of stocks that aren't profitable, but Roku's got a pathway to profitability that's sure to make IPO investors even more money than they've already made. Roku makes money in three ways: advertising, licensing fees from Smart TV makers who license the Roku operating system, and from the sale of streaming players. This trifecta of growth is what's got me so darn excited about its future. I recently stated that an analysts prediction Roku's stock price could triple over the next five years wasn't as crazy as it sounded. That's because Roku continues to grow its user base and hours streamed by 40% or more a quarter. * 5 Great Tech ETFs That Aren't the XLK In my opinion, Roku's got an excellent shot at hitting $200 within the next 2-3 years. It's got that good a business model. Ceridian HCM (CDAY)Source: Shutterstock Although I said in the intro that it's virtually impossible to know how a stock's going to perform in the secondary markets, I had a real strong feeling about Ceridian HCM (NYSE:CDAY) when it went public in April 2018 at $22 a share. Up 41.9% in its first day of trading and 128.0% since its IPO, I recommended CDAY within a week of the human capital management software company selling shares to the public. "Dayforce has over 3,000 customers who pay a per-employee, per month (PEPM) subscription with an initial term of 3-5 years. If the customer grows headcount, Dayforce wins," I wrote May 7, 2018. "Dayforce has grown its cloud revenue by more than 60% on a compounded basis over the past five years. I see it as one of the best up-and-coming stocks to own on the NYSE."Fast forward to the end of Ceridian's Q1 2019 results that it released May 1, and Dayforce now has 3,851 customers, a 28% increase in less than a year. As it continues to build market share in North America and beyond, I expect its profitability will increase dramatically. CEO David Ossip is Canadian (as am I) so I'm biased about his leadership capabilities. However, if you read up on the Toronto resident, you'll find out he's the real deal. Focus Financial Partners (FOCS)Source: Shutterstock If you've owned shares of wealth-management consolidator Focus Financial Partners (NASDAQ:FOCS) since it went public last July at $33, I feel your pain. That's because FOCS made 13.8% on its first day of trading but has given it all back and then some -- down 3.0% in the 11 months since its IPO. The biggest problem with consolidating independent wealth management firms is that you can pay the right price when making an acquisition but lose ground anyway due to market corrections, slowing economies, etc., which lowers the assets under management and by extension the fees you charge as a result. Therefore, you can acquire the smartest money managers in the world, and still lose."Organic revenue growth(1) was 7.7%, which when compared to the prior year quarter, was impacted by the effect of the markets, primarily equities and fixed income, decline in the 2018 fourth quarter and the advanced billing structure utilized by certain of our partner firms," Focus stated in its Q1 2019 press release. "Based on our M&A momentum and the general recovery in the financial markets, our organic revenue growth for the second quarter of 2019 is expected to be above 10%, demonstrating the resiliency of our business model."I believe the consolidation of independent registered investment advisor (RIA) firms is only in the early stages. That being said, if you do buy shares in FOCS, be less concerned about M&A and more concerned about organic growth. Watch that number like a hawk. * 7 Stocks to Buy for Over 20% Upside Potential That's because in 3-5 years, the music will stop, and you don't want to be left without a chair. Dropbox (DBX)Source: Shutterstock So many IPOs go public each year it's hard to remember when some of the better-known issues listed their shares. Take Dropbox (NASDAQ:DBX), the web-based cloud storage and collaboration platform. I could have sworn it was the granddaddy amongst the seven stocks I've recommended. No, that title goes to Roku, which went public in the fall of 2017. Dropbox's IPO was March 22, 2018, at $21 a share. On its first day of trading, DBX shares gained 35.6%. However, since then, investors haven't been nearly as enthusiastic about its stock. It's up only 8.6% in the almost 14 months it's been trading on NASDAQ.It's not unusual for IPO shares to lose ground after a robust first-day return. According to UBS head of asset allocation Jason Draho, the average first-day return is 18%, followed by six months of underperformance relative to the broader markets. Furthermore, as I often point out when discussing IPOs, you can often buy shares of an IPO for less than its original price within 12-24 months of going public. Dropbox announced its Q1 2019 results May 9 and they were solid across the board. However, DBX dropped perilously close to falling below $21, the price at which it went public. This is one stock where I'd buy a little now and wait to see if it falls below $21 in the next 3-6 months. Zoom Video (ZM)One of the Best Stocks Class of 2019, Zoom Video Communications (NASDAQ:ZM) went public on April 17 at $36 a share. It was an immediate hit with investors gaining 72.2% in its first day of trading and is up 121.6% through May 15, an annualized total return of almost 1,500%. Yikes.I had never heard of the company until I read a Yahoo Finance story by Brian Sozzi about CEO Eric Yuan. In it, he talks about how Zoom would always leave money on the table when obtaining funding from VC investors so that long-term everyone would win. In case you're not familiar with Zoom, it provides outstanding video conferencing technology to companies on a monthly subscription basis. The subscription economy continues to gain traction, so the IPO timing was good on Yuan's part. However, it is the fact that Yuan left Cisco (NASDAQ:CSCO) in 2011 to create better video conferencing technology than the giant networking company offered, that makes this IPO a must own. And, let's not forget it's one of the few Class of 2019 IPOs that makes money. Spotify (SPOT)Source: Spotify I don't know if it's a coincidence, but Spotify (NYSE:SPOT) went public on April 3, 2018, at $132 a share. Its first-day return was a respectable 12.9%. However, its total return through May 15 is 3.4%, 520 basis points worse than Dropbox, whose IPO was two weeks earlier. Unless you've been living on Mars, you're likely familiar with the global music streaming service. At the end of April, it announced its Q1 2019 results that included a 26% year over year increase in active monthly users to 217 million and a 32% increase in premium subscribers to 100 million. Of greater importance is the fact it generated $173 million in free cash flow, 134% higher than in the same quarter a year earlier. While it's best known for streaming music, it is the work it's doing for podcasters that's got my attention. Between launching Spotify for Podcasters last October and Soundtrap for Storytellers on May 14, the company's capturing a potentially lucrative secondary market from its original business idea. * 10 Names That Are Screaming Stocks to Buy Like Dropbox, I see it plodding away at its business until economies of scale force investors to take notice. Until then you're paying about the same valuation for its stock as you would have a year ago, but you're getting a much stronger company from a financial perspective. At the time of this writing Will Ashworth did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 4 Top American Penny Pot Stocks (Buy Before June 21) * 7 Safe Stocks to Buy for Anxious Investors * 4 Tech Stocks Looking Vulnerable * Should You Buy, Sell, Or Hold These 7 Hot IPO Stocks? 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  • Barrons.com 3 days ago

