These 2 Stocks Seize Spotlight: Vipshop Holdings Limited (VIPS), ServiceNow Inc. (NOW)

Vipshop Holdings Limited (NYSE: VIPS) shares are 21.10% up in the year-to-date (YTD) period and have moved 0.76% or $0.13 higher in the latest trading session. However, stock’s trailing 12-month performance remains nearly +48.83% lower. Comparatively, the stock is -29.84% down YTD and 8.81% over the trailing 3-month period. If we look at the shorter duration, its week performance is -10.90% and -19.36% over the month.

Analyst Recommendations

On July 15, 2020, UBS recommended the VIPS stock is a Buy, while earlier, JP Morgan had Downgrade the stock as a Neutral on August 21, 2020. 26 analysts offering the recommendations for the stock have a consensus rating of 2.10 to suggest that the VIPS stock is a “Moderate Buy. 0 of the 26 analysts rate the stock as a “Sell”, while 0 has rated it as “Underweight”. 14 recommend buying, with 3 rating it as an Overweight.

The stock currently trades at $17.16 and analysts tracking its performance over the next 12 months have a consensus estimate price target of $21.38. The forecasts give the Vipshop Holdings Limited stock a price target range of $209.66 on the higher side while at least one analyst think the stock could plunge to a low of $117.45. The two limits represent an upside potential of 91.82% or 85.39%.

Earnings Forecast

Analysts estimate the earnings to decrease 0.00% in the current quarter to $0.27, up from the $0.25 reported in the same quarter a year ago. For the current year, earnings should grow to an average of $1.22, up 6.10% from $1.04 reported last year. Analysts also offered guidance for the next financial quarter, with their average projected EPS at between $0.34 and $0.56. Wall Street estimates earnings per share to be at an average of $1.47 for the next year.

ServiceNow Inc. (NYSE:NOW), on the other hand, is trading around $487.70 with a market cap of $94.36B and analyst research firms have a positive stance on its shares. Analysts predict that the stock will reach $468.03 and spell out a less modest performance – a -4.2% return. Some analysts are even forecasting $4.42 per share in earnings this year on a short term (1 year) basis.

Let us briefly look at the ServiceNow Inc. (NOW) financials, with a focus on its operating details as indicated in its earnings report for the last quarter.

Company balance sheet and cash flow

NOW’s operating margin was positive on the trailing 12 months basis, remaining steady at 5.00%, while the operating expenses over the recent quarter were at $776.58 million. This represented a 27.48% of the company’s total revenues which amounted $1.07 billion. With this in place, we can see that the company’s diluted EPS inclined $0.20 on the year-over-year period, shrinking to -$0.06 as given in the last earnings report.

In terms of the balance sheet & cash flow as of (Sep 2020), the total assets figure advanced to $6.52 billion from $6.2 billion over the previous quarter. Short term investments amounted to $1.51 billion while total current assets were at $3.34 billion. The cash flow from operating activities totaled $859.62 million, significantly higher than the $604.58 million reported in the year-ago quarter. The company’s free cash flow for the quarter was $665.95 million.

Insider activity

Insiders have transacted a total of 303 times at ServiceNow Inc. over the last 6 months, with insider purchases undertaken 78 times and accounting for 420,674 shares. Insider sales totaled 615,847 shares over the same period, with these deals completed in 225 transactions. Looking at these numbers, we realize that net purchases over that period are -147.0 shares. Insiders now hold a total of 1.48M shares after the latest sales, with -1.60% net shares purchased.

Major holders

Insiders own 0.10% of the company shares, while shares held by institutions stand at 93.40% with a share float percentage of 189.61M. Investors are also buoyed by the number of investors in a company, with ServiceNow Inc. having a total of 1,278 institutions that hold shares in the company. The top two institutional holders are Price (T.Rowe) Associates Inc with over 16.26 million shares worth more than $6.59 billion. As of Jun 29, 2020, Price (T.Rowe) Associates Inc held 8.48% of shares outstanding.

The other major institutional holder is Vanguard Group, Inc. (The), with the investment firm holding over 15.63 million shares as of Jun 29, 2020. The firm’s total holdings are worth over $6.33 billion and represent 8.15% of shares outstanding.