TWLO - Twilio Inc.

NYSE - NYSE Delayed Price. Currency in USD
-4.88 (-3.54%)
At close: 4:02PM EDT
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Previous Close137.84
Bid132.59 x 900
Ask0.00 x 800
Day's Range130.85 - 136.60
52 Week Range51.82 - 144.62
Avg. Volume3,969,648
Market Cap16.788B
Beta (3Y Monthly)1.30
PE Ratio (TTM)N/A
EPS (TTM)-1.31
Earnings DateAug 5, 2019 - Aug 9, 2019
Forward Dividend & YieldN/A (N/A)
Ex-Dividend DateN/A
1y Target Est146.59
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  • Twilio Stock Still Going Strong 2 Years Later
    InvestorPlace19 hours ago

    Twilio Stock Still Going Strong 2 Years Later

    Almost two years ago to the day, I wrote about Twilio (NYSE:TWLO), questioning whether TWLO stock was worth $15 or $30.Source: Web Summit Via FlickrInvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsAt the time, Twilio stock was trading around $25 and had been on a volatile run in its first year as a public company, trading as high as $71 within the first 100 days of its June 2016 IPO. Investors were having a hard time figuring out if the communication platform-as-a-service (CPaaS) had enough growth in it to pave a pathway to profitability. I reckoned that it did. Twilio was adding customers at a significant clip to offset any loss of revenue from Uber (NYSE:UBER) which at the time -- in its pre-IPO status -- was looking to go in another direction with its cloud-based communication services. Also, Twilio's non-GAAP losses were getting smaller by the quarter. If it could improve GAAP or even non-GAAP profitability, TWLO stock would naturally go higher. * 7 High-Yield REITs to Buy (Even When the Market Tanks) At $30, I suggested TWLO stock owners hang tight despite the Uber defection. And then I forgot about it. I moved on to cover other cloud-based stocks, including Ceridian HRM (NYSE:CDAY), one of my favorites in the HR space. What's Changed?It turns out a lot has changed. For starters, TWLO stock closed yesterday at $137, more than 450% higher than in May 2017, for an annualized total return of 137%. TWLO premarket this morning is down more than 3% along with the broader market indexes.Secondly, it showed 154,797 active customer accounts at the end of March, 187% higher than a year earlier, and 280% higher than at the end of March 2017. Finally, in fiscal 2016, Twilio had a non-GAAP annual loss of 16 cents a share. In fiscal 2018, the loss had turned to a non-GAAP profit of 11 cents a share, a 169% improvement over the past two years. Add to this, the acquisition of SendGrid and its cloud-based marketing platform in February for $2 billion, and you've got the makings of a powerhouse in cloud-based services. So, a lot's changed, including its price-to-sales ratio, which in May 2017 was around 7.4; today, it's close more than 23, forcing many investors to take profits. Never Sneeze at a ProfitTaking profits in any market is always a subjective opinion. Some like to let their winners run and others want to get their cost out so they can play on someone else's dime. Regardless of where you sit on this, it's understandable to want to realize profits on a stock that's gained 58% year to date compared to the S&P 500 index's 13.8% gain.However, it's also important to consider why Twilio's P/S multiple has doubled since May 2017, before deciding to sell its stock.First of all, there's no question that cloud-computing -- public, private, and hybrid -- have taken off over the past two years, leading investors to pay more for cloud-computing stocks like Twilio. One only needs to look at the run-ups of both Microsoft (NASDAQ-:MSFT) and Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) shares over the past two years to know cloud-related stocks are riding a significant tailwind. Tailwinds do eventually fade, but this one appears to be in the early innings despite the tremendous growth in recent years. Estimates put the global cloud computing market at $300 billion by 2022, a compound annual growth rate of 12% over the next four years. * 7 Stocks to Buy for Over 20% Upside Potential As my colleague Luke Lango recently wrote, Twilio's got a lot going for it, including the fact that its services will go from a "want" to a "need" soon."The customer base is growing by over 30%. Revenues are growing by nearly 70%. The retention rate is 95% and up," Lango wrote on May 14. "In other words, everything is going right for this company, and it will continue to go right as the CPaaS market goes from niche to mainstream over the next several years."I couldn't agree more. Bottom Line on TWLO StockHere it is, two years after recommending Twilio stock, and it's clear that more growth is on the horizon for the company. Ultimately, that will lead to higher gross margins, operating margins, and GAAP profitability. Do I think TWLO stock is the perfect holding? No, I do not. However, when it gets to GAAP profitability, it will be pretty darn close. In my eyes, Twilio stock is still a buy.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 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 Twilio Stock Still Going Strong 2 Years Later appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • Anti-Phishing Might Be Anti-Climactic For Twilio Stock
    InvestorPlace3 days ago

