ADBE - Adobe Inc.

NasdaqGS - NasdaqGS Real Time Price. Currency in USD
259.69
-4.49 (-1.70%)
At close: 4:00PM EDT
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Previous Close264.18
Open263.47
Bid254.23 x 800
Ask259.17 x 800
Day's Range259.52 - 264.62
52 Week Range204.95 - 277.61
Volume240
Avg. Volume3,235,200
Market Cap127.018B
Beta (3Y Monthly)1.05
PE Ratio (TTM)48.18
EPS (TTM)5.39
Earnings DateJun 18, 2019
Forward Dividend & YieldN/A (N/A)
Ex-Dividend Date2005-03-24
1y Target Est292.11
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    Adobe (NASDAQ:ADBE) stock has dropped over 5% since the visual-cloud giant delivered a mixed first-quarter earnings report in mid-March. The company's first-quarter revenue and profit numbers topped expectations, as its top line surged an impressive 25% year-over-year.Source: Shutterstock But the company's second-quarter revenue and profit guidance came in slightly below expectations. And although it hiked its full-year 2019 profit guidance, it did not change its 2019 revenue guidance. * 5 Cloud Stocks to Help Your Portfolio Fly In other words, ADBE didn't deliver the typical beat-and-raise report to which the owners of Adobe stock have become accustomed. Instead, it reported a beat, but not a clear-cut raise. The owners of ADBE stock weren't too happy, and Adobe stock dropped a few points.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsIn the big picture, this post-earnings weakness of Adobe stock is nothing to be concerned about. The company's top-line growth, which came in at 20%-plus, remains healthy and continues to support the thesis that ADBE is growing quickly and gaining share in some exceptionally large markets. Meanwhile, its bottom-line growth was below 10%, which is lower than normal for ADBE. But that was mostly the result of certain one-off margin headwinds which will pass by mid-year.Overall, then, the revenue and margin outlooks supporting ADBE stock remain robust. As long as that remains true, Adobe stock will continue to rise over the long-term. Right now, investors are worried about the valuation of ADBE stock. But those worries will pass once the company's margins start moving higher again. So investors should embrace the recent weakness of Adobe stock, instead of avoiding it. The Numbers Are Really GoodAdobe's numbers are still really good. Importantly, its revenue growth is actually accelerating, not decelerating, and its margins have the runway to rebound in a big way in the second half of the year.The company's revenue growth in Q1 was north of 25%. That is the biggest year-over-year revenue growth rate Adobe has reported since late 2017, or five quarters ago. Meanwhile, its Q2 revenues are expected to rise roughly 23%. But management's guidance is usually conservative. So ADBE's Q2 revenue growth will likely come in around 24%-25% when all is said and done, exceeding the company's growth rate through most of 2018.In other words, Adobe is a 20%-plus revenue growth company with a revenue growth rate that is not only stable above 20%, but actually rising slightly as the company expands. That's impressive. It shows just how dominant this company is in some continuous-growth cloud markets and demonstrates that 20%-plus revenue growth can be counted on for the foreseeable future.Meanwhile, its margins were subpar last quarter, but this pain is temporary and leaves the company well-positioned to increase its margins in the second half of 2019. In the first quarter of 2019, its gross margins fell 1.4 percentage points year-over-year and its operating margins dropped roughly four percentage points. That's not good.But all of the margin pressure was caused by deferred revenue and acquisition headwinds, which will phase out in the second half of 2019. As a result, its margins should improve dramatically through every quarter of 2019. By the second half of the year, its margins should be poised to expand year-over-year. If that occurs, as investors become more confident about its margins, they will buy Adobe stock, putting upward buying pressure on the shares.All in all, despite the stock's recent drop, the company's numbers remain good. As long as its revenue growth remains north of 20% and its margins improve from their depressed first-quarter base, ADBE stock should rebound from this selloff. The Long-Term Outlook of Adobe Stock Is PromisingIn the big picture, Adobe stock is a long-term winner.Adobe is a cloud company. More than that, Adobe is a dominant, big-growth cloud company that is attacking really big, non-cyclical growth markets. Those markets include cloud-based digital document management solutions. which is a $7.5 billion total addressable market, cloud-based photo and video-editing creative solutions, a $30 billion total addressable market, and experience-focused enterprise cloud solutions, which is a $70 billion addressable market.ADBE already dominates two of those markets. The company essentially owns the PDF and digital-documents world. That world will continue to grow over the next several years as everything goes digital. As it does, Adobe's Document Cloud will become more widely adopted.Adobe is also the only reputable player in the creative-solutions space. That space, too, will grow over the next several years as the world becomes more focused on graphics. And as the latter process continues, Adobe's Creative Cloud and Experience Cloud solutions will also become more widely used.Overall, Adobe is positioned to gain share over the next several years in markets that are cumulatively worth $100 billion-plus, and Adobe's revenues this year are expected to be just over $11 billion. Consequently, I think it's reasonable to expect Adobe's top line to rise 15%-20% for the foreseeable future, with gross margins that remain around 90%. Moreover, its spending rates should gradually fall as it grows.If my forecasts