One of the standouts of today's morning trading session was Atlassian, which logged a 16.7% performance and outperformed the S&P 500 by 12.6%. The Software stock is now trading at $142.74 per share and may still have upside potential because it is still -34.42% under its average target price of $217.65. Analysts have set target prices ranging from $147 to $470 dollars per share, and have given the stock an average rating of buy.
The market seems to share this optimistic view, since Atlassian has a short interest of only 3.0% (this is the percentage of the share float that is being shorted). Each short position represents an investor's expectation that the price of the stock will decrease in the future.
Short selling involves borrowing shares and then selling them at current market prices. In the successful version of the strategy, the shares are purchased at a lower price at some time in the future. The investor then returns the shares to the lender, and keeps the profit made on the sell/buy transaction.
Another way to gauge the sentiment on Atlassian is to look at the percentage of institutions that are invested in the stock. In this case, 90.8% of the shares are held by pension, mutual, and hedge funds, which shows that these institutions probably have strong confidence in the stock.
Institutions have vast resources. If institutions are invested in a particular stock, it shows in most cases that they have performed quality research and concluded that it is a good investment. In some cases, however, increases in institutional ownership could be a sign of a takeover attempt or proxy fight, which can actually injure share prices. Also, institutions are not infallible, and can certainly make miscalculations -- often with spectacular results.
In conclusion, we see exuberant market sentiment regarding Atlassian because of its an analyst consensus of strong upside potential, a buy rating, an average amount of shares sold short, and a significant number of institutional investors. At Market Inference, we believe that any investment decision should be preceded by an in-depth analysis of the company's fundamental values and a comparison with similar stocks.
Here's a snapshot of some important facts to keep in mind about TEAM:
The stock has trailing 12 month earnings per share (Eps) of $-2.86
Atlassian has a trailing 12 month Price to Earnings (P/E) ratio of -49.9 compared to the S&P 500 average of 15.97
The company has a Price to Book (P/B) ratio of 75.9 in contrast to the S&P 500's average ratio of 2.95
Atlassian is a Technology company, and the sector average P/E and P/B ratios are 26.5 and 5.57 respectively
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