MOMO - Momo Inc.

NasdaqGS - NasdaqGS Real Time Price. Currency in USD
-0.99 (-2.62%)
As of 11:58AM EST. Market open.
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Previous Close37.79
Bid36.90 x 800
Ask36.91 x 800
Day's Range36.74 - 37.76
52 Week Range22.85 - 41.50
Avg. Volume2,418,346
Market Cap7.514B
Beta (3Y Monthly)2.21
PE Ratio (TTM)18.04
EPS (TTM)2.04
Earnings DateNov 26, 2019
Forward Dividend & YieldN/A (N/A)
Ex-Dividend Date2019-04-04
1y Target Est41.88
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Management guided toward 17% to 19% revenue growth for Q3, and in December we’ll find out if they are right.MOMO’s perfect Smart Score is based on five of the factors: strongly positive analyst sentiment, 92% bullish blogger opinions, a 2.2 million share increase in Q2 purchases by major hedge funds, and strong technical and fundamentals.JPMorgan’s Alex Yao, writing as part of a team, sees Momo doing well in the second half of this year. He writes, “We expect 3Q19 to be another solid quarter for Momo with revenue upside... While Momo’s growth momentum remains strong, we believe the growth potential of Momo/Tantan is not fully factored into the current share price.” Yao’s group put a $47 price target on the stock, suggesting a 40% upside in line with their bullish thesis. (To watch Yao's track record, click here)In an October 17 report, UBS analyst Jerry Liu updated his Buy rating on MOMO shares. He wrote, “Momo has managed through recent regulatory issues with no significant long-term impact, and the most sensitive periods this year have passed. We remain positive on the stock given upside potential…” Going into some additional detail, Liu adds, “We are still positive on Momo as its shift from live streaming to dating and audio and video-based virtual gifting in newer products with smaller group settings broadens the use case, driving user, paying conversion and ARPPU improvements. Investors are focusing on the maturing live streaming market, but underestimating the value-added services opportunity.” Liu’s price target of $42 indicates a 25% upside.Overall, Momo has a Strong Buy consensus based on 3 recent Buy ratings. As the reports here show, that consensus is likely to grow stronger in coming weeks. Shares are selling for $33.51, and the $43 average price target implies a 25% upside. (See MOMO stock analysis on TipRanks)Proofpoint (PFPT)With Proofpoint, we are looking at one of Silicon Valley’s stalwarts. This online security company thrives on businesses’ need for secure email, along with archiving, inbound security, and data loss prevention on outbound messages. The flow of messages in and out of a system is a natural weak point in digital security, and Proofpoint offers proven solutions.The company’s competent position in its niche underlies its perfect Smart Score. The analysts see it as a Strong Buy, the bloggers are 100% bullish (as opposed to the sector average, of 65% bullish), and the news reports on PFPT are also 100% bullish. The hedge funds made modest increases to their holdings of this stock last quarter.All of that is good, but the technical indicators are PFPT’s best. 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