prove to be correct, I think Adobe's EPS can reach about $22.50 by fiscal 2025. Based on a forward multiple of 20, which is average for growth companies, that implies a fiscal 2024 price target for Adobe stock of $450. That represents roughly 80% upside in the long-run.If we discount that $450 price target back by 10% per year, we arrive at a fiscal 2019 price target for ADBE stock of $280. That's above where the stock trades today. As a result, ADBE looks well-positioned to rise in the near-term, too. The Bottom Line on ADBE StockThe recent weakness of Adobe stock is nothing to worry about. Adobe's numbers remain good, and its fundamentals remain strong, so the recent weakness of ADBE stock will pass. When that occurs, Adobe stock will resume its long-term climb. Ultimately, that long-term ascent will push ADBE stock towards $450.As of this writing, Luke Lango was long ADBE. 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There was a point in time where no one really knew if the Amazon e-commerce business model was going to work. That point in time was long ago. Over the past decade, Amazon has increasingly proven the effectiveness of its e-commerce business model, while adding multiple other verticals, leading to Amazon stock generating over 2,000 points of alpha during that stretch.This stock is only going higher. The theme of Amazon over the past decade has been robust revenue growth and rapid market share expansion. Over the next decade, the theme will be robust profit growth and margin expansion, thanks to growth in higher-margin businesses like digital ads and cloud. Both of those themes are really positive. One has already done its work and generated huge alpha. The next is about to.Long story short, Amazon stock is one to buy and hold for the long run. Netflix (NFLX)Source: Vivian D Nguyen via Flickr (Modified)Past Decade Performance (Alpha): 6,280% (over 6,000%)Market Cap: $150 billionRight next to Amazon in the Mount Rushmore for invincible stocks is streaming giant Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX). Just like many people doubted the e-commerce business model, many people likewise doubted the streaming business model. Those doubters were wrong. Streaming has become the biggest trend in video today, and Netflix has led the way. In doing so, Netflix has generated an amazing 6,000-plus points in alpha over the past decade.This trend of out-performance will continue. In the streaming wars, all that matters is content, since better content drives sub growth and price hikes, which leads to revenue growth, margin expansion, and profit growth. Netflix has already won the content game. It has more reach than any other streamer, so it has more data to produce better content and it can justify spending more money to produce better content, too. 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Adobe (ADBE)Source: Shutterstock Past Decade Performance (Alpha): 1,330% (over 1,000%)Market Cap: $130 billionAnother cloud giant that has won big over the past several years is Adobe (NASDAQ:ADBE). Over the past decade, Adobe has gradually shifted its business model from one-off, on-prem sales to recurring, cloud subscriptions and in so doing, it has significantly improved revenue predictability and profitability. It has also expanded its business to include enterprise-level cloud solutions. This combination of tailwinds has led to ADBE stock generating over 1,000 points of alpha over the past ten years.Adobe stock will generate big alpha over the next ten years, too. At its core, this company is the visual cloud leader. That is, it dominates in delivering cloud solutions focused on storing, organizing, analyzing and creating visual-heavy experiences. 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Impressively, over the past ten years, that dominance has only grown, as the company has continued to attract the best athletes, create the best shoes, roll out the best marketing and do all three of those things far more quickly than peers. Consequently, Nike stock has generated an impressive 410 points of alpha over the past decade.There were signs that the Nike stock uptrend was going to end in 2017. That was just a head fake. Nike fell asleep at the wheel. Competition gained ground. The sleeping giant woke up. Nike doubled down on innovation, speed to market and marketing. They've since crushed the competition, and are now as dominant as they've ever been in the athletic apparel market. This example proves that Nike is king in this market and that the company will remain king so long as management keeps executing.They've been executing almost flawlessly for over twenty years now. There's no reason to believe that, after already squashing threats in 2017, this great execution won't continue. As such, Nike stock will remain a long-term winner. Alphabet (GOOGL)Source: Shutterstock Past Decade Performance (Alpha): 635% (365%)Market Cap: $830 billionWhat is the internet without search? Nothing. That's exactly why, as global internet penetration rates have more than doubled over the past ten years, global digital search giant Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG, NASDAQ:GOOGL) has turned into a global utility. Internet consumers don't just want Google. They need it. This need has been the fuel for GOOGL stock's 365 points of alpha over the past decade.Because the internet is still growing, Alphabet will continue to grow, too. The global internet penetration rate is still just over 55%, and that rate is growing by several points every year. Thus, within the next decade, we are likely to see 70%, 75% and even 80%-plus internet penetration rates. 