    Anti-Phishing Might Be Anti-Climactic For Twilio Stock

    I've had my doubts about cloud-communications firm Twilio (NYSE:TWLO) and quite frankly, I've been wrong. You only need to look at the TWLO stock price to recognize this. Year-to-date, shares are up nearly 55%. That follows an incredible 270% run in 2018 that made almost everything else look pedestrian.Source: Web Summit Via FlickrThanks to its $2 billion acquisition of email-service provider SendGrid, Twilio not only doubled its consumer base, it's also a significant player in the anti-phishing market. This buyout, though costly, makes Twilio stock an exceptionally relevant name. We all hate phishing scams because they wreak so much damage in a short time frame.It's not just at the personal level, either. Phishing attacks significantly hurt businesses. According to one estimate, the average cost of this digital violation is $1.6 million for mid-sized firms. Even more problematic, smaller business that fall victim may not have the resources required to recover. If Twilio can provide a cost-effective solution, their efforts can potentially spike the TWLO stock price.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsEarly indicators appear promising. The company is incorporating artificial intelligence to weed out phishing attacks before they reach your inbox. To accomplish this on a wider scale, software engineers are scouring through multiple data points; 50 billion emails each month, to be exact. * 10 Retirement Stocks That Won't Wilt in a Bear Market With such a large base, the platform's AI can learn to recognize phishing emails' recurring patterns. When it finds suspect patterns, it can "zap" those problem emails. Because of the aforementioned data base, Twilio's AI is incredibly accurate. According to management, the platform lets in legitimate emails 99.7% of the time, or nearly perfect.The business implications are obvious, but will it decisively help Twilio stock? I'm not so sure. Venture Will Have Limited Impact on TWLO StockYou might like Twilio for many other reasons beside its anti-phishing efforts. Good. One thing we might agree on is that this venture brings only a limited benefit to the TWLO stock price. Let me explain why.In life and in business, the risk-reward ratio typically has a direct correlation: risk big, get big. This concept cuts across all industries. It's the reason why penny stocks are so cheap.But anti-phishing efforts represent that rare segment where the risk-reward ratio is inversely correlated. In other words, risk big, get small. This dynamic alone is enough for me to worry about too much exposure to Twilio stock.What's the common stereotype of the modern digital con artist? A Russian teenager who uses his uncanny computer skills to wreak havoc half-a-world away. I think there's a lot of truth behind this characterization. The main point here is not about Russians, but about asymmetry: an individual scammer can bring down institutions and even nations.To combat such a pernicious threat, Twilio needs to do much more research than they're doing now. But hold the phone … doesn't the company process 50 billion emails monthly?Unfortunately for TWLO stock, it's simply not enough. In 2017, global internet users sent out 269 billion emails daily. So, in a month, that gives us a little over 8 trillion emails. Back in Twilio's 50 billion processing rate, and you quickly realize that they're only analyzing 3% of all emails.Because threats come from anywhere nowadays, a 3% sample size won't cut it, even with an AI advantage. Moreover, scammers are constantly upgrading their craft. To address future threats, Twilio must invest more into their platform lest they become obsolete. Since TWLO stock isn't exactly a market-cap giant, I'm not sure they have the resources to prosecute this sector. Twilio Stock Barking Up the Wrong TreeAnother problem with this asymmetry is that it exclusively benefits the con artist. For instance, many, if not most, phishers hail from countries with which we have poor relations. The trade war ratcheting up is a recent example of how little support we may receive from international law-enforcement agencies.These scammers aren't stupid. They realize that we Americans have little recourse when it comes to prosecuting phishing attacks, so they continue. That's one uphill battle awaiting TWLO stock.The other whammy is that it only takes one cyberattack or breach to render unspeakable damage. Remember the Equifax (NYSE:EFX) disaster? Most working-age Americans had their Social Security numbers compromised due to a silly oversight.Realistically, the rewards just aren't there for Twilio stock to advantage. The underlying company must incur large and growing expenses for a relatively small payoff. 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First Data secures and processes more than 3,000 transactions per second and $2.4 trillion per year. Oppenheimer’s Glenn Greene is the 4 analyst on TipRanks out of over 5,000 tracked analysts. He is bullish on FISV stock, reiterating his buy rating after the deal was announced, and after Fiserv reported solid 1Q earnings results. “We remain attracted to FISV’s business model and long-term prospects and are highly enthusiastic about FISV’s pending merger with FDC, which should generate significant (>$1.4B) revenue/cost synergies, and related EPS accretion, over the next five years. Trading at 19x our FY20E pro forma EPS estimate including FDC, shares appear attractive” the analyst explained.View FISV Price Target & Analyst Ratings Detail Twilio Inc (TWLO – Research Report) Cloud communications platform Twilio also boasts notably positive hedge fund sentiment. Twilio allows software developers to programmatically make and receive phone calls, send and receive text messages, and perform other communication functions using its web service APIs.Luckily for hedge funds, shares have exploded by 54% year-to-date and 11% in the last five days alone. According to five-star Oppenheimer analyst Ittai Kidron, Twilio still has room to run given its ‘elongated high-growth trajectory.’ He has just carried out a deep-dive analysis of Twilio following the SendGrid merger, writing “our analysis yet again leaves us bullish and illustrates the upside left in the model, especially in 2H19/2020.”This is a company that benefits from the rapid adoption of application-to-person (A2P) communication; 2) a large and growing market as communication options expand (voice, SMS, video, etc.); and 3) a successful developer-focused sales model. “Overall, we believe these elements will enable Twilio to continue to experience strong revenue growth for the foreseeable future and drive upside to consensus expectations” concludes the analyst. View TWLO Price Target & Analyst Ratings Detail Sea Limited (SE – Research Report) If you haven’t head of Sea Limited before, this is a major Southeast Asia Internet company operating three popular online platforms. These focus on digital entertainment (Garena, gaming), eCommerce (Shopee, a third-party marketplace), and digital financial services (AirPay, e-wallet services). “Sea operates an established, profitable asset with its Garena segment that should help fund investments in its developing businesses (Shopee, AirPay) as they scale and gain market share” cheers Top 50 Stifel Nicolaus analyst Scott Devitt. He has a buy rating on SE with a $32 price target (24% upside potential).Devitt is confident going into the print later today, thanks to checks that indicate strong momentum for SE’s Free Fire video game. “While Free Fire’s user base is mobile-only and skews heavily to emerging markets, we continue to view the monetization potential as attractive” writes the analyst. Net-net: “With leverage to strong emerging growth markets and leading market positions, we recommend Sea as an investment idea.”He isn’t the only one. 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    Can Facebook Stock Rally Back to $200?

