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Is Slack Bottoming Out? (WORK)

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 | Sam Quirke
Having traded hands as high $42 on their first day of trading last June, few on Wall Street would have predicted that shares of Slack (NYSE: WORK) would be effectively half that by the end of the year, but that’s exactly what happened.

It wasn’t the only fresh-faced and bushy-tailed tech name to fall victim to a pumped-up IPO price that was quickly deflated. Investors in Uber (NYSE: UBER) and Lyft (NASDAQ: LYFT) know that feeling only too well by now. 2019 will be remembered as the year many high flying names were brought quickly back to earth. But can 2020 be the year that at least one of them turns the story around? Based on Slack’s Q3 earnings report in early December, they’re going to give it their best shot.

As we covered last month, the EPS numbers were the headline grabbers with a solid beat on analyst expectations. While they’re still not quite in the black, they’re not nearly as much in the red as analysts thought they might be. Revenue also came in on top and showed an impressive 60% growth year on year which also topped the consensus. In a sign of a company fighting for that hockey stick growth curve, they now have more than 50 customers paying over $1 million in annual recurring revenue.

Stiff Competition

However, a 50% decline in the share price is still a 50% decline in the share price and investors will need to be mindful of the uphill battle ahead.

November’s report that Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) had passed the 20 million daily users mark for their Microsoft Teams solution put paid to any end of year rally for Slack. It’s worth noting that this figure had jumped over 50% from the 13 million daily users they counted back in June. The 20 million figure for the rival solution is now almost twice as high as Slack’s and is sure to become a regularly measured metric in the quarters ahead.


Considering that Microsoft Team has been on the market for over two years and is bundled in with the juggernaut Office 365 solution, Slack is still very much the new kid on the block. To this end, Wedbush was out around the same time with a $14 price target, noting, in particular, the competitive challenge from one of the world’s biggest tech companies.

Better Days Ahead

However, it’s not all bad news. Piper has a $30 price target for Slack’s stock and technically speaking it’s starting to look as if it wants to head there. Having come down to the $20 mark in October, shares have bounced along that line steadily enough which suggests that there are consistent buyers to be had. To the upside, it’s been bouncing back from the $23 mark and has had trouble breaking through here. But shares seem determined to start of 2020 on the front foot and have rallied 15% in the past two weeks to be right at the top of the range after setting consistently higher lows. RSI has been rising steadily with them and is bullishly healthy at 60 while the MACD had a bullish crossover as recently as December 24th.

Having taken a beating in its first 6 months, it’s starting to look like the bears are running out of steam and the bulls are about to take control. Despite the stock falling 50% from its IPO price into the new year, there’s a lot of good internal momentum for investors to keep in mind as we swing into 2020. If it can break above and hold $24, it should be clear sailing towards $28. Another impressive earnings report would then do a lot of quelling any concerns about being competitive and might finally give Slack the chance to justify its IPO price.

Is Slack Bottoming Out? (WORK)
7 Dividend Stocks that Help Take the Bite Out of Inflation

Inflation and its effects on corporate earnings going forward is the headline story taking over the stock market. The Consumer Price Index rose at a 6.8% pace on a year-over-year (YOY) basis. That marked the fastest rate since June 1982.

And even when the CPI stripped away food and energy prices (because who buys groceries or puts gas in their car?), the CPI was still 4.9% on a YOY level, the highest since 1991.

The market is coming to grips with the idea that not only is inflation is not transitory, but that it’s drawn the attention of the Federal Reserve. And after the Federal Reserve’s last meeting, investors are starting to see how the market may be affected in 2022.

Growth investors may be able to ride out whatever comes next. The same can’t be said for income investors, particularly those who are at or nearing retirement age. The effect of inflation may be having a stark effect on their portfolios at a time when they need money the most.

One great way to offset the effect of inflation in their portfolios is by buying high-quality dividend stocks. And that’s the focus of this special presentation. Dividends can help provide a source of income. And for investors who don’t need the money right away, reinvesting dividends can allow for a greater total return.

In this special presentation, we’ll highlight seven stocks that made the MarketBeat list of 100 dividend-paying companies that received the highest average rating among analysts in the last 12 months.

View the "7 Dividend Stocks that Help Take the Bite Out of Inflation".


Companies Mentioned in This Article

CompanyMarketRank™Current PricePrice ChangeDividend YieldP/E RatioConsensus RatingConsensus Price Target
Microsoft (MSFT)
3.1331 of 5 stars
$266.82+2.0%0.93%27.85Buy$357.31
Uber Technologies (UBER)
2.6917 of 5 stars
$24.20+2.6%N/A-7.33Buy$58.69
Lyft (LYFT)
2.4488 of 5 stars
$19.72+3.0%N/A-8.61Buy$49.62
Slack Technologies (WORK)
1.6714 of 5 stars
$45.20flatN/A-102.73N/AN/A
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