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    Recently, I've become increasingly convinced that Salesforce.com (NYSE:CRM) is an important barometer for the tech sector as a whole. CRM stock price isn't the only gauge investors need to watch, But Salesforce stock still seems to provide a pure look at investors' preferences.Source: Shutterstock The key reason why is that Salesforce.com 's story is reasonably simple. It has a fantastic business. No one can dispute that. As CEO Marc Benioff pointed out on its Q4 conference call earlier this month, the company was the fastest enterprise software company ever to reach $13 billion in sales. (The company celebrated its 20th anniversary on Mar. 8) Its revenue growth has been almost bizarrely consistent for years now, hovering generally in the 24%-26% range. * 7 Small-Cap Stocks That Make the Grade And there really aren't any external factors that can materially change its outlook. Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Adobe (NASDAQ:ADBE) are trying to compete in customer relationship management, or CRM, software, but the dominance of Salesforce.com appears assured. A downturn in the macro cycle likely would impact Salesforce stock.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsBut given multi-year contracts and the importance of CRM software to businesses, the impact likely would be manageable. (Note that CRM's revenue more than tripled between 2007 and 2011.)Of course, CRM stock price also isn't cheap or close to it. And so Salesforce stock provides an intriguing answer to an interesting question: what, exactly, are investors willing to pay for growth?Coming off the company's fourth-quarter report, it appears investors aren't sure about the answer to that question. Once they figure it out, the rest of the market may as well. Earnings "Surprise" for Salesforce Stock (Yeah, Right)Salesforce's earnings came in nicely ahead of Street estimates on both the top and bottom lines. That surprised exactly no one remotely familiar with Salesforce stock; as I wrote before the report, Salesforce.com hasn't missed on either revenue or earnings in at least five-plus years.Yet it wasn't good enough. The company's guidance looks a bit disappointing, as Nicholas Chahine detailed after the report. The CRM stock price fell 3.7% on the day of the report and dipped almost 1% on the following day. Salesforce stock wound up falling 6% for the week, but it has since regained the majority of its losses.Bu the initial selloff seemed to confirm the risk facing CRM stock and the market. Bear in mind that the CRM stock price over time has been an exaggerated reflection of the market as a whole. It gained steadily in the first years of the decade, as the market recovered, and its gains accelerated in 2016 and 2017, as the stock market gained steam.Salesforce stock peaked in early October 2018 and then plunged as the Q4 selloff hit. CRM stock lost over 25% of its value in less than three months and took three and a half months to gain it all back, and then some.The profit-taking after the strong Q4 report seemed to suggest that investors were paying more attention to risk, but subsequently, as noted above, CRM stock regained most of the losses it had suffered this month. How High Can the CRM Stock Price Go?The issue at this point is that Salesforce stock is expensive, really expensive. It still trades at about 60 times the company's 2020 earnings guidance. At some point, investors will start worrying about the valuation of even a great business, which Salesforce.com unquestionably is.From here, it still looks like valuation fears drove the initial post-earnings reaction. Disappointing guidance is a good talking point, but again, Salesforce.com never misses analyst estimates. It's reasonably obvious at this point that the company guides conservatively. Meanwhile, Q1 and 2019 projections aside, the company also predicted that its revenue would double again by fiscal 2023.There was nothing wrong with the company's Q4 results. The issue is its valuation. But there's another aspect of Salesforce stock that could demonstrate investors' appetite for risk. Salesforce.com predicts that its non-GAAP EPS will come in at $2.74-$2.76, but that includes stock-based compensation of $1.84 .That's two-thirds of its projected net income. Back that out, and CRM stock is trading at over 172 times the high end of this year's earnings guidance. Some investors have questioned whether Salesforce stock should have such a high valuation. If more investors agree, CRM stock likely would be the first stock to take a big hit. Watch CRM Going ForwardBetween the stock's valuation and the company's share-based comp, CRM obviously is a growth stock. And the relatively simple nature of its outlook means there's one key argument regarding Salesforce stock: what to pay for the business. Bulls will argue that paying up for Salesforce stock has been a great bet for nearly 15 years. Bears will reply that, at some point, the rally has to end.That argument is a stalemate right now. It's worth paying close attention to who wins in the near-term. Where CRM stock goes, other growth stocks - like Square (NYSE:SQ), Shopify (NYSE:SHOP) and Workday (NASDAQ:WDAY) - are likely to follow.If Salesforce stock is too expensive, so is pretty much every other stock in the market; few, if any, of them have as an outlook that's as good as CRM. If investors are willing to pay up for CRM stock now, however, they'll likely be willing to stretch for other growth plays. The pre- and post-earnings movements of CRM stock price show the market isn't quite sure which side to take. At some point soon, that will change.As of this writing, Vince Martin has no positions in any securities mentioned. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 5 of the Best Stocks to Buy Under $10 * 7 Single-Digit P/E Stocks With Massive Upside * 7 Best Quantum Computing Stocks Trading Today Compare Brokers The post Keep a Close Eye on Salesforce Stock appeared first on InvestorPlace.

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