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  • 7 Forever Stocks to Buy for Long-Term Gains
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    7 Forever Stocks to Buy for Long-Term Gains

    Editor's note: This story was previously published in February 2019. It has since been updated and republished.Trying to "beat the market" is a tough game on a day-to-day basis. Financial markets are volatile. They'll swing higher one day and then fall the next day. Sometimes, we don't even know why they move the way they do. They just move. And, because it's nearly impossible to explain every day-to-day move on Wall Street, it's equally impossible for even the sharpest minds to predict day-to-day moves in stocks with great accuracy. It makes it easier to figure out which stocks to buy.Thus, trying to "beat the market" on a day-to-day basis is an uphill battle. But, if you zoom out and take a long-term approach to investing, you turn that uphill battle into an even playing field. 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Thus, forever stocks project with high certainty to be long-term winners for a lot longer. Theoretically, they project to be winners "forever."These forever stocks are the best stocks to buy and hold for long-term investors. They will be highly volatile in the near term. But, such volatility will amount to nothing more than noise in the big picture. In that big picture, forever stocks will only head higher.With that mind, let's take a look at seven forever stocks to consider for the long haul.Source: Shutterstock Facebook (FB)Secular Trend: Persistent internet addictionBig Idea: The big idea behind the forever bull thesis in Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) starts with the fact that consumers are addicted to the internet. There have been multiple calls for this addiction to break over the past several years. It hasn't. 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Companies far and wide are leveraging technology, which allows for unprecedented connectivity, to democratize supply and distribution processes globally. These are the kinds of stocks fo buy for the 21st century.Think Uber, which democratized driving services so that anyone with a car could do it, or Airbnb, which democratized accommodation services so that anyone with an extra room could do it. I like to call this movement the coordinated economy since beyond democratizing services, these companies are also coordinating these services to create optimal outcomes on both the supply and demand side of the equation. * 7 Cloud Stocks to Buy on Overcast Days Shopify is doing this exact same thing in the commerce world. The company is democratizing selling services so that anyone with a product can sell it. They are also coordinating such services by creating a connected web of independent buyers and sellers.In so doing, Shopify is creating the building blocks for a new era of democratized commerce where we don't buy everything from Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN). As this democratization process plays out over the next several years (and it most certainly will, given that Amazon can't control 50% of the U.S. ecommerce market forever), Shopify's merchant volume, revenues and profits will rise by leaps and bounds. As they do, SHOP stock will rise, too.Source: Web Summit Via Flickr Twilio (TWLO)Secular Trend: Growing demand for cloud communication servicesBig Idea: The big idea behind the forever bull thesis in Twilio (NASDAQ:TWLO) is that the world is becomingly increasingly connected, and as it does, the desire for cloud-based communication services will go from "want" to "need."This market that involves these services is broadly defined as the Communication Platforms-as-a-Service (CPaaS) market, and it consists of companies integrating real-time communication services into their operations. Perhaps the most tangible example of this is when Uber or Lyft sends you messages to communicate that your ride has arrived.Nuanced communication services like this will be increasingly integrated at greater scale over the next several years across various industries. Remember, no matter the industry, one theme is constant: consumers and companies alike are becoming more connected than ever. Twilio has emerged as the unchallenged leader in this space.The customer base is growing by over 30%. Revenues are growing by nearly 70%. The retention rate is 95% and up. In other words, everything is going right for this company, and it will continue to go right as the CPaaS market goes from niche to mainstream over the next several years. Source: Shutterstock The Trade Desk (TTD)Secular Trend: Pivot toward programmatic advertisingBig Idea: The big idea behind the forever bull thesis in The Trade Desk (NASDAQ:TTD) starts with the fact that technology is