    A Bicycle IPO Is Coming, But It’s Probably Not the One You’re Thinking Of

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  • What You Need to Know About the Fiverr IPO
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    What You Need to Know About the Fiverr IPO

    The next big stock debut could be the Fiverr IPO. Recently, the IPO market has gotten choppy. Of course, there were the disappointing offerings of the high-profile Uber (NYSE:UBER) and LYFT (NASDAQ:LYFT). Pinterest (NYSE:PINS), which came public in mid-April, is also coming under pressure because of a disappointing earnings report.Source: Microsoft Despite all this, the volume of IPO activity remains strong. It certainly helps that there have been some standout deals like Zoom Video Communications (NASDAQ:ZM). And of course, another key is that -- even with the recent volatility -- the markets are still near all-time highs.So what about the Fiverr IPO?InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips What Is Fiverr?The roots of Fiverr go back to 2010 when two entrepreneurs in Tel Aviv, Micha Kaufman and Shai Wininger, teamed up to build an online marketplace for connecting freelancers with buyers. The concept was simple: With as little as $5, you could get quality service.According to Micha, in the Fiverr IPO filing: "Shopping online has evolved into an enjoyable experience that has many benefits: efficiency, diversity and choice, transparency of product attributes, quality and price and the reliability of service and delivery. We saw no reason why we couldn't create a similar model for digital services."While the initial Fiverr website was fairly basic, it still worked quite well as growth took off. Along the way, the company was able to raise venture capital from top-tier venture capitalists like Accel Partners and Bessemer Venture Partners. There were also several acquisitions to bulk up the operations, including deals for VeedMe (video creation marketplace), AND CO (software tools for freelancers) and ClearVoice (content marketing).As of now, Fiverr is a diverse platform that offers over 200 services. Just some of these are voiceover, logo design, language translation and blog writing. In fact, since the inception of Fiverr, there have been more than 50 million transactions from over 5.5 million buyers and more than 830,000 sellers. * 7 Stocks to Buy for Over 20% Upside Potential Pulling this off has certainly required sophisticated technology development to scale the operations. And yes, a key part of this has been leveraging AI (Artificial Intelligence). According to the Fiverr IPO filing: "Our proprietary machine learning technology and expansive data sets allow us to personalize experiences for both buyers and sellers. We strive to anticipate our buyers' future needs based on their buying behavior and provide category and service recommendations. We also provide deep insights to our sellers through sophisticated data analytics and streamlined software tools so that they can effectively manage their business and maximize earnings."In terms of growth, it has been robust. In the latest quarter, revenues jumped by 43% to $23.8 million (the company generates revenue primarily from transaction and service fees). The market opportunity is also enormous. Fiverr estimates the spending at a whopping $100 billion. Some of the drivers include: the growth in freelancing, the ubiquity of smartphones and the popularity of the do-it-for-me movement. Bottom Line on Fiverr StockSo what are the prospects of the Fiverr IPO? Well, there have been several online marketplace operators that have come public during the past year and the results have been somewhat mixed. Pluralsight (NASDAQ:PS) has logged an impressive return of 129% while Upwork (NASDAQ:UPWK) is up about 6%.Something else: The initial Fiverr IPO filing does not have any pricing details. Until they are disclosed -- which will likely be in a couple weeks -- it will be easier to evaluate the offering.Tom Taulli is the author of High-Profit IPO Strategies, All About Commodities and All About Short Selling. Follow him on Twitter at @ttaulli. As of this writing, he did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 4 Top American Penny Pot Stocks (Buy Before June 21) * 7 Stocks to Buy for Over 20% Upside Potential * 5 Large-Cap Stocks Holding Steady Amid Trade War Concerns * 7 ETFs for Healthy Healthcare REITs Compare Brokers The post What You Need to Know About the Fiverr IPO appeared first on InvestorPlace.

