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Palo Alto, Dropbox Post-Earnings Plunge Is Now Looking Like a Buying Opportunity

Published 22/02/2024, 14:57
Updated 02/09/2020, 07:05
  • Some stocks were punished by the market despite satisfactory results.
  • In hindsight, it looks like investors have overreacted to earnings that weren't so bad.
  • Could this be a buying opportunity?
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Some companies reported stronger-than-expected numbers this earnings season and rallied. Meanwhile, others fell short of expectations and faced selling pressure as markets went on to punish them.

However, that doesn't necessarily imply that stocks that faced post-earnings selloffs are no longer fit for long-term performance. As matter of fact, oftentimes, some of the best gains will come from finding stocks that are being unfairly punished.

This article delves into such unique scenario - i.e., companies that exceeded consensus forecasts for their financial performance but still received negative reactions from the stock market.

We'll delve deep into why the market responded negatively and evaluate whether the reaction was warranted. By doing so, we aim to determine if these stocks present promising buying opportunities.

Let's dig in:

1. Palo Alto

  • Fall in the session following Q4 results: -28.5%

Cybersecurity company Palo Alto (NASDAQ:PANW) reported satisfactory financial results on February 20, beating analysts' consensus on both EPS and sales.

Palo Alto Previous Earnings

Source : InvestingPro

However, the company also said it expected EPS of between $1.24 and $1.26 on sales of $1.95 to $1.98 billion for the next quarter, below analysts' forecasts of $1.29 per share on sales of $2.04 billion.

Forecasts were therefore only marginally disappointing, which might make it seem like the market's reaction was appropriate.

However, an analysis of the stock using InvestingPro data indicates that this isn't the case.

The Palo Alto Fair Share Value, which synthesizes 12 recognized financial models, values the stock at $304.1, more than 16% above Wednesday's closing price.

Palo Alto Fair Value

Source : InvestingPro

In addition, the 44 professional analysts who follow the stock display an average target of $337.30, translating into a bullish potential of over 28%.

Palo Alto Health Score

Source : InvestingPro

The stock's InvestingPro health score, rated very good at 3.07, is another reason to be optimistic about the stock.

As are the InvestingPro ProTips, which highlight several major strengths (alongside a few weaknesses):

ProTips Palo Alto

Source : InvestingPro

2. Dropbox

  • Fall in the session following Q4 earnings release: -22.62%

File-sharing and collaboration platform Dropbox's (NASDAQ:DBX) stock was also hit hard by the market following better-than-expected results.

Dropbox Earnings

Source : InvestingPro

However, these satisfactory results were accompanied by forecasts that were below expectations.

CFO Tim Regan told analysts that the company expected full-year sales for 2024 to be between $2.535 billion and $2.55 billion, below the consensus figure of $2.57 billion.

The forecasts announced by the company therefore proved only marginally disappointing, suggesting that the market's strongly bearish reaction was motivated more by profit-taking than any real disappointment.

Against this backdrop, an opportunity could be just around the corner. Analysts seem to agree: they have set a target of $30.30 for Dropbox stock, i.e. 27% above the current price.

Dropbox Fair Value

Source : InvestingPro

The InvestingPro models, though more conservative, also point to a solid upside potential of 16.6%, with a target of $27.81.

In contrast to Palo Alto, Dropbox's financial health score is average.

Dropbox Health Score

Source : InvestingPro

However, this does not prevent the stock from displaying several major strengths, as highlighted by the InvestingPro ProTips for the stock, which are almost unanimously positive:

ProTips Dropbox

Source : InvestingPro


Palo Alto and Dropbox are two stocks that seem to have been excessively punished by the market for forecasts that were marginally below expectations.

Current prices on these stocks are therefore good levels for those looking to accumulate. However, further technical analysis would paint a clearer picture for an entry point.


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