rapidly automating multiple jobs and processes across the enterprise ecosystem. This includes the process of buying and selling ads. Before, the ad transaction process was laborious, lengthy and included several human parties. Today, though, enterprises can now buy ads instantaneously and without friction or the high costs using computers. * 7 Dangerous Dividend Stocks to Stay Far Away From This new method of using AI and machines to buy and sell ads is called programmatic advertising. It's the future of advertising. Eventually, given the low-friction and low-cost advantages of programmatic advertising, all $1 trillion worth of ad spend globally will be transacted programmatically.At the forefront of this market is Trade Desk, a company which has distinguished itself as the programmatic advertising leader. As such, as the programmatic advertising method goes global over the next several years, Trade Desk will remain a huge grower and TTD stock will head higher. Source: Shutterstock Amazon (AMZN)Secular Trend: Nearly everythingBig Idea: The big idea behind the forever bull thesis in Amazon is that this company is at the forefront of nearly every one of tomorrow's most important markets. E-commerce? Amazon already dominates there. Cloud? Amazon already dominates there, too. Offline retail? Amazon is rapidly expanding its presence.Automation? Amazon is already automating its warehouses, and just made a big investment into self-driving car company Aurora. AI? Amazon dominates the voice assistant market. Pharma? Amazon has all the licenses it needs to launch a nation-wide e-pharmacy business. Digital advertising? Amazon's digital ad business is the fastest growing among major players in the space. Streaming? Amazon is No. 2 in this market behind Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX)In other words, Amazon has its fingertips everywhere it matters. Inevitably, one or many of these growth initiatives will turn into a multi-billion dollar business (if it isn't already). A few big breakthroughs in automation, pharma or AI will help offset slowing growth in e-commerce and keep Amazon a big growth business for a lot longer. That will push AMZN stock way higher in the long run.Source: Shutterstock Forever Stocks to Buy: Adobe (ADBE)Secular Trend: Shift towards a visual and experience economyBig Idea: The big idea behind the forever bull thesis in Adobe (NASDAQ:ADBE) starts with the idea that the world is becoming increasingly visual-centric. You can thank Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube for bringing this out recently, but the desire has always been there. The saying "a picture paints a thousand words" has been around for a long time. Now, that saying is turning into action as consumers globally are becoming increasingly obsessed with visual everything. * 10 Great Stocks to Buy on Dips When it comes to visual everything, there's one company in the world that stands out above the rest in terms of creating visual everything content: Adobe. Adobe has developed a reputation as being a second-to-none provider of visual everything solutions for creative professionals.Now, the company is leveraging that experience to create visual everything cloud solutions. These cloud solutions will be met with increasing demand as enterprises increasingly seek visual everything solutions to connect with consumers. As such, Adobe will benefit from a continued visual cloud demand surge over the next several years, and that will help keep ADBE stock on a winning trajectory.Source: Via Square Forever Stocks to Buy: Square (SQ)Secular Trend: Rise in card and digital paymentsBig Idea: The big idea behind the forever bull thesis in Square (NYSE:SQ) starts with the fact that cash is history. A few years ago, your average consumer almost always carried a wallet or purse that had at least some cash. Today, that's no longer true.A majority of young, 30-and-under consumers I come across don't carry cash. Instead, they have their phone and their payment card(s), and intend to pay for things exclusively through one of those items.Retail shops have had to adjust to this cashless revolution, and Square has helped them. Square provides machines that facilitate cashless transactions. First, they simply helped facilitate brick-and-mortar cashless transactions. Now, they are helping facilitate ecommerce transactions, too.In other words, everywhere the consumer is, Square is there, too, helping them facilitate a cashless transaction. This is an extremely valuable position to be in for the foreseeable future, as cash truly becomes a relic in the modern economy. As it does, Square's payment volume will surge higher, and SQ stock will stay on an uptrend.As of this writing, Luke Lango was long FB, SHOP, TWLO, TTD, AMZN, NFLX, ADBE and SQ. 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