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  • First Lyft Then Uber, Risky IPOs Just Are the Order of the Day Now
    InvestorPlace 8 days ago

    First Lyft Then Uber, Risky IPOs Just Are the Order of the Day Now

    One big difference between this decade and the 1990s dot-com boom is that the swells are making the big profits and the small investors are just getting trickled on. Risky IPOs seem to be increasing.Source: Shutterstock This was never truer than in the recent Uber (NASDAQ:UBER) IPO. Beyonce Knowles, who took a $6 million fee for an Uber corporate event in stock three years ago, had $300 million, despite the IPO's failure to achieve lift-off.Meanwhile, unless they took me seriously and shorted the thing, small Uber investors remain under water. The shares were due to trade May 16 at about $41.40, still below the $43 they were offered at. The stock chart of rival Lyft (NASDAQ:LYFT) remains a ski jump, the shares trading almost $25 below its first trade.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 6 Chinese Stocks That Could Pop On a Trade Deal The question now is whether this "Uber Effect," as I'm calling it, will cause other unicorn IPOs to be "down rounds." Risky IPOs Are Part of the DealA lot depends on whether investors can see the unicorns making a profit.WeWork, which filed its S-1 under seal in December, calls its $264 million loss during the first quarter, on $728 million in revenue, "investments." If you buy that I have a bridge over the East River to sell you. WeWork had "investments" (losses) of $1.9 billion last year. At its present rate it will lose another billion this year.Not all this year's risky IPOs have been failures. Zoom Video Communications (NASDAQ:ZM) literally zoomed out of the box after its IPO, up 28% from its first trade. It opened May 16 with a market cap of $20.6 billion.Zoom is a web conference service, something that's been around for decades. What made Zoom a caviar dream and Uber a pile of fish eggs? Profit! Its S-1 showed that Zoom made $7.584 million, 3 cents per share, for the fiscal year ending in January, on revenue of $330 million, double the figure of the previous year.Not all successful IPOs make such plain good sense.Beyond Meat (NASDAQ:BYND) has jumped 30% from its IPO on May 3, despite reporting a net loss of $4.75 per share for 2018. People may be confusing it with Impossible Meat, still privately held, whose non-meat patty got rave reviews from Burger King, a unit of Restaurant Brands International (NYSE:QSR), which itself is up 27% so far this year.Uber and Lyft have always been contradictions, taxi companies whose profit promise was based on getting rid of the drivers. The idea is that the data from the cab rides would let them dominate the rental of autonomous vehicles when they finally arrive. The Bottom Line on Risky IPOsThe IPO calendar is crowded with unicorns whose investors want to cash out. These include Luckin Coffee (NASDAQ:LK), the Chinese coffee chain and three biotechs -- Peloton Therapeutics (NASDAQ:PLTX) Ideaya Biosciences (NASDAQ:IDYA), and Bicycle Therapeutics (NASDAQ:BCYC).Coming up behind them are data-mining company Palantir, backed by German-born Trump fan Peter Thiel, Pinterest, the web site as clipboard metaphor, workplace messaging company Slack, and Robinhood, a mobile-first brokerage that failed to become a bank last year.In all these cases, my advice is the same. Read the S-1 carefully. Ask if the company is making money and, if not, when it will. Pretend you're a skeptical banker, not a hungry speculator.Because in all these cases, that's what you are. The speculators are the ones looking to sell their stock. The fast profit they're looking for is your money.Dana Blankenhorn is a financial and technology journalist. He is the author of a new environmental story, Bridget O'Flynn and the Bear, available now at the Amazon Kindle store. Write him at danablankenhorn@gmail.com or follow him on Twitter at @danablankenhorn. As of this writing he owned shares in QSR. More From InvestorPlace * 4 Top American Penny Pot Stocks (Buy Before June 21) * 7 Stocks to Buy that Lost 10% Last Week * Top 7 Dow Jones Stocks of 2019 -- So Far * 5 Service Stocks That Can Win the Trade War -- According to Goldman Sachs Compare Brokers The post First Lyft Then Uber, Risky IPOs Just Are the Order of the Day Now appeared first on InvestorPlace.

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