Uber Technologies (UBER) is a global company that is transforming the ride-sharing and meal delivery markets. After a much-hyped debut on May 10, 2019, Uber stock is one of the most watched IPO stocks today, but is Uber a buy right now in the current coronavirus stock market rally?
Uber Stock Fundamental Analysis: Lack Of Profitability
Uber is in the midst of a dramatic turnaround, as the company fights to turn a profit. In 2018, Uber had earnings of 59 cents per share, but the profit was temporary. The company lost $5.04 a share in 2019, as the company continues to burn through cash. For 2020, the company is expected to lose $3.86 a share, according to IBD data.
On Nov. 5, Uber reported a loss of 62 cents per share, while sales fell 18% year over year to $3.13 billion.
According to the IBD Stock Checkup, Uber stock has a modest 86 out of a highest-possible 99 IBD Composite Rating. The Composite Rating — an easy way to identify top growth stocks — is a blend of key fundamental and technical metrics to help investors gauge a stock’s strengths.
Proposition 22 will roll back California’s controversial AB5 labor law, which went into effect in January. The legislation mandates that companies reclassify many independent contractors as full-time employees.
But Prop. 22 would exempt ride-sharing and delivery companies from AB5. It would also establish pay requirements for drivers and other benefits such as sick leave and unemployment compensation.
“The underlying business models for Uber and Lyft were hanging in the balance if Prop. 22 did not pass in California to keep the contractor model,” Wedbush Securities analyst Daniel Ives wrote in a note to investors.
He added the vote was a “landmark victory” for Lyft and Uber stock, which derive a significant portion of their revenue from the Golden State. “This removes a significant overhang and dark cloud for the likes of Uber and Lyft,” Ives wrote.
Is Uber Stock A Buy Or Sell Right Now?
Uber stock is well extended from a cup with handle’s 38.62 buy point. Shares are more than 30% above the correct buy point in the current stock market rally. The stock is about 10% off its new highs.
On Dec. 9, Uber advanced as much as 45% from the buy point before falling from its highs.
The stock’s relative strength line hit new highs during the breakout move, a sign of solid stock market outperformance.
Uber stock rose 0.3% Thursday to 50.63.
Uber Stock Competitors: Lyft
Despite Uber’s long-term potential and improving stock price, the company’s current fundamentals leave a great deal to be desired for growth investors. Still, the stock’s recent strength cannot